Cecil Cooper Foundation to assist students of art
Prime Minister Andrew Holness and chairman of the Cecil Cooper Foundation Rose Bennett-Cooper in conversation at the launch of the Cecil Cooper Foundation on Friday at the Olympia Gallery in St Andrew. (Photo: JIS)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says as Jamaicans mark 60 years of Independence, the country’s icons in all fields should be honoured and celebrated.

Holness, who was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Cecil Cooper Foundation on Friday at the Olympia Gallery in St Andrew, said the work and legacy of many Jamaicans need to be highlighted.

“So that our children know about them and are inspired by them. Cecil is one of our Jamaican icons that we must, at all times, honour and celebrate,” the prime minister said.

Cecil Cooper was a renowned and accomplished painter, artist, and educator who began his career as a fine artist and exhibitor in galleries in New York, United Sates. After his return to Jamaica in 1980, he later headed the painting department at his alma mater, the then Jamaica School of Art, now Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Holness said it was “highly appropriate” that Cooper’s work and legacy has received recognition while benefiting students, noting that the foundation will be providing “a vehicle to ensure that our young people will be taught about his life and work”.

He added that the establishment and launch of the foundation are of “great significance to his family, friends, and to art lovers in Jamaica”.

The prime minister said that last year the Government invested significant resources in funding students in downtown Kingston for classical music lessons, “in our pursuit of security, and use of the security budget”. He said it is a “programme that we might have to expand nationally”.

Annually, several art students will be awarded bursaries and scholarships from the foundation. The prime minister said his Positive Jamaica Foundation will also sponsor one student.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login

HOUSE RULES

  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy