Constructive Preservation

I am an Arts Manager. I am a Cultural Manager. Art is culture; culture is history. As such, I become the preserver of history – an Arts Manager…

We are African and there are things innate to us that even the Europeans could not change. But as time passes, we lose the connection with our predecessors. Art helped us to understand the changes taking place, keeping us ever-so-slightly connected to our parents. We had pride in past and wanted our future to be freer. But as our past came to pass, we lost our truth. Art became the way that truth was searched for.

As a manager, there is a duty of sharing this search for the truth with the world. I can’t help but feel obligated to keep what was, alive. Still the threat of globalization and cultural erosion bombards the future of the truth we fought so long to hold on to. So what now?

I am an Arts Manager. I am a Cultural Manager. Art is culture; culture is change. As such, I become the constructer of the future – an Arts Manager…

It can be argued that we no longer have the appreciation we once had. Where that can be true, one cannot deny that Jamaica has made herself the centre of a world unknown to herself. Instead of forcing the past into our future, why not help our future push past our past. Let our children grow; teach them what is important, but let them feel what makes them happy. Art is how happiness is contained and displayed. It can also be where turmoil is shed in order to let happiness reside.

Managing gives me the power to conceive a unity that no one sees as possible. The desire to have people understand this new creation is one that burns in the soul of cultural development. Instead of allowing globalization to break us apart we can use it to make us stronger; make us one; make us new.

I am an Arts Manager. I am a Cultural Manager. Art is culture; culture is Jamaica. As such, I become the developer of Jamaica – an Arts Manager.

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