GTT Makes Major Contribution to University of Guyana’s Artist in Residence Programme

Written by  Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

With the continued demonstration as a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility, GTT is making a major contribution to the University of Guyana’s Artist in Residence (AIR) Programme through a programme of partnership which involves the donation of 800 tickets to the Chronixx Show this Saturday.  Eight hundred tickets valued at   2, 8 million dollars will be sold to the student and University population at the Chronix Press Conference at the discounted cost of $1,000.  The total proceeds of G$800,000 from the event go towards the AIR programme.

GTT‘s contribution is significant, since there is currently no dedicated funding within the University which caters for AIR  and  it therefore relies heavily on fund raising for sustenance.

Fund raising is therefore critical to its survival of the programme and achievement of its stated objectives which include catalyzing the creative arts sector in Guyana, energizing the arts and young artists through the masterful expertise of practitioners; building capacity through a skill-centric programme, expanding and adding new ideas and skills to the local cultural space, creating, promoting new works of creative expression, and stimulating engagement of non-performance artists.  The University of Guyana’s Artist in Residenc programme will also seek to strengthen the academic pursuits and output of both visual and performing artists, document for posterity and share the work, techniques and ideas of important Guyanese and non -Guyanese creative practitioners and to intentionally and systematically expose Guyanese, especially those out of Georgetown, and least served areas to the opportunities and offered by the programme.

Renowned Guyanese flautist Keith Waithe was the first Artist in Residence to serve for 2016, immediately after the resuscitation of the programme by Vice Chancellor Prof. Ivelaw Griffith soon after his assumption to the post.  Waithe was able to create, teach, mentor and perform in keeping with the mandate of the position. He also engaged in public performamces, workshops and lectures. A line of memorabilia created from paintings inspired by his flute music is now available for purchase. Proceeds will go  to the student artists who created the designs and to the AIR programme.

The 2017 Artist in residence is world famous singer Mr. Dave Martins, who begins his stint this November with an inaugural concert called Dave and Friends at the Theatre Guild on November 27, 2017.

Professor Paloma Mohamed, Vice Chancellor of Philanthropy at the University of Guyana and a key driver of the programme, expressed The University’s gratitude to GTT for the infusion of the large sum towards keeping the programme vibrant.  “The University Community is thankful to Justin Nedd, Samantha Godden and GTT for this support  It is even more significant that it is being done through the engagement of one of the most loved  young Reggae artistes, Chronixx. Tomorrows Press Conference at The University is  an once in a lifetime opportunity  for our aspiring young artists to learn from his life and experience.”, said Professor Mohamed.

The University community will be given the first chance to meet and interact with Chronixx at his Press Conference to be held at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre, on November 17.from 12.30 to 2pm.

The discounted tickets for the show will be sold to students and staff immediately after the Press Conference. University of Guyana identification must be presented to benefit from the discounted tickets.

To learn more about the Artist in Residence Programme check  or

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