The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Maples Group to support several community groups across Grand Cayman. The new Community Connections program offers hands-on art lessons for those who may not have regular access to the NGCI, including children from Bonaventure Boys’ Home, Frances Bodden Children’s Home and clients of Sunrise Adult Training Center .
Following the success of a pilot project in 2021, the program includes regular art classes delivered at both Bonaventure Boys’ Home and Frances Bodden Children’s Home. The new program also reestablishes NGCI’s longstanding relationship with Sunrise, inviting clients to quarterly gallery visits for art lessons and exhibition tours. All Community Connections sessions cover art practice, theory and learning, using local art and cultural themes to support the lessons. Beyond these practical skills, the program also aims to support participants’ social and emotional well-being by fostering a safe space for self-expression, creative problem-solving, and stress relief.
In an ongoing commitment to accessibility and inclusion, and through the generous sponsorship of Maples Group, sessions are offered free of charge to attendees.
Reacting to the program launch, Maia Muttoo, Education Manager at NGCI, said:
The National Gallery of Canada is thrilled to launch Community Connections thanks to the generous support of Maples. The three organizations under the umbrella of this program were keen to introduce or expand opportunities for creative expression and arts education to and within their respective groups; Maples sponsorship has enabled NGCI to meet this community need. We have already started offering sessions and look forward to continuing our collaboration with our community partners.
Commenting on the Group’s decision to support the Community Connections program, Laura Chisholm, Senior Vice President and Board Member of the Maples Group Foundation, said:
Providing access to creative outlets and educational resources for all members of our community is something we are passionate about and proud of our collaboration with NGCI. We wish the gallery well in rolling out the program and are excited to see the artistic productions of participants as they practice new skills and explore new ways of expressing themselves.
To learn more about NGCI’s education and awareness programs, visit our website at https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/learn/. For more information or questions about the Community Connections program, contact [email protected] or call 345-945-8111.