Offshore law firm Walker’s has donated an undisclosed sum of cash to fund several arts clubs at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) for potential young artists. The money will go towards supporting a pre-school drop-in group, a primary after school club, a secondary after school club, an exam prep club for teens, an after-school club in Cayman Brac, and an art club for children with learning difficulties. At the clubs students are encouraged to make friends with children from all walks of life and outside the usual group of schoolmates they interact with daily.
Each group project supports group work between participants, and they are encouraged to appreciate the individuality of others whilst learning the value of their own uniqueness. Through hands-on instruction and an adequate amount of space given to students to experiment with foundational art principles, children learn technique, art history, and self-confidence.
“We are delighted to make this donation in our continued support of the Walkers’ Art Clubs in conjunction with the National Gallery,” said Andrew Miller – partner at Walkers. “Sponsoring art and educational opportunities for children represents a major part of our overall community efforts and it has been wonderful to see the kids from schools all over the Island interact with each other in such a creative manner.”
NGCI Director, Natalie Urquhart said the gallery was thrilled that lawyer’s charitable foundation was continuing to sponsor the club.
“We believe that art is integral to the academic development of our children and this programme allows children of all ages, from preschool through high school, the opportunity to participate in a free comprehensive art class led by professional instructors,” she said.
“At NGCI we know that art builds creative expression, self-esteem, and self-discovery, and with the generous support from Walkers, we are able to provide quality art programmes to fit the needs of our growing community and supplement the development of our young artists,” Urquhart added.
For more information about the clubs contact the National Gallery at (345) 945 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org