The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has recognised the importance of art as it relates to Guyana’s traditional values; hence it incorporated a National Mashramani Child Art Competition and Exhibition in this year’s calendar of activities to celebrate the 42nd Republic anniversary.
The exhibition displayed the extravagant pieces at the Umana Yana and was declared open by First Lady, Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar.
“We all express our feelings, our hopes and our aspirations in many ways. We do so in words, through songs, poems, in other forms of literature but also through art. This art exhibition allows us an insight into how our children view Mashramani. It is an opportunity to peer into their still young and impressionable minds,” she indicated.
Children participated in five different age ranges and three categories.
According to Coordinator of Mashramani Child Art Competition, Philbert Gajadhar the competition was judged by originality, “then there was clarity that dealt with the display of imagination in the design to clearly illustrate…the presentation had the arrangement of elements and principles of art in sections so as to create themes”.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Alfred King said, “We see this festive season as truly a national one, one where we not only stop to ponder, to celebrate our rich cultural heritage, our achievements, our diversity but, more than that, it is a period during which we want to recognise our creative talents and in every true sense of our creative talent.”