Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BTVI Exposes Students to Art

EXCITED ABOUT LEARNING – These BTVI students are excited about learning about the movers and shakers of the nation through ‘The Bahamian Collection,’ a photographic exhibition being held at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.  From left to right are: Ryan Harris, Information Technology; Aaronique Bain, Construction Technology and Diane Smith, Electrical Engineering student.

By Ms. Hadassah Hall
Public Relations Officer
The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute

It was a cultural awakening for approximately 350 faculty, staff, students and family members of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) as they recently flocked to The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for the much-touted ‘The Bahamian Collection’ photographic exhibition.

Well executed, the strikingly artistic portraits of 40 men and women represent the depth of the Bahamian spirit via the lens of Duke and Lisa Wells. The extraordinary exhibition is in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of The Bahamas' independence.

BTVI’s Student Affairs Coordinator, Mrs. Raquel Bethel explained that the trip to the art gallery was to encourage those in the Student Success, Entrepreneurial Workforce Prep, English classes and the wider BTVI community to get to know more about their cultural heritage.  Assistant Manager and Academic Dean, Mr. Valdez K. Russell, added that it was to further build the BTVI community and expose students to a greater depth of Bahamian culture.

“Based on the facial expressions and the lively banter, I think we did well. These students are evidently engaged, from the curious to the enthused,” said Mr. Russell. “It’s not just about going to class.  We want to introduce our students to art, as some of them may not just go out and visit the art gallery,” he noted. Many of the students had never visited the art gallery before and were impressed with what they saw and learned.

Information Technology Management student, Ryan Harris, said the exhibition made him more appreciative of Bahamian history.  “It is eye opening because up until today, I wasn’t abreast of all this history.  These are the people we should know – people like Niki Kelly, Gail Saunders and Stan Burnside,” he said with pride.

Aaronique Bain, Construction Technology student stressed the importance of high school students also being exposed to the exhibition.  “I didn’t know the history of these people.  They worked hard and paved the way for our generation,” she said.

Meanwhile, Deoran Ferguson, whose focus is Air Conditioning, considered the portrait exhibition to be unique.  “It is intriguing to see these photographs used as art.  In fact, everything in life is art.  Our lives are canvasses; it’s up to us which picture we paint,” said Ferguson.

To further expose BTVI’s students to art, it is the Student Affairs department’s goal to contact a few people featured in the exhibition to be a part of its Speakers’ Gallery.  This, Mrs. Bethel said, would expand the conversation about culture.

CULTURAL CONVERSATION – BTVI’s English instructor, Mrs. Lillian Hutchinson, converse with student, Rashad Phillips outside the halls of The Bahamian Collection photographic exhibition.

EXPLORING OUR HISTORY – BTVI’s Student Services Coordinator, Mrs. Raquel Bethel is shown here with Computer Repair student Ramirez Rolle (left) and Rofeno Forbes, Information Technology student (centre).

EXPOSURE TO ART – BTVI students flocked to The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to view The Bahamian Collection photographic exhibition. From left to right are: Rashad Adderley, Carpentry; Cara Forbes, Office Administration; Mr. Valdez K. Russell, BTVI’s Assistant Manager and Academic Dean and  Uriah Campbell, Office Administration.

SHARING NOTES – Information Technology student Hanz Thompson (left) and Construction Technology student, Jefferson Bethel (right), share notes just outside the exhibition room.

Ms. Hadassah Hall
Public Relations Officer
The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute

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