One week ago today (October 27), the Bermuda Arts Council celebrated five creative Bermudians for their major contributions to to Bermudian arts.
On hand for the presentation was Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports, Lovitta Foggo, in recognition of the “deserving Bermudians who have inspired so many of us with their artistic creativity and passion”.
Describing it as “indeed a special night, she said: “This is an important moment on Bermuda’s cultural and artistic calendar because tonight we come to celebrate and pay homage to these ‘artistic giants’ of our Country.
“Each of our distinguished recipients have in one way or another shaped our community with their creative talents, commitment and passion, and we are grateful for their selfless contributions to Bermuda. On behalf of the Government, we are honoured to celebrate you all.”
The work of the recipients was highlighted at the presentation last Sunday – here’s the video.
“We believe that recognizing the arts in all its forms and celebrating those individuals who share their unique vision with us is a noble and necessary pursuit,” said Ms Foggo.
“The world we live in can be chaotic at times. But I am one who believes that the arts in all its forms serve as helpful, alternative avenues to enlighten, uplift and entertain us, by providing us with hope and inspiration.
“Our Ministry is truly delighted to support the work of the Arts Council and their aim of singling out deserving Bermudians who have given us so many years of enjoyment.
On the recipients, Ms Foggo said:
- Lloyd Matthew – for his gifted devotion to classical music, and his teaching of choral music and music theory in Bermuda’s schools for 30 years
- John Campbell – who is well-known for his consistently generous and passionate commitment to the arts through his active participation, legal expertise and financial contributions
- Suzette Harvey – the founder, and artistic director of United Dance Productions, (UDP), an organisation which has supported so many of our young people
- Sheilagh Head – who is recognised both locally and internationally for her artistic brilliance and commitment; and
- Ronald Lightbourne – who throughout his life embraced the arts in every single form – he was a trumpeter, jazz pianist, choral singer, song writer, poet, playwright, literary critic, reviewer, actor, linguist, political thinker, activist, teacher and so much more
The Minister added: “This is an important moment on Bermuda’s cultural and artistic calendar because tonight we come to celebrate and pay homage to these ‘artistic giants’ of our country.
“Each of our distinguished recipients have in one way or another shaped our community with their creative talents, commitment and passion, and we are grateful for their selfless contributions to Bermuda.
“On behalf of the Government, we are honoured to celebrate you all.”
- Feature Photos & Video Supplied Include: Minister Lovitta Foggo, Arts Council Chair Jennifer Phillips, Ruth Thomas, Gary Phillips, UDP dancers, John Campbell, Lloyd Matthew, Sheilagh Head, Suzette Harvey and family members of Ronald Lightbourne