CFAFF ARTS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Currently funded by the JB Fernandes Trust, the primarily East Trinidad based six month program focuses on arts education at its core and includes programming in gender based violence prevention and anti-bullying to end with a large scale community-based art and mural beautification project/s that speak to the social issues covered in the program. Experienced artists together with past program graduates teach the basic skills of their discipline, provide its historical context, and help participants develop final exhibition and mural projects.
The program is currently being executed in three communities:
Longdenville Community Centre, Chaguanas - In collaboration with the Freely Give Foundation, this CFAFF AEP group commenced in August 2019 and has been extended to 40 migrant Venezuelan children.
EAST YARD Community Arts Center, Arima - The home base of CFAFF, this group commenced in September 2019, with 15 East based participants.
Maloney Government Primary School - In collaboration with the Quays Foundation’s Little Fire project this group commences in October 2019, with 30 pupils of the school.
CFAFF x 3E CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
This holistic, innovative approach to international travel is a unique partnership between Trinidad and Tobago based, non-profit arts education and promotion entity Caribbean Fashion and Arts Feature Festival (CFAFF) and U.S based education non-profit 3E Programs, which promises that participants will engage with the vibrant culture of Trinidad and Tobago, become educated in areas that they can implement in their country, and impact the lives of local youth through the gift of utilizing the arts for social impact.
About Trinidad and Tobago
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a twin island country that is the southernmost nation of the West Indies in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and Diwali celebrations and as the birthplace of steelpan, the limbo, and music styles such as calypso, soca, parang and chutney. Trinidad and Tobago is recognised by the World Bank as a high-income economy and unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, the economy is primarily industrial with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals; much of the nation's wealth is derived from its large reserves of oil and natural gas.
Arima, officially The Royal Chartered Borough of Arima is the easternmost and second largest in area of the three boroughs of Trinidad and Tobago. Coterminous with the Town of Arima since 1888, the borough of Arima is the fourth-largest municipality in population in the country. In 1887, the town petitioned Queen Victoria for municipal status as part of her Golden Jubilee celebration. This was granted in the following year, and Arima became a Royal Borough on August 1, 1888.
Arima is also home to The Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, the only organized area of Amerindian Survival in Trinidad and Tobago. The world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge is also based in Arima. The centre is a nature resort and scientific research station and is one of the top bird-watching spots in the Caribbean; a total of 159 species of birds have been recorded there.
About 3E Programs
3E is committed to developing the whole person. With a talented team of scholars and practitioners who work to dissolve the boundaries that have historically inhibited underrepresented populations. By creating an Academically Challenging Curriculum Exposing Students to Success, 3E is confident in its programming, pursuant of equitable experiences, opportunities, and knowledge
Through educational equity, excellence and exposure-- inspire, empower and cultivate underrepresented populations to visualize themselves as competitive contributors to society locally and globally, while acquiring valuable knowledge and skills that will support them as life-long learners.
Preparing each student for academic success and upward mobility in an era of unprecedented change.
Why sign up for this experience?
The CFAFF x 3E Cultural Immersion Program provides participants with the opportunity to visit the Caribbean, all inclusive, from excursions-- exploring some of the country’s most amazing sites, to housing, to the delicious three meals provided daily. The social impact experience includes working with youth, in the context of visual arts and social impact education to address violence prevention, values, and personal awareness. You’ll have the opportunity to empower a community that could benefit most.
As such, participants must be willing to spend time working with local youth learning about innovative ideas and tools to address violence prevention, values, and personal awareness.
When can you have this experience?
We will welcome your enthusiasm, love for travel, learning, and social impact throughout the year. This is a great opportunity for groups as small as three, and as large as six.
The participation fee covers the following:
Airport transfer and transportation to your project sites
Accommodation with High-speed WiFi Internet
Three times daily local dishes
In country orientation
A choice of workshops in Visual Arts, facilitated by local artists
Social Impact Facilitation Training
The opportunity to support facilitators in community based, CFAFF Arts Enrichment Program
Certificate of Participation
Daily cultural activities and insights
Networking with local education and cultural practitioners
Excursions to local tourist attraction centers