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Young artists aged 15 to 30 are being invited
to take part in the Art in the Park event to be
held in Auzvonville Park, Tunapuna on January
17, 2015 as part of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional
Corporation (TPRC) week of celebrations to be
held from January 11 to 17, 2015.
Conceived as a contest, 25 emerging artists will
compete for first, second and third prize as they
paint throughout the afternoon. They will be
judged at the end of the day by three local artists.
A release said the first prize is $8,000; second
prize is $5,000 and third prize is $3,000. The
event is a community initiative to encourage cre-
ativity in youth as well as to help create more
family events in the area.
It is the first time the TPRC is holding this kind
of event and they hope to make it an annual one.
Art in the Park is just one of several events that
the TPRC will host as part of its week-long cel-
The TPRC represents an area of 527 sq km (or
203 sq miles), where more than 200,000 people
live in the areas of Curepe, Tunapuna, St Augus-
tine, Arouca, Trincity and Piarco. It is part of the
local government system of 14 municipal corpo-
rations (which comprise city, borough and regional
corporations) coordinated by the Ministry of Local
Government. Corporations are responsible for
delivering services including sanitation, road
upkeep, health and some infrastructure develop-
ment. The current minister of local government
is Marlene Coudray (UNC), while Edwin Gooding
(PNM) has been chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco
Regional Corporation since November 2013.
To enter the art contest:
• Simply post one of your best pieces of work
on the TPRC Week Facebook page; a panel of
Corporation members will decide if you qualify.
• You must be 15-30 years old
• Post your sample art before December 29,
• A theme will be announced to the artist 24
hours before the competition
• TPRC will provide easels, canvases and paper.
• Artists will provide brushes and paints
• Art will be judged on creativity and originality
of concept and execution; quality of work, includ-
ing its design, composition and techniques used---
control of the medium, quality of the colours and
balance between colours and design; interpretation
of theme---how well it is represented and under-
stood by others. Other judging criteria may include
the overall impression, whether the piece of art
is inspirational and whether it works outside the
competition as well. Each judge will give a score
for each of the criteria to establish the winners.
Art in the Park on Jan 17
Ray of Hope, a non-profit organ-
isation, recently held its 16th annual
Christmas Party for children of the
East Dry River community. The event
was held at the International School
of Port-of-Spain where gifts and
goodies were distributed to 175 chil-
dren ranging from infants to 12.
In addition to the gift distribution,
books were made available and the
children were encouraged to take a
book and enjoy reading over the hol-
idays. The afternoon was filled with
excitement and hope of good things to
come, a release said.
Each year, Ray of Hope works with
the St Martin Welfare Association and
its president, Frank Cooper, in ensuring
that the event reaches the youth of the
community. Cooper has served the East
Dry River community for many years
and plays a key role in this annual event,
which many of the children have grown
up with and look forward to every year.
Ray of Hope was founded in 1998
and its mission is to positively impact
the lives of vulnerable youth by pro-
viding resources and support for
advancement as important pillars for
economic self-sufficiency. Founding
members Annette Tillet, Victor de Silva
and Charmaine Metivier and other
members, including Damali Wiltshire,
Yvette Furlonge, Suzette Julien and
Kathleen Awai, together with dedicated
volunteers and contributors, continue
to uphold this mission.
The generous contributions of many
individuals and organisations touch the
lives of the children and lift their
Christmas spirit as we deliver a message
of hope and receive a smile in exchange.
Special thanks are extended to all of
our volunteers and donors, including
the T&T Coast Guard for transporting
the children to and from the event and
the International School of Port-of-
Spain for providing the wonderful
venue. As Ray of Hope expands its
outreach, the organisation intends to
embark on other projects to continue
giving hope to the youth.
One of Ray of Hope s projects for
the coming year involves sponsorship
of three children to participate in the
Summer Camp at the International
School of Port-of-Spain. The pro-
gramme incorporates academics, arts
and culture, science and technology,
• For information on getting involved,
Ray of Hope cheer
What: Art in the Park
Where: Auzonville Park, Tunapuna
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation:
Centenary Street, Tunapuna
Telephone: 662-1537, 645-8772
With painted faces and gifts in hand, these two children are happy recipients of
the generosity of the Ray of Hope Foundation.
This young one is captivated by Santa Claus.
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