ON July 13, at “Our Space” (located upstairs Dr. Scotland’s Veterinary Clinic at Vigie), at 10:00a.m, the St. Lucia Theatre Arts Schools Association under the umbrella of Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations And Sustainable Development will proudly launch the Theatre Arts Schools Association (TASA), the theatre arts industry’s first organisation – A home for theatre arts students, theatre arts educators and an institution that will help promote the essential benefits and needs for theatre arts education.
Theatre arts, part of the creative industry, is still in the developmental stage in St. Lucia and it is paramount that proper avenues and structures are put in place to ensure that students and teachers are able to benefit from and contribute to this vital area.
TASA will work to close the skills gaps, broaden access to arts and cultural educational opportunities for all of its members and foster a collaborative energy of inclusion with the wider community.
In this way not only will the students and teachers themselves benefit, but also our country St. Lucia. This in essence is where the Association endeavours to be a necessary part of our national development.
Plans are in place to assist with the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival to be held in St. Lucia in 2019 as well as to assist in the organisation of student and teacher exchanges locally and regionally.
The organisation will work closely with The Ministry of Education to continue to develop standards for the teaching and practicing of theatre, as well as to provide the necessary theoretical and practical training for teachers and students.
This is definitely a launch which should not be missed as it is a history making moment that will continue to shape and mould the performing arts landscape of this great nation.
Theatre is life and life is theatre and as such we should celebrate and support the achievements in this area for it is also our lives that we are celebrating. (TASA)