Sept. 7, 2008 – Applications are available for the Summer Sing and Speak about Emancipation Contest. Students across the territory are encouraged to participate in this creative arts project and submit an original song or poem that focuses on emancipation or a related theme, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Education – Division of Cultural Education.
The contest is the brainchild of Governor John P deJongh Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis and is geared toward encouraging students of all ages to read, write and create compositions that not only celebrate, but place significant emphasis on the struggle and determination of our ancestors leading up to the Emancipation. "The pre-Emancipation history is the foundation upon which we can build a better community and world for future generations of Virgin Islands and Caribbean people," said Cultural Education Director Glenn "Kwabena" Davis.
Participating students are allowed to utilize any of the local, regional or national creative art forms to express their artistic talent. To remain in contention, an even playing field is established with specific guidelines. These rules include:
1. Submission of a signed application confirming that the applicant agrees to adhere to the rules and judging criteria
2. The theme of the work must be related to or associated with emancipation;
3. Registered students are allowed to submit only one work containing no more than two accompanying instrumental sounds
4. Both pieces (application and recording) must be submitted simultaneously
The submission deadline for the taped recording and application signed by both the student and a parent is 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22. All submissions will be stamped upon receipt. Any submissions received after the indicated time will be held until the selection has been made and then will be returned to the student. They are to be delivered to the Cultural Education Division, V.I. Department of Education, 1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, V.I. 00802; or No. 2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, V.I. 00820.
Applications and information on the Emancipation can be obtained at the offices given above.
For more information, contact Glenn "Kwabena" Davis at 774-0100, ext. 8049 or 8050; and on St. Croix, Edgar O. Lake at 773-1095, ext. 7038.