Coming soon will be a special feature film Poets Shout Out. Featuring local Caribbean poets in performance and in conversation with researchers and activists, the film will be an acknowledgement of International Artists Day which takes place on 25 October and which aims to celebrate the contribution all artists make to society by promoting and raising their credibility and visibility locally and around the world www.internationalartistday.com
Although we are highlighting poets, we recognise and celebrate all of those artists across the Caribbean who use their art to document violence at the personal, community and societal level and who use art to challenge bystander apathy and empower victims. From Calypso to Rapso, through Film and Festival, whether the medium is Photo, Paint, Digital, Dance or Drama and across every genre of Literature and Music, Caribbean artists have been tackling the subject of violence for as long as memory.
Art has been an important part of the human experience for time out of mind, the first records of the world are not written in books, but are captured in paintings, sculptures, and music that helps to paint a picture of world lost to the past…International Artists Day honors those creative souls that will leave a record of today for the future that can’t be captured in history books.
That artists are as relevant today as they have been throughout history in confronting violence is exemplified in the latest book on child sexual abuse in the Caribbean. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, Treating Child Sexual Abuse in Family, Group and Clinical Settings: Culturally Intelligent Practice for Caribbean and International Contexts dedicates a whole section of the book to the importance of art to the healing of the self, the community and, essentially, in work with children.
This book, like all three in the series, features the work of Jaime Lee Loy on its cover.