South wall of the historic ARG transformed into a depiction of National pride by the students of five secondary schools


The south wall of the historic Antigua Recreation Grounds has been transformed into a depiction of patriotism and National pride by the students of five secondary schools.

On Wednesday 27th October, the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, with the support of the Department of Culture and the Ministry of Education, unveiled the 40th Independence Mural.

Over a two-week period, students, and art teachers, from the Sir Novelle Richards Academy, All Saints Secondary School, Glanvilles Secondary School, Trinity Academy and St. Mary’s Secondary School expressed their uniqueness and creativity by painting some of Antigua and Barbuda’s National symbols, to commemorate our Nation’s 40th Anniversary of Independence.

Ms. Dornalyn Beazer, Assistant Manager of PR & Marketing at the State Insurance Company Ltd., applauded the students for their hard work, and expressed great optimism that similar projects around the island will follow suit.

In his remarks, the Minister for Education, Sports and the Creative Industries, Honourable Daryll Matthew, thanked the two main corporate sponsors,  State Insurance Company Ltd., and Paint Plus, for generously supporting the project, and the students, at a time when most private entities were not in a position, due to the their respective financial limitations.

The project was spearheaded, and supervised, by well-known Antiguan artiste Mr. Kallan Greene, and Mr. Melville Richardson, Education Officer –  Visual Arts within the Ministry of Education.

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  1. Congratulations are in order. These young people make us proud. Long live Antigua and Barbuda. This is a great country.

  2. Our children are definitely the future! If only this sort of exercise could be continuous – And why not? This project started just a few days ago – And here we are – the happiest I have felt in a long time! Thank you youths! And thanks to all teachers and adults who think like you and helped pull off this cheerful imagery.

  3. Talent at it best… Hope the UWI Five Island will create a platform for visual art students so that nation can produce an opening for visual arts tourism

  4. One thought or two.
    Briefly. You, the community of school artists, created a colorful, pleasing to the eyes and soul, feel good, meaningful product. You must claim and own it now, not tomorrow, now!
    Create a production company, own this product and future products, name the company whatever, say, AAB5+40, for Artists Antigua & Barbuda, 5 for the five schools, 40 for the 40th independence anniversary. Print images of the mural in sections or whole by photo reproduction, on shirts-T shirts, polo shirts, cotton shirts, pants- swim pants, shirts, flags, postcards ,stationery, souvenirs and stuff. Aggressively market all products and learn how to put your images onto screens- iPhone, computer, tv etc, the commercial possibility of images on A&B stamp.
    Learn everything about starting and building a business. You can do it! You’ ve already created a stunning product! Protect your production and monetize it! Dream big, think big, and act big!
    Always know this: “God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius, we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.” Marcus Mosiah Garvey.


  5. Beauty always attracts!!! Since we are a tourism country why cant the govt use these students to decorate strategic areas throughout the island with their artistic skills…. Give them a stipend which they so deserve. It cannot cost the govt much . Let’s make use of their talent and showcase it to the world

  6. The majority of our Youths are very talented and resourceful. With good marketing and financial assistance their products can bring some much needed appreciation for “Our bit of Paradise”. Very refreshing piece! Thank you ALL for a job well done.

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