The NAGB is proud to partner with the US-based non-profit organization, The Goodness Tour, who are dedicated to bringing free music and art experiences to people facing adversity all over the world. The tour travels to refugee camps, disaster zones, homeless shelters, hospitals, disability centres, youth crisis shelters and anywhere that humans are in need of trauma relief and encouragement.
After their first reconnaissance trip to New Providence on September 27th, the three main participants, Benjamin Swatez, Luc Reynaud and Chez Libby were able to see first-hand impacts from Hurricane Dorian with guided and discreet tours to shelters provided by team NAGB and We Gatchu core member, Jenna Christie. During these visits, it was clear that the children, young people and adults were very excited and curious by the playing of instruments and the engagement with song and storytelling.
Historically, The Bahamas has a rich oral tradition that continues to be affected by waves of gentrification and modernisation. The intangible quality of this tradition that is integral to its very uniqueness, has also lent to a cultural forgetting in the absence of adequate documentation. As such, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas seeks to give its public and most vulnerable an opportunity to reconnect with songwriting, art, filmmaking and mural making through this unique partnership.
However, we need your help! Most of the displaced families have lost everything and we are on the search for good instruments, ones that you have retired, put away and safely stored to be found, resurrected and donated for use by The Goodness Tour in their outreach efforts.
This means that children will have first-hand impressions with guitars, flutes, recorders, tambourines, violins, drums etc., which we know not only enhances mood and cognitive behaviour but deeply restores a sense of wellbeing, joy and belonging. We are looking to collect brass and string instruments along with percussions.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will open its donations on Monday, October 7th through Friday, October 18th, to coincide with our cultural evening of drumming, storytelling, drawing and dance called “Digging Deep and Letting Go.”
Donations will be accepted by Sophia Smith, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekend donations can be taken to the museum’s Mixed Media Gift Store, Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information contact Katrina Cartwright at [email protected].
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