CHANT’s project - INVISIBLE HERITAGE: IDENTITY MEMORY AND OUR TOWN is a collaborative project with the CARRIBBEAN MUSEUM CENTER FOR THE ARTS, and public/private partners including Gerville Larsen, AIA, Gustav James, Commissioner of VI Dept. of Public Works, Kendal Henry, Director, Percent for Art Program NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Vegan Ellis, Master Artisan, and Myrl Hendricks, Principal, CTEC VI Dept. of Education.
The project focuses on the town of Frederiksted, VI, a small grid planned city on the western edge of the island of St. Croix, and is known as Freedom City by the town's 3,000 year-round residents. Local leaders have developed plans to drive economic investment in the region focusing on upgrades to aesthetics and public safety. CHANT sees these city plans as an opportunity to build a local workforce pipeline in advance of the millions of dollars of public investments planned for housing facade and community arcade improvements. Currently artisans are imported from other Caribbean islands and from various countries in Africa and Europe when preservation and rehabilitation of local historical structures is conducted. CHANT has identified a collective of local Mater Artisans that will develop a local school to provide the education and certification necessary for locals to be eligible for the preservation investments planned in the years to come.
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