It’s time for creative juices to begin flowing, and performances to be practiced as public elementary and middle school students across the Territory get ready for ICMC’s 13th Annual Student Hall of Hope “Celebrate Life” Art Exhibition and Fun Day, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Reichhold Center for the Arts.
Created in 2005, The Student Hall of Hope (SHOH), initiated and presented by International Capital and Management Company (ICMC), honors the artistic talents and creativity of Virgin Island students, as each year ICMC works with St. Thomas’ public school art teachers and administration to invite public, elementary and middle school students on St. Thomas and St. John to create works of art and artistically display their personal renditions of “Celebrate Life,” in recognition of ICMC’s client, Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s annual ‘Celebrate Life’ event.
“As one of the first community engagement programs started by ICMC back in 2005, The Student Hall of Hope event is certainly near and dear to us at ICMC as we endeavor to support the creative arts of our talented youngsters,” says ICMC President, Cornel Williams. “The annual event continues to draw hundreds of children to the Reichhold Center each year, and it makes us proud to know that we are able to support them as they explore and expand their creative horizons.”
A wonderful opportunity to also offer attendees the all-important message of hope, healthy living and reaching for the stars, ICMC provides all of the art materials necessary for each representing class to create a work of art around the theme and the event culminates in a fun-day and much-celebrated art show, inclusive of awards, student performances and fun-filled activity stations for all attendees.
Taking the stage this year as the event’s featured speaker will be Dr. Lois Hassel-Habtes, who has over 40 years of experience in the field of music and cultural education, in addition to her longstanding role as Principal in the district of St. Thomas/St. John. “We are extremely pleased and excited to welcome a true cultural bearer and highly-respected creative spirit in her own right to our event this year,” says Karen Nelson-Hughes, ICMC Director of Community Relations. “Her ability to reach children at their heart, through not only her words, but her storytelling and in song is something that will make this year’s event very special.”
A day of true ICMC community engagement, team work and giving back, Stakeholders at ICMC are proud to take time out to put their hands, minds and creative talents to work for the children of the Virgin Islands. Last year’s event drew over 300 students from across the Territory and over 350 are expected at this year’s engagement. On stage performances will include The Cancryn Junior High School Dynamic Innovations Drum line, The EBO Quadrille Dancers, the Bowsky Mimers and much more.
In addition to showcasing the student art at the event, the student’s artwork will also be proudly displayed in the main lobby of the Schneider Regional Medical Center following the event, as well as in the Reichhold Center lobby during their upcoming family series.
In addition to ICMC’s commitment to support the Virgin Islands community with this annual event, and in an effort to further support the children of the Virgin Islands to expand their creative horizons, ICMC also put in place a quarterly art supplies program six years ago that offers VI public schools a consistent avenue of support via a regular donation of art supplies for each school annually that is made available to elementary and middle school art teachers on St. Thomas and St. John.
For more information about the Student Hall of Hope “Celebrate Life” Art Exhibition and Fun Day, kindly contact Karen Nelson-Hughes at (340) 715-5833.