Past Arima Event: VOL 1

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December 01, 2017

Our inaugural session will bring together a bevy of creatives presenting their points and journeys in 20 slides on how they got past the 'Starving Artist Syndrome' by taking that leap out of their comfort zone into successful creative entrepneurship. 7:00pm - 10:00pm (8:00pm start) at EAST YARD, 23 Prince Street, Arima, Trinidad. 


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NEW FIRE Festival

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

Gerry Williams, Founder of the dynamic, warm, inclusive and transformational, NEW FIRE festival, which takes place annually in Trinidad, talks about his passions and drive to contribute to ecological, social and economical sustainability which all served as his inspiration behind creating the festival.     

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The Intersection of Creativity + Ingenuity

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

Melissa A Matthews is a mixed media artist, author and social entrepreneur who in 2013 co-founded MAM Squared, a firm that develops community programs and training programs.

As an artists, Melissa speaks about her decision to switch from a law degree to a painting degree and her journey to where she is now. She advises other creative entrepreneurs to 'stay hungry but never starve'.   

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Creative Placemaking - Turning a 'Space' into a 'Place'

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

PechaKucha Night Arima, City Organiser, Kevon Foderingham speaks about his non-profit organization, Caribbean Fashion and Arts Feature Festival and corresponding creative placemaking project, EAST YARD.

Kevon speaks about the power of culture and creativity to revitalize cities and foster the spirit of community.  

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Them Belly Full - Creating a hunger for your art that feeds you

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

She dances, teaches, sings, designs and is a motivator. Jamie Philbert is an artist and founder of Art on Purpose, which encompasses her many talents and is the conduit for chanelling this energy to the masses.

Jamie shares her journey and inspires other creatives to ditch the notion of the starving artist and instead reclaim their abundance.   

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Turning Your Passion Into Profit

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

Minneota based, award winniing dancer, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel shares her story as a dancer, choreogropher and teaching artist and her work in cities across the globe.

Having spent time in Arima as an artist in residence, Alanna was back in town, just in time for PechaKucha Night Arima, Volume 1 and was happy to speak about her experience as a working artist.  


Kevon Foderingham
Executive Director and Marketing Consultant, Caribbean Fashion and Arts Feature Festival and V2 Marketing in Arima
Alicia Martin
Sociologist in Arima
Melissa Matthews
Artist/ Entrepreneur, MAM Squared Limited/LLC in Arima