A Cultural Association of Vincentians in the United States of America (CAVUSA) was launched on Saturday at a meeting organized by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc.
Among the main goals of the association would be to promote in the USA the Vincentian cultural arts such as music, drama, Mas, dance, films, festivals, drumming; visual arts, including sculpture, paintings, photography, architecture; fashion, literary arts; heritage and historical sites.
It also aims to create opportunities for Vincentian artists in the USA to gain economic benefits from their work.
Newly elected Chairman of the Association, Owusu Slater, noted that in keeping with the goals of the association, he would like to focus on engaging the youth in a significant way and encouraged all Vincentians and others interested in promoting Vincentian culture to get on board with this effort that has been a long time in the making.
Meanwhile, Minister of Culture, Hon. Cecil McKie, in a positive message sent to CAVUSA noted his delight to see major initiatives being taken to focus “not only on developing the platforms in the USA, but as importantly, bridging the divide and gaps which have existed for some time between New York and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”