Monday, March 18, 2013

Student's Art Accompanies VI Mission to Denmark

Sheniqua Robinson and banner.
The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority selected a banner designed by UVI senior communication student Sheniqua Robinson for its booth in a Denmark trade presentation earlier this month. Robinson's six-foot-high, photo-montage of the historic buildings in Christiansted was created in response to an assignment in Professor Cynthia Hatfield's desktop publishing course held in the fall of 2012. The banner is one of 11 large, original student art-pieces hanging in the Caravelle Arcade this winter as part of a community-based initiative designed to constructively respond to St. Croix's current economic hard times. The effort was spearheaded by local business owner Mary Dema. Robinson's banner was the only artwork displayed in the Development Authority's booth during the trade mission event. Hatfield is a Visual Arts instructor in UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

VI Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.,  along with representatives from the Economic Development Authority and the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, participated in in a USVI business development mission to Copenhagen, Denmark, from March 11 to 15.  During his visit to Denmark, Governor de Jongh met with businesses leaders to promote the benefits of establishing operations in the USVI. He also met with the Danish tourism industry officials to increase the number of Danes visiting the USVI every year. The 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States will occur in 2017.

Francis McIntosh and banner.
Robinson's poster, titled “Cultural Ray of Peace,” includes her original photos and poetry. She is no stranger when it comes to representing her home. She was crowned Miss St. Croix 2008-2009, Miss Virgin Islands 2010-2011, and represented the territory at the 2011 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. Her banner and works by fellow students Frances McIntosh, Felicia Emmanuel and Mary Josiah are among the original student art pieces hanging in the "Open-Up St. Croix" project this winter in the Caravelle Arcade. UVI student art was developed in Hatfield's Design 117 and ART/COM 324 courses. It can be viewed in windows at the north end of the Arcade.  The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce and the business community sponsored the cost of materials used in the project by students.

Felicia Emmanuel and banner.

Mary Josiah’s banner.