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Pan Trinbago to visit Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ), Maryland

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago T.C. Inc. has been invited to visit the Cultural Academy for Excellence, Inc. (CAFÉ) in Maryland, U.S.A. from June 3 through June 10, 2019.

The invitation was extended by Ms. Lorna Green, CEO and Founder of the CAFÉ. Ms. Denise L.J. Hernandez, Secretary and Mr. Marcus Ash, Education Officer will be representing the organization.

CAFÉ is an award-winning not-for-profit organization founded in 1996. The program features an Afterschool and Saturday Academy which uses the performing arts to improve the academic performance of students in grades 1-12, with the steelpan as the instrument of choice.

In the letter of invitation, CAFÉ noted that it is delighted with Pan Trinbago’s programmatic focus on support for the Nations youths.

“As a consequence, CAFÉ is interested in collaborating with Pan Trinbago to promote the steelpan as a premier vehicle for advancing art-based education in primary and secondary schools.

“CAFÉ recognizes the fact that Trinidad & Tobago remains at the forefront of the global steelpan movement and believes that partnership with Pan Trinbago would raise the level of performance and musicianship amongst youth in the United States, and also strengthen the impact of steelpan as a representative of cultural excellence, distinction and intelligence.”

During the week-long visit, the Officers will embark on a number of engagements including a tour of the facilities, meeting with the CAFÉ Board of Directors and members of the Community and CAFÉ’s graduation.

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Ash will visit places of interest such as the Smithsonian African American Museum in Washington DC. A courtesy visit to the Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago is on the planned list of activities.


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