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South Florida-based Jamaican non-profit to offer scholarships to Edna Manley College for deserving Jamaican student

MIAMI – The Jamaica Arts Development Foundation (JADF) is on a mission to create educational and developmental opportunities for Jamaica’s arts and entertainment community worldwide. Its aim is to implement programs and activities geared toward education, management, and creative excellence.

JADF President Lloyd Stanbury was instrumental in bringing together Jamaica’s Nice Time Productions and Kingston’s acclaimed Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (EMC), resulting in a three-year full tuition scholarship beginning in September 2010. The recipient of the Nice Time Scholarship will be a student participating in EMC’s music department. Shirley Hanna, Executive Director of Nice Time Productions, recently presented a commitment letter to EMC Principal Burchell Duhaney. Nice Time President Fernando Garcia-Guereta is open to future collaborations, and said, “I am happy for this opportunity to contribute to the provision of training for talented Jamaicans.”

JADF continues to work with EMC in the areas of developmental support, including business, creative, and technical training, with an aim to enhance Jamaica’s artistic potential. Nice Time Productions is producer of the international award winning Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? documentary, featuring gold medal winners Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Melaine Walker, and Asafa Powell, and brilliantly backed by uplifting reggae music.

In conjunction with an international amateur track meet coming to South Florida in July, JADF and Nice Time Productions will present the debut U.S. screening of Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? on July 10 inside the Miramar Cultural Center. JADF encourages businesses to support its mission by sponsoring this enriching event.

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