Craft vendors to launch series of activities to boost presence
Vendors of Kingston Craft market say they are planning to roll out a series of activities to attract more tourists and local customers especially children to the facility that is the largest of its kind in the country’s capital city.
President of the Craft Market Association, Audrey Hinds told Loop News that part of the aim is to reach out to educational institutions across the Corporate Area in a bid to form partnership with schools.
"We want to see teachers bringing more of their students to the location to learn more about craft," said Hinds.
Concerned that not many youth are gravitating towards craft and culture, the president felt the move, while it was also aimed at boosting the presence of the facility, it would also help to preserve the culture, to pass it on to the youth who would be the adults of tomorrow.
“It is part of our culture and too often when we have events such as Jamaica Day, Independence Day we see teachers and parents going to various places to purchase cultural items many of which are of inferior quality,” said Hinds.
“We believe a partnership should be formed with schools to have teachers and educators from other facilities make the craft market the place of choice to purchase these items,” said Hinds.
“Not only is it safer to shop but the experience of purchasing from the craft market is twofold,” Hinds explained.
She said the items produced by craft vendors are the best in quality, the other benefit is that having teachers take students to the facility “will be a learning experience for students,” said Hinds.
She said it will give them an opportunity to learn more about their culture while purchasing items of their choice,” said Hinds.
The president says she plans to reach out to the education ministry and various stake holders in the tourism industry to look seriously at the idea.
The Kingston Craft Market, located at the corner of Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard in Downtown, is the capital city’s largest open-air craft market.
Fire of unknown origin last year April destroyed a total of 18 shops at the Craft Market.