Art Supplies for NIA St. Martin


On 26th of February Education Minister Wycliffe Smith received the donation visual art materials for the National Institute of Arts (NIA). After Hurricane Irma, the Royal Talens Foundation and the Orange Company reached out to NIA to see how it could help youngsters by using the medium of art.


The Royal Talens Foundation donated an amount of art supplies such as paint and brushes, easels and canvases to the National Institute of Arts for workshops that can help to deal with the traumas hurricane Irma caused in 2017. 


The National Institute of Arts in Philipsburg believe that art can help to deal with the traumas that the hurricane caused with the residents. ‘For many children, the hurricane made a deep impact and this is great way for children to give voice to their fear, insecurity, and helpless they may have felt when confronted by such a powerful storm like IRMA.'


Photo: NIA director Arlene Halley, Education Minister Wycliffe Smith and local artist Tess Verheij.