Group photo of GAN Board, members and supporters
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an open day in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 2, 2016. GAN is a network established to use its resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic, creative and technological communities; to develop the requisite skills, with their talents; and to service the Caribbean animation Industry.
Founder and president of GAN, Jubilanté Cutting, reflected on the origin of the initiative for the establishment of an animation network in Guyana. She described her journey from her first participation as a high school student in the Girls in ICT Day organised by the CARICOM Secretariat in April 2014, where she was introduced to animation.
She was among the 30 beneficiaries at a four-day CARICOM-USAID animation workshop in July 2014, in Guyana, where she learned the basics of animation and was subsequently selected as one of the best participants of the workshop to travel to the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival, held in Trinidad and Tobago in October 2014.
From the exposure to the exciting world of animation and opportunities for young persons, she committed herself to raise awareness and mobilise young persons, engaged in the arts, animation and ICT and establish the Guyana Animation Network to organise and support the development of the sector.
Deputy programme manager culture, CARICOM Secretariat, Riane de Haas-Bledoeg, elaborated on the critical role of the cultural and creative industries, including animation, the use of ICTs, and engagement of young persons in the development of the region.
She said that, over the past years, animation had been receiving more attention from governments, donor organisations, the private sector and regional and international financial institutions.
CARICOM heads of government had recommended that animation should be among the sectors for prioritised attention within the creative industries as it had tremendous growth potential as an emerging sector in the regional context, it leveraged digital technology and engaged youth.
She emphasised the need for animators and other expertise linked to animation to network, specialise and collaborate to bring the industry to a higher level.
Francine Leitch, freelance artist, in a brief message, encouraged members of the artistic community and young people actively to get involved in the strengthening of GAN and animation in Guyana.
Martin Massiah, animator and GAN Board member, gave examples of disciplines that made use of animation and provided information on the financial opportunities available in animation.
The open day, which focused on the development of partnerships of Guyanese professionals, corporate entities, youth and NGOs, attracted considerable attention from youth, artists, animators, ICT professionals, and the private sector, among others. Emerging and skilled artists and animators featured their work in a mini-exhibition.
GAN is a non-governmental and not-for-profit start-up corporation.