Gore Signs on as Sponsor of Rose Hall Artisans Project
In October 2011 Gore Developments Limited officially became a sponsor of the Rose Hall Artisans project, partnering with Rose Hall Developments who are seeking to solidify other sponsor assistance for 2012 activities.
The Rose Hall Artisans project is a collaborative effort with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts and Rose Hall Developments which supports and regenerates local crafts in Jamaica. The initiative was formed following the Prince of Wales' visit to Jamaica in 2008 when interest in the local craft talent was sparked and later potters in Rose Town, Kingston and carvers in Montego Bay were identified as key target groups.
The aim of the project is to raise the standard of the craftsmen’s techniques whilst developing their discernment for design and an awareness of their own creative ability. In 2009, the School designed two parallel programs for the potters and carvers and has since run regular workshops headed by experienced teachers who are sent to sent to work with the local talent regularly. Over a one year period the craftsmen receive a total of sixty days of intensive workshop hours.
The program already shows great promise as demonstrated at the Rose Hall Great House on May 21, 2011 where the craft program was launched and had sales of US$7200.00, 25% of which went to the program budget and 75% to the craftsmen. In mid-November 2011 the craftsmen were successfully showcased at the Friends of Jamaica Ball in New York, where Prince Charles was honorary patron.
Gore Developments Ltd. joined the group of project partners in order to assist the team in realising its goal of delivering a ‘brand’ Jamaica product from a self sustaining high level Artisan Village that will command worldwide recognition and respect.
This is just one of the many community development initiatives that Gore Developments has invested in this year, as owner Phillip Gore strongly believes in the necessity of contributing to the betterment of various aspects of Jamaica's cultural landscape.
Phillip Gore's commitment to community development follows a family legacy of leading business men who spearheaded important charity initiatives across the island and invested in exposing Jamaica through the creation of international Jamaican brands such as the popular Royal Jamaica cigar line which was recognized across the globe in the 1950s and beyond, and specially boxed and presented to former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
In 2011 alone, Gore has partnered with Usain Bolt for the refurbishment of William Knibb's cafeteria, sponsored the education of the Under 17 World Cup National Football Team, donated a block of classrooms to Jamaica College, and has contributed to several other smaller efforts, closing off 2011 with this sponsorship of the development of brand Jamaica and through practical training assistance for craftsmen across the island.