GIS – The Walcott Place and Grass Street Urban Enhancement Project received the first instalment of funding from the Republic of China (Taiwan), for the construction of a new theatre arts complex.
During the cheque handing over ceremony, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony reminisced about the beginnings of the Walcott brothers’ greatness.
“It was small, and even back then would have been surrounded by a mix of working class people, and yet, within those walls, a single mother raised three children. Poems were written, plays were rehearsed, children were taught to sew, carnival costumes were manufactured, pans were struck in the yard and paintings were conceived,” he said. “A realisation of people’s greatness was sparked there.”
Ambassador James Chang says Taiwan believes this project will inject new life into the urban community.
“We believe this project will bring benefits to the local residents, promote cultural activities and provide a new tourist attraction,” he said. “The success of this project will set a new model for future projects to regenerate individual communities and the entire country,” Ambassador Chang said.
Under the project, the Walcott House will be reconstructed and will serve as a museum and gallery. An Arts Centre will be built on adjacent properties that will feature exhibition space, a150-seat training space, an experimental black-box theatre, art rooms, a reference library, a gift and book shop and a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) has committed a total of US$2.8 million to the project. The first instalment of US$500 thousand dollars was presented to the Government of Saint Lucia on Friday, Oct. 24.