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Institute of Jamaica Reintroduces Saturday Openings with 'Paint It'

Institute of Jamaica - East Street, Kingston

The Institute of Jamaica is reintroducing its Saturday openings with a touch of colour. Ensconced at the end of East Street, a stones throw away from the Kingston Harbour, the Institute of Jamaica boasts history as one of the oldest cultural institutions in the English speaking Caribbean. It’s a boast that can sometimes ring hollow, as it is generally only open to the public during the workweek. 

Fortunately, this is about to change with the introduction of Saturday Openings at the IOJ’s on April 25, 2015 with the event Paint It. Designed to create an interactive experience for the entire family, Paint It will feature body painting, face painting and Henna designs featuring body paint designers Eon and Robby and Henna Threads. 

First introduced on a trial basis, in 2015, Saturday Openings aim to expand the services offered by the IOJ and expose them to wider audiences. The monthly openings will feature special events as well as tours of current exhibitions.

Exhibitions currently at the Institute of Jamaica’s East Street Complex will also be open to the public including the  Music Museum’s exhibition Call & Response: Drums, Masques and Spirits, which accompanied Grounation 2015. 

Paint it will take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the IOJ Junior Centre. Saturday Openings will take place on the first Saturday of every month. 

Entities at the East Street Complex include the IOJ Junior Centre, the Jamaica Music Museum and the Museums Division. The Institute of Jamaica is home to several significant organizations including the National Gallery of Jamaica, Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey and the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, all three of which are outside the East Street Complex.