We've been quite productive over here at East Yard. So much so, that we were unable to put out our April newsletter earlier. So we've rolled April and May into one for this edition. Since our last update we've had the pleasure of playing host to three poetry events, an art exhibition and a classic film night. We've also wrapped up our work with Habitat for Humanity TT on their worthwhile initiative - SHElter - a land empowerment campaign for women. 

We had another reason to celebrate as the work of three of our artists, namely, Darnell Mathias-Harewood, Jamie J. Philbert and Walda Waithe was selected and is currently on display at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage as part of their current "Celebrating the Black Experience" Art Exhibition.

Read Article Here.

Another of our family members, Angelica Alleyne is debuting CAPTIVE, her first solo art exhibition and we couldn't be prouder.  

May is shaping up to be equally exciting as East Studio is once again booked for live events and exhibitions. We also want to congratulate our Creative Associate, Dominique Roy on the roll out of DTR Solutions, her creative solutions company. DTR Solutions has been partnering with creatives to host events at East Yard.

Toward the end of May our non-profit arm CFAFF/For Common Good's current cycle of its youth project which is funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I comes to a close. It culminates from June 3-4, 2022 with the For Common Good Arts for Social Change Festival to be held here at East Yard. In this edition we'll share a few highlights from the youth program.

Last month The Burg re-ignited its Classic Film Night series and hosted its first East Yard Edition. We're looking forward to part two in May.


Have a wonderful month! 

Kevon Foderingham
Founder, East Yard
Executive Director, CFAFF/For Common Good

Cover Image
Photography: Roland Alleyne
Fashion Design and Styling: Angelica Alleyne
Cover Talent: Angelica Alleyne

Below: Kevon Foderingham and Jamie J. Philbert
(Grace Farms Cocoa Products Advertisement produced by East Yard
and shot by RJLIVE TT Productions) 

CAPTIVE - A debut solo art exhibition by Angelica Alleyne

Angelica Alleyne or 'Angie' as we affectionately refer to her here at East Yard, has been a part of our family since 2018. Having come to us as a participant in For Common Good's Youth Arts Enrichment Program, Angie has gone on to complete her Certificate in Visual Arts at UWI and has been a facilitator for several of our youth and adult arts programmes.   

A talented visual artist, fashion designer and make-up artist, Angie has exhibited at several group exhibitions here at East Yard and now presents her debut solo exhibition, CAPTIVE which opens at East Studio on May 20th, 2022. 

Stay tuned to our social media channel for updates.    

The exhibition can be viewed at East Studio: 
May 20th - June 2nd, 2022
- Wednesdays - Fridays 10am-5pm
- Saturdays 12noon-6pm
War Cry by Angelica Alleyne as featured in CAPTIVE
Angelica Alleyne wearing one of her designs. The photo was captured by Roland Alleyne. 
FOR COMMON GOOD Youth Arts Enrichment Program (YAEP)

With some sessions taking place right here at East Yard, the FOR COMMON GOOD Youth Arts Enrichment Program (YAEP) offers a precious opportunity for young people to develop their unique identities and build skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.

One of two lead programs of our non-profit arm, CFAFF/For Common Good, YAEP has arts education at its core. This community driven program not only builds the visual, performing and culinary arts skills of participants but also exposes them to the concepts of art for social change and cultural diplomacy.

Building on its previous youth arts programs, the current iteration allows Trinidad and Tobago based youth between the ages of 12-17 to learn a creative skill, apply it to a social change theme, chosen from the UN SDG's and the opportunity to participate in a virtual exchange with youth champions from around the globe.

Currently funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I, For Common Good has partnered with the following groups/organizations to implement the program:
  1. All Inclusive FCG - Utilizing the arts to engage and include young persons with special needs
  2. AUX - Using the arts of marketing and branding to empower youth community tourism ambassadors
  3. Mission Fyzo - Documenting oral history and culture
  4. NoFilter - A youth engagement project that uses photography to empower and acknowledge the voices of our young people
  5. Walnut Tree Farms - The Joining Table - Training young people about "slow food", professional catering and compassion
Visit to learn more.
NoFilter program participants at RGM Savannah East
NoFilter Participants at Aripo Savannah.  
Poetry Poetry and more Poetry!

East Studio has been jumping with various poetry activities. On April 23rd, Bacano Leaf hosted the second edition of Bars" the Open Mic & Poetry Slam Series and the poets once again brought the energy, vibes and thoughtful content. In May, Bars" will be held on the 14th and 28th. Stay tuned to our socials for details.

Earlier in April, East Studio welcomed author and poet, Keeron Isaac for the in-person launch of his book Poet Tree which cascades the themes of family, love, growth, patriotism and reflections through nature.
Established in December 2020 as an independent contemporary art gallery, East Studio has now become a dedicated micro-event space within East Yard, managed by Joki One. It offers an Art Gallery; In-house Events; Co-Working; Private Hire; Snack & Beverage Concession; and the East Gourmet corner - which displays locally created artisanal products for sale.

This vibrant creative space is also an outlet for others to sell their work, run workshops and classes as well as providing meeting and networking opportunities.

Thinking of having an event soon? Have an idea but need help executing it? We're here to support you with whatever you need! Visit the space and let's plan your next show, performance, shoot, workshop etc.

For Bookings/Info
Instagram: @_eaststudio
Phone: +1 868 620-1331

Photos: (1 & 2) - The Launch of Poet Tree
            (3 & 4) -  Bars" Open Mic and Poetry Slam 
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