Last week the Dutch Caribbean Pearl Awards in the Netherlands announced 35 nominees, in different categories to celebrate and acknowledge the work of several organizations and individuals whom are positive example within Dutch Caribbean community. Nominees have been noted by public vote and selected by a panel of judges who nominated Ira and Ayra Kip in the category Arts & Literature for their outstanding work with their Pancake Gallery Foundation and as founders of the International Educational Arts Program, Art Rules.
Organizers of the DC Pearls also know as OCEAN (Overleg Orgaan Caribbische Nederlanders) are the official operating advisory to the Dutch Government and its ministries. Since 2012, the organization, in collaboration with the city of Rotterdam, have been acknowledging and promoting the accomplishments of people and businesses whose work is ether a positive example of, or dedicated to the advancement of the Dutch Caribbean community both in the Netherlands and on all six Dutch Caribbean islands.
On may 22nd Ira and Ayra received an official letter stating that they have been nominated for the Award and invited to the main Award gala and show on June 14th with the mayor of Rotterdam.
The twin sisters Kip released a statement, expressing to be humbled with this nomination and exited with this, as they noted, unexpected nomination. Currently working hard and deep into pre production for the 5-year celebration of Art Rules Aruba and the kick off, for Art Rules Curaçao, Ira and Ayra are working overtime to get both projects of the ground. “The past 5 years have been really intense for us. We have sacrificed a lot to realize our goals and have had to go through a lot of unnoticeable battles to make this work. It is great that even though people don’t see the struggle, they acknowledge the outcome”. Ira and Ayra also explained that they are happy to take a moment to enjoy the fruits of their labor also sending out a big thank you to all their supporters.
Aside from their nomination in specific categories, Ira and Ayra are also up for the “Most Outstanding Pearl Award”. This award is the acknowledgement of the Best Pearl of 2013/2014 Award and is voted on by the public. To vote for Ira and Ayra, visit http://www.dcpearls.nl/ and for more information on their Arts Program Art Rules visit the websites and social pages at http://www.artrulesaruba.com and http://www.artrulescuracao.com facebook @artrulesaruba @artrulescuracao twitter @artrulesU