In Its 6th Year On the Island, RBC Royal Bank’s Art Rules Aruba, Master Edition, is in Full Swing

Oranjestad – Aruba’s #1 Arts program, Art Rules Aruba, is back for another 2 weeks. Having opened on July 20th 2015, Art Rules Aruba is “the” platform for artistic Aruban teens, exploring and developing their artistic talents during the summer vacation. The art workshops, in 7 Art Disciplines including; Creative Writing, Creative Media, Dance, Theater, Music & Performance, DJ and Culinary Arts, are unfolding on Wilhelminastraat at the Rietveld Art Academy.

Art Rules Aruba has provided arts education for over 600 kids since its beginnings in 2010, with the help of RBC bank and other generous local businesses. Art Rules Aruba made it possible to invest in youth development, and also motivated and supported hundreds of Aruban teens, in their pursuit of excellence. Art Rules Aruba has currently more that 50 alumni’s studying arts abroad.

Founders Ira and Ayra Kip are truly excited that their vision for an Educational Arts platform is growing and they are excited to have been able to offer Art Rules Aruba here, and for the past two years also on the neighboring island of Curaçao where “Art Rules Curaçao,” has just concluded last week.

This year’s “Master Edition” recruited a team of Master Educators from abroad, coming here to teach local students, some famous in their respective field, such as Creative Writing Teacher Lemon Andersen, who is an Emmy Award winner and New York Times 2010 writer Playwright, Director, Poet and Performer. He is also known for his performances on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.

Another well-known and highly experienced educator is DJ teacher Young Guru. Known as one of the worlds’ most famous audio engineers and record Producers, Young Guru is the #1 engineer and DJ for rap mogul Jay Z and producer of Beyonce. YG is an expert in sound and the creation of music, which he will share with his students on the island.

Also extending the program globally in this Master Edition, South African Theater practitioner, activist and performer, Thokozani Ndaba. Miss Ndaba is a former Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient, who completed her Masters Degree at New York’s NYU’s Steinhardt Educational Theatre. She is currently based in Johannesburg.

“The program selected the most ambitious and most passionate applicants who truly wanted to continue their education and career in the arts, “ says founder Ayra Kip, about this year’s students.

Art Rules Aruba runs from July 20th to July 31st with a big final showcase on Saturday August 1st. For information on the rest of the team, updates, news and more, visit Twitter @artrulesU Instagram@artrulesflicks

Art Rules would like to thank all its participating partners including, De Palm Tours, Hertz Car Rental, Aruba Timeshare Association, DIGICEL, Aruba Wine & Dine, Marketing Plus NV, The Caribbean Queen’s Tikkun Olam program, Aruba Marriot Resort & Stellaris Casino, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, Paradise Beach Villa’s, Aaron Croes, Swing Masterz and its scholarship partners Kiwanis of Palm Beach and Curoil, offering several Art Rules Scholarships for participation.
The culinary arts program has recruited some of the island’s top chefs who are sharing their valuable time and knowledge with students. Chef Miguel Garcia, of the Aruba Marriott Resort teaches the History of Culinary Arts; Chef Ervin Husken, of Screaming Eagle Restaurant presents the Principals and Practices of Ice cream making, covering both ice creams and sorbets; Chef Matt Boland, of Divi Resorts discusses healthy Cooking Principals and helps kids make their most common every days dishes, super healthy! Chef Urvin Croes of the Kitchen Table and White Modern Cuisine introduces Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Principals; Chef Stephen Toevs of the Ritz Carlton Aruba demonstrates Fish & Meat Butchery and the basics skills necessary to tackle beef and seafood, while Chef Dora Wang of the Ritz Carlton elaborates on Pastry Baking and Pastry Principals.

Pictured here some of the goings on at the school this week!