By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) brought a month-long summer arts program to a close this past week with a puppet show at the Bliss Center for Performing arts.
The program, carried out by the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) closed off with the show on Saturday, featuring Mexican Puppeteer Raquel Robles Pacheco, as well some of the participants who trained under Robles during the program.
Kim Vasquez, Youth Development Officer with NICH explained that Robles teaches puppet-making and the art of conducting a puppet show to both adults and children.
“This is her third year with us. She teaches how to make cultural puppets and how to address social using the puppet show”, Vasquez said. “She always caters the trainings she does to meet the specific needs of the communities she’s working with.”
Apart from working in the northern districts, Robles held trainings in Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio, and at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence in Belize City.
A number of the 14 youths that participated in the Samuel Haynes training formed a part of the final exhibition, which is also used to generate funding to help sustain the program. NICH also holds several other creative arts summer camps including drum making, painting, and drama.