Art & Culture

LOST ARTWORK: Leveling UP! with Come-Unity!

The spirit of come-unity and nation¬†building at Nanook over the past few months is immense! It’s always challenging balancing the doing of things with taking time to share the reasons behind actions- but both are important. Balancing that is at the core of building unity and achieving progress. I’ve observed over the years how simple miscommunication and unshared perspectives have derailed great projects and partnerships. I’m excited to begin exploring some new ways of sharing the why of Nanook a bit more. Beginning with more frequent posts!! ūüėČ

Feb & March 2016 @ Level UP!
Many thanks to our special guests and weekly group of community reasoners!! We are headed UP!

In February we introduced the Level UP! series and for that entire month, every Tuesday, we gathered to reason on the¬†month’s Reggae Music and social justice theme. This trend continued through March in recognition and celebrations of Women, and now in April we are exploring the topic of Men & Mother Earth!

The shared time and space has been powerful and for those that missed it podcasts of several weeks will be released soon, and you can find highlights and stay aware of all happenings HERE!

There are two main reasons behind this new event. This event was forged by, through and for our Come-unity which is young, old, local, foreign, creative, corporate, black and white in label! Nanook kindah have inspired a commitment to using this safe space to truly connect positive energies and intentions regardless of outer¬†packaging. We recognize that meeting to actually talk about topics long avoided or seldom discussed is one of the most important things we can do as a’s how we can get to know who we are and understand ourselves. Yu haffi know yuhself before yuh grow yuhself!

The second reason behinKingston Crossroads premiered at Nanookd this event has been to Honour and return to¬†the oral tradition – using the old way to create the new. As a people we learn more through informal communication than textbooks …fact. There’s also the fact that the subtle nuances of life and layers of context that open dialogue can facilitate aren’t as easily¬†captured in a book. Already the conversations that have occurred in this space have enriched lives and bridged worlds.

In addition to this weekly reasoning, in the last month we have welcomed the launch of the Italee & Circle of Bredrens multicultural tour, the premiere of the Kingston Crossroads documentary and tested the ICEBP (International Cultural Exchange Beach Programme) on several occasions!!! We are even at the Jamaica Expo 2016 on NOW!


The consistent theme has been one of growth and collaboration. Nowhere was this more evident than at the recent staging of ILAH IWAH by the Rastafari Indigenous Village. This event showcased male and female, local and international, artistic and charitable collaboration on many levels in the creation of a positive self sustaining venture. The result was a reflection of the accumulation of positive intention. Even opposition to the event provides opportunity to reflect on who we are and what core values we hold on to. If we disagree it should be interesting to find out why because the healing is there. If we are really about unity the challenge is to stop seeing each other as an enemy. All in all it’s been #upness…lets stay committed to LOVE-ing and enjoying the process of learning to benefit together…the journey is the destination!

About the author


Joan Webley’s love of music is one of her primary reasons for trying to aid the development of the arts in Jamaica. This passion for music has shaped Joan’s career. She worked in the entertainment industry in Australia for three years, first as a junior publicist and booking agent while she trained to be a barrister, and later representing film makers on copyright issues after being admitted to legal practice. Returning to Jamaica in 2008, Joan has been steadily training and implementing other developmental initiatives. Drawing on her experience in entertainment law, Joan set up her company Nanook Enterprises to help talented musicians, film makers and writers make a living from their art.

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