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About the project

Nuevo Caribe Creativity Labs (NCCL) connects young artists from St. Kitts and Nevis, and the wider Caribbean region, with international artists to build lasting relationships that foster creative expression, innovation and inspire critical inquiry.  Our mission is to support the Caribbean youth in creating powerful stories that help to confront the immensity of the challenges their generation will inevitably face as climate change and other sustainability considerations progress across small island states.

We believe that mastering the tools of storytelling, specifically interdisciplinary art making and creative inquiry,  can serve to empower young thinkers by giving them the skills they will need to share their hopes, visions and solutions across the region and the world. We hope our project will highlight the innovation, resilience and leadership of our cohorts  and will document the ways in which the study of creative expression helps the artists to embody and pursue the empowerment goals concretized through the vision of the “Ideal Caribbean Person.” 

Each year a cohort of young artists are chosen to participate in the lab, which consists of:

  • Two 10 day in person technique, skill building and production workshops across artist’s corresponding disciplines 

  • Six months of Mentorship and support with project execution

  • Opportunity to present their creative achievements with local communities and international audiences

  • A lifetime commitment from the Mentoring Artist to be available to support the young artist over their creative journey.  

Young creatives are partnered with artists working in the fields of documentary film, theatre, podcasting and music production. Mentors will provide targeted coaching to build enhanced tools and skills to further their own creative journey skills and tools they need to launch their own creative inquiry journeys. Each year the work of the cohort will be documented in a film that captures how the interdisciplinary creativity labs enrich the lives of the students, their communities, and the artist with whom they collaborate.

“I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied - about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works - and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



About the team

Neva Pemberton has a passion for emancipatory praxis and is deeply committed to contributing to education transformation  in the Caribbean, where she is rooted and lives with her family.  Neva currently works as the Chief of Education Planning for the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, spearheading strategic planning and policy coordination in the education sector.  She is regionally regarded as a thought leader in her field and has been invited to share her expertise and professional experiences in various forums world-wide.  She has a PhD in International and Comparative Education from UCLA and a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Education Sector Planning from the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.

Neva Pemberton
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