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IOJ honors Musgrave Awardees during Heritage Month

The Institute of Jamaica | 2014-10-08 00:00:00

Nine distinguished Jamaicans are to receive the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) Musgrave Medals Award on Wednesday October 22 at the annual Musgrave Medals Award Ceremony commencing at 3:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, at the Institute of Jamaica. This historical award ceremony is part of IOJ’s celebration of Heritage Month.

The Musgrave award is the longest running traditional award in the Western Hemisphere. In keeping with  the IOJ’s mandate “for the encouragement of Literature, Science and Art” in Jamaica, three (3) Gold, three (3) Silver and  three (3) Bronze Musgrave Medals will be presented to the 2014 awardees for their achievements in the artistic, scientific and literary fields.

Gold medals for distinguished eminence will be presented to renowned author and playwright, Anthony C. Winkler for his contribution to Literature; sculptor, Petrona Morrison for her work in Art & Education; and Professor Celia Christie-Samuels for her work in Medicine.

Silver medals for outstanding merit will be awarded to Jasmine Thomas-Girvan for her achievements in jewelry and sculpting; Reggae producer, Donovan Germain for his contribution to music; and Dr. Karl Aiken for his research in the field of Life Sciences. 

Bronze medals for merit will be to awarded Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke for his contribution to music; Phillip Thomas for his achievement in Art; and Dr. Tannecia Stephenson for her research in the field of Physics.

The Nexus Choir is among those who will be performing at the prestigious ceremony.

The Musgrave award has been in existence since 1889 and is the oldest award of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.  The award was introduced as a memorial to Sir Anthony Musgrave, Governor of Jamaica (1877-1883) who founded the Institute of Jamaica in 1879. 

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