Atiba Edwards takes helm of Brooklyn Childrens Museum

Atiba Edwards takes helm of Brooklyn Childrens Museum

St. Vincent and the Grenadines-born Atiba Edwards has been named president and CEO of the prestigious Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the first children’s museum in the world.

Edwards — a fixture at the museum since 2019 serving as chief operating officer and executive vice resident — had been the acting head since August.

“This institution holds a special place in the hearts of families and children in Brooklyn and beyond,” Edwards said in a statement. “BCM is a place I grew up coming to with my family during my childhood years. I am committed to continuing the museum’s legacy of providing a dynamic and enriching educational experience for all, and I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, board, and community partners to ensure the museum’s continued success.”

In his previous position, Edwards managed the budget, worked on rebranding for the historic institution, and oversaw the debut of new programs and offerings for the museum’s diverse young clientele. Among the new attractions are a state-of-the-art auditorium, a mini-golf course, and the novel ArtRink exhibition — an outdoor skating rink and art exhibit.

Raised in Brooklyn’s Brownsville section, Edwards background — which includes co-founding the FOKUS non-profit community arts organization and directing the operations for the Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School — aids the museum’s community initiatives. For information, visit brooklynkids.org.

Music and USVI Culture

Music from throughout the world will be converging in the U.S. Virgin Islands to take part in the American territory’s 12-day Crucian Christmas Festival starting Dec. 26. Running through Jan. 6, the festival will feature many traditional expressions of USVI culture and include nights devoted to Afrobeat, Soca, Latin, and other music genres in the “Festival Village Nights” presentations.

Patrice Roberts performs at the Return Concert at Hasely Crawford Stadium on Feb. 28, 2011, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Patrice Roberts performs at the Return Concert at Hasely Crawford Stadium on Feb. 28, 2011, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Sean Drakes/LatinContent via Getty Images)

Mic Love, Bugz, Sisa, and Quan backed by Blind Earz Band; Stanley & The Ten Sleepless Knights, Spectrum Band, Xpress Band, the Cool Session Brass; Adam O, Pumpa, and the Karnage Band are some of the USVI performers.

The imported musical sounds will be provided by American-born Nigerian Afrobeats performer Davido, Soca star Patrice Roberts from Trinidad, Grenada-born Soca artist Mr. Killa, and the Krosfyah band from Barbados. For more information: visitUSVI.com

Pan on his mind

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Barbados-born Adrian Clarke (l.) at the Flushing Town Hall’s “Barbados Meets USA African American Spirituals” event.

Barbados-born Adrian Clarke — who purchased some steel drums on a lark a number of years ago — recently performed in Flushing Town Hall’s Mini Global Mashup series, “Barbados Meets USA African American Spirituals,” along with keyboardist Richard Henry and bassist Hilliard Greene.

The self-taught Clarke’s continued his interest in steel pan and was later recruited by Banks Soundtech Steel Orchestra. For upcoming shows, visit flushingtownhall.org/fth-presents

Nature in photos

Inspired by the natural splendor of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, the works of Haiti-born photographer Frantz Michaud will be displayed in “Ferae Naturae” (Wildlife), a solo exhibition presented by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The exhibit will be on display through the end of 2023.

Haiti-born photographer Frantz Michaud captured on film a pair of macaws in Costa Rica.

Frantz Michaud

Haiti-born photographer Frantz Michaud captured — on film — a pair of macaws in Costa Rica.

His photos capture the natural beauty of Long Island, Maryland, Everglades National Park in Florida, and protected national areas of Costa Rica. The visitor center is at 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, Queens, and is open Friday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Gateway, visit nps.gov/gate, or call (718) 318-4340.

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