NAMA Celebrates Youngsters’ Contribution to Culture

Young people who have made an outstanding contribution to Manx culture and island life in 2020/21 will be recognised this summer by the North American Manx Association.

The North American Manx Awards cover a range of subjects including Manx language, music and art and are largely focussed on children under the age of 18.

Other awards will celebrate people who have made an outstanding contribution to Manx culture and their community and those who have overcome a disability to make a difference.

Nominations are now open and can be downloaded here, obtained by emailing cpd.bookings@sch.im or calling Frances Cowin or Shelley Moffitt on 693830/693836.

The deadline for nominations is Friday May 7 and the winners will receive a specially minted medal at the Tynwald building in Douglas on Friday July 9

Education, Sport and Culture Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘It has been a tough year for everyone and these awards are a great way to recognise the endeavours and achievements of our young people and their contribution to Island life and Manx culture.’

Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly, who has previously been the President of the North American Association, will present two awards for students of the Manx language.

Mr Skelly, said: ‘Recognising your heritage and culture gives a sense of unity and belonging. During these challenging times it is more important than ever we acknowledge our young people who have contributed so hugely within our island community.’

The categories are:

·        Manx music

·        Art and crafts thatportray any aspect of Manx life or culture

·        Manx language

·        Outstanding contribution to Manx culture by a student under 18, over 18 and a group of under 25s

·        Outstanding contribution to the community

·        Overcoming disability to contribute to the community

The awards have been run each year since 1978, when the convention of the North American Manx Association assembled at Rocky River, Ohio, and resolved to spend $1,000 on a project to commemorate the Millennium of Tynwald in 1979.

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