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About Us

Art Raises The Spirit 

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, CMCArts, was founded by Candia Atwater in 1994 as a means of addressing the increase in violence afflicting the youth of St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands. Her goal was to provide and teach alternative forms of positive expression through art. Since 2003, CMCArts' programming has been housed in a beautiful, historic building at 10  Strand Street in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

 

Throughout CMCArts’ 29 year history, the organization has specifically served the community as an active exhibition center for the visual and performing arts; exhibiting the artwork of artists and artisans from St. Croix, the USVI, Puerto Rico and in part the larger Caribbean. The museum that has grown from that early vision has evolved to be a significant learning resource and creative incubator in our community. We are continuing to challenge ourselves to make everything we do a learning opportunity for everyone by fostering transformative experiences and nurturing fluency in the Caribbean visual arts and cultural heritage.

 

CMCArts seeks to become a cultural gateway and point of connection for all of the Caribbean with the vision to be innovative and to deepen our commitment to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage as well as contemporary experiences of the Caribbean diaspora.

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OUR MISSION AND VISION

MISSION

To inspire and promote the Caribbean's rich cultural and artistic heritage through engaging the diverse communities of the Islands

VALUES

  • Engage and celebrate the diversity of artists and audiences of the Caribbean

  • Promote creativity and critical thinking

  • Exhibit integrity by being good stewards in and honest, transparent, and ethical manner

  • Commitment to celebrate the rich and diverse artistic traditions of the Caribbean

Meet The Team

Orville James

Orville James is a native son from Dominica and has lived in St. Croix for more than twenty years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida and manages capital and renewable energy construction projects for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. Orville values community service and has served as a past president of WAPA's Professional and Technical Employees' Union and the Elena L. Christian school's Parent Teacher Student Association and as the secretary of People United for a Better Virgin Islands. As the race director of The Virgin Islands Pace Runners, he officiates many competitive and other sporting events. He also volunteers as an assistant to the Director of Judging and Awards for the Agrifest Board of Directors and participates in the music ministry of the Midland Wesleyan Holiness Church. Orville enjoys spending time with his family and delights in all that living in the Caribbean provides including swimming, sailing, scuba diving, gardening, and hiking. He believes art expresses culture, celebrates beauty, and inspires people and considers it an honor to be a member of CMCArts Board of Directors. 

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Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins is a tireless advocate of civic involvement, she has served on numerous boards and organizations including Chair of the Fun-raising committee of the Women's Coalition of St. Croix, Library  Commissioner in San Diego, Chair of the Diversionary Theater Board and the National Victory Fund, to name a few. With an MBA from Pepperdine University and BA and MA degree from the University of Oklahoma, Susan had a 40-year career in Communications including Vice President of a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company, teaching journalism at the University of Tulsa, and eventually founded the most successful investor relations and public relations firm in the biotechnology industry in California which she sold to Porter Novelli, a global communications firm. Susan is a patron of the arts and an aficionado of the theater. As a fine art collector, her paintings include Caribbean artists and some of the most respected and esteemed Chinese contemporary artists working today. This collection attests to her belief in how art informs the present and creates a path for the future. Susan is involved and committed to increasing understanding of the importance that arts programs serve in a community.

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Janis Valmond

Janis Valmond has lived and worked in the USVI for over thirty years, interrupted by brief stints spent on the US mainland to pursue graduate school. Dr. Valmond is a former researcher and part-time faculty member of the University of the Virgin Islands. Dr. Valmond joined the staff of the Department of Health in April 2019, as Deputy Commissioner of Health. She is a founding Board member of BrightSpark, Inc. a non-profit organization based on St. Croix and the primary sponsor of the Dominique James Reading Program: Reading Carnival and Book Fair. Her volunteer efforts in the past have included time as Troop Leader with the St. Patrick School Girl Scout Troops and she currently serves as an adult volunteer with the St. Patrick Youth Ministry. Serving as a Board member at CMCArts is one way she finds to give back to a vibrant St. Croix community that has provided a rich, stimulating environment to raise an awesome daughter and provided opportunities to work with a wide range of talented, committed individuals. 

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Wilfred Labiosa

Wilfred Labiosa, PhD, born and raised in Puerto Rico, has been a community leader and advocate for the last thirty years. He lived for more than 26 years in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied at multiple prestigious institutions. He is owner of Cuba Puerto Rico Tours, company that focuses on facilitating educational and humanitarian travel to Cuba; and co-owner of Labiosa Family Art Collection. 

He has published extensively his research with the dually-diagnosed Latino community, mental health and a substance abuse diagnosis; works as a consultant and/ or supervisor on state, national and international projects that focus on mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, homeless, youth, Latinos, LGBTQ+, people with dual diagnosis or evidence-based treatment modalities.   He has worked with LGBT and HIV organizations locally, nationally and internationally for many years, as a mentor, mental health provider or evaluator. Born and raised in Puerto Rico; He graduated with a doctorate degree from Simmons University, School of Social Work, and Master's Degree from Northeastern University's Department of Counseling Psychology, and a graduate certificate from Suffolk University’s management of non-profits. His Bachelor’s degree is from Boston University. He is currently the CEO of Waves Ahead Corp, a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico focusing in the elder and LGBT+ community, managing two Community Centers focused on the LGBT Older Adult. 

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Ann Kershaw

Anne Kershaw is a lawyer, technologist, and entrepreneur who is delighted to finally have time to give back to her new St. Croix community, having moved to St. Croix with her husband Clifford Berger in 2016. Since graduating, cum laude, from New York Law School (evening division) in 1987, Anne has worked as a litigator and legal technology consultant, starting two successful legal consulting firms. In addition, she was an adjunct-faculty member at Columbia University for nineteen years, has served on numerous boards, speaks frequently at legal conferences, and has authored numerous published articles. She is a classical flute player, having attended The Julliard School while in high school and a graduate of Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Anne is also an amateur historian who is passionate about civil rights. Anne is also passionate about Caribbean art and education and is honored to be a member of CMCArts Board of Directors. (Not admitted in the VI)

Stephaie Chalana Bron

Stephanie Chalana Brown, through her photography, fine art, cinematography, content, and festival arts, examines our present identities while also playing an important part in the preservation of Virgin Island culture from the past. She is known by her affectionate nickname, Chalana, and she creates digital mixed media fine art works using photography as her primary medium. The Madras that Binds All Ah We was the title of her debut collection of fine art "received high praise because it was inspired by the poem written by Richard Schrader from the Virgin Islands. The art series was utilized by legislators in a number of town hall meetings in an effort to advocate for Act No. 8424, which would establish an official Virgin Islands madras. As a documentary filmmaker, Chalana has produced a range of unique broadcast programs. These programs include Griot and Foodie Insider, both of which are currently airing on local broadcast networks. In addition, the Virtual Crucian Cultural Cuisine dialogues chronicle the traditional foodways of the Virgin Islands. Further utilizing photography as a medium of storytelling, the Chalana project "E3: Exploration, Evolution, and Effectuation" exploring Virgin Islands identity through history, fashion, fabric, and photography has been included in two articles in a Danish academic publication exploring coloniality in the Danish West Indies, which are now the Virgin Islands of the United States.   In addition, the projects she has undertaken at the Caribbean Museum of the Arts, the exhibition titled "Claiming Spaces: The African Story of the Sugar Mill" received high praise and sparked further conversation about the erasure of Africans ingenuity in the built heritage of what are now the Virgin Islands. This conversation centered on the importance of not erasing uncomfortable stories and legacies for the sake of comfortability, particularly with regard to historic sugar mills and former plantation spaces. As the artistic director of the Sanctuary Festival troupe, Chalana and team members reimagine traditional festival costumes and forgo new connections between them and more modern aesthetics and design principles. Additionally, Stephanie Chalana Brown is the State Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Department of Education of the Virgin Islands' Division of Virgin Island Cultural Education.

Dr. Regina Flipin

Dr. Regina Flippin is a native of Memphis, TN. She is a Board-Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Flippin specializes in Limb Salvage. Her mantra is “Saving Limbs, Save Lives,” as she has reduced the amputation rate in the territory with aggressive wound care and surgical intervention. Additionally, Dr. Flippin is a cosmetic foot surgeon providing medically necessary surgery with outstanding cosmetic results using minimal incision techniques with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Flippin is the owner of Urban Foot Care Center with locations in Milwaukee, WI, St. Croix, and St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands. She is honored that her facilities have received the Gold Seal of the Joint Commission Accreditation for its Ambulatory Surgical Center. Urban Foot Care Center has been voted “Best Foot Care” on St. Croix every year since 2014. In 2020, she opened Uzuri Luxury Spa, where clients are treated to state-of-the-art hand, foot, and facial experiences. Dr. Flippin is the wife of Mr. Eric L. Bland. Although they do not have any biological children, she is the godmother and mentor to many. Dr. Flippin has an innate love for people in general and for them to be healed specifically. The last 25 years of her life, she has devoted herself to edifying and enhancing the lives of those hurting and disenfranchised in her community. As a thirteen-year breast cancer survivor, she saw the need to offer support to others with breast cancer. In 2011, she and Eric founded Flippin to a Cure®, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation whose mission is to offer financial support to breast cancer survivors so they can focus on healing rather than the financial burden cancer may cause.
Dr. Flippin has a passion for all forms of visual art and she loves to create authentic and luxury spaces in her spare time.

Lisa Lord is the Founding Principal of Philanthropy by Design, a strategic fundraising consultancy working directly with nonprofits to amplify their mission. She has more than 40 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including service with or on nine nonprofit boards in Jackson, Wyoming. Over 11 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Lisa helped raise $43 million for the Wyoming Chapter. In her four years as Development Director for TNC’s Caribbean Division, she launched a $100 million conservation campaign and raised close to $60 million prior to leaving the organization. Lisa completed Manager-Mentor training at Harvard Business School, Highly Effective Teams certification, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

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Marlee Miller

Marlee Miller worked 40 years for nonprofit organizations—starting in communications and marketing, and eventually running them as chief operating officer. Her most recent position was COO of M+R, a national consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, which advises nonprofit clients advancing the cause of justice, alleviating suffering, and solving the greatest challenges we face. She was raised in Eugene, Oregon, by parents who were deeply involved in the community and in the arts, which inspired Marlee’s personal and professional passions. Early in her career, she gained insight into the art world and its challenges as managing editor of the Houston Center for Photography’s arts journal, as board of directors secretary, and eventually as board president. Marlee earned a degree in journalism, with a minor in political science, from the University of Montana. She has lived in the U.S. Rockies, West Coast, East Coast, and the “Third Coast” of Texas. She and her husband are now both retired and living on beautiful St. Croix half the year and the other half in the mountains of Maryland.

Kenya Nelson Stevens strives to assist clients in growing both professionally and personally. KNS Solutions provides online accounting services, financial organizing, bookkeeping, and consulting. I not only help clients organize and plan financially, but also want to help them understand how the figures impact business decisions. Business owners with a clear picture of their finances are free to focus on building their company. As a Wellness Advocate and yogi, I appreciate the importance of promoting emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I am motivated to educate my clients on natural health solutions and am always learning and absorbing new information. I believe we “prosper to share,” and that’s exactly what I live to do.

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Lisa Mordhorst brings over 20 years of international arts administration experience and over 7 years as a local business owner to this critical role. Over the years, her business and finance development firm has provided hands on leadership and innovative operational, financial and brand building solutions to several companies in the US Virgin Islands. Lisa is a veteran of the New York City and international art worlds having collaborated with renowned artists such as Mark di Suvero and his non profit Socrates Sculpture Park, gallerists, and museums throughout the world. Lisa entered the professional art world after completing a BFA in photography from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She carries years of art management and curatorial experience as an exhibition project manager, archivist and practicing artist. 

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Jay Weiss Bio

Jay Weiss is originally from New Orleans, LA, Jay Weiss spent 35 years working in Operations for Macy's Department Store. In 2019, he and his husband relocated to the beautiful island of St. Croix from Key Largo to retire. However, retirement took an unexpected turn when Jay found his new calling at CMCArts. Embracing his passion for the arts and community, Jay has been dedicated to supporting and growing CMCArts ever since, without looking back.

Jessica Parker White has been the CMCArts Education Coordinator since 2021, organizing vibrant and enriching programs for ages 2 to adults. She played a pivotal role in launching several key initiatives, including Little Artist Days, School Outreach Programs, CMCArts Children’s Parade Troupe, Summer Series, and CMCArts Dance Series for youths and adults. These programs are leveraged by the talents of both local instructors and our artist-in-residence. Previously, she taught art at Arthur A. Richards Junior High School from 2004 to 2021 and served as the National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor. She earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2012 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University in 2002.

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2021-24 Strategic Plan

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2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

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