Exhibit showcases what St. Croix means to students

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ST. CROIX - Residents will be given a chance to view an interesting exhibit on Saturday titled "Packaging St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands."

The exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Steeple Building on the corner of Hospital and Company streets in Christiansted and coincides with the next event in a series of activities sponsored by the Christiansted Community Alliance in Limpricht Park, which also begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

David Goldstein, National Park Service chief of interpretation and education, said the exhibit has about 120 pieces produced by local students who participated through a series of in-class exercises at St. Croix Educational Complex during their normal coursework. Students were asked to develop masks, drawings, essays, haiku poems and brochures highlighting what St. Croix and the Virgin Islands mean to them.

"Packaging St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands" was created by Celeste Fahie, an educational consultant with the National Park Service.

Fahie is a native of Harlem, N.Y., but her ancestral roots are on St. Croix and she has been a resident of the island for the past 22 years.

"Packaging St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands" is one of two community-based, National Park Service-funded programs that she has developed. The other is "Assuring the Bonds of Legacy," and she continues to work with non-governmental organizations and facilitate their programmatic inclusion in the local school curriculum.

Goldstien said the written work on display features St. Croix's historical sites, including short biographies on past and present individuals of varying backgrounds who have contributed to the community.

A large array of masks is on display representing five cultural categories that include Carnival masks, obeah masks, jumbie masks, mocko jumbie masks and Creolization masks, according to Goldstien.

The exhibit comprises primarily the work of students from Educational Complex, but there a few pieces by visiting Danish high school students.

Goldstein said the artwork is part of a developing long-term revolving exhibit that will move from the Steeple Building into Fort Christiansvaern and next year will include works from students at Central High School.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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