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Trekvoy Art & Literary Endowment for the Naturally Talented (T.A.L.E.N.T) was founded in 2011 by Aisha A King - President, Juliette Ste. Rose - Vice President, and Kebra Smith - Secretary. The team also includes Keisha Mayers-Juman - Accountant and Jessica Reynolds - Technical and Administrative Coordinator.
For the past ten years, the charity has played a small but significant part in building the Digital Arts and Animation Industry in Barbados. Our Animation Team has worked on many projects both locally and internationally. Locally, on published and animated projects for Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL), European Union, HIV/AIDS Commission, CARICOM Regional Organisation of Standards and Quality (CROSQ), and internationally on shows such as Rick and Morty for Cartoon Network and are the primary animation team for the award-winning web series People Watching.
In 2019, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Lab) took interest in our work, and after several meetings and an internal pitch session, T.A.L.E.N.T was awarded a grant on 1st February 2021. This four-year project would see the creation of an online platform offering training in 2D and 3D Animation along with training in other areas of Digital Arts thus giving birth to the Animated Arts Learning Institute (AALI).
The AALI learning management system has the ability to manage training paths organized in courses, modules, and activities; configure adaptive learning paths, manage, and ensure skill acquisition by students, assess them through varied quizzes and other types of assessment functions; manage blended learning by combining online modules with virtual instructor-led training sessions, forums, and chats.
It is our mission to encourage entrepreneurship by giving the AALI Student the tools needed to create a Freelance lifestyle whether working remotely for local and international companies on their animated projects or creating and licensing their own IPs. T.A.L.E.N.T also creates opportunities for successful students to join our Animation Team on current projects.
We also seek to educate individuals and the business community in Barbados and the wider Caribbean on the intricate process of the animation production pipeline used globally in the industry. This will allow for a better understanding of the timelines and needs of an animated project when it comes to investing in our digital artists. Creating original IPs allows for the opportunity to participate in licensing agreements with streaming platforms which will generate passive incomes needed to build a strong and sustainable animation industry by promoting a culture of re-investment.
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