“Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish,”
(Aristotle, 384 – 322 BC)

These famous words were uttered by the Greek philosopher, renowned for his development of knowledge through his writings. It has been said that Aristotle, “more than any other thinker, determined the orientation and the content of Western intellectual history. He was the author of a philosophical and scientific system that through the centuries became the support and vehicle for both medieval Christian and Islamic scholastic thought.”

Aristotle was a zoologist as well as philosopher ( he was the first to establish zoology as a field of study, and he is considered to be the first zoologist). It was also said of Aristotle that “his studies on animals laid the foundations of the biological sciences; and they were not superseded until more than two thousand years after his death.”

Aristotle was remarkable, but he is not necessarily one of a kind. It is the belief of The Greenhalls Family Trust – W.I. that every society has a handful of “Aristotles” – exceptional women and men whose thoughts, creativity, and passion for discovery are key contributors to how a country and its culture both evolves and matures. This is true of Trinidad & Tobago where unexplored wilderness and wildlife abound. This country is also rich with untapped contributions and innovations in art and culture. Yes, there are Artistotles here, many of whom are household names. Author Deerk Walcott; painters Amy Leong Pang-Bullbrook, Carlisle Chang, and Brother Fergus Griffin ; Calypsonian Lord Kitchner; internationally acclaimed band leader, Peter Minshall; and wild bird sanctuary founder Asa Wright have all helped mold TNT with respect to art and zoology.

But there is more talent to be found and thus more of TNT to expose.

The Greenhalls Family Trust – West Indies was established specifically to flesh out more of these individuals in Trinidad & Tobago. Through our financial grant program, we intend to help nurture artistic and zoological endeavors, thus motivating TNT to continue to thrive and simultaneously preserve its natural entities.

What is Art?

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term “art,” I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature through the veil of the soul.”
(Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 - 1849)

If we listen to what the poet, Poe, tells us, art can be something as obvious as an oil painting that renders a Leatherback turtle nesting on a beach at dawn; it can be the notes beaten on a steelpan (a man-made instrument as intricately connected to Trini culture as it is to the earth that produces the oil it once contained); or it could be the crooning of our favourite Calypsonians, whose art form was created when slaves, working the earth for harvest, sang to communicate in rebellion against slave owners who had forbidden them to speak to each other. Art can simply be words put to paper that inspire us to think, evoking images of Trini life. Or it could be jewelry made from tamarind seeds, coconut shells, gnarled leaves that drop from indigenous trees. It could be a play written with an appreciation for Trini sensibilities (or even contrary to them), and it could be a dance step adopted made popular by one of this year's Carnival tunes.

Art, in whatever form, is the evidence of a creative thinker's vision and work, and it inspires thought, movement, and empathy. The definition of art, by our standards, is certainly broad and far-reaching, but most would agree that art is a critical part of any society and it needs to be nourished.

What is Zoology?

As you can see, the trust's view of art nature are intermingled, a key concept to embrace as you contemplate your proposal. Elizabeth Greenhall's beloved art collection portrayed natural scenes as easily as they evoked the uniqueness of Trini culture. Birds, reptiles, local foods, traditional Trini customs (e.g. a villager walking home from market with a carrying carefully balanced baskets of groceries her head), Trini artisans and Trini festivals, and TNT's rugged wilderness and folklore have often been the subject of Trinidadian painters.

Yet there is another – significant – intermingling upon which The Greenhalls Family Trust is based. It is the marriage of Elizabeth, the artist, and Arthur, the zoologist. Although a zoologist by profession, Arthur's passion was to discover new lands and different cultures. The study of the creatures that inhabit these spheres added an artistic and humanitarian element to this explorer's resume. Since his early teens, Arthur devoted his life to discovering animals previously unknown to North Americans, cataloguing them for science and research, and finding useful applications of his newfound knowledge. Arthur's global effort in preventing the spread of the deadly rabies virus illuminates his role as a true humanitarian. He contributed to the betterment of global society, as rabies impacts most temperate and tropical corners of the world .

Submitting an application

Candidates with projects and ideas in the areas of zoology and art are invited to submit a proposal to The Greenhalls Family Trust — W.I., which will review them for scholarship consideration.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the Trust's board, Paul R. Greenhall, Michael A. Greenhall, and Amanda Mitchell Henry, and by two anonymous experts in the appropriate field. Scholarship recipients are expected to formally acknowledge the Greenhalls Trust-WI in all publications in which the grant has been applied. If remuneration has been received for work that a grant has supported, recipients will donate a portion of the proceeds to the support of the Greenhalls Trust. Proposals maybe mailed directly to Paul Greenhall at 2441 Temple Court Alexandria VA 22307 , or e-mailed to any board member: Paul Greenhall, ; Michael Greenhall, ; or Amanda Mitchell Henry, .




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