Ken Dart’s relationship with the Cayman Islands began in the late 1980s, when members of the Dart family first visited. The Dart family was first drawn to Grand Cayman because of its breathtaking and serene beaches as well as its thriving marine environment. These natural benefits coupled with a sophisticated financial infrastructure, a growing tourism industry, and a diverse and talented workforce, all came together to convince Ken Dart to purchase the West Indian Club in 1994.
Since his purchase, Ken Dart has stayed true to his vision of creating a mixed use community in this beautiful space. He embraces new urbanism, which would create residential, commercial and business spaces that’d be linked together through mutual community areas. This way, he would be creating a living town, rather than just another subdivision. Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., brought Camana Bay to life, and in doing so, introduced the first new urbanism development to the Caribbean.
With Camana Bay’s success, the philanthropic Ken Dart recognized his responsibility to extend his impact on Grand Cayman beyond Camana Bay. While Camana Bay was designed with future generations in mind, there are societal improvements that can be accomplished today. With this in mind, Ken Dart helped establish several different ways to give back to the Cayman Island community.
Philanthropically, Dart Enterprises is invested in helping to establish a more advanced education system in Cayman. Dart recognized that the future of Cayman depends on a well-educated population, so, as part of the development of Camana Bay, the Cayman International School was funded and created.
This 13-acre campus provides a world-class educational facility that provides education to students from pre-K through Grade 12. Dart has also established scholarships for local Caymanian students that helps cover the cost of high school and other higher education options.
Dart Enterprises has also made efforts to support local entrepreneurs. Ken Dart’s companies help promote local businesses through numerous events and recurring activities on the island. For example, the Farmers & Artisans Market hosted on Wednesdays presents an opportunity for local produce and goods to be sold in Camana Bay, offering residents and tourists a unique opportunity to scoop up authentic Caymanian goods. Dart Cayman has also sponsored “Made In Cayman”, a series of short documentaries that showcase the diverse variety of local products made in the Cayman Islands.
Ken Dart’s philanthropic endeavors extend even further, with new sponsorships and grants announced often. These various endeavors support creating a safe and more educated population that will help Grand Cayman continue to enjoy the highest standards of living.