Wednesday, August 5, 2020

City Gallery reopens with updated safety precautions, new group exhibition

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 4:44 PM

The City Gallery reopens this Thursday with enhanced safety precautions. - GOOGLE STREET VIEW
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  • The City Gallery reopens this Thursday with enhanced safety precautions.
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park reopens this Thursday with adjusted hours and new safety precautions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Guests are required to reserve free tickets for admission prior to their visit; you can reserve tickets online or by calling (843) 958-6484.

The gallery will be open Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gallery staff members and visitors must wear face coverings and maintain proper social distance while in the building. Sanitizer stations will be available and "enhanced cleaning protocols" will be implemented every hour.

The gallery's current exhibition is a group show, Together at a Distance, featuring the work of 31 artists, all of whom have exhibited in group settings in Charleston before. The show highlights the works of individual artists while also placing pieces in dialogue with those of their peers.

Participating artists include Christine Crosby, Madison Latimer, Tate Nation, Tommy Beaver, Alvin Glen, Lisa Willits and more.
Event Details Together at a Distance
@ City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau St.
Charleston, SC
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Aug. 29
Price: Free to attend
Visual Arts

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Charleston County Public Library begins in-library service at four branches starting Aug. 10

In-person browsing returns

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 5:02 PM

Head to Mount Pleasant's Wando Library branch for in-person services starting next Monday - FILE PHOTO
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  • Head to Mount Pleasant's Wando Library branch for in-person services starting next Monday
Four Charleston library locations will allow patrons inside beginning Aug. 10, offering limited services. Branches in the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) system have been closed to the public since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. These branches include: the Main Library, Baxter-Patrick James Island Library, Wando Mount Pleasant Library and Dorchester Road Regional Library.

The remaining CCPL branches are closed to the public but continue to offer curbside services.

In a press release, CCPL executive director Angela Craig said: "We look forward to welcoming our patrons back inside our library locations and are committed to do so in a manner that is safe for our public and for our staff."

The four branches will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. These branches will be closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Patrons can take advantage of mobile printing, self-serve copier service and in-building grab and go service for picking up items placed on hold. Guests are also welcome to browse materials, utilize self-checkout and apply for a new library card or transition from their temporary eCards.

All library visitors are required to wear a mask inside library facilities at all times. CCPL branches are adhering to occupancy limits so you may have to wait before entering.
In-person library activities remain suspended, but CCPL continues to offer a wide range of virtual programming online at

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Neema Gallery owner Meisha Johnson set to participate in August webinar with Artsy

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Posted by Jeanne Dunn on Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 8:27 AM

Meisha Johnson joins five other black business leaders and creatives in an online discussion on Aug. 13 - RUTA SMITH FILE PHOTO
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  • Meisha Johnson joins five other black business leaders and creatives in an online discussion on Aug. 13
You can join Neema Gallery as they are partner with Artsy, an online fine art platform, for a live webinar Aug. 13 from 11 a.m.-noon. Moderated by Artsy marketing officer Everette Taylor, the discussion will focus on the black experience in the art world.

The live discussion will feature Neema Gallery’s owner, Meisha Johnson, as well as other influential black business leaders and creatives from around the country. These speakers include artist Devin Johnson, Prizm Art Fair director Mikhaile Solomon, Richard Beavers (owner of a gallery of the same name) and Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtis.

As Charleston's only art gallery exclusively featuring original art by Southern African-American artists, the Neema Gallery has been greatly influential in supporting and showcasing local and regional black creatives’ artwork.
The webinar will be focused around discussing three main topics: how the Black Lives Matter movement affects the art world, communities’ role in supporting black creatives and combating racism in the art scene.

Register to join the discussion online

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

SC Arts Commission grants $4.1 million to support arts and cultural work in 41 counties

$595,872 to Charleston County organizations

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 AM

Kids learning (and having fun) at a STEAM summer camp hosted by Charleston's Engaging Creative Minds - FILE PHOTO
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  • Kids learning (and having fun) at a STEAM summer camp hosted by Charleston's Engaging Creative Minds
The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) announced grants this week totaling $4.1 million, awarded in at least 41 S.C. counties to support arts and culture work in the new fiscal year.

Forty-five Charleston County arts organizations received grants, totaling $595,872. There are 14 grant categories, including Education Pilot Project grants and Folklife & Traditional Arts grants.

Local arts organizations receiving grants include Art Forms and Theatre Concepts, Charleston Stage, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts, Spoleto Festival USA and more. You can find the full list online.

In a press release SCAC executive director David Platts said: "This is a significant investment of public funds that will further the work of South Carolina’s creative sector. It will support quality arts education programming for South Carolina students. It will support many of the 115,000 jobs in and supported by our $9.7 billion arts and creative sector."

SCAC's latest community initiative, The Art of Community: Rural SC is being supported with grants totaling $85,400, distributed to the 15 counties where the project addresses local issues with arts and culture. This includes a grant that funds SCAC's folklife partnership with University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum.

The grants will be distributed during the July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 grant period.

Learn more about the South Carolina Arts Commission online

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Eastside Community Development Corporation is raising money for an internet cafe

You can donate online now

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 12:27 PM

Latonya Gamble, president of the Eastside Community Development Corporation (ECDC), launched a GoFundMe in June to raise money for an internet cafe to serve residents of the Eastside neighborhood of downtown Charleston.

With the help of Charleston's Black Lives Matter organization and local artist JaQuan Hicks, a new poster is spreading the word on social media, boosting the fundraiser's efforts to reach $20,000. ECDC has received eight donated computers from S.C. Rep. Wendell Gilliard and Willie Frazier of Frazier Construction Company, Abdullah Muhammad, VIP Marketing and Advertising, and E- Solutions, but they need more to properly serve everyone in need of internet access.

Donations will go toward the purchase of new computers that will be part of an internet cafe, located inside of and managed by ECDC at its headquarters at 60 America St.

You can donate to the internet cafe online and learn more about ECDC at

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