Friday, November 15, 2019

SC Arts Commission canvasses the public to plan for the future of arts in the state

The future depends on you

Posted by Connor Simonson on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 2:59 PM

The SCAC helps fund programs like this STEAM summer camp hosted by Charleston's Engaging Creative Minds - FILE PHOTO
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  • The SCAC helps fund programs like this STEAM summer camp hosted by Charleston's Engaging Creative Minds
The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is hosting a series of public forums across the state this fall and winter to gather public input for the next long-range plan for arts and culture in South Carolina.

Every decade the SCAC conducts its Canvass of the People in public and private forums with an anonymous survey to gather citizens' impressions of the successes and challenges for the arts and culture scene in South Carolina. The SCAC is asking citizens to look ahead and weigh in on what the next steps should be. Responses will help the SCAC form its "Long Range Plan for the Arts" in South Carolina.

"Public input is the cornerstone of this process," says SCAC executive director David Platts in a press release. "The goal is to generate discussion about the arts to understand what South Carolinians envision for their communities." To put it simply, the SCAC is asking: "Where do we go from here?"

There currently are seven public forums on the calendar at locations throughout South Carolina, taking place from November through February, with more in the planning stages. Private forums are also expected to be announced, taking place during meetings of affinity groups in the state who work in or support the arts.

The public forums currently on the calendar will take place in:
  • Greenwood (Nov. 21, 2019)
  • Myrtle Beach (Dec. 9, 2019)
  • Pickens (Dec. 10, 2019)
  • Orangeburg (Dec. 12, 2019)
  • Sumter (Jan. 9, 2019)
  • Beaufort (Jan. 23, 2020)
  • Columbia (Feb. 12, 2020)
Updated listings and the link to take the anonymous survey can be found at The SCAC is planning for the Canvass of the People to finish in March and the Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina is estimated to be released in fall 2020. 

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Former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice speaks at Grace Church Cathedral on Mon. Nov. 18

An insider's account on American diplomacy and foreign policy

Posted by Matt Woodhull on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Susan Rice to make a stop in Charleston - PROVIDED
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Obama Administration National Security Advisor and former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will hold a discussion of her new memoir Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For on Mon. Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Grace Church Cathedral. The event is free and open to the public.

This book event is a collaboration of Grace Church, Mt. Zion AME, and Blue Bicycle Books, and attendees are invited to the monthly "Okra Soup" meal which will be held at 5:30 p.m., prior to the discussion 5:30 p.m. in Hanahan Hall at Grace Church.

Former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. will be leading the discussion as moderator. Mayor Riley and Rice will talk about the candid story of the ancestral legacies of Rice's elders. Her great-grandfather was born into slavery in S.C., so it's important to her to make a stop in Charleston during her book tour.

Rice will provide an insider's account on some of the most complex issues confronting the U.S. over the last 30 years. From the East Africa embassy bombings of 1998 to the opening of Cuba during the Obama administration to the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, Rice will share her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy.
Event Details Blue Bicycle Books' Author Series
@ Grace Church Cathedral
98 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC
When: Mon., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
Books + Poetry

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New art exhibit, "Glow," lights up the Vendue starting this Thurs. Nov. 14

The Vendue gets a glow-up

Posted by Ryan Rothkopf on Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 11:52 AM

Craig Kraft, "Damaged Spirit of the African Elephant" in neon - PROVIDED
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  • Craig Kraft, "Damaged Spirit of the African Elephant" in neon
The Vendue presents a bright new exhibit this week. The opening of Glow will be held on Thurs. Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the boutique hotel. Guests can enjoy live music, cocktails and light bites, and lots of glowing works.

The exhibit, curated by The Vendue in collaboration with Robert Lange Studios, champions brilliance and vibrancy to “create a dominating energy that electrifies" the hotel.

The works in the exhibit are from 20 local and national artists crafting in forms such as ceramics, oil paintings, neon work, and color theory.

One featured artist, Craig Kraft, has filtered his inspirations taken from the Sans, an indigenous people from Nambia, through his work with neon. His work contextualizes a complex spirit world with a simplified outer appearance in a mode that is not easily captured. Pretty cool, right? 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Green Haus hosts multimedia art showcase to celebrate their first anniversary

Burnin' down the Haus

Posted by Matt Keady on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Green Haus is hosting a showcase to celebrate their first anniversary - PROVIDED
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  • Green Haus is hosting a showcase to celebrate their first anniversary
Local arts collective, Green Haus, will celebrate their first anniversary with a showcase on Sat. Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at a TBA address that can be found out by contacting them via social media or through their website (

The event will consist of multimedia art showcased in a gallery-type setting. Each art piece will follow the guidelines of the showcase's theme: Growth.

Artists include Mariah Gehringer, Emma MacMillan, musician Joseph Dubay, Neal Nakadia, and plenty of others.

The theme was chosen to celebrate Green Haus’s first anniversary of their first showcase. “[We] thought that there is no better way to celebrate than by showing how much we, and other artists, have grown,” says Alex Mielcarek of the showcase.

Local vendors are slated to be a part of the multimedia event.

This event is free and open to the public, and donations for Green Haus will be accepted at the event. “Funds from this will be used to print posters, buy refreshments, and acquire any other Haus items for future events,” explains Mielcarek.

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Fred Wilson speaks at Gibbes' distinguished lecture series this Wed. Nov. 13

With a new exhibition opening in 2020

Posted by Matt Woodhull on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM

Fred Wilson will make a stop in Charleston - PROVIDED
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  • Fred Wilson will make a stop in Charleston
Tomorrow, Wed. Nov. 13 the Gibbes Museum of Art's distinguished lecture series features Fred Wilson speaking at the Charleston Music Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, and $15 for students.

Wilson, an artist best known for using his art to comment on issues of racism and erasure, will discuss his work — past, present, and future — at this special talk. He'll also be staying in Charleston to conduct research in the Gibbes' archives; he's working on his 2020 Gibbes exhibition, Afro Kismet, as well as a site-specific installation that he's creating with Spoleto's headlining opera, Omar, in mind.

In conjunction with Charleston's 350th anniversary, the Gibbes and Spoleto Festival USA have partnered to further explore the life of Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim-African man who was brought to Charleston in 1807.

Said's memoir, borrowed from the Library of Congress, will be on display, turned to the page where he mentions Charleston. During a phone interview, executive director of the Gibbes Angela Mack noted how, "unusual and rare it is to have this first-hand account."

Wilson is well-known for working in a museum's collection and seeing what old institutions still reside, forcing society to question our assumptions about history, culture, and race.

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