Monday, May 20, 2019

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry kicking off campaign to fund nine new interactive exhibits

Ready, set, play

Posted by Olivia Neumann on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 8:10 AM

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Earlier this year, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry announced its final phase of a $6.2 million campaign to launch nine new transformative art exhibitions including an innovative Play Pavilion promoting healthy child development, educational opportunity, and commemorating the ever growing foundation of childhood.

The Museum's Make & Believe campaign plans to upgrade the facility with a 4,800-square-foot Play Pavilion, giving children more space for activity while fostering development in these youths' lives.
Nichole Myles, executive director of the museum states that this new launch indicates that, "our campaign will provide cutting-edge experiences in the arts and sciences designed especially with children, their caregivers and educators in mind. Bringing our unique learning-through-play philosophies to life, the re-imagined CML will engage our youngest citizens: allowing them to discover their potential, unlock their creativity and engage in learning through the power of play."
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In addition to the Play Pavilion, nine new exhibitions are in the works: Shape Space, Speak Loud!, Don't Touch the Floor, Earth & Beyond, Farm to Market, Port Go Go Go, Lottawatta Island, and Enchanted Sound.

The first phase of this renovation was estimated to cost $550,000 and finished in March 2019 while the museum secured $2.1 million in donations.

Kaky Grant, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry board chair, plans to engage the community to make this project a reality. "We serve more than 190,000 children and families in our region each year, and as that number continues to grow, the community demand continues to rise. We developed this plan to effectively engage the museum’s increasing attendance and to create new exciting learning environments for all children of the Lowcountry. We hope our region will consider donating to this worthy cause."

Location Details Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
25 Ann St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
(843) 853-8962
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Friday, May 17, 2019

FRIDAY: Preview Piccolo Spoleto with Mayor Tecklenburg at Cannon Street Arts Center

Just a taste

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 11:36 AM


If you haven't gotten a chance to swing by the Cannon Street Arts Center yet, then tonight's Piccolo Spoleto preview would be an ideal opportunity to see the city's latest arts space. The home of PURE Theatre, Cannon Street Arts Center is also a community hub, often housing visual art exhibitions, and offering space for performances from a variety of local arts groups.

Tonight, May 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. see the Arts Center for yourself, and get a taste of the city's biggest little arts fest. Mayor Tecklenburg will be on hand to help celebrate (and we'll put money on him performing on the piano in some capacity).
There is no official program for the evening but you can look forward to impromptu musical selections from festival participants and supporters of the fest.

You'll also get to see an incredible installation — we know, we've seen it — from the folks behind the Charleston Rhizome Collective. The tiny business installation, "You Bet 'N Me 'N Me 'N You," will be on display throughout the festival as part of the Rhizome Collective's larger festival presence, which includes a variety of events throughout the 17 days. Find that full schedule online.
Local artist Michelle Seay (this year's poster artist for Piccolo) will have a show on display too, featuring works from her time painting a two mile stretch of King Street. The exhibition is aptly titled, King Rutledge.

Cannon Street Arts Center is located at 134 Cannon St. Tonight you'll find free parking starting at 5:30 in the adjacent MUSC lot, QQ.

Peruse the full Piccolo Spoleto schedule online at piccolospoleto.com.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

National Endowment for the Arts grants S.C. Arts Commission $811,400

"Serving communities throughout the state"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 1:33 PM

SCAC director Ken May wants to provide every S.C. student with access to an arts-inclusive education. - PROVIDED
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Today, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) announced that it has received an $811,400 National Endowment for the Arts grant. Four other South Carolina arts organizations received money, totaling $933,900 for the entire state.

SCAC executive director Ken May says, "At the Arts Commission, our grant will be put to use serving communities throughout the state. It will fund community arts development initiatives that seek to foster the creativity and unity needed to address the unique issues facing rural South Carolina communities."

May adds that this money will help South Carolina artists "develop their skills to grow businesses that contribute to the state's $9.7 billion creative economy."

This is the NEA's second major grant announcement of this fiscal year: awards from this round of funding come from Art Works II; Our Town; state and regional partnerships; and Research: Art Works.

NEA acting chairman Mary Anne Carter says, "Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline. The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”

Additional NEA awards will be made in the coming months, through Sept. 30. You can check out all current grants online at nea.gov.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"Liberal redneck" comedian Trae Crowder performs at the Music Hall this October

Challenging stereotypes like it's his job

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 10:46 AM


Comedian and self-described "liberal redneck" Trae Crowder heads to the Charleston Music Hall on Sun. Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and go on sale this Fri. May 17 at 10 a.m.

Crowder performs with partners Drew Morgan and Corey Forrester as part of the wellRED comedy tour. The three can be considered a modern twist on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour — similar in their redneck sense of humor, but also challenging stereotypes and deeply-held beliefs about what it means to grow up in the South.

Crowder, Morgan, and Forrester are currently in development with a major broadcast network for a scripted sitcom series, so this October performance could be a sneak peek into that material.

If you want another early look at all the funny Crowder has to offer, head to his YouTube videos, where he parodies redneck culture. As he proclaims in one clip, "Who doesn't love a good wall?"

Learn more online at wellredcomedy.com.
Event Details Trae Crowder
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Sun., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Price: $25+
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