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Explore ‘Facing Race Together’ at Richland Library

A new exhibit explores the meaning of inclusion and racial equity in our community through the eyes of local artists. Facing Race Together goes on display Thursday, March 5 in The Gallery at Richland Library. The exhibit features nine artists: JoAnn Borovicka; Charles Eady; Kanae Goji; Lori Starnes Isom; Rachelle Kobilarov; Roxana Sinex; Amanda Ladymon Stockard; Keith Tolen, and Sabrina White. Overall, there are 20 pieces, which emphasize the artists' experiences of living in the minority or facing metaphorical and literal barriers of living in the South. They range from acrylic, silkscreens and textiles to wood, mixed-media and a three-dimensional installation. Join us for an opening reception later that evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our Main location (1431 Assembly St.) to meet and interact with the artists. The program, which is free and open to the public, includes food from A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen and live painting from two of the artists, Isom and Tolen. Facing Race Together opens in conjunction with the Together SC Summit, and the exhibit runs through Friday, May 1.


About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

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GSSM student art brings STEAMy weather to Hartsville

(Ed. note: The Hub frequently brings you news and opportunities from SCGSAH—South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. Today will be no different, as you'll see later, but this morning we have arts news from another Governor's School... the one for science and math. We're no meteorologist, but it looks like a STEAMy Monday on The Hub...)


The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) student artwork will be on exhibition at the Hartsville Museum, March 2-31 in conjunction with National Youth Art Month. Works in the GSSM Student Art Exhibition were created through multiple modes of learning including traditional visual arts courses and innovative, student-choice opportunities in GSSM’s on-campus art studio. Various media represented in the student exhibit include graphite, charcoal, Conté, pen & ink, colored pencils, acrylic on canvas, watercolor, carved wood, altered books, printmaking, stained indigenous terracotta, glazed stoneware and sculptures created in non-traditional media. Students engaged with professional artist Patz Fowle to deepen their understanding of visual art while developing skills, techniques, and processes to create meaningful 2-D and 3-D works. In addition to the courses Fowle teaches, she also offers residential students innovative, student-choice opportunities. Such opportunities include access GSSM’s art studio to work independently, invitations to attend various creative workshops, and the opportunity for students to lead their own workshops. Students are also invited to participate in public art exhibitions and collaborate on significant endeavors like the Mother Earth Project; Frederic Douglass portrait, or other works created with traditional and non-traditional media. “Art is a strong unifying element within a community,” says Fowle, visual arts coordinator at GSSM. “Creative collaboration between the Hartsville Museum and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a beneficial bridge connecting Hartsville’s history to Hartsville’s future, through art, education, and culture.” Exhibiting student artists include:
  • Abigail Benson
  • Anna Tankersley
  • Austin Millwood
  • Bailey Holder
  • Blaire Carson
  • Camryn Brown
  • Claire Willems
  • Dhruvi Patel
  • Emily Tindal
  • Emma Kat McConnell
  • Emma Keiser
  • Ethan Mills
  • Freddy Segura
  • Gracie Floyd
  • Ha Ho
  • Haleigh Gartner
  • Jamie Fetzer
  • Jared Peters
  • Krishna Patel
  • Madelyne LeVassiur
  • Megan Parham
  • Maggie Wensink
  • Naje Virgil-Green
  • Omika Merchant
  • Paul Cobb
  • Savannah Cade
  • Shelby Moore
  • Shelby Vanderhoof
  • Slane Davis
  • Spring Fang
  • Victoria Bingham
The public is invited to an art reception at the Hartsville Museum on Thursday, March 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The museum is located at 222 N. 5th street in Hartsville. For more information please contact Museum Manager Andrea Steen, info@hartsvillemuseum.org or at 843.383.3005.

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S.C. Phil to party like it’s 2009

Saturday concert to feature pair of 2009 SCAC fellows


A pair of 2009 South Carolina Arts Commission music fellows will have prominent roles in the South Carolina Philharmonic's next concert this Saturday night in Columbia. The orchestra is continuing its year-long celebration of 250 years of Beethoven with his first piano concerto. Out front on the Steinway will be Phillip Bush: music professor at the University of South Carolina, frequent presenter at the Southeastern Piano Festival, well-traveled and highly regarded concert pianist, recording artist and—oh by the way—the S.C. Arts Commission's 2009 music performance fellowship recipient. The Peabody alum has taken the stage across the U.S. and Japan, where he performed some 25 concerts over a 10-year period. His repertoire includes works from the 16th century to the 21st, as he is a devoted advocate for contemporary music. And that is where John Fitz Rogers comes in. He also received an S.C. Arts Commission fellowship in 2009, his for music composition. To start the concert, the orchestra will reprise his The Passing Sun, a work commissioned by the Phil to celebrate its 50th season in 2014/2015. It is an orchestral piece, but Fitz Rogers has composed for works featuring bassoon, guitar, piano, saxophone, and vocal soloists (with orchestras, including chamber ensembles). He holds degrees from Cornell, Yale, and Oberlin and is currently professor of composition at the UofSC, where he founded and, for a time, directed the widely acclaimed Southern Exposure New Music Series. His works have been recorded and released by multiple labels. The concert is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St., Columbia). $16-$50. Click here to learn more.
Learn more about South Carolina Arts Commission fellowship recipients here.  

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2020 North Charleston Arts Fest: a can’t-miss comprehensive arts festival

North Charleston Arts Fest 2018 by Zan Maddox/Social Design House


North Charleston Arts Fest is produced by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The event is now famous as one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. The North Charleston Arts Fest is a 5-day event, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, film screenings, lectures and readings, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and more. Today over 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond join this event. In 2020, North Charleston Arts Fest will take place from April 29 to May 3. Let’s take a look at this year's schedule:

April 29, 2020 | 6-8 p.m.: Opening Celebration

Enjoy live music, and complimentary beer, artist demos, wine, and refreshments while admiring hundreds of pieces of artwork on display in Exhibit Hall A of the Charleston Area Convention Center.

May 1, 2020 | 5-9 p.m.: Arty Block Party

It is a free lively outdoor event you shouldn't miss. The event combines an art market and street dance! Taking place along 3 blocks in the Olde Village area of North Charleston.

May 2, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: World Arts Expo

An outdoor celebration of visual and performing arts from cultures all over the world! The event includes music and dance performances, live art demonstrations, multi-cultural food offerings, art & craft vendors, hands-on activities.

May 3 | Noon-6 p.m.: Exhibition Encore

Exhibition Encore is a day-long closing celebration for the Arts Fest’s many visual art competitions & exhibitions. The event includes South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft, Tri-County Youth Art, Judged Fine Art & Photography, and Tri-County High School Sculpture. Joiner can admire the vast array of artwork on display. In addition, the Exhibition Encore also provides food trucks and carts, live art demonstrations, musical entertainment, much more.
Learn more at https://northcharlestonartsfest.com/.

Tuning Up: ICYMI Verner and weather cancellation

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


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Tuning Up: FatRat + more Riley fellow news + Pee Dee art

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


FatRat Da Leprechaun? South Carolina’s godfather of hip-hop, FatRat Da Czar (above), will host the 2020 iteration of the famed St. Pat's Festival on Saturday, March 21. He'll perform his role as official festival MC from a centrally-located stage and hopes his presence will "bring a little of the hip-hop family day vibe so families with kids can come out and enjoy the day." #SCartists Band of Horses headline the festival and Columbia and South Carolina Jazz Ambassador Mark Rapp (and the Soda City Brass Band) are also booked. S.C. Phil ED named Riley Fellow. Remember this news yesterday? The arts have additional representation in the Midlands cohort. Rhonda Hunsinger, long-time executive director of the South Carolina Philharmonic, was also named a Riley Phillow. Er, Phellow. Darnit! Fellow. If there are other arts folks involved, we haven't heard because you don't send your news releases to the S.C. Arts Commission by adding this email to your media distro list, or didn't submit news to The Hub. And opening Thursday... The Florence County Museum is proud to present the 2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, which highlights the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. One of the state's oldest juried art competitions, the first Pee Dee Regional dates back to 1954. This year's exhibition will be on display in the FCM Waters Gallery. An opening reception will be held Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, April 3.

Mark Rapp to be featured in EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Week

Standout musician to close out celebration

Mark Rapp playing his trumpet
EngenuitySC, the local nonprofit that works with area leaders to make the Columbia, S.C., region a standout choice for top talent and competitive companies, will close out its annual Competitiveness Week 2020 with a celebration of one of the city’s greatest levers of growth—its thriving arts community. EngenuitySC has partnered with one of the prime movers of the Midlands’ music scene, Mark Rapp, to support this month’s jazz dinner series, “Mark Rapp and the ColaJazz Little Big Band.” Featured as the closing celebration for EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Week 2020, the event will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10, and dinner will be available for purchase. Find info here: https://www.engenuitysc.com/competitiveness-week-2020/. EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Week 2020 celebrates and investigates Columbia’s ability to attract talented individuals and impactful businesses through innovation, talent development, livability, a healthy entrepreneurial environment and high-impact industry clusters. When it’s time for a major corporation, a homegrown business, or even a recent graduate to choose a place to succeed, EngenuitySC — and the leaders in business, education and government that serve on its board — want to make it easy for them to choose the Columbia, S.C., region. “Columbia’s arts scene is where we see four of the five pillars of competitiveness — innovation, talent development, entrepreneurship and livability — fold together,” says EngenuitySC Executive Director Meghan Hickman. “Right now, one of the city’s most prolific artist entrepreneurs is Mark Rapp, and we are so excited to highlight his work as our culminating event of Competitiveness Week 2020.”
Rapp’s work as a creative entrepreneur is part of what makes for such high quality of life in Columbia. Viewed as a pioneer of arts entrepreneurship in the region, Rapp returned from a successful career in New York City’s music scene and has continually made moves to advance the Columbia jazz scene. With performance degrees from Winthrop and Tulane, and with big-name mentors (you may have heard of the Marsalis family), Rapp is a welcome bandleader and collaborator across the country. He had already released two acclaimed albums when he moved to Columbia in 2012 to be near family. As he ventured into the local performance world, he was impressed with the population of talented jazz musicians living in Columbia and disappointed in the lack of recognition they received. A visit to an Asheville restaurant that co-produced a giveaway CD with their house band sparked an idea that became 2015’s “Cola Jazz Volume 1,” a compilation CD of 13 of the city’s bandleaders and their ensembles. The release, and the subsequent Volume 2, are now staples in the gift shop at the Experience Columbia SC Visitors Center — a move that supports the career of local artists and drives tourism purchases. “When visitors take home our CD and play it for friends, we build the reputation of our musicians and the reputation of Columbia as a great jazz city,” he says. The collaborative relationships built through the compilation project led to new opportunities: Rapp launched ColaJazz.com to promote the CD and its players (which has become to go-to calendar for jazz performances throughout the city), and he holds ongoing jam sessions and club gigs with rotating ensemble players. He also teaches and runs an all-ages summer jazz camp, in addition to producing the annual Cola Jazz festival. In 2014, he forged a creative partnership with Columbia-based choreographer Stephanie Wilkins. The two created Woven, an original contemporary jazz ballet, as part of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College’s Performance Incubator; they reunited for last season’s fresh take on The Great Gatsby at Trustus Theatre (a production that also featured Rapp’s wife, Columbia City Ballet Principal Dancer Claire Richards Rapp.) “When Mark chose me to choreograph his evening-length jazz ballet, Woven, in 2015, it led to a wonderful and creative partnership which has continued to flourish more than four years later,” says Wilkins. “Mark has a gift for finding opportunities that can be lucrative for both creative and business partners. I’m always grateful and excited to work with him. He is the ultimate collaborator: open, patient, always engaged, and encouraging.” Rapp recently re-homed the majority of his projects under a new ColaJazz nonprofit organization — the aptly named ColaJazz Foundation. The organization employs between one and two dozen musicians each month in its programs, which have expanded to include concerts in the lobby of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital and after-school programming using the Jazz at Lincoln Center curriculum. While Rapp has undeniably expanded paying opportunities for jazz musicians living in the Midlands, he says there are a few substantial improvements that could be made to the local entertainment ecosystem. Namely, he advocates for restaurants and bars charging a cover in order to pay their musicians wages. The standard pay rate for musicians in Columbia lags behind the rate in Charleston and Greenville, a problem he attributes to the absence of meaningful cover charges. “This can be a win-win,” he offers, “Musicians attract customers, customers help cover the cost of paying musicians a living wage and everyone gains the joy of making and listening to great music.” When asked about his professional goals for the next few years, Rapp focuses on three areas: Expanding the education work offered by the Cola Jazz organization, expanding the Cola Jazz Festival to a multi-day event, and turning his monthly event at Main Course, a venue on Main Street, into a subscription series. It is this event, “Mark Rapp and the ColaJazz Little Big Band,” that will be highlighted during EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Week on Jan. 31. Says Rapp of the event, which charges diners a $10 cover charge to enjoy a full jazz concert over dinner (available for separate purchase from the menu), “It provides opportunities for musicians in and around Columbia and, as a ‘ticketed’ event, it begins to establish a model of value for our art.” To see the complete event lineup for EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Week, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, visit https://www.engenuitysc.com/competitiveness-week-2020/.

About EngenuitySC

Governed by the highest-ranking regional leaders in education, government and business, EngenuitySC is a nonprofit that works to make the Columbia, S.C., region a standout choice for top talent and competitive companies. Structured as a neutral and independent project management team, EngenuitySC is known for achieving progress through partnerships using a unique, highly effective process. Whether it is equipping K-12 students with career-ready skills, elevating quality of life with the Midlands Business Leadership Group, or producing Competitiveness Week and the annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report, EngenuitySC is a trusted force, working behind the scenes to build a community cultivated for living, working, playing and learning. Learn more at www.engenuitysc.com.

Arts advocates urged to gather in Columbia

S.C. Arts Alliance announces summit for arts


The state's annual Arts Advocacy Week is getting an overhaul with the S.C. Arts Alliance's announcement of the launch of the South Carolina Arts Summit, scheduled for Feb. 12-13 in Columbia. Advocacy Week combines the voices of advocates across the state at the same time, reaching legislators and community leaders with a message on the important role the arts play in our communities. Registration is now open. On the schedule are events spread over two days.
  • The first day, the Alliance will devote time to get attendees up to speed on issues and then train them on how to talk with legislators, feed into a public forum of the S.C. Arts Commission's Canvass of the People, and end the day with a creatives networking session—all at the partnering Columbia Museum of Art.
  • Start the next day, Arts Advocacy Day, by enjoying a breakfast with state arts leaders before heading out for scheduled visits with legislators. Afterward, a rally on the Statehouse steps culminates the summit.

Full summit registration is $120 per person, and there are á la carte and free options as well. Learn more about pricing from the S.C. Arts Alliance.

SCAC Fellow searches for light

Linda Fantuzzo opens new exhibition


Painter Linda Fantuzzo debuts a new body of work in the solo exhibition, Linda Fantuzzo: Penumbra, opening at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston.  The landscape and interior paintings in this exhibition are rendered with a quiet, abstracted simplicity, while the inclusion of stairs, ladders, windows and doors suggest an unseen yet palpable human presence. The title Penumbra is a term referencing light’s transitions – it is the partially shaded area of the shadow cast by an object. In these works Fantuzzo connects the literal transitions of light, always changing, to the metaphorical transitions and impermanence of the human experience.

Hosted by: City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs

Location: City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs, 34 Prioleau St., Charleston

Linda Fantuzzo received the South Carolina Arts Commission's visual arts fellowship in 2017.

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 17-March 1, 2020

  • Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 12-5 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays
An opening reception is Jan. 17 from 5 -7 p.m. It is free and open to all.

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Travel abroad through the eyes of a local artist

As we prepare to travel into a new decade, experience a new exhibit that paints the journey of a local artist's travel abroad. Bitácora/Travelogue goes on display today in The Gallery at Richland Library. The exhibit features 40 pieces, which encompass watercolor paintings, high-resolution reproductions and personal travel journals of Alejandro García Lemos. It documents the process of change through travel and movement, offering his impressions of each destination. Lemos is the founder of Palmetto & LUNA, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino arts and cultures in South Carolina. He says, "Traveling becomes a way (if not the best way) of learning, of self-awareness and of internal questioning, and drawing becomes the means to express those feelings of constant flux and change." Join us for an opening reception later that evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our Main location (1431 Assembly St., Columbia) to meet and interact with the artist. The after-hours event is free and open to the public, and it includes a musical performance by Son del Sur. Bitácora/Travelogue runs through Feb. 28, 2020. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.


About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 12 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.