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S.C. Poetry Out Loud finals now canceled

For Immediate Release COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is canceling the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Columbia. Earlier this week, the event was altered to become a private event for the eight finalists, their chaperones and a teacher, and event staff. As a precaution to prevent any possible transmission of COVID-19, the agency made the difficult decision to cancel the annual event. The Poetry Out Loud state finals were scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Richland Library Main location.


ABOUT THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas:
  • arts education,
  • community arts development,
  • and artist development.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

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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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Witness creation of art during First Thursday at Richland Library

Get ready to expand your perimeter during First Thursday on Main. Richland Library is joining in the festivities by introducing a new program series that captures the formation of art. Please join us for First Thursday at Richland Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 and enjoy live painting in The Gallery of our Main location (1431 Assembly St.). Each month, the program, which is free and open to the public, features a new local artist. You have the opportunity to watch as they work, illustrating their talents and creative processes in an open space. You can also enter a drawing to win an original piece by the featured artist. Richland Library is selecting Alejandro García Lemos as the first featured artist. He's the founder of Palmetto Luna Arts, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino arts and cultures in South Carolina. His exhibit, Bitácora/Travelogue, is also on display in The Gallery until Feb. 28. To view future artists who are taking part in First Thursday at Richland Library, visit richlandlibrary.com. 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 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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Martha Brim dances into new role at Richland Library

A local artist who has served as a Columbia College dance professor for nearly 35 years is ready to share her talents with Richland Library over the next four months. [caption id="attachment_43732" align="alignright" width="300"]Martha Brim performing Columbia dancer Martha Brim.[/caption] We’re excited to welcome Martha Brim as our next artist-in-residence, starting Jan. 13. With a background as choreographer, educator and arts professional, Brim has a rich legacy of creativity, mentoring multiple generations of dance students and artists across disciplines. Founder of The Power Company Collaborative in 2000, she continues to investigate large-scale performance installations that involve musicians, designers and artists as co-creators. Brim is the recipient of numerous choreographic commissions, awards and professional acknowledgements. Her work is described as “intelligently conceived… quirky with shrewd, robust humor.” During her residency, Brim plans to host weekly office hours at our Main location (1431 Assembly St.), answering questions while sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She’s coordinating with our arts librarian as well to offer an array of free programs for all ages, which focus on identity and transformation. In addition, Brim intends to work on a community performance installation that combines textiles, collage, printmaking and movement. Her residency lasts through mid-May 2020. Initially developed in September 2016, the concept behind Richland Library’s artist-in-residence is to connect the community with local, working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to local residents in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange.


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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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.

Richland Library wants fresh AiR for Spring 2020

Be library's artist-in-residence

Application deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019
Richland Library is taking applications for its Spring 2020 artist-in-residence position. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2019. If you, or someone you know, is an artist, please consider this unique opportunity. The library is looking for:
  • experienced painters,
  • dancers,
  • sculptors,
  • musicians,
  • filmmakers,
  • photographers,
  • woodworkers,
  • or fine artists
who are ready to share their craft and passion with the Midlands. Created in 2015, the residency program gives artists, performers and makers of all types and disciplines the ability to work freely in their own studio space, share their works and artistic process with the community and provide learning opportunities and programs for library customers.
The selected artist will receive more than a title. You get:
  • Dedicated studio space. You’ll have full access to your own studio space as well as the Media and Fine Arts Studios and Woodshop at Richland Library Main.
  • A monthly stipend (and programming supplies)
  • To exhibit. Inspire, engage and enrich our customers with an exhibition of your work in The Gallery.
  • Staff support. Work closely with the library’s arts coordinator, marketing and digital strategy and community relations teams to create and promote programming.
In exchange, you are expected to give:
  • Studio time. Hold 20 open office hours/month and work in your studio as often as possible
  • Learning opportunities:
    • Collaborate with library staff on arts programming for the public and lead art programs.
    • Lead workshops for the public and/or staff.

If you’re interested in becoming an artist-in-residence, please fill out an application here: https://richlandlibrary.com/services/become-artist-residence The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday, Dec. 15.

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Richland Library seeks submissions for upcoming art exhibition

Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019


Richland Library is currently accepting submissions for an exhibition, highlighting works by contemporary South Carolina and regional artists that focus on the importance of inclusion and racial equity in our community. Speaking to the life experiences of marginalized and underserved communities, the exhibition will run from March 4-May 1, 2020 at the Main location (1431 Assembly St.) in tandem with the 2020 TogetherSC Non-Profit Summit on Racial Equity. Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2019. For more information on what to include in the submission and where to send it, please visit richlandlibrary.com/art.
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Special exhibit arrives in Richland County during Black History Month

Recognizing outstanding African American illustrators

Exhibit runs Feb. 15 through April 26
Richland Library is partnering with the Columbia Museum of Art to bring the largest collection of Coretta Scott King Illustrator Medal and Honor-winning art ever assembled, starting Feb. 15. Titled Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, the exhibit is celebrating 50 years of upholding the vital importance of children's literature that celebrates African American life and culture. To learn more about the awards, visit richlandlibrary.com/art. Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards features 101 originals and prints, which the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature organizes and tours. Some of the participating illustrators include Jerry Pinkney, R. Gregory Christie, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Michele Wood and Floyd Cooper. View both parts of the exhibit by visiting Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly St.) and the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.). It's free and open to the public. An opening reception is set for 6:30–9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at Richland Library Main. There are a number of events planned around the exhibit as well. For a complete list, visit us online. Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards is on display through April 26. It's made possible, thanks to funding from the Baker and Baker Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and Columbia Museum of Art installation sponsors. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll: 803.587.3637 or 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.

Tuning Up: New AiR for Richland Library

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...


Richland Library names AiR: Jeweler and fine artist Allison Cicero Moore begins a five-month stint as the Richland Library artist-in-residence tomorrow. Moore lives, teaches, and creates art here in Columbia, and will have regular office hours at the library's main location at 1431 Assembly St. (Source: Midlands Biz)

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Apply to be Richland Library’s next Artist-in-Residence

Richland Library is taking applications for fall 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019 artist-in-residence positions. The application deadline is July 15. If you, or someone you know, is an artist, please consider this unique opportunity. The library is looking for artists spanning: • traditional/fine art • performance • installation • sculpture • filmmaking • musical • mixed media Initially developed in September 2016, the concept behind Richland Library's artist-in-residence is to connect the community with local, working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to local residents in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange. Hear from our past artists-in-residence and their time at the library by visiting here: http://www.richlandlibrary.com/inform/artist-residence-applications-are-open If you’re interested in becoming an artist-in-residence, please fill out an application here: http://www.richlandlibrary.com/artist-residence-application The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday, July 15. Do you have questions? Please contact Richland Library Arts Librarian Ashley Warthen at awarthen@richlandlibrary.com.