Plaza Rhythms: Garba Dance
In honor of Navratri, a major Hindu festival dedicated to the divine feminine, the Columbia Museum of Art invites you to learn a Gujarati folk dance known as Garba, that revolves around the nine forms of mother goddess Durga. This October 25th Plaza Rhythms event will be taught by local dancer and educator Panna Chauhan, is suitable for all ages, and is free with membership or admission. Registration is required, and capacity is limited to ensure physical distancing.
UofSC Dance Student Choreography Showcase
The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents this year's final student choreography showcase, April 24th and 25th at 2 p.m., at Drayton Hall Theatre in Columbia. Directed by Olivia Waldrop, the production features original student works that have been designed to be filmed and shown via projection.
UofSC Dance presents “Excavating Movement”
The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Excavating Movement," a special one-night only performance featuring the works of some of the leading choreographers of the past 50 years. This gala evening of dance takes place April 1st at 7 p.m., at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia.
UofSC Dance Spring Concert
Jennifer Deckert directs a thought-provoking and boundary-pushing repertory of innovative contemporary choreography, as the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents the UofSC Dance Spring Concert, February 10th through 13th at Drayton Hall Theatre in Columbia. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Nominations sought for Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards
The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina honor the state's exceptional folklife and traditional arts practitioners and advocates with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts, the Folk Heritage Award is presented annually by the General Assembly to honor the work of stewarding and furthering the traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards, and the deadline to submit nominations is November 6th. (Note: You are encouraged to contact the program director well in advance, to discuss the eligibility of your intended nominee.)
Nominations Open for SC Governor’s Award for the Arts
The South Carolina Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts, which annually recognizes South Carolinians who exhibit the highest levels of achievement, influence or support of the arts in our state. All it takes is a letter to nominate an artist, organization, business, government entity, arts educator, or individual. The deadline to submit nominations is November 6th.
“Arts Across America” Broadcast Series
Over 200 artists will be featured in “Arts Across America,” a curated series broadcast by the Kennedy Center. Through free digital performances, the project showcases diverse, visionary artists who play leadership roles in their communities, exemplify unique regional artistic styles, and frequently use their medium as a tool for advocacy and social justice. Arts Across America will be available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website, five days a week at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, through December 11th.
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Advanced Musical Theatre Workshops for Ages 6-17 in Greer
Greer Cultural Arts Council and the City of Greer are offering Advanced Musical Theatre Workshops for ages 6-17. In each of these three-day sessions, students with previous experience will hone their skills in theatre, magic, vocals, musical instrumentation, and dance. Each session runs Monday through Wednesday, from 1pm to 4pm. Sessions are offered July 13th through 15th, July 20th through 22nd, and July 27 through 29th. Capacity is 6 to 10 students per session. Face coverings are required; bring your own, or buy one on site ($10).
Beginner Musical Theatre Workshops for Ages 6-17 in Greer
Greer Cultural Arts Council and the City of Greer are offering Beginner Musical Theatre Workshops for ages 6-17. In each of these three-day sessions, students will explore the basics of theatre, magic, vocals, musical instrumentation, and dance. Each session runs Monday through Wednesday, from 9am to 12pm. Sessions are offered July 13th through 15th, July 20th through 22nd, and July 27 through 29th. Capacity is 6 to 10 students per session. Face coverings are required; bring your own, or buy one on site ($10).
COVID-19 In-Place Artist Residency
The COVID-19 Artist Residency (Crisis Residency) was founded in May 2020 by artist Kate Hooray Osmond as an in-place non-competitive residency in response to the circumstances of the pandemic. The residency is self-directed by the artist and all creative disciplines welcome. There are no required commitments of time, or input beyond the initial application. The aim of the residency is to preserve time and creativity - an individual's most precious resources - in order for the artist to pursue, experiment, and discover in their own art practice. Application is free, and the residency will continue for the duration of the pandemic. This residency lasts until December 31st, 2020.