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HURRY! Design Charleston Library’s next library card

Submission deadline: Monday, Dec. 31


Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is hosting its first library card design contest, and library lovers age 18 and older are encouraged to submit an original design for a future limited-edition library card. The public will have a chance to vote online for the finalists, and a library committee will select the winning card design to be printed and made available to CCPL patrons in the spring of 2019. No art awards on your mantel? No worries! Submissions may be in any art medium (illustration, pen, photography, etc.) regardless of whether an artist’s skills range from doodle to divine. Need design inspiration? Browse CCPL’s collection of artist biographies, documentaries, comic books, magazines, and more print and digital resources for free motivation. [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="251"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] The winner of CCPL’s Library Card Design Contest will certainly receive plenty of exposure across the county – CCPL currently serves residents with 16 locations and a bookmobile, and five new branches are in various stages of the design/construction process. Participants may submit multiple entries, and all artwork must be original and free of copyright restrictions. Submissions will only be accepted online and must be uploaded to the contest webpage by midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. Visit ccpl.org to review the design template, see a complete list of contest rules, and upload your design.

DATE CHANGE: Gullah Geechee artists free marketing workshop

The “Promoting your Gullah Geechee Art Form” originally scheduled for Nov. 10 in Georgetown has been changed to Dec. 8 at the same time and location. Read the original post about the workshops here.  

DATE CHANGE: Gullah Geechee artists invited to free marketing workshop

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: The meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 10 has been rescheduled for Dec. 8 at the same time and location. The South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with  local libraries, will present the second and third of three professional development workshops, Promoting your Gullah Geechee Art Form. The workshops will help Gullah Geechee artists create support materials necessary to promote their art work.

Dates and locations:

Both workshops run from 6 – 9 p.m. and are offered free of charge. Space for each workshop is limited to the first 30 registrants. To register for either workshop, artists should call (803) 734-8693 or email sduplessis@arts.sc.gov  and provide workshop location, name, phone number and email address.

"The workshops are especially designed for Gullah Geechee residents who practice or represent one or more of the cultural expressions outlined in the Gullah Geechee Corridor’s management plan,” said Ken May, South Carolina Arts Commission executive director. Those areas include music, arts, handicrafts, foodways, spirituality, language, education and economic development. The development of these workshops began after a series of community arts meetings in 2013, where the Arts Commission, in partnership with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, heard from more than 80 artists and community residents in the Corridor. “Our ongoing goal is to make new relationships that bring new resources to people and create interest in the Corridor – both in the state and beyond,” May said. “This series of workshops for Gullah Geechee artists will hopefully provide a template for replication in the four-state corridor.” The other states in the Corridor are North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. “We are also pleased to present these workshops in partnership with local libraries, which serve as essential community resources,” May said. The first workshop was held Sept. 30 at the Mt. Pleasant Branch of the Charleston County Library. All three workshops will be led by Charleston native Kerri Forrest, award-winning journalist and owner of Social Creative Media Consulting. Active in the Charleston region since her return from a distinguished career in Washington, D.C., in 2010, Forrest currently is director of Institutional Advancement for the American College of the Building Arts. She also chairs the speaker selection committee for TEDx Charleston. Other artists and local arts leaders will also participate. For additional information about the program and future meetings, contact Arts Participation Program Director Susan DuPlessis, sduplessis@arts.sc.gov or (803) 734-8693. Images, left to right: cane maker Thomas Williams (photo by Randall Hill); ironworker Carlton Simmons About the South Carolina Arts Commission The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three 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 www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696. About the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was designated a national heritage area by Congress on Oct. 12, 2006. The Corridor was created to recognize contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as Gullah Geechee, who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida; to assist organizations in the four states in interpreting and preserving Gullah Geechee folklore, arts, crafts, and music; and to assist in identifying and preserving Gullah Geechee sites, historical data and artifacts for the benefit and education of the public. South Carolina’s Gullah Geechee Corridor includes the eight coastal counties of Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Charleston , Dorchester, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper, as well as parts of three inland counties: Marion, Williamsburg, and Hampton. For more information, visit www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org.