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North Charleston Arts Festival invites applications for design competition

North Charleston Arts Festival 2012 designThe City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the 2014 Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10, and will be featured on promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print ads, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online and more. The winning artist will receive $500 and be given the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall. (2013 design pictured above; 2012 design pictured right.) Applications are available online at www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Submissions may be delivered in person to the North Charleston City Gallery on January 17 & 18, 2014, or may be submitted via email to culturalarts@northcharleston.org with a deadline of 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. There is NO entry fee to participate. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor and 2-D mixed media. (Note: applications for artists to participate in the festival are due Jan. 6, 2014. That application is also available at www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) The North Charleston Arts Festival is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature. For over 3o years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience 100+ free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife hosts annual arts and craft fair

Birchwood Arts and Craft Fair

Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife will hold its 9th annual Arts and Craft Fair Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Table Rock Retreat and Conference Center, 600 West Gage Road, just off S.C. Highway 11 in Pickens, S.C. More than 50 regional exhibitors and artists will sell and demonstrate a variety of handcrafts and art. The event includes Southern mountain music and homemade foods. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife website or contact Linda Bowie, (864) 878-9269call (864) 878-9269. Via: Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife

Annual North Charleston Arts Festival set for May 3-11

The 31st annual North Charleston Arts Festival kicks off  May 3 and continues through May 11. Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the nine-day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festival in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. Nearly 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multi-discipline schedule with a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced. “The variety of Arts Festival offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “The event provides both our residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast a myriad of opportunities to experience high quality programming in every arts discipline in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings.” The Arts Festival Main Event, held on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages. Features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 12th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit; youth art from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; the Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children's activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more. Free and ticketed offerings throughout the nine-day schedule include concerts, street dances, theatre presentations, film screenings, art workshops and demonstrations, an art walk and  children’s programs. This year’s Grand Finale on May 11 features a Tri-County school showcase, music and dance performances, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, food trucks and an evening concert by Rivers & Company. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River. For more information, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Performing arts groups sought for Opening Processional at North Charleston Arts Festival

Application deadline April 19 at 5 p.m. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is accepting applications from local performing arts groups of all ages for participation in the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Opening Processional on Saturday, May 4, at 9:45 a.m. In past years the processional has been led by African drummers and dancers and has included groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other props, jugglers, dance troupes, theatre groups and more. Applications can be found on the Applications page at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m. The Opening Processional has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex for over a decade. Participants parade around the complex toward the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Once the Processional enters the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium, the celebration continues with a Performance Spotlight, featuring 3-5 minute performances by pre-selected groups. Performance Spotlight slots may be requested on the Opening Processional application and are filled on a first come, first served basis. The North Charleston Arts Festival will be presented May 3-11, 2013, at various venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area. The nine-day event is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, highlighting national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. For 3o years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting over 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to participate in a fabulous array of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities. The Main Event weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on May 4 and 5 offers free parking and admission to more than 40 performances on four themed stages. Other Main Event activities include fine art and photography shows, the S.C. Palmetto Hands fine craft exhibit, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, activities for kids at Box City and Creation Stations, art and craft booths and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with more than 60 free and ticketed events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations, including street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, workshops and demos, children’s activities, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition and the Grand Finale with fireworks. For more information on the Opening Processional, contact Nancy Rodriguez at (843)740-5851. Visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com for more information and other participation opportunities, including applications for judged art, photography, and youth art exhibitions; art & craft and food vendor space; and volunteers.