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Jason Rapp

‘Springing into the Arts’ in Lancaster

With mural debut, fun events


Lancaster County Council of the Arts is partnering with Lindsay Pettus Greenway and the City of Lancaster for "Spring into the Arts" celebrating public art with the reveal of the greenway's first mural as the event centerpiece.

The Saturday, April 24th event will feature art by children from each of the Lancaster County schools in a Youth Art Month outdoor exhibition on the greenway, an inclusive participatory project titled "Be the Art" for everyone who wishes to participate, a drone video project, live music and a poetry reading, a morning run, a rain barrel workshop, a bird count, arts and crafts for kids, food trucks, and the mural unveiling with an artist talk—all designed to bring attention to and support for Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lindsay Pettus Greenway's commitment to public art in the environment. [caption id="attachment_43762" align="alignright" width="150"] Amiri Farris[/caption] Artist Amiri Farris designed the Woodland Drive underpass mural, and it will be painted under his direction by teams composed mostly of UofSC Lancaster students and other interested participants. The mural will reflect the environmental mission and beauty of the Greenway. Teams will paint throughout the week beginning on April 19 and ending with an unveiling and artist’s talk by Farris on Saturday, April 24 at noon. Anyone interested in viewing the work in progress is welcome to visit the Woodland Drive underpass during Greenway open hours from dawn to dusk and at the unveiling on Saturday April 24 at noon. "Be the Art" is an interactive “Spring into the Arts” exhibition in which anyone can participate. At 11 a.m., beginning at the Founders Federal access at Barr Street School, participants will carry umbrellas on the short, 7/10 of a mile walk from Barr Street to the Woodland Drive underpass. Anyone who wishes to "Be the Art" will walk single file, wearing masks and socially distanced, along the greenway with umbrellas open while a drone films the moving line of umbrellas. Borrowing from the New Orleans umbrella tradition, this is an interactive and visually bold art piece that highlights inclusivity, movement, color, and the beautiful setting of the greenway. The drone video of this project will be used to highlight the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lindsay Pettus Greenway in various media and on the LCCA’s YouTube channel. Umbrellas will be given away to the first 250 people who wish to participate. “Youth Art Month,” normally displayed at the Historic Springs House Galleries, features art by Lancaster County School District K-12 students. This year the exhibit will be a one-day event on the greenway. The exhibit will open at 10 a.m. and remain on view until 2 p.m. and take place in various greenway locations between Founders Federal access at Barr Street and Constitution Park (at the intersection of Woodland Drive and Main Street). Spring into the Arts events to celebrate the mural unveiling are as follows:
  • Katawba Valley Land Trust bird count and walk (8 a.m., Nature Pavilion, Comporium access on Colonial Drive)
  • Lancaster Runs (9 a.m., Nature Pavilion, Comporium access on Colonial Drive)
  • Keep Lancaster Beautiful litter pick up (9:30 a.m., Founders Federal access at Barr Street)
  • Nature Crafts for Kids (1-3 p.m., Pier Overlook near Comporium access on Colonial Drive)
  • Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation Rain Barrel Workshop (1-3 p.m., Nature Pavilion at the Comporium access on Colonial Drive. Please sign up at https://catawbariverkeeper.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/april-24-lpg-rain-barrel-workshop)
  • Lancaster County Council of the Arts Lemonade Stand (12-1 p.m., Woodland Drive Underpass)
  • Poetry Reading by Lisa Hammond, USC Lancaster faculty and guest poet (Noon, Woodland Drive Underpass)
  • Artist Talk by Amiri Farris, guest muralist (Noon, Woodland Drive Underpass)
  • Music on the Greenway with guest musician Bo Beaumont (11 a.m. until noon at the Almetta Street access; 1-2 pm. at Constitution Park)
Parking for “Spring into the Arts” April 24 events is available at the Founders Federal access at Barr Street, Lancaster High School Stadium, Parking Lot at 800 North White St. (former Arras Foundation building), and First Presbyterian Church at 700 North Main St. All events are free and open to the public. Donations to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lindsay Pettus Greenway are encouraged and welcome by both organizations. Food Trucks Kona Ice and Wilber’s Last Ride will have food available for purchase from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Lancaster High School Stadium lot.

Jason Rapp

Hub E-vents: April 21, 2020

You want art. You crave art.

#SCartists and arts organizations want to fill that void. They live for that. It’s a calling. Yet in times of social distancing, that’s hard to do. Through the wonders of modern technology, many are trying and succeeding. So while we’re all staying home to protect vulnerable family, friends, and neighbors,  The Hub is stepping up to fill the void between artists and arts lovers. (Learn more about Hub E-vents here.)

Here are some events for today

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Arts job opening in Lancaster

Coordinate LCCA projects and programs

Application deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2020
This is a full-time (30-40 hours) opportunity for a projects and programs professional at Lancaster County Council of the Arts, an established nonprofit in Lancaster. Responsible for forwarding the educational, economic and social mission of the arts in our community via marketing and promotion strategies (branding, social media), program development/execution and public relations.  Also coordinates functional components of community programs and fiscal strategies. Bachelor's degree or experience in similar role required. Please send cover letter, resume and references via either:

Mail

Executive Director Lancaster County Council of the Arts PO Box 613 Lancaster, SC 29721

Email

To lccadebbie@comporium.net

The deadline is January 30, 2020.

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Artists, artisans sought for Gay St. Arts Crawl in Lancaster

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is seeking handcrafted artists, artisans, and craftspeople interested in setting up a ‘Pop Up’ Artists Market Friday, Nov. 1 in the upcoming Gay Street Arts Crawl in the center of the downtown Cultural Arts District. No entry fee or charge for participation (artists are required to pay all applicable taxes and gain any licenses required to sell their work).  Local/downtown businesses are encouraged to take part, as well. Artists, artisans, and craftspeople selected to participate need to bring all necessary display items, tables and chairs to set up your assigned space (in and around Gay Street). If you bring a tent, please bring your own lighting and weights for the tent. The Gay Street Arts Crawl is from 6-9 p.m. Artists must be set up by 5:30 p.m. and may not remove displays before 9 p.m.  At 5 p.m., sections of Gay Street will close. Artists may need to walk their artwork to their location, and are advised to take a wagon or a tote for this. In addition to the Arts Crawl and Artists Market, food and drink will be available in certain locations and for purchase. For an application, contact the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at arts.takepart@gmail.com or 803.285.7451. Completed and signed applications are due as soon as possible. This event is rain or shine, and you will be alerted to your approval as your form can be processed.  All artisans and artists must preregister. If there is inclement weather, any registered artists and artisans will have a spot waiting indoors. The Gay Street Arts Crawl is being sponsored and hosted by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, See Lancaster - City of Lancaster, the Craft Stand, and local businesses.

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New arts job posted by Lancaster Co. Council of the Arts

Application deadline: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019


Excellent learning and growth opportunity for a development and operations professional in established arts nonprofit organization in Lancaster, S.C. Average 20-25 hours per week initially, but will expand as development initiatives are realized. Successful applicant will have proven experience in grant-writing and reporting; development strategies to ensure long-term stability and growth; excellent research and communication skills. Candidate will work closely with executive director to manage operations to enrich the quality of life in Lancaster by building a vibrant community connecting the arts, culture and economic vitality. Bachelor's degree or experience in similar role required. Please send cover letter, resume and references to:

Executive Director Lancaster County Council of the Arts PO Box 613 Lancaster, SC 29721

Or to lccadebbie@comporium.net by Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

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Development/operations position open in Lancaster

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is seeking a development & operations administrator. Excellent learning and growth opportunity for a development and operations professional in established nonprofit organization in Lancaster, S.C. The position is 20-25 hours per week initially but will expand as development initiatives are realized. Successful applicant will have proven experience in grant-writing and reporting; development strategies to ensure long-term stability and growth; excellent research and communication skills. Candidate will work closely with executive director to manage operations to enrich the quality of life in Lancaster by building a vibrant community connecting the arts, culture and economic vitality. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in similar role required. No phone calls, please. Send cover letter, resume, and references by May 25 to: Lancaster County Council of the Arts PO Box 613 Lancaster, S.C. 29721


Position Description

The development & operations administrator will report to the executive director, assisting with resource development, organizational management, program oversight, and advocacy initiatives. This position will work closely with the executive director to achieve the organizational and development goals set forth in the strategic plan. Incumbent must believe in our core values and be driven by the LCCA mission and a commitment to quality, performance and outcomes.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Expand current development program, identifying additional resources; grant applications and reporting; donor cultivation and stewardship and other development initiatives as assigned
  2. Provide support and integration of operations and programming to adhere to the strategic plan, mission and budget
  3. Implement and maintain donor management system; publish accurate donor reports as needed
  4. Work closely with Executive Director on programmatic and operational plan and provide leadership in development area and community initiatives

Qualifications

  1. Excellent (written and verbal) communicator who creates and nurtures an interconnection in the community with corporate sponsors, business and education partners, foundations, artists, patrons, staff
  2. Demonstrated grant-writing and research skills
  3. Experience in relevant development strategies for a small non profit
  4. Critical thinking skills for the ability to make recommendations to maximize resources for efficient operations
  5. Ability to interact with members, staff, guests in fast-paced environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient
  6. Belief in the value of the arts and a healthy, vibrant community and proven commitment to ‘arts for all’ mission
  7. Demonstrated computer literacy, and working knowledge of current technology
  8. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in similar role

Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County seeks artisans for June 9-10

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and farmers markets. During this month-long event that takes place in 12 counties, visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand from where their food comes, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life. Founded in York County in 2012, the tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013, and the Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County is seeking artisans to participate in this year's event – for free! Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County will be held June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 10 from 1-5 p.m.  The tour is seeking artisans to show and sell handcrafted items.  There is no fee for artisans to participate.


In Lancaster County, artisans can choose to be located at these participating farm sites and should indicate that choice when applying:
  • Benford Brewing Company,
  • Dixie Bee Supply & Country Store,
  • Lancaster County Farmers Market (Saturday, June 9 only),
  • The Ivy Place (Sunday, June 10 only),
  • Howell Specialty Farmz,
  • Fox Trot Farms,
  • Rich Hill Farms.
There are other locations included on the tour, but they are coordinating artisans independently. Ancillary locations are Dianne Mahaffee’s Fine Art & Clay Studio and Landscape Carolina. A host of Mahaffee’s students will be on hand demonstrating, along with artist/owner Dianne Mahaffee. Landscape Carolina is encouraging artisans to set up and those wishing to participate at this location should contact Lancaster County Council of the Arts at arts.takepart@gmail.com. Interested artisans should visit AgAndArtTour.com/artisans for more information and to apply. Each of the 12 participating counties that make up the SC Ag + Art Tour has its own artisan application linked from that page.  The deadline to apply is Friday, April 27, 2018. For artisan information, please contact Lancaster County Council of the Arts Program Coordinator at 803-285-7451 or arts.takepart@gmail.com.  For general information regarding the Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County, call 803.289.1492, email cdoster@lancastercitysc.com, or visit AgAndArtTour.com.

Art and agriculture tours in York and Lancaster counties

Artists, farmers and other vendors will showcase local art works and local food in York and Lancaster counties during Ag + Art Tours beginning this weekend. Watch artists in action, purchase their works, dance to traditional music and learn more about rural life. Participating artisans include potters, weavers, quilters, painters, musicians, metalworkers, woodworkers and others. Tours are free and self-guided.

Ag  + Art York

York Ag + Art Tour The second annual York County Ag + Art Tour takes place June 8 - 9 at more than 20 venues in Rock Hill, York, Fort Mill and surrounding areas. Partners producing York Ag + Art are Arts Council of York County, Clemson Extension York County, Culture & Heritage Museums, Olde English Tourism District,  and York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ag + Art Tour Lancaster

Lancaster Ag + Art Tour Lancaster County's first Art +Ag Tour is scheduled for June 22 - 23 and features farms, arts studios, galleries and cultural and historical sites from Indian Land to Lancaster to Heath Springs. Partners in producing the Lancaster County event are Clemson Extension Lancaster County, Olde English Tourism District, See Lancaster, Lancaster County Council of the Arts and Lancaster Agribusiness Center. Let us know about other events in South Carolina that combine the best of art and agriculture. Via: Arts Council of York County, See Lancaster, The Herald Journal