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2021 North Charleston Arts Fest is a ‘go’

Artists of all disciplines sought to perform or present

Application deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2021 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held April 28-May 2 at various venues throughout North Charleston.

[caption id="attachment_45731" align="alignright" width="225"] Click to enlarge.[/caption] Regional and local artists and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more.
  • The application can be accessed at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply.
  • There is NO fee to apply.
  • Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more acts should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org for special application instructions.
  • Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
  • Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone, virtually, or in person.
The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged.
The North Charleston Arts Fest is an annual five-day celebration of the arts, offering an array of events and activities such as concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, and more, throughout the City of North Charleston. The festival was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so will once again be presented as the 38th annual event in 2021. All programs and activities will be presented with COVID-19 safety measures in place (face coverings, social distancing, etc.). Because of restrictions on large gatherings, the World Art Expo at Riverfront Park and Children's Festival will not be part of the festival schedule in 2021.
For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest 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.

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2020 North Charleston Arts Fest: a can’t-miss comprehensive arts festival

[caption id="attachment_37366" align="aligncenter" width="600"] North Charleston Arts Fest 2018 by Zan Maddox/Social Design House[/caption]


North Charleston Arts Fest is produced by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The event is now famous as one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. The North Charleston Arts Fest is a 5-day event, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, film screenings, lectures and readings, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and more. Today over 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond join this event. In 2020, North Charleston Arts Fest will take place from April 29 to May 3. Let’s take a look at this year's schedule:

April 29, 2020 | 6-8 p.m.: Opening Celebration

Enjoy live music, and complimentary beer, artist demos, wine, and refreshments while admiring hundreds of pieces of artwork on display in Exhibit Hall A of the Charleston Area Convention Center.

May 1, 2020 | 5-9 p.m.: Arty Block Party

It is a free lively outdoor event you shouldn't miss. The event combines an art market and street dance! Taking place along 3 blocks in the Olde Village area of North Charleston.

May 2, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: World Arts Expo

An outdoor celebration of visual and performing arts from cultures all over the world! The event includes music and dance performances, live art demonstrations, multi-cultural food offerings, art & craft vendors, hands-on activities.

May 3 | Noon-6 p.m.: Exhibition Encore

Exhibition Encore is a day-long closing celebration for the Arts Fest’s many visual art competitions & exhibitions. The event includes South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft, Tri-County Youth Art, Judged Fine Art & Photography, and Tri-County High School Sculpture. Joiner can admire the vast array of artwork on display. In addition, the Exhibition Encore also provides food trucks and carts, live art demonstrations, musical entertainment, much more.
Learn more at https://northcharlestonartsfest.com/.

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North Charleston Arts Fest reveals 2020 design competition winner

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Christine Bush Roman of Johns Island as the winner of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. [caption id="attachment_44150" align="alignright" width="150"]Thumbnail version of "Oak Circus" by Christine Bush Roman. "Oak Circus" by Christine Bush Roman. Click image to enlarge.[/caption] As the winner of the statewide contest, Bush Roman’s mixed media painting, titled "Oak Circus," will be used to promote the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3. In addition, the artist was awarded a $500 cash prize and the piece has become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection. "Oak Circus" was one of 75 entries by artists from 17 cities across South Carolina that were submitted for consideration for the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. Christine created the painting specifically for the Arts Fest using acrylic, ink, pastel, and fabric. “When beginning this piece, I knew I wanted to illustrate the vibrancy and emotion of all kinds of creators coming together to share their work,” Roman said. “I began the painting with the simplified image of an oak tree spreading its branches because the oak is such a well-known visual for the Lowcountry. The tree is also an iconic symbol across many cultures of growth, transformation, unity, and enlightenment. I wanted all the other elements of the painting to react to the tree. Setting the tone of celebration, the colors and rhythm hint at all of the different art forms highlighted during the North Charleston Arts Fest.” Most often inspired by ideas of our perception of self, her colorful and busy paintings reflect a compressed narrative of an ever-changing personality; acting as illustrations of an inner story full of ups and downs, constant change, and growth. Her works are about how we are constantly being shaped by where we live, people we know, and major life events. Christine currently creates in her home studio in Johns Island, SC, and instructs art classes for One HEART Connection and Art in the Park Art Lab, both in Charleston. To learn more about the artist, visit ChristineBushRoman.com. A collection of Bush Roman’s mixed media paintings, including her winning piece, "Oak Circus," will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2020. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Dr. in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the North Charleston Arts Fest Opening Celebration & Artist Reception on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.


For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship, on-site marketing opportunities, and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

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African American fiber artists sought for N. Charleston exhibition

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020


The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, set to take place April 29-May 3 in North Charleston. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the U.S. and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the 14th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled SANKOFA. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall, opening on the first day of the Arts Fest, April 29, 2020, and remaining on view until June 19, 2020. A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator of the exhibition. Artwork submitted for consideration does not have to be complete at time of entry. Artists may enter works in progress. The application is available online at https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 1, 2020. Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language spoken by the Akan tribe of present-day Ghana. It is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Today, it is more simply interpreted as “go back and get it.” Sankofa also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people to represent the same idea, with one version appearing as a stylized heart shape and the other by a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward, its head turned backwards, and its mouth carrying a precious egg. Both the word and the symbols represent the concept of remembering our past in order to protect our future. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create a pictorial fiber work that illustrates the idea of sankofa. Entries must incorporate one of the two Sankofa symbols (heart or bird). Following the close of the exhibition, up to 20 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2020/2021 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. The 14th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: SANKOFA will be on display 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily from April 29-June 19, 2020, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall (2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston). Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6-8:00 p.m.
For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

2020 North Charleston Arts Fest seeks artists to perform or present

Application deadline: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET


The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held April 29-May 3 at various venues throughout North Charleston. National, regional, and local artists, cultural groups, and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more. The application can be accessed at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more artists or groups should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply. Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform (link) until midnight on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. The North Charleston Arts Fest, now entering its 38th year, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually. The festival features a fabulous array of events and activities such as:
  • concerts,
  • theatre presentations,
  • exhibitions and installations,
  • children’s programs,
  • film screenings,
  • workshops and demonstrations,
  • and more.
Flagship events include the World Arts Expo at Riverfront Park, highlighting cultures from around the globe, the Arty Block Party on East Montague Avenue, which combines a street dance and art market, and the Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center, which serves as a closing celebration for the numerous visual art exhibitions on display throughout the entirety of the festival. The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged.
For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest 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.

Poster design competition for 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest underway

Submission deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019


The City of North Charleston is calling for South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition.  [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="249"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including posters, billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery during May 2020. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall. The deadline to submit works for the competition is Sunday, December 15, 2019. There is NO entry fee to participate in competition. It's open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online here by the Dec. 15 deadline. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition. Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Joseph Kameen of Graniteville (2019), Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville (2018), Judy McSween of Charleston (2017), Lisa Shimko of Charleston (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Goose Creek (2011). The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.  The annual five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, music, theatre, visual art, media art, and literature. For more than 35 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 free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina.
For more information about the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest 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. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

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North Charleston City Gallery accepting applications for 2020-21 exhibitions

Application deadline: Saturday, Nov. 30


Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. The gallery features artwork by national, regional, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A review panel will convene in December 2019 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2020-June 2021. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at http://northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in order to be considered. The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Dr. in North Charleston. The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work. Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be emailed to culturalarts@northcharleston.org and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.
For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at NorthCharleston.org, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or call 843.740.5854.

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North Charleston City Gallery to exhibit works by two #SCartists

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that mixed media works by Vik Hart of Charleston and Pascale Bilgis of Lexington will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from Sept. 1-30, 2019. The artists will host a free public reception for their concurrent solo exhibitions at the gallery on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5-7 p.m.


[caption id="attachment_41467" align="alignright" width="251"]"Rising on a Harvest Sky" by Vik Hart "Rising on a Harvest Sky" by Vik Hart[/caption]

"Far Fields" – New work by Vik Hart (Charleston)

In his exhibition, "Far Fields," Vik Hart presents a series of imaginative acrylic paintings set in a fictional land he calls “Firn.” By setting all of his paintings in this imaginary land, Hart creates narrative strands between his paintings. “I love the idea of world building in fiction,” says Hart, “and one of my goals when I paint is to have information in the work for the viewers who want to know mo re beyond the initial visual image. I often get comments that my pieces remind the viewer of different things they’ve seen before. Often times these will be books, movies, cartoons, and TV shows. While my work isn’t directly derived from any one piece of existing media, I enjoy the general sense of nostalgia it gives to others who see it.” Hart seeks to preserve spontaneity in his artistic practice and works in fast-drying acrylic and watercolor medium so that he can quickly make corrections and changes to his images. Vik Hart received his Associates Degree in Commercial Graphics in 2014 from Trident Technical College. His paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout Charleston, SC, including shows at The Southern, Redux, Beresford Studios, and Saul Alexander Gallery. He currently teaches a Character Creation class through Fabulon Studios. Learn more about the artist at www.vikhart.com.

"HOME" – New work by Pascale Bilgis (Lexington)

Abstract Expressionist Pascale Bilgis is a multimedia artist focusing on landscapes. In her series "HOME," Bilgis recalls significant landscapes from her own life: the small French village of her childhood; Turkey, where she worked as an archeological photographer; and her current home, South Carolina. Working in acrylic, Bilgis splits her compositions into geometric sections using different color palettes to show the landscapes in different times of day or different seasons. She adds buildings in ceramic or wood relief. The architecture of the buildings helps identify her landscapes as belonging to specific regions: she creates the simple cottages of rural France, the bustling cityscape of Istanbul, and the nostalgic country houses of South Carolina. She chooses to show the buildings in ceramic relief to emphasize the durability of human habitations in contrast to the natural world, which reflects the changing seasons. “As the landscape is ever changing, homes remain in their original state,” Bilgis says. Bilgis received a bachelor's in photography from the University of South Carolina. After graduating, she worked as an archaeological photographer in southern Turkey and as an art assistant at the Pierre LOTI French School of Istanbul. While in Turkey she began to pursue a new passion for painting and ceramics. She currently lives in Lexington, where she has had many solo exhibitions. She is a member of South Carolina Artists. Learn more about the artist at www.pascalebilgis.com.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center (5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston). The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. Parking and admission are free. The gallery is open 9-5 daily, with an attendant present Tuesdays 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m, Thursdays 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Fridays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org.

Just getting some ‘AIR’

Notable arts organizations announce artists-in-residents 


North Charleston

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of Katherine Hester as artist-in-residence (AIR) for FY2019/20. The city’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. Katherine will share her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing residencies and workshops to public schools, seniors, and various community groups in North Charleston through June 2020. Hester is a local artist working in oil and mixed media. She paints outdoors, onsite when painting landscapes in order to capture the changing light of the Lowcountry. Katherine also enjoys creating portraits, working in mixed media in order to put a modern twist to the classic genre. She is a Lowcountry native and graduate of the College of Charleston. She holds a master’s in education and worked as a studio art, art history, and science teacher before leaving the classroom in order to pursue her painting career full time. She's been represented by galleries in Charleston and exhibited her work throughout the region. Hester holds numerous awards and participates in the annual Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition each spring. As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Katherine will offer instruction in painting and drawing. The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Katherine’s work throughout December 2019 and January 2020. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center (5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston). School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, from 5-7 p.m.

Spartanburg

HUB-BUB, a division of Chapman Cultural Center, announced artists-in-Residence who will begin their 2019/2020 terms in September. The purpose of the HUB-BUB artist-in-residence program is to continue to build a vibrant and healthy artistic community through opportunities for cultural enrichment.

Masimba Hwati (left) is a mixed media artist living and working in Zimbabwe; Cape Town, South Africa; and Detroit. His work explores the transformation of indigenous knowledge systems and cultural resistance. He juxtaposes cultural objects and symbols with ephemeral mainstream symbols. His work is preoccupied with contemporary and historical themes working with found objects performance and sound he creates antennas, gadgets of memory and experiences. It has been shown in Germany, France, Canada, London, Australia,southern Africa, and in the U.S. In 2015 he represented Zimbabwe at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale in Italy. Hwati has conducted research in Cape Town, Avignon, Nova Scotia , and Detroit.

Shuk Han Lui (right) is a multidisciplinary artist who works predominantly in mixed-media paintings and artist’s books. Her practice takes a meditative focus and explores relationships between drawing, painting, piano, and the use of space. She is the recipient of several research grants and fellowships, including the Don Bachardy Fellowship, the Wilson Center Graduate Research Award, and the Looney Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Lui earned her Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

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Theatre for children this summer in North Charleston

First of two presentations is June 21


The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to offer the first of two Summer Children’s Theatre presentations on Friday, June 21, 2019, featuring Gravity: It’s Not a Word; It’s the Laws!, presented by Good Clean Fun. The interactive, STEAM learning based program is for all ages and features two showings at two different locations. Daycares, community groups, families, and individuals are welcome to attend the 10 a.m. showing at Northwoods Park and Recreation Center at 8348 Greenridge Rd. and/or the 2 p.m. showing at Danny Jones Recreation Center at 1455 Monitor St. in North Charleston. Tickets are $2 per child with accompanying adults admitted at no charge. Parking is free. Good Clean Fun is led by Deena Frooman, an award-winning event producer and 25-year veteran of festivals, corporate entertainment, and tv/film production, who specializes in providing interactive amusement for children. As purveyors of play, Good Clean Fun is dedicated to “recretainment,” a combination of recreation and entertainment. Their mission is to bring STEAM play to the people using juggling and manipulation of objects as the core for development. Their hands-on assemblies and workshops can invoke a sense of belonging for audiences, both interpersonally and intrapersonally. Gravity: It’s Not a Word; It’s the Laws is a program that incorporates a combination of STEAM-related vocabulary and skills focused on Newton’s Laws, Force of Motion, velocity, inertia, other scientific information, self-confidence, critical thinking, problem solving, and more. To learn more, visit www.goodcleanfun.simpl.com. Gravity: It’s Not a Word; It’s the Laws! is presented as part of a Summer Children’s Theatre Series, which also includes an anti-bullying and self-esteem enhancing program by TiffanyJ featuring Super Beauty on Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to reserve space in advance. Seats fill up fast, so reserve early by calling the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843.740.5854. For reservation forms, directions, or information on additional programs and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of NorthCharleston.org.