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Small art, Midlands art wanted

It's an afternoon double

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 28, 2022 by 5 p.m. ET
Midlands #SCartists, let's start with you. We've covered this before, so maybe you checked this in previously and it's your turn to board? CAE is looking for artists for the 2022 Art in the Airport program: "Throughout the year, this wildly popular program showcases the work of four artists’ from across Columbia region in the busiest part of the airport. [Art in the Airport] not only enhances the passengers’ experience while traveling through CAE, it creates an immediate sense of place to those visiting. Once a traveler lands, these pieces of art are the first creative and cultural touchpoints they have to the region." This link will help you take off to the CAE website for more information.

Rochester (New York) Contemporary Art Center

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Mailed): Tuesday, April 12, 2022
From an email to Hub HQ: "...the exhibition is our annual 6x6, which is the original small art phenomenon, and is hosted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), a small, non-profit art center in Rochester, New York! This annual exhibition, 6x6, raises critical funds needed to pay artists, maintain our building and administer contemporary art programming to our community this coming year! The artwork(s) will help our mission to provide unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Learn more about 6x6 at roco6x6.org." The exhibition, a past version of which is pictured above, is scheduled to run June 4 through July 17, 2022. Artist participation is free, as one would hope, given that they are soliciting donations from which they hope to raise funds. There is a limit of four submissions per school or school group.

Jason Rapp

S.C. Philharmonic’s Nakahara receives honor

Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award goes to conductor

[caption id="attachment_47491" align="aligncenter" width="949"]Nakahara, wearing a neon yellow Columbia Fireflies jersey, conducts the orchestra at the Fireflies' ballpark at dusk. Nakahara and South Carolina Philharmonic musicians perform to a sold-out concert at the Columbia Fireflies' Segra Park July 3, 2021. Provided photo.[/caption]

One Columbia for Arts and Culture announced Morihiko Nakahara, music director and conductor of the South Carolina Philharmonic, as the recipient of the 2021 Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award.

The Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award is an annual recognition of a Columbian who reflects many of the values and qualities of those generously given by One Columbia’s former leader in support of the growth and vitality of his City of Columbia. Morrison, who passed away in 2013, co-chaired the One Columbia Arts and Culture Board of Directors for three years.. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds degrees from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, Nakahara was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in March 2005. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical styles and concert formats, Nakahara has collaborated with Chris Botti, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Edgar Meyer, Brandi Carlile, Pink Martini and Sergio Mendes to name a few. The 2021-2022 season marks Morihiko Nakahara’s 14th season as Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic, and he also serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and recently concluded a 17 year tenure as the Resident Conductor with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. “I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award, on behalf of the entire team of musicians, administrative staff, board members, tech crew, and our loyal audience members near and far,” said Morihiko Nakahara. “The Covid-19 pandemic taught us to be patient and nimble, but the level of trust that our orchestra's stakeholders and constituents have for each other and the passion with which they embody their roles have allowed us to be bold and ambitious during this time. This honor is especially meaningful for me on a personal level, because in the few years I knew and interacted with Steve Morrison, I was always inspired and energized by his tireless advocacy for the arts in Columbia and for equal access to arts education and enrichment in every community. Steve's vision is our mission, and I am blessed to continue working in Columbia's vibrant arts community for all people.” The recipient of the Steve Morrison Visionary Award honors the best combination of vision and leadership, applied to arts and history and the entire cultural foundation of the City, and the value they bring to Columbia. “Over the 14 years that Morihiko Nakahara has shared his pioneering vision as music director and conductor for the South Carolina Philharmonic, he has served as an ambassador for culture and music, as well as advocate for the growth of our city’s fine arts and humanities environment,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Morihiko truly embodies the traits recognized by The Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award, through his commitment to furthering the artistic vitality of Columbia.” An event is being organized to present Mr. Nakahara with the award and is expected to be held in mid-January 2022.

Jason Rapp

Columbia’s Nickelodeon posts leadership position


The Nickelodeon has an exciting opportunity for someone ready to be the executive director of a cherished, progressive community media arts organization.

We’re looking for an inspiring and innovative leader with a passion for the arts and the role of arts in advancing equity and justice. Please forward this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested, or apply yourself. Candidate review begins on Jan. 10, but position is open until filled. If you have any questions, please contact davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com. The Nickelodeon is looking for an inspiring and innovative leader dedicated to positively transforming the community through the arts. Understanding that art house cinemas and arts education programs play a critical role in fostering conversations of importance to our communities, the executive director must be an excellent communicator who can effectively listen and respond to a wide range of constituencies. To be successful, the executive director must bring an ability to think strategically as well as an authentic spirit of collaboration and a capacity to implement change. As a manager for our small and dedicated staff, they must be a servant leader who is able to coach for success. The executive director will have the opportunity to guide the evolution of a cherished, progressive community arts organization. They will refine and implement the Nickelodeon’s ambitious mission and vision while maintaining its operational and financial health. By deepening existing community relationships, they will broaden and diversify the audiences for our theatrical, filmmaker, and media literacy programs, enhancing the Nickelodeon’s reputation as a place where media can be a force for positive social change. Starting salary is $85,000-$95,000.
The Nickelodeon serves the Midlands region of South Carolina as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nickelodeon provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its theatrical and educational programs. For over forty years, the Nickelodeon has played a critical role in the development and growth of the arts space in the region. Since 2012 we have anchored Columbia’s revitalized Main Street district, which draws people from across the region to its year-round food, culture, and shopping scene. Home to the state’s government as well as its flagship public university, Columbia is a center of innovation and culture that offers a surprising range of theaters, music venues, museums, festivals, culinary alternatives, and outdoor activities. Our critically-acclaimed programming has established the Nickelodeon as a center for media education and a space for supporting media-makers. Our Indie Grits Film Festival--an annual showcase of the best in Southern DIY film and culture--was named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine. And our Indie Grits Labs programming, which evolved out of the festival, has provided media literacy programs to local schools and educational and production opportunities for local artists. The Nickelodeon’s theatrical programming comprises a mix of first-run independent and foreign films, curated series, and special community screenings. Central to our mission is the opportunity for critical dialogue related to films; the Nickelodeon provides frequent opportunities for conversation before and after screenings, pulling together experts and community members as speakers and respondents. These extensive advances in programming and facilities have been possible through broad community and national support. Prior to the pandemic, the Nickelodeon had over 3,500 members and an annual budget of $1.7 million. With our history of support from local arts organizations and from national organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nickelodeon is poised to play an even greater role in the region and nationally.

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Caveat emptor: scalpers hurting Columbia arts groups

Secondary ticket sales causing trouble

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"Buyer beware" is good advice that increasing numbers of Columbia arts patrons wish they'd heeded, according to new reporting from The Post and Courier Columbia.

Beyond the pain of inflated prices felt by some audience members, performing arts groups also suffer from the secondary ticketing market (commonly, and perhaps insensitively, known as scalping). That certainly gets The Hub's interest, so we in turn direct you to Jessica Holdman's reporting for the P&C Columbia here (subscription possibly required). We support local journalism ourselves and don't wish to take away from said work by sharing more than the general scope. We will, however, leave you with these thoughts: The Hub was formerly employed by one of the affected arts groups and was, in fact, in charge of its ticketing operations for 12 years. Always, always, verify the source of any tickets you buy. Problems like these are neither new nor uncommon in large cities, but are new(er) to Columbia (obviously) and other South Carolina markets. If you plan to attend an event, first check with the presenting venue or group for how or where to purchase. Only if an event is sold out should you consider the secondary market. Despite what ticketing policies say, the vast majority of official ticketing operations are willing to work with you on a solution to lost or stolen tickets that are purchased from them, for which they have records. As the story accurately states, they can do no such thing when you buy from (random website). Thanks for coming to our HUB Talk.  

Jason Rapp

South Carolina Biennial 2021 rolls on at 701 CCA

Two-part exhibition ends Dec. 23

(Ed. note: this is a lightly updated version of this Hub story on Part I's opening.)

The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2021 is the sixth survey of South Carolina art taking place at 701 Center for Contemporary Art.

As the successor of the South Carolina Triennial, 701 CCA's Biennial is the main regular event of its kind. The Biennial presents some of the best contemporary art produced statewide and is a juried, multimedia exhibition in two parts. Exhibitions Part I and II both feature works created on a variety of media—oil or acrylic on canvas, photography, inkjet print, woodcut, mixed media, and three-dimensional art.

Acceptance to the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2021 was based on a competitive selection process. Contemporary artists living in South Carolina were invited via a public call to submit both images of their recent artwork and documentation of their career to 701 CCA.

An independent jury of three art professionals reviewed all submissions, selecting 24 artists out of a total of about 88 applications. Visit the 701 CCA website to find out who they are. Part II is now open through Dec. 23, featuring 12 artists of the 24 total selected. Among them are two recipients of the S.C. Arts Commission individual artist fellowship:

The jurors were:

  • Anita N. Bateman, Ph.D., associate curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Paul Barrett, independent curator, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Cecelia Lucas Stucker, independent curator and founder of both Curating & Collections and the Palmetto Curatorial Exchange, Columbia, South Carolina

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley St., 2nd Floor, in Columbia. During exhibitions, hours are Wednesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. by appointment and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Free, but donations appreciated.


Jason Rapp

Launch party announced for new Jonathan Green book

Party with the artist Dec. 16

The Koger Center in Columbia announced plans to celebrate the launch of Jonathan Green's new book with a party on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Jonathan Green Spoleto 2016Green's depictions of the Gullah life and culture, established by descendants of enslaved Africans who settled between northern Florida and North Carolina during the nineteenth century have earned him considerable notoriety. The vividly colored paintings and prints have captured and preserved the daily rituals and Gullah traditions of his childhood in the Lowcountry marshes of South Carolina. In 2010, the South Carolina Arts Commission presented Green the Governor's Award for the Arts in lifetime achievement. From press materials about Gullah Spirit:

While his art continues to express the same energy, color, and deep respect for his ancestors, Green's techniques have evolved to feature bolder brush strokes and a use of depth and texture, all guided by his maturing artistic vision that is now more often about experiencing freedom and contentment through his art. This vision is reflected in the 179 new paintings featured in Gullah Spirit. His open and inviting images beckon the world to not only see this vanishing culture but also to embrace its truth and enduring spirit.

Using both the aesthetics of his heritage and the abstraction of the human figure, Green creates an almost mythological narrative from his everyday observations of rural and urban environments. Expressed through his mastery of color, Green illuminates the challenges and beauty of work, love, belonging, and the richness of community.

Angela D. Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, provides a foreword. The book also includes short essays by historian Walter B. Edgar, educator Kim Cliett Long, and curator Kevin Grogan.

Tickets for the event are $65 and available now by clicking here.

Jason Rapp

Residency connects library, Midlands arts community

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 10, 2021

Richland Library’s Artist-in-Residence program aims to connect the community with local working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to the community in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange.

The program, created in 2015, gives artists, performers and makers of all types and disciplines the ability to work freely in their own studio space, share their works and artistic process with the community, and provide learning opportunities and programs for library customers. Richland Library is trying to connect with visual, performance, or media artists "who have a direct connection to the local arts community and a desire to help the library improve the livelihood of our creative community." Its residents are expected to deliver art-making tutorials, studio tours, creative workshops and artist meet-ups, while serving as a liaison between artists and the library. The library provides its residents' program-related supplies and—oh yeah!—offers a $1,000/month stipend. For more, visit the residency page on the library's website.

Jason Rapp

‘Outsider art’ focus of McKissick Museum exhibit

The Artists Inside Outsider Art running through March 5, 2022

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McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina presents an exhibition full of permanent collection pieces showcasing southern self-taught artists.

The Artists Inside Outsider Art is an exhibition drawn from McKissick Museum’s permanent collection of artworks that are often referred to as “Folk Art,” “Outsider Art,” or “Self-Taught Art.” The collection, some of which will be on display for the first time, dates between the 1940s and the 1990s and includes well-known southern artists like Thornton Dial, Bessie Harvey, and R.A. Miller. Primarily self-taught, these "outsider" artists often use bright colors and found or recycled materials like wood, clay, and metal. #SCartists Richard Burnside, who has two works included in the State Art Collection, and Columbia's "Chicken Man" Ernest Lee are included in the exhibit. Outsider art can have many definitions, but most agree that it includes forms of creative expression that exist outside accepted cultural norms or the realm of “fine art". The exhibition dives into some of the challenges in using different descriptors but eschews much of controversy surrounding the collecting and selling of “outsider art” or “self-taught art”. Rather than perpetuating stereotypes that these artists somehow belong outside of the art world, The Artists Inside Outsider Art is an attempt to reconcile that marginalization by acknowledging that these artists have their own agency, and through their agency, they have made art that reflects their cultural experiences as southern contemporary artists. For Faculty Curator Dr. Lana Burgess, this exhibition is personal. “When I began my curatorial career I had the opportunity to meet some of the artists exhibited here. Talking to and working with them, I began to learn how many of them created art without a specific audience in mind. I invite visitors come and celebrate the ingenuity of the men and women who literally took materials readily available and made southern contemporary art.” The Artists Inside Outsider Art will be on view from Nov. 8 through March 5, 2022. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register for your tickets online or by calling 803.777.2876.
McKissick Museum tells the story of southern life: community, culture, and the environment. The Museum, located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe, has more than 140,000 objects in its collection, including one of the most extensive natural science collections in the Southeast. McKissick is home to the Folklife Resource Center, a repository of folklife and traditional arts materials of value to Southern folklife researchers. For visitation information, online exhibits, and more, please visit sc.edu/mckissickmuseum or call 803.777.7251.

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Fundraising partnership features works by homeless photographers

'Through Our Eyes Project' comes to Columbia

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Hundreds of images taken by homeless photographers will soon be on display at Columbia's Koger Center, the centerpiece of an exhibit designed to raise awareness and money for local organizations that serve them.

People experiencing homelessness often cite a feeling of being invisible. Founded in 2016 by Spartanburg pastor and avid photographer Jason Williamson, Through Our Eyes Project (TOEP) gives homeless people a voice by allowing them to document their everyday lives with disposable cameras. The photos are then curated into an exhibit that celebrates the photographers and provides a personal view of homelessness that few have ever seen. TOEP has had successful runs in other South Carolina cities such as Boiling Springs, Greenville, and Spartanburg and extended to other states: Alaska, Massachusetts, and neighboring North Carolina. Williamson reflected on previous experiences: “The things that are always surprising is the amount of joy that a lot of people have—whether it’s a pet they’ve adopted, a child, or a friend. There’s a lot of joy, and that’s the part of the project that really caught me off guard,” he said. “We like to say that the cameras are disposable, but the people are not.” TOEP typically partners with host churches to connect with relevant nonprofits as recipients of funds raised from project sponsors, opening reception ticket sales, and the general public, who can vote for their favorite photos for $1 per vote. The top three photographers who receive the most votes will receive gifts with the money raised. [caption id="attachment_48224" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Provided photo. Click to enlarge.[/caption] The Columbia project debuts with a ticketed opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3. “We’ve wanted to bring TOEP to Columbia for several years now,” said Allison Caldwell, local missions director at Shandon Baptist Church. “We’re proud to partner with Oliver Gospel, Toby’s Place, and Family Promise of the Midlands to highlight what they do for homeless men, women and children in our community, and how others can help.” Opening reception tickets are available at Shandon.org for a donation of $25 or more. Held in the Koger Center’s upstairs gallery, the reception will include hors d'oeuvres, live music, partner booths, and a first glance at the images captured by more than 30 photographers. Space is limited and advance tickets are required to attend. After Nov. 3, the exhibit will be open for free public viewing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 19. For more information visit Shandon.org or contact Allison Caldwell, Shandon Local Missions Director (803.528.0740 or acaldwell@shandon.org).
Disclosure: SCAC Communications Director Jason Rapp, editor of The Hub, is an active member and current deacon of Shandon Baptist Church and volunteered on a steering group for this project. The SCAC is not a project funder. This story was a submitted news release.

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Coastal Community Foundation of S.C. furthers SCAC grantmaking

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

"Though not the only way, grants are among the main ways the SCAC accomplishes its work."

Savvy and/or loyal Hub readers should recognize that sentence as the opening line of the weekly "Grants Roundup" feature from Monday mornings. But did you know that grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission are made possible, except in either infrequent or limited circumstances, by public funding appropriated by the state General Assembly? One exception to that is the regular generous support of the John & Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. In FY21, which marked 17 consecutive years of awards, the fund provided $33,197 to support the SCAC's efforts in subgranting to local arts organizations throughout the state and funding arts projects by individual #SCartists in select counties. Not all of the artists and projects listed below were directly funded by the John & Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund, but including them all could inspire another artist with a project in mind for which they might need a little help. So let's take a look at what artists, sorted by county, were up to in recently closed FY21 thanks to the SCAC's Arts Project Support Grants, funded in part by the John & Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of CCF. (Ed. note: Expect a formal wrap on FY21 to come later this month.)

Julie Hamer | Anderson County

Ceramic artist Julie Hamer upgraded her current kiln and purchased a second pottery wheel with this grant funding. The new equipment allowed her to teach more students and increased her capacity to keep producing her own work while providing facilities for students to complete their projects. During the grant period, she taught in person and online, in group classes as well as private lessons. The second wheel also allowed her to provide demonstrations and introductory throwing opportunities at art events in the area. Her students ranged in age from six to 75, including multiple people who had never had the opportunity to learn pottery and have now gotten experience throwing on a wheel and creating their own works of art. One 75-year-old woman shared that she had wanted to try art her whole life, and Hamer’s pottery class was the very first class ever; now that she has tried it, she wants to do it for the rest of her life. The artist helped multiple students find resources to continue their pottery work, from setting up their own home studios to connecting with established local studios to allowing them to fire their work in her upgraded kiln.

Terrance Washington | Barnwell County

The funding supported artist Terrance Washington’s mobile exhibition of The Lucidity Collection, eight paintings utilizing imagery to evoke thought and conversation, internally or outspoken, colored by aesthetic relevancy of our present condition. The exhibit included live performances by singers and musicians to further elicit emotion and thought along with the visual works. The Lucidity Collection traveled to five different communities (Walterboro, Columbia, Blackville, Aiken, and Hampton) and continues to travel around South Carolina. The mobility of the exhibit allows it to be shown in rural locations without galleries, often in spaces that have other functions such as church halls and conference rooms. The artist reported experiencing professional growth as an artist and inspiring thought within each community.

Bhakti Hough | Lee County

“Jazzy Poetic: The South Carolina Jazz & Poetry Connection – Music and Words for Healing the Nation” was a virtual program featuring poets sharing their thoughts about poetry and reading or reciting from their works. The poets were former SC Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth; Columbia, SC, Poet Laureate Ed Madden; Len Lawson; and Felton Eaddy. The poets shared their works and explained how they think engaging poetry as reader, listener, or writer can help to ease anxiety and provide hope during the current public health crisis. The event also featured video and audio presentations of Bhakti Larry Hough and the Bhakti Project jazz combo reciting original poetry that paid tribute to other poets, the poetry of Claude McKay, and performing jazz poetry and the music of South Carolina native John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. The project showcased some of the literary and musical artistry to which South Carolina lays claim, raising awareness of the kind and level of jazz and poetry performance that can be produced in local communities, some of which often “flies beneath the arts radar.”

Historic Marion Revitalization Association | Marion County

This project produced the first artistic mural in Marion, SC’s Historic District. A graphic designer was hired to create a "Greetings from Marion, SC" mural, in which photos of historic and significant places from around the area are rendered within the letters of “Marion” to look like a traditional postcard. The mural includes images of cotton fields, the Marion Museum, palmetto trees, tractors, the courthouse, and magnolia flowers. Artist Narzhio was hired to complete the mural in a little over two weeks. The project is paving the way for more art to come to Marion by inspiring further art creation and conversation within the community. The initial goal of the mural was to provide some artistic content in a town that considered itself to have “a nonexistent art scene.” The positive feedback on the project has expanded to include discussion about the mural both on site and on social media, with memories being shared of what it was like in the "good ol' days" and people talking about their favorite part of the mural. The artist has been in talks with several local business owners about more work, and the association has been approached about bringing art to other buildings downtown.

Robert Matheson | Newberry County/Bamberg County

Newberry-based artist Robert Matheson is creating “A Different View of Bamberg County,” a short film designed to introduce viewers to the beauty and assets found in the four largest cities of Bamberg County: Denmark, Bamberg, Olar, and Erhardt. Matheson worked with Bamberg artist James Wilson to collect still photography and drone video footage showcasing community assets found throughout the county. The final product will include voice and music. The video will be distributed via YouTube and social media channels, and the work will be shared with local media outlets and statewide art networks.

Dr. Eunjung Choi | Orangeburg County

With the support of this grant funding, musician Eunjung Choi recorded Celebrating Women Composers, a CD of classical music for piano. The project highlighted classical women composers and their musical influences and impact on Dr. Choi’s professional artistry. The featured composers included Cécile Chaminade, Teresa Carreño, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Amy Beach. This project provided Dr. Choi an opportunity to grow as a professional artist through the exploration of women composers’ piano music. The completed CD can enhance the listeners’ knowledge of classical piano music of women composers with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Stephen Winkler | Orangeburg County

Stephen Winkler, graphic artist and CEO of 75 Flavas, showcased vinyl printing to children of all ages at Garden Oasis: Spring Seedling Day 2021 in Denmark, SC. After a demonstration to learn about heat transfers and t-shirt making, Parents and children produced their own unique shirts starting with the creation of their own vinyl design. Children also decorated raised garden beds in the park with precut vinyl numbers, letters, and flowers provided by the artist. The activities inspired the children to ask questions about starting their own graphic design businesses, and the artist was able to connect with a new community through the arts.

Bullets and Bandaids | Richland County

Bullets and Bandaids is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to further a living anthology of veterans, writers, and artists to celebrate our common humanity through a traveling art project spanning North and South Carolina. By giving veterans a platform to speak their truth, as well as an opportunity for civilians to take an active listening role, the program helps alleviate problems on an individual as well as communal level, covering issues like domestic violence, drug abuse, and suicidal ideation. The program also provides a venue for local artists, writers, and businesses to join in the celebration of their own potential in all the communities they impact. With this funding, the organization was able to set up workshops through Veterans Affairs in Columbia to teach creative nonfiction to veterans from multiple demographics; set up workshops through the Arken Media Group to teach veterans photography therapy; and collect stories from across the Carolinas through online linking through the VAs, as well as independent organizations like Brothers and Sisters Like These, the Charlotte Art League, and local VFWs. The organization continues to collect work by artists from South Carolina, create and edit voiceovers for veterans’ stories, create merchandise designs from veterans and artists, and connect with local writers to amplify veterans’ stories. In addition, this project resulted in three-time presidential advisor Henry Lozano joining the organization’s Board of Directors, providing greater connections within the veteran community and guidance and resources to a degree that was beyond their expectation at this point in their development.

Jason Rapp