Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cougar Night Lights light up Cistern Yard starting Dec. 14

Deck the yard

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 4:19 PM

MIKE LEDFORD, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
  • Mike Ledford, College of Charleston
One mile of cable and 15,500 LED lights make Cougar Night Lights possible. Charlestonians near and far — not just those on campus — can partake in Cougar Night Lights starting next Thurs. Dec. 14 through Jan. 1, 2018. The musical light show runs on the hour from 6-9 p.m., with a special focus on Randolph Hall and Cistern Yard trees.
MIKE LEDFORD, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
  • Mike Ledford, College of Charleston
Cougar Night Lights is produced and designed by CofC alum John Reynolds, who has won Emmys for his lighting displays and worked on both the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and for the Super Bowl.

Check his full resume on imbd.com.

Event Details Cougar Night Lights
@ College of Charleston Cistern Yard
66 George St.
Downtown
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Through Jan. 1, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
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Charleston Music Hall announces Pecha Kucha 28, tickets on sale now

Talk less, listen more

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:28 AM

The Very Hypnotic Soul Band (which includes one of January's speakers, Benjamin Starr) has performed at Pecha Kucha before. - STEPHEN BLACKMON
  • Stephen Blackmon
  • The Very Hypnotic Soul Band (which includes one of January's speakers, Benjamin Starr) has performed at Pecha Kucha before.

In September the Charleston Music Hall announced that it would be taking the reins from Charleston Creative Parliament and begin producing Charleston's Pecha Kucha series in conjunction with the Charleston Arts Festival. Yesterday CMH announced the first Pecha Kucha of 2018, to be held on Tues. Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12/adv., $14/day of, and can be purchased online.

Quick refresher: Pecha Kucha (which translates to "chit chat" in Japanese) is an event that features speakers talking about a topic for 6 minutes and 40 seconds, usually featuring 20 slides every 20 seconds.

In a statement CMH says, "The Music Hall, with help from our collaborators and artist liaison Terry Fox, is focused on developing a strong, interesting, and diverse presenter line up from an array of different artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial disciplines and encourage collaboration, communication, and support in Charleston’s creative community."

January's speakers so far (two more speakers will be added in the coming weeks) include: Charleston Moves executive director Katie Zimmerman; owner of brand and dance studio, Dance Lab, Jenny Broe; soul-funk artist Manny Houston a.k.a. Alan Fame; hip-hop artist Benjamin Starr; YESAND creator Joel Sadler; and executive director of Charleston Jazz, Mary Beth Natarajan.

The evening will be emceed by Basic Kitchen owner Ben Towill.

Event Details Pecha Kucha 28
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Downtown
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Tue., Jan. 9, 7 p.m.
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ArtPlace America grants $300,000 to Charleston Rhizome Collective's mobile app project

Make room for more art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 10:37 AM

The Rhizome Collective is an Art-in/with community group where education, art, and activism intersect. - SCREENSHOT/CONNECKTEDTOO.ORG
  • Screenshot/connecktedtoo.org
  • The Rhizome Collective is an Art-in/with community group where education, art, and activism intersect.
Yesterday ArtPlace America, a 10-year collab among foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions, announced an $8.7 million investment in communities across the country as part of its National Creative Placemaking Fund. As part of this investment, ArtPlace granted the Charleston Rhizome Collective $300,000 for their conNECKtedTOO project, a "solidarity hub of tiny businesses for minorities and women."

While the project is still in its very early stages (funding doesn't officially start until January 2018), we do know that a mobile app is part of the Rhizome Collective's end goal. In a press release the organization describes the project:

conNECKtedTOO seeks to create a solidarity hub and network linking Tiny Neighborhood Businesses to cumulate buying and selling power, engage residents in decisions over business ownership, loans, job training, hiring practices, wholesale prices, schooling and housing. The network will address the needs of Small/Tiny Businesses, using installations, visuals, forums, a tour, an app-based interactive map and a youth entrepreneurship program.

A graphic, below, also lays out the timeline for the project.

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According to Jean-Marie Mauclet, a member of the Rhizome Collective (and co-owner of Fast & French) this project has been 15 years in the making. "There's a lot of history," he says. "It's all related to questions of social and moral justice and education."

If that all sounds a little intangible, it's because it is. "We're extremely grassroots," says Mauclet. But, ultimately, the Rhizome wants to "elevate the voice of the people not seen or heard."

The Rhizome Collective, comprised of Mauclet, Gwylene Gallimard, Pamella Gibbs, Debra Holt, and La'Sheia Oubre, presented their years of research most recently at the City Gallery's show, conNECKted: Imaginings for Truth and Reconciliation, this past June.

Installations in the gallery addressed racism, gentrification, interconnectivity, reconciliation, and belonging. There was wallpaper made of 100 postcards sent by 100 Lowcountry residents to Mayor Tecklenburg during his first 100 days in office. There were TVs playing recorded interviews with James Simmons middle school students, asking questions like, "Why do people criticize other people if they just met them?" There were tiny wooden house replicas, decorated with quotes from the people who lived in the real homes.

Mauclet says that the themes from the show — addressing gentrification, racism, and belonging in Charleston — will carry over into conNECKtedTOO. "It's about imagining the arts doing business." Mauclet adds, "Nothing I say does anything without support."

That support, from the city of Charleston and ArtPlace, will hopefully counteract what Mauclet describes as "the weight of gentrification and discomfort."

Learn more about the project at connecktedtoo.org.


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