Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Charleston Parks Conservancy to receive NEA grant for public art project

Art for all

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 1:03 PM

The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding the Charleston Parks Conservancy a $50,000 grant for a project that will add public art "activities" to the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway.

The grant is part of the NEA's Our Town program which supports the partnering of local artists, art organizations, and municipal government. Through the "creative placemaking program," neighborhoods that need a little extra love are revitalized, highlighting their assets to the community.

While the particulars of the project have not yet been determined — the City of Charleston is working with the community to decide what the best art-related activities would be and where they would fit along the Greenway — other Our Town efforts have included the launch of a "wayfinding system" in Berea, KY, created so that visitors can easily locate the town's centuries-old cultural sites; the construction of a theater in Glencoe, IL, a suburb of Chicago, that catalyzed downtown development; and the institution of an outdoors cultural events program to take place in an area of D.C. with low-income levels and high-crime rates.

"This is an exciting opportunity to be part of transforming a significant public space that connects so many neighborhoods in the City of Charleston," says Charleston Parks Conservancy executive director Harry Lesesne. "Improving the West Ashley Greenway and Bikeway will be a great benefit to all of the city's residents, and the addition of public art will make it an even more engaging space."

The Greenway project is part of the Conservancy's Art in the Parks initiative; the Conservancy partners with local and regional artists to add temporary, contemporary art installations to city parks. In April, Georgia artist Joseph Dreher received the first exhibition space from the Conservancy. Dreher will create a piece of art for a city park later this year.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Comedy Cabal stand-up pokes fun at the suburbs this Saturday

Be proud of your roots and roast them

Posted by Laura Cergol on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Shawna loves West Ashley's wacky and wonderful sides. - PROVIDED
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  • Shawna loves West Ashley's wacky and wonderful sides.
If West Ashley were a person you took on a date, "they'd be equally at home in a dive bar or sipping wine as part of a food pairing," local comedian Shawna Jarrett says. "There is a 25 percent chance they are not currently in possession of their car title, but they'll have it back come Friday and you just wait 'til you hear the full story of how it happened."

Joseph Coker performs this Saturday, too. - FILE
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  • Joseph Coker performs this Saturday, too.
This Sat. June 24 at 9 p.m., Jarrett and creative partner Joseph Coker, known as the Comedy Cabal, will show their love for West Ashley as only comics can.

"West Ashley After Dark," hosted by Vince Fabra at the Tin Roof, will poke fun at the quirks of the suburb, from the dozens of cash-for-title loan offices to the defunct Citadel Mall.

Jarrett loves living in West Ashley and drew inspiration for this show from both the good and the weird of the growing community.

"It's a celebration of West Ashley's roots, and the fact that they still poke out of the ground here and there," she says.

Jarrett and Coker will be joined by Wayne Cousins, one of their favorite comedians from Columbia, as well as a newcomer to the Charleston comedy scene, Kevin Williams.

Guests are welcome to wear "West Ashley regional attire" such as all-denim ensembles or JNCOs and gummy bracelets. Non-West Ashleyan guests are of course welcome to the show.

"I think every town has something like West Ashley — not the wrong side of the tracks at all, but definitely the weird side," Jarrett said. "This is a show about being proud of your roots, wherever they grow."

Tickets for the show are five dollars at the door.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Hear from City Paper illustrator Maria Fabrizio at Refresh Charleston on Tuesday

An eye for art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Much like Creative Mornings and Pecha Kucha, Refresh Charleston is a mini series of events designed for the Lowcountry's creative community to talk, meet-up, and network and next Tuesday's talk features Columbia, S.C. artist and City Paper contributing illustrator, Maria Fabrizio.

According to Refresh, Fabrizio will talk about the "technical side, the fun side, and the struggle to maintain her blog, Wordless News, during this time of insanity in America." Fabrizio is also a recently published author of the book, Cultivating Creativity: Daily Rituals for Visual Inspiration, and the daily illustrator for her site wordlessnews.com.

Check out some of Fabrizio's City Paper cover illustrations below and learn more about her on her website, mariafabrizio.com.

Fabrizio's Refresh Charleston appearance will be on Tues. June 20 at Blue Ion. Admission is $8 and includes the cost of refreshments. Buy tickets at refreshcharleston.com.

May 2017's "A Place of Sanctuary" - MARIA FABRIZIO
  • Maria Fabrizio
  • May 2017's "A Place of Sanctuary"

April's "Activism in the Holy City" - MARIA FABRIZIO
  • Maria Fabrizio
  • April's "Activism in the Holy City"
December, 2016's "Little Brother" - MARIA FABRIZIO
  • Maria Fabrizio
  • December, 2016's "Little Brother"
March, 2016's "The Thinning Blue Line" - MARIA FABRIZIO
  • Maria Fabrizio
  • March, 2016's "The Thinning Blue Line"

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Art Pot, the state's first Hispanic multicultural center, recognized as organization of the year

Melting pot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 12:37 PM

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Hanahan-based Art Pot Multicultural Center has been recognized as the organization of the year by the Federal Affairs Management Group Corp., a company that benefits community and faith-based organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The Art Pot is the first Hispanic multicultural center in South Carolina; construction started last summer and the center celebrated its grand opening this past March. Art Pot's mission, "to create a space of integration, culture, and education through the arts," is achieved through its various programs and workshops, held both at its Hanahan location and in local libraries and churches.

City Paper talked to Art Pot's founder, Maribel Acosta Gonzalez in 2015, when she discussed her then-project, MAG Art. CP's Susan Cohen wrote, "MAG Art is Acosta's arts education organization, which offers workshops, educational theater experiences, presentations, and graphic design. But it's more than that: it's also Acosta's attempt to build a more diverse and accepting community through art." MAG Art evolved into what is today Art Pot.

Art Pot invites the community to participate in a celebration of this recognition on Fri. June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Art Pot's location, 5909 Loftis Road, Hanahan.

Learn more about Art Pot and its initiatives online.
Location Details Multicultural Center Art Pot
5909 Loftis Road
North Charleston
Hanahan, SC
(843) 819-5760
Civic Organizations

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pitt Street Pharmacy celebrates 80 years of service with a carnival Sun. June 25

Must be something in those milkshakes

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM

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In 1937, Washington "Wattie" Zeigler opened Pitt Street Pharmacy at a time when the street was Mt. Pleasant's main shopping district. Today, this quaint Mt. P holdover still maintains its old-school charm.

"Some things change with time, but Pitt Street Pharmacy has proven itself impervious to the changes of time," says owner Kim Richardson. "Our customers and patients still receive the same friendly, trustworthy service. We still deliver prescriptions, and our full-service soda fountain is still the most popular place in town."

Sun. June 25 from 2 to 6 p.m. celebrate Pitt Street's 80 years of service at this carnival-themed fest, complete with games, balloon animals, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank, Dashi and Roti Rolls food trucks, music from Stephen Darby, and more.

While you're there, sidle up to the soda fountain for a bit of nostalgia and order cheap sandwiches, ice cream, and, of course, milkshakes. If you look closely, you'll see names of children and teens from Mt. Pleasant who over the years have carved their initials in the soda fountain counter. You might even run into Bosie and Fletcher Carter, who began having lunch at the counter together 57 years ago, and are about to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary. Must be something in those milkshakes...

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