Archive for September, 2013

Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, Elects New Board Chair and Trustees

September 30, 2013

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, has named Steve Berlin, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend law firm, its new Chair, succeeding Tom Ingram, who has served for the last two years. It also elected eight new Trustees at its annual meeting.

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Steve Berlin, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend Law Firm and new Chair of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Berlin is a specialist in environmental law and has been recognized nationally in publications such as The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise. He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and is immediate past Vice Chair of The Arts Council, Chair of Winston-Salem Business Inc., Past President of the Forsyth County Bar Association, and Past President of the Enrichment Center.

New Arts Council Trustees are Amogh  Bhonde, Plant Director, Winston Service Center Siemens Energy; Ron Evans, Corporate Vice President of Manufacturing Technology, B/E Aerospace; Natasha Gore, Executive Director, ECHO Network; Sue Henderson, Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Director, Triad West Region, Wells Fargo Private Bank; Mike Lancaster, Vice President, Construction Services, Frank L. Blum Construction Co.; Anc Newman, Senior Vice President, Aon Risk Services; Stuart Parks, Owner and Managing Principal, The Arden Group; Wade Weast, Dean of the  School of Music, UNC School of the Arts; and Allison C. Perkins, Executive Director, Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Trustee terms run from 2013-2016, and Arts Council trustees may serve two consecutive three year-terms.

Seven trustees retired from The Arts Council Board and were recognized for their service at The Arts Council’s annual meeting. They are Hunter Douglas, Randy Eaddy, Mike Ernst, Siobhan Olson, Leon Porter, Randall Tuttle and Merritt Vale.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, makes grants for arts in education, sponsors events with other arts organizations, strengthens cultural resources, develops social capital, and aids economic development.

For additional information, please contact Carroll Leggett by calling 336/831-5788 or e-mail to (cleggett@triad.rr.com).

Tryon Gallery Trot in Tryon, NC, Takes Place – Oct. 12, 2013

September 30, 2013

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The final Tryon Gallery Trot of 2013 is upon us! Visit downtown Tryon, NC, for: street performances, live music, carriage rides, and of course plenty of art! Join us on Oct. 12, 2013, from 5-8pm for a night to remember!  Thanks to the Polk County Community Foundation for a grant from the Mary Kessler Fund, we are proud to offer local rock band ‘Loaded Toad’ performing at the new St. Luke’s Plaza. Local musician and singer Ian Harrod will stroll up and down downtown singing and playing guitar acoustically. Artist/performer Sam Lovelace and her lovely assistant Angie will delight Trotters with quick hand drawn portrait sketches. Carolina Carriage horse rides return. All entertainment is free to visitors! Support your local downtown and come participate in this family friendly event.

Other highlights to include:

New smaller works by Linda Hudgins will be on display at New View Realty along with many fall scenes by Jim Shackelford. Back by popular demand is the display of the Celebration of Holland Brady’s work.

Patricia Cole-Ferullo and Dom Ferullo have been busy in their Art Studio at the top of Pacolet Street, creating all new mixed media, watercolor, and acrylic fine art with a flair for the final Trot.

Skyuka Fine Art is pleased to announce ‘Recent Works’ by Richard Christian Nelson. With his ‘Plein Air Painters of the Southeast’ group (PAPSE), Nelson enjoyed their annual painting trek, this year to Boothbay, ME, and painted many seascapes. Nelson’s Still Life paintings, recent visits to Charleston, Florida, and Cashiers also round this fresh body of work. His recent ‘Top 10’ award from the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition for “Luke at 15” will also be on display.

The Depot Room at Millard and Company will showcase two artists for the last Trot of the season. Susan Hopps and Grace Lertora will delight with their colorful canvases. Hopps is fascinated by transparent colors as they mix and mingle on paper and the play of light on shapes. Watercolor is her medium. Lertora chooses to express her vision using acrylics and her bold choices of color. These two artists are a nice complement to each other and should make for a vibrant exhibit.

Thompson’s Garden Gallery and Outdoor Living presents 3 featured artists for October. Jackie McAbee, a former educator in Western NC,  captures the beauty of nature in acrylics, usually baby animals, birds, cows, plants and flowers. Matt Cable, a Hendersonville artist, focuses on contemporary reflections of nature using acrylic on canvas and salvaged wood, mixed media applications and jewelry. Patricia Roshaven is both a photographer and painter, who uses the camera as a travel companion, documenting light and shadow. Her paintings do not depend on technique or thought of a final image, but on “painting in the wild”. Please join us to usher in Fall in the Thermal Belt and meet these three talented artists.

Tryon Fine Arts Center will host a table near the entertainment to sell tickets for upcoming performances, t-shirts, and offer information about their coming events.

Tryon Painters & Sculptors will host an opening reception for their ‘Members’ Only Show’, open to all members and all mediums. Join them to see these new works and enjoy refreshments.

Vines & Stuff invites Tryon watercolor artist Kim Attwooll to give a spontaneous watercolor demonstration where visitors can also enjoy samples of special holiday gourmet treats. Attwooll is an accomplished local artist who enjoys sharing some of the things she has learned during her many years of watercolor art.

The Book Shelf, Green River Gallery, The 1906 Pine Crest Inn, Upstairs Artspace, and Terra on Trade (relocated next to the new Ruby Slipper restaurant at St. Luke’s Plaza) all open their doors and welcome Trotters with new art, merchandise and refreshments. Join us for this final Trot of the season, and an exciting arts centered event.

Find Tryon Gallery Trot on Facebook or e-mail to (info@skyukafineart.com) for more information.

Help Save The Angle Oak Tree in Charleston, SC

September 30, 2013

The Wells Gallery on Kiawah Island, SC, is now offering a limited edition unframed photograph of The Angel Oak tree by Mary Anne Mitchell. This haunting image celebrates the beauty and longevity of this unique and precious treasure. The Angel Oak is estimated to be over 500 years old and it is now in danger due to planned development – The Lowcountry Open Land Trust (www.lolt.org) is raising funds in an effort to purchase the land around the tree, saving it for future generations.

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The Wells Gallery and Mary Anne Mitchell are donating a portion of each Angel Oak photograph sold. Proceeds are donated to the LOLT to assist them in their efforts.

For information on purchasing this beautiful print, contact the gallery by e-mail at (kiawah@wellsgallery.com) or call
843/576-1290.

NC Governor McCrory Announces Sid Luck, Susan Morgan Leveille, and Arnold Richardson, as 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient

September 30, 2013

NC Governor Pat McCrory has announced that five North Carolinians from diverse artistic traditions will be awarded the state’s Heritage Awards, May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC.

The 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award recipients are: Bobby Hicks, a 10-time Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler; Susan Morgan Leveille, a weaver and grand-niece of Penland founder Lucy Morgan; Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove; Bill Myers, whose band The Monitors has played rhythm and blues and jazz music for more than 50 years; and Arnold Richardson, a Haliwa-Saponi artist who has influenced the revitalization of North Carolina Indian arts.

“I want to congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for helping preserve our cultural heritage. Our artistic history is the foundation of the quality of life that attracts so many people to North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “I’m grateful to the North Carolina Arts Council, not only for their work in this program, but for ensuring the arts will continue to be a vibrant part of North Carolina’s future.”

Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award has honored the folk artists of the state, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that comprise our rich and diverse cultural traditions.

“As North Carolinians, we celebrate the creative and passionate artists working within the communities of our state to keep our cultural traditions alive,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “Their mastery preserves our heritage and makes North Carolina a better state, and we are so proud of their outstanding skill, unparalleled diligence and eager willingness to share their artistry with the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.”

The Arts Council’s announcement comes on the heels of the national recognition of Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation ballad singer, musicians and storyteller from Madison County, who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in June.

“The Arts Council is proud that our agency’s mission includes the documentation of cultural traditions that have been shaped and passed down over generations here in North Carolina, said Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the NC Arts Council. “The artists who receive this lifetime achievement award keep our citizens connected to our state’s heritage and to the extraordinary arts that flourish in every community, large in small, in the state.”

This year Pinecone, the Piedmont Council on the Traditional Arts, will partner with the Department of Cultural Resources and produce the ceremony in May 2014.

Susan Morgan Leveille, Weaver (Dillsboro, Jackson County) – Susan Morgan Leveille immersed herself in the culture of weaving from a young age. She first sat at a loom to weave at age seven and quickly grew to be a skilled craftsperson. Her family lineage made her destined for equal skill as a teacher, scholar, and advocate of the fiber arts tradition in Western North Carolina.

Leveille’s great-aunt, Lucy Morgan, founded the Penland School of Craft and devoted herself to reviving weaving traditions in North Carolina’s mountains. Through association with Penland, the Mountain Heritage Center, and numerous schools and colleges, Leveille has continued to strengthen and disseminate the art of weaving. In the process, she has instructed dozens of both professional and aspiring weavers over the last four decades. Her own work has been widely displayed, and Leveille has owned a gallery in Dillsboro for many years. She has devoted a lifetime to the development of the arts and crafts industry in Western North Carolina.

“Weaver Susan Leveille’s legacy extends way beyond her exquisite weaving,” said NC Folklife Director Sally Peterson. “She has taught countless others to develop artistically and her advocacy efforts for the traditional arts have helped many to supplement their income through craft production.”

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Sid Luck

Sid Luck, Potter (Seagrove, Moore County) – A fifth-generation potter from the historic pottery region of Seagrove, Sid Luck learned at the wheels of his father, grandfather, and numerous other potters who populated the area during his youth. Starting at the age of 12, Luck worked at Cole’s pottery where he developed the speed and precision of a production potter. Knowing that a career in pottery was unlikely, Luck served in the Marines before going to college and then taught chemistry and science for 18 years. Throughout his career as a teacher, Luck continued making pottery in his spare time, eventually building a shop onto his property.

In 1990, Sid Luck retired from teaching to make pottery full time. In the years since, he has become one of the most prolific and beloved potters in North Carolina. In addition to operating Luck’s Wares six days a week, Luck also finds time to mentor aspiring potters of all ages. He regularly takes apprentices from across the state and country, and directs the Traditional Arts Programs for Students (TAPS) held at the North Carolina Pottery Center. Closer to home, he is cultivating additional generations of Seagrove potters – his sons Jason and Matt are excellent artists and his young grandchildren have recently become the seventh generation of Luck potters to work in North Carolina.

“Fifth-generation potter Sid Luck shares his time, knowledge and expertise freely with all who come his way, and his local teaching insures that pottery traditions will thrive in Seagrove for generations to come,” Peterson said.

Arnold Richardson, Haliwa-Saponi artist (Hollister, Halifax County) – Haliwa-Saponi artist Arnold Richardson’s efforts to revitalize the cultural heritage of eastern North Carolina’s American Indians have long been credited for the resurgence of artistic vitality among the eastern tribes. Richardson is musician and an artist working in many different indigenous artistic traditions. Throughout a career spanning more than four decades, Arnold Richardson has taught tribal arts traditions to the Haliwa-Saponi as well as educating other state recognized tribes about revitalizing their own heritage.

A list of Richardson’s accomplishments is staggering both for its depth and breadth. Every few years finds him researching and mastering a new tradition that he then teaches to a growing number of interested students at his home and in various communities in NC. Most recently, in addition to his prize-winning stone sculpture, pottery and beadwork, he has been recognized for the excellence of his gourd carving, an art form that he continues to perfect even while engaging in activities as varied as touring with the North Carolina Symphony and welcoming students of all ages, abilities, and ethnicities into his home in the Haliwa-Saponi community of Hollister.

“Arnold Richardson has studied, mastered and taught many of the artistic and performance traditions that mark contemporary eastern North Carolina Indian cultural expression,” said Peterson. “Many Eastern Indian artists today cite Richardson’s influence, instruction and inspiration as fundamental to their own artistic development.”

The program honoring recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award is open to the public and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $22 available from PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Arts, at (www.pinecone.org/down-home-series.php).

ArtFields Gallery in Lake City, SC, Offers Art 101 at ONE, a Fall Lecture Series About Artist William H. Johnson

September 30, 2013

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A new art lecture series will be held at ArtFields Gallery in Lake City, SC, the last Tuesday of each month, from 1 to 2pm. Art 101 at ONE Lunch Box Conversations: Art Appreciation in bite-size pieces will focus on African American artist and Florence, SC-native, William H. Johnson, for each of its series on Oct. 29 and Nov. 26, 2013. Each event will feature a boxed lunch from a local restaurant, a 20 minute presentation on various art topics and will conclude with a brief question and answer period.

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Christ Crucified, William H. Johnson, Courtesy of Morgan State University

On Oct. 29, 2013 – “Rural Rituals and Urban Realities – The Otherwordly Universe of William H. Johnson”. Join us as we explore the rural rituals and urban realities of the African American community captured in the works of William H. Johnson during the 1920s-1940s. In this lecture we highlight several of Johnson’s compelling pieces that tell the story of the African American experience during the Jazz Age. Lunch box crafted by The Downtown Bakery.

On Nov. 26, 2013 – “Devotion and Disrepute, William H. Johnson’s Florence Paintings, 1944”. Join us for a critical discussion of William Henry Johnson’s “Ring Around the Rosey” and Aunt Alice,” two pieces featured in the Smithsonian Exhibition, “William H. Johnson: An American Modern” on view at the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City. Both pieces pose interesting questions about the assumed incoherence, idiosyncrasy, and strangeness of Johnson’s c. 1944 paintings. Was his assumption true? Lunch box crafted by Table 118.

Art 101 at ONE will take place at 1pm for each lecture at the ArtFields Gallery, located at 110 East Main Street in Lake City, SC. The cost to attend is $10 per person (cash or check is accepted at the event).

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact 843/374-0180. Spaces are limited, so please reserve your spot today!

An Indie Filmmaker, Kristy Higby, Needs Your Help to Fund a Unique Feature -Length Documentary Project with Kickstarted

September 29, 2013

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“Two brothers, estranged since 1948, share an exceptional bond. One is an art-world insider, and one lived alone in a world of art. This is a film about the ‘genetics’ of art and sibling estrangement. The subject is art but the story is universal,” says Kristy Higby.

“The younger brother, (who is now 85), received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. The older brother, Jesse Flowers, joined the service right after dropping out of high school and became a recluse soon after serving as a medic during the end of WWII. He lived in a dirt-floor shack without plumbing.”

“My connections to this story are varied,” says Higby. “I have an established career as a visual artist, art educator, and filmmaker. The younger brother, Tom Flowers, is my father-in-law.  My husband and producer, Mark Flowers, is a painter, and Jesse was the uncle he never met. I can share with you that this experience has been cathartic and enlightening for all involved.”

“My films are, in the end, human-interest stories about people being true to their convictions. Sometimes those convictions are inspiring and sometimes they are tragically misguided.”

Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if The Other Brother project doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 30 days then it will take much longer for it to be finished and released.

Pledge your support with a Kickstarter donation. Check out the rewards we offer to share Jesse’s and Tom’s artwork with you. Spread the word! Share the link to this Kickstarter campaign with your real and virtual friends. Send it to artists you know, and others who love art, documentaries, and human-interest stories. Join us in bringing this compelling story to life!

(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theotherbrother/the-other-brother-kindred-art-documentary)

“In The Other Brother, Kristy Higby has rendered a cinematic miracle, illuminating the extraordinary life of Jessie Flowers – a solitary, mysterious and troubled man who found solace and meaning in little else but his art. By the end of the film, Higby has woven together so many layers of Jessie’s life in such an artful and profound way that ultimately we feel the man is in the room with us, flesh and blood,” says Tommy Hays author of “What I Came to Tell You” and “The Pleasure Was Mine”.

“Tom and Jesse each took a different path in life to get past the harshness of growing up and the distance between them. I feel like I have stepped into their lives in The Other Brother. Kristy captures the broken silence between them. The brothers were brought back together through their artwork in this wonderful documentary,” says Jim Chressanthis, ASC.

Kristy Higby Film Bio:
Her short documentary, “Flag Day”, received a juror’s honorable mention at the 2005 AFI/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Conference and Filmfest held in Silver Spring, Md; and a Jury’s Citation at the 25th Black Maria Film and Video Festival in Jersey City, NJ 2006.W.W. Norton chose “Flag Day”, for inclusion on a Norton Sociology textbook DVD.  Her short documentary, “Bowl Digger”, received a Director’s Choice award at the 2007 Black Maria Film Festival and a Best Documentary award at the 2007 Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada. It was juried into the 3-month long “Make it New” exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, during the summer of 2007 and toured with the 2007-2008 Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival Sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation.

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Has Loaned Edward Hopper Painting on View Oct. 8 – Dec. 31, 2013

September 29, 2013

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The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the temporary loan of “Charleston Slum” by Edward Hopper. The painting will be on view in “The Charleston Story” exhibition in the Alice Smith Gallery from Oct. 8 – Dec. 31, 2013.

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“Charleston Slum”, 1929, by Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967). Watercolor on paper; Private Collection.

Among the numerous American painters and printmakers who visited Charleston in the 1920s and 30s were Edward Hopper (1882–1967) and his wife, Josephine “Jo” Nivison Hopper (1883–1968), who came for a brief visit in April 1929. During their three-week stay, Hopper produced work that became part of the artistic legacy of the Lowcountry and helped to define the “American Scene” movement. “Hopper’s visit to Charleston—though brief—was a productive one, and it underscores how significant Charleston was as a destination for artists during that time. We are thrilled to be able to include an example of Hopper’s Charleston work in our exhibition this fall,” says Sara Arnold, Curator of Collections.

In 2006, the Gibbes exhibited a series of works based on Hopper’s visit to the Lowcountry titled “Edward Hopper in Charleston.” Featured in the exhibition was the painting “Charleston Slum”, which depicts a three story structure in ruins amid the makeshift shanties and apartments of Charleston’s African American and working-class ghetto. The house has been identified as 56 Washington Street in the northeastern part of Charleston called Mazyckborough, and highlights Hopper’s command of urban isolation. The Gibbes is pleased to once again show “Charleston Slum” to visitors.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further information visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

Greensboro, NC, Offers Local Rendition of Art in Odd Places – Nov. 1 & 2, 2013

September 29, 2013

A local rendition of a New York City-based arts installation, AiOP, will present three dozen creative works ranging from dance performances to video projections, paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations during the Nov. 1, installment of First Friday, the self-guided walking tour of downtown Greensboro, NC’s galleries, shops, studios and other venues held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9pm. The event will continue through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, from noon to 9pm.

A first-ever Greensboro version of Art in Odd Places, or (AiOP), will showcase the work of more than 40 local and national artists in 36 works that will appear alongside buildings, alleys and sidewalks in downtown Greensboro. The festival is a joint effort of Ed Woodham, founder and director of AiOP in New York City, and local co-curators Xandra Eden of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Sheryl Oring, assistant professor of art at UNC-Greensboro in conjunction with the Southeastern College Art Conference.

“DGI is excited to help support such a cutting-edge, participatory event to Greensboro,” says Lee Mortensen, vice president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. Mortensen worked with Xandra Eden, and the AiOP team to identify public and private venues for the unique performances and installments. “Art in Odd Places will engage and inspire audiences of all ages and invite interaction. It’s an exciting development for a city that continues to put itself on the arts and culture map.”

For further info visit AiOP Greensboro website at (www.artinoddplaces.org/greensboro/).

Liberty Arts in Durham, NC, Have Started a Kickstarter Campaign for the Bull City Sculpture Show – Deadline is Oct. 21, 2013

September 29, 2013

In May 2014 we are bringing the Bull City Sculpture Show (http://liberty-arts.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df79b3f93ecb2a8cd826753d2&id=a039a5a24b&e=d693fb0250) to Durham, NC.

12 large-scale sculptures made by artists from all over America will be on display in downtown Durham for 6 months. One of those sculptures will stay in Durham permanently and another will be voted for (People’s Choice) to stay for another 6 months, until the next annual Bull City Sculpture Show starts.

All sculptures will be within walking distance of Durham Central Park and will add to the already exciting mix of food, culture, exhibitions and festivals.

We have already raised close to $20,000 and have received a donation of 12 hotel rooms for three night for each artist from the Duke Tower Hotel and Condominiums (http://liberty-arts.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df79b3f93ecb2a8cd826753d2&id=273962a9bf&e=d693fb0250) .

In order to send out the national call for artists in November, we need to raise another $25,000.

We have launched a Kickstarter (http://liberty-arts.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df79b3f93ecb2a8cd826753d2&id=4773d1b878&e=d693fb0250) campaign to raise those $25,000.

This crowd fundraiser works on the all or nothing principle: supporters pledge with whatever they like to donate and if we make it to the $25,000 within the set timeline, we do get the money and the pledge amount is taken from the account of the donor. If we do not make it, we get nothing. The deadline to pledge is October 21 in the morning.

Please help fund this public art project! Liberty Arts is administering this, we get no funds from the city, we receive no payment ourselves nor are we allowed to take part in the competition, it’s all for the love of sculpture and Durham!

Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, Calls for Participation in the “Picture Person Program”

September 29, 2013

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The Blue Ridge Arts Council (BRAC) in Seneca, SC, is looking for individuals to participate in the “Picture Person Program” in the Oconee County Elementary Schools this year. This is an Art Appreciation Program that BRAC has been doing for the past 25+ years. We train our volunteer “Presenters” and supply all materials.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Cynthia Jones at 864/944-2599. This is a great opportunity for retired teachers!