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See Lancaster SC Seeks Cultural District Designation

April 30, 2015

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Lancaster, South Carolina, may soon have another reason to visit –  a state-recognized cultural district in the downtown area.  See Lancaster, a department of the City of Lancaster which oversees tourism development, has been working with local and state leaders to apply for cultural district designation.  The program is a new initiative approved by state lawmakers late last year, which authorized the South Carolina Arts Commission to grant official state designation to Palmetto State cultural districts.

The SC Arts commission defines a cultural district as a geographic area that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets and is easily identifiable to visitors and residents as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity.  Gaining recognition for downtown Lancaster as a cultural district is expected to be another tool in See Lancaster SC’s efforts to attract visitors and businesses to its downtown area. With Lancaster’s growing diverse art and culture sector, state cultural district distinction will assist in marketing and promoting the downtown area as a “creative” destination.

Potential benefits include attracting more businesses to downtown and increasing the city’s opportunities for grant applications to support local art and cultural activities. The goal is for downtown Lancaster to be a center of economic and cultural activity. Goals of designated cultural districts include attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs, preservation and reuse of historic buildings, and provision of a focal point for celebrating and strengthening local cultural identity.

City Council passed a required resolution and appointed a steering committee to develop a map of the proposed district and an inventory of arts-related businesses and venues, public art collections, and locations which provide opportunity for arts experiences.

If approved, Lancaster’s cultural district designation will be in effect for five years, with See Lancaster tracking  investments and growth in the area. Cities with cultural districts will track the number of visitors to the area, the building occupancy rate, tourism activity, sales tax collections, employment figures, and the volume of art-based industry.

For further information, please contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, See Lancaster, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  E-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1492.

See Lancaster SC in Lancaster, SC, Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation

April 14, 2015

See Lancaster SC in Lancaster, SC, has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

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The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by South Carolina Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

For further info contact Cherry Doster/Mktg. & Dev. Mgr., See Lancaster SC, by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour is Calling for Artist’s Applications – Deadline Extended to Apr. 13, 2015

April 6, 2015

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The 2015 Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York County farms with area artisans located at each farm site. During this weekend-long event, visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. The Tour is the largest free farm tour in the Nation and has drawn over 16,000 visitors since it began in 2012.

The 2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour will be take place on Saturday June 27 from 9am – 5pm and Sunday June 28 from 1-5pm. An Artisan for the purpose of this program is defined as an individual that makes hand crafted products without the use of kits, commercial models and whose primary components are not manufactured.  Craft artisans will be located at Farm Sites. Examples include but are not limited to painters, potters, weavers, quilters, acoustic musicians, artisan bakers, value-added producers, etc. There is NO FEE to participate.

Artisan Participation Criteria:
· Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence.
· Artisans must participate during designated time/hours.
· Demonstrations are integral parts of the tour and are highly encouraged.
· If an artisan wishes to participate after the deadline 4/13/2015 they may be included but will not be listed on printed materials. They will be listed on the website.

You can apply to be a Tour artisan on-line at (www.agandarttour.com/artisans).

Applications are due before 5pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

County Artisan Coordinator: Debbie Jaillette/Lancaster County Council of the Arts

USC-Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Announces that Artist Fran Gardner’s Work was Accepted for ArtFields© 2015

March 6, 2015

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Fran Gardner’s art work titled “Laws of Variation” has been accepted for exhibition in ArtFields© 2015 held annually in Lake City, SC. Gardner’s work was one of only 400 pieces selected out of 1,000 entries competing in the exhibit. Her mixed media installation piece is composed of thirty-nine 8”x8” panels that are a combination of painting, drawing and stitchery.

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According to the website “ArtFields© is a community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists from across the Southeast. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.”

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Part of “Laws of Variation” by Fran Gardner

Gardner’s pieces will be on display at The Visitor Center at the Historic Whitehead Infirmary at 238 East Main Street in Lake City from Apr. 24 – May 2, 2015. Gardner will give an artist talk about her work on May 1 at 11am. Gardner stated, “ArtFields© draws a very large and diverse audience of artists, art appreciators, and most especially citizens of the southeastern states who are curious and interested in the intersection of art and rural life in the south. I am honored to have my work accepted for this important exhibition.”

A native South Carolinian, Gardner lives in Heath Springs, not far from her birthplace in Hartsville. She is professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in books and magazines including “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” by Mary Schoeser. She was a national park artist-in-residence in New Mexico in 2012.

For further info contact Shana F. Dry, Office of Advancement, USC Lancaster by calling 803/313-7008 or e-mail to (drysf@sc.edu). For info about ArtFields© 2015 visit (www.artfieldssc.org).

City of Lancaster, SC, 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards Recipient for Government

February 28, 2015

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The South Carolina Arts Commission announces the 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

The City of Lancaster, South Carolina, nominated by Lancaster County Council of the Arts – as the 2015 Government Award

In recent years, the City of Lancaster has shown a remarkable commitment to serving the community through outstanding support of the arts. The vital nature of the municipal government’s efforts stands out given the severe social, cultural and economic challenges facing the city. High rates of adult illiteracy, unemployment and poverty have been barriers for the city and its citizens. The arts have been a central means through which the city has sought to address these challenges and positively shape the destiny of a rural community.

The city provides substantial in-kind and direct financial support to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. This partnership has resulted in an impressive and rapidly growing portfolio of community-wide art projects and programs, including Night of the Living Arts, Ladies Night Out, the Spring Arts Crawl, community concerts, the Nutcracker Ballet, the Student Art Banner and Art Cubes Public Arts Project, public sculpture and mural projects, and storefront art exhibits. The city partners with USC Lancaster to support the Native American Studies Center, bringing Native American Arts and educational opportunities to the region.

Recently the City of Lancaster has achieved a high profile across the state through the success of the Ag+Art Tour initiative – providing leadership to other SC counties in developing tourism around the convergence of agriculture and the arts. Lancaster stands out as a model of civic commitment to draw upon the power of the arts to enrich communities in myriad ways.

“South Carolina’s quality of life, education and economy are enhanced tremendously by those who dedicate their work and lives to the arts,” said SC Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. “The Verner Awards recognize that service of commitment and passion. We are honored again this year to present the awards to a most worthy group of organizations and individuals. We are grateful for their contributions to our state.”

Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Columbia on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The SC Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the SC Arts Commission.

For more about the Verner Awards or the SC. Arts Gala, call 803/734-8696 or visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com).

Lancaster, SC’s Sixth Annual Red Rose Festival in Looking for Artists and Vendors – Deadline Apr. 20, 2015

February 28, 2015

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Lancaster, SC’s Sixth Annual Red Rose Festival, the City of Lancaster’s signature event, is seeking artists, commercial and food vendors. The Festival will be held Friday, May 15, 2015, from 6-10pm and May 16, from 10am-10pm in downtown, Lancaster, SC.

For details regarding vendor dates and times or to apply online, visit (www.lancastercitysc.com). Those interested can also e-mail to (chasty@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is April 20, 2015. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Check our website often for festival updates at (www.lancastercitysc.com).

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The Red Rose Festival Photography Contest hosted by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May 15/16, 2015, in downtown Lancaster, SC, celebrating all that our community has to offer its citizens. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8 x 10 color or black​ and white​ photograph of their visual interpretation of what makes our Lancaster community special. ​This is a juried comp​etition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place winner. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the City of Lancaster.

All submissions are due by April 1, 2015 to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts office , 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.

For more information and/or to register call 803/285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

USC Lancaster Hosts 10th Annual Native American Studies Week in Lancaster, SC – Mar. 20, 2015

February 20, 2015

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Beginning Friday, Mar. 20, 2015, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center will host its 10th annual Native American Studies Week in downtown Lancaster, SC.  Since 2005, USCL has hosted a week of events each spring focused on the rich history and cultural traditions of South Carolina’s indigenous peoples. This year’s program focuses on literature, languages, and oral traditions of Native Americans in the Southeast and beyond. The program will include lectures by regionally- and nationally-recognized scholars, exhibits that highlight these topics, and additional programs.

USC Lancaster’s NAS Week will kick-off with a monthly Lunch and Learn lecture on Friday, Mar. 20, at the USCL Native American Studies Center. Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert of USC Union will speak at noon on the Cherokee Ridge family, which included controversial Cherokee leader and lawmaker Major Ridge and his nephews, editor Elias Boudinot and Confederate general Stand Watie.  Highlights of the rest of the week include a discussion of the poetry of Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday, a talk on oral history work with Native elders in North Carolina, and a presentation on early 18th-century writer, explorer, and naturalist John Lawson.  The NAS Center will also be partnering with the USCL Chemistry Club to present a public lecture by chemist Art Greenberg on the chemistry involved in making Catawba Indian pottery.

Two new exhibits will open during this year’s NAS Week: one a photography exhibit highlighting the late 20th –century Catawba Indian renaissance; the other examining Southeastern Native languages. Each exhibit will include discussions by the curators and artists. And as in the past, the NAS Center will host a day-long festival and art and craft sale the Saturday of NAS Week (Mar. 21) from 9am to 4pm. The festival will include dance and drum demonstrations, Native American artists and craftspeople showing and selling their works, and tours of the NAS Center exhibits.

All events will be held at the USCL Native American Studies Center at 119 S. Main Street, in Lancaster or on the main campus of USC Lancaster.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center (NASC) at 803/313-7172, e-mail to (usclnasp@mailbox.sc.edu) or visit (usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS).

10th Annual Native American Studies Week Schedule of Events – Friday, Mar. 20 through Friday, Mar. 27, 2015

Mar. 20, noon-12:45pm – “Cherokee Crossings: The Ridge Family and Cultural Change”.  Lunch and Learn Lecture by Dean Alice Taylor Colbert, NASC Room 106

Mar. 21, 9am-4pm – Native American Studies Week Festival – Events located throughout the NASC

Mar. 23, at 11am – “Myth and Reality in N. Scott Momaday’s Poetry”. Lecture by Dr. Jim Charles, NASC Room 106

Mar. 24, at 11am – “North Carolina Indian Elders Oral History Project”. Lecture by Dr. Susan Gardner, Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Building USCL main campus.

12:15pm – “The Chemistry of Catawba Indian Pottery”. Lecture by Dr. Art Greenberg, Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Building, USCL main campus. (Co-sponsored by the USCL Chemistry Club)

Mar. 25, 4-6pm – Exhibit Opening Reception and Gallery Talk by Professors Catherine Bauknight and Claudia Heinemann Priest, NASC Gallery.

4pm – Gallery Talk by Claudia Heinemann Priest

5pm – Gallery Talk by Catherine Bauknight

Mar. 26, at 7pm – “The Lawson Trek: A New Voyage to Carolina”.  Lecture by Scott Huler, Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Building, USCL main campus

Mar. 27, at 9am – “Photography and Collecting History”.  Lecture/Workshop by Catherine Bauknight, NASC Room 106

City of Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation in 2015 Red Rose Festival – Deadline Apr. 20, 2015

February 7, 2015

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Lancaster, SC’s Sixth Annual Red Rose Festival, the City of Lancaster’s signature event, is seeking artists, commercial and food vendors. The Festival will be held Friday, May 15 from 6-10pm and May 16 from 10am-10pm in downtown, Lancaster, SC.

For details regarding vendor dates and times or to apply online, visit (www.lancastercitysc.com). Those interested can also e-mail (chasty@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is Apr. 20, 2015. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Check our website often for festival updates at (www.lancastercitysc.com).

Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, Has Sculpture Accepted into 2015 ArtFields© Exhibit and Competition

January 13, 2015

A twelve feet tall metal sculpture “Winterwind” from Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s “Wind & Waves” series has been selected for the annual Artfields© Competition and Exhibition, held in Lake City, SC.

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More than a thousand southeastern artists competed for four hundred “slots” in the community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City, SC, into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.

Doster’s sculpture will be displayed at Thomlinson & McWhite, Inc., located at 210 E. Main Street, Lake City, SC, during ArtFields® April 24 – May 2, 2015.

Bob Doster is owner of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, an independent small business that has been located at 217 East Gay Street in Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s.  He has been a working artist for more than forty years and his metal creations can be found in galleries, public art exhibits, museums, and collections worldwide.  In addition, he is an approved artist of the SC Arts Commission Artists in Education and conducts school residencies throughout the Southeast and serves on the board of directors for South Carolina Artisans Center.

For more information, visit (www.bobdoster.com), call 803/285-9190, or e-mail to (rcdoster@comporium.net). For info about ArtFields© visit (www.artfieldssc.org).

Magic Needle and Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild Offers One Stop Shop Hop in Lancaster, SC – Feb. 28, 2015

January 8, 2015

The One Stop Shop Hop is an event geared towards quilters, knitters and needle arts sponsored by the Magic Needle and Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild.

This is the 9th year for our event. It will be held at USC-L in the Bradley Building on Feb. 28, 2015, from 9am – 4pm. Admission is $3 and parking is free.

We usually have about 20 vendors from NC, SC and GA.

For further information contact Donna Sawyer by e-mail at (dusawyer@comporium.net) call 803/273-3834 or 803/288-0177.


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