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Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Announces Fall Artist-in-Residence

August 30, 2018

Traditional artist Beckee Garris will appear at USC-Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as Artist-in-Residence through December, demonstrating pottery and basket making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions.


Beckee Garris

A member of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris will alternate weekends making pottery and two different types of basket forms from reeds and long leaf pine needles. Garris, who was first introduced to pottery making by her grandmother, says her art forms are inspired by her ancestors.

“I’m in a long line of Catawbas who have made pottery,” said Garris. “Here at the Center, it shows how the pottery tradition can be traced back 6,000 years and I don’t want to be the link that makes it stop.”

Garris will be at the Center select Fridays and Saturdays during late summer and fall, appearing Aug. 31- Sept. 1 from 10am-4pm. Other residency dates include Sept. 14-15, Sept. 21-22, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26, Nov. 9-10, Nov. 16-17, Nov. 30- Dec. 1, and Dec. 14- 15.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Garris will demonstrate at Kershaw’s Stevens Park Nature and Art Day in the Park from 11am-1pm and from 4-8pm at the Center as part of the City of Lancaster’s Boo Fun Fest.

Garris also will demonstrate her work and present a gallery talk at the annual winter Native American Art and Craft Sale, from 9am to 4pm at the Native American Studies Center on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Dr. Stephen Criswell, Director of Native Studies, says Garris is the epitome of the teacher who is always learning.
“Beckee Garris is one of the first traditional artists that I met when I moved back to the Carolinas 20 years ago,” said Criswell. “In that time, she has honed her pottery-making skills, become a talented basket-weaver, and has always been a gifted storyteller. We are thrilled to have her as our fifth artist-in-residence, and we are grateful to the SC Arts Commission and the USCL administration for their support.”

Garris’ residency is made possible through a 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center at 803/313-7172 or visit (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

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Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline Aug. 30, 2018

August 10, 2018

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is issuing a Call for Artists for the 2018 “Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County, SC, artists, high school age and older.  Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award.

Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W. Gay Street, in Lancaster, SC, Aug. 28-30 during office hours. This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October. The Artist Reception is Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 3 to 5pm. The Gallery Exhibit and Reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information and guidelines, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803/285-7451 or at (www.lccarts.net).

2018 Red Rose Festival Photography Contest in Lancaster, SC, Call to Artists – Deadline April 20, 2018

March 31, 2018

Red Rose Festival Photography Contest & Exhibition is a collaborative partnership between the City of Lancaster, SC, Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT) and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May 18/19, 2018, in downtown Lancaster. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8×10 color or black/white photograph, focusing on the beauty and breathtaking views of nature in Lancaster County​.​ There is no entry fee. This is a juried competition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Exhibition will be on display in the Springs House galleries during May.

All submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC. For more information and/or to register call 803/285-7451, e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or visit (www.lccarts.net). ​

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Offers “Activism of Women” Symposium, Keynote Speech Held During Native American Studies Week – Mar. 20, 2018

March 9, 2018

From Native American activism in the Dakota Access Pipeline movements to the exploration of symbolism in contemporary artwork, four female panelists will discuss their roles in modern Native movements during the “Activism of Native Women” symposium on Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018, from 2 – 4pm.

Held at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, at UNC-Lancaster in Lancaster, the symposium takes place in conjunction with the Native American Studies Center’s 13th Annual Native American Studies Week.

“In most current activism movements of the 20th-21st century, what you typically see is that Native women are at the forefront of these movements,” said Dr. Brooke Bauer, a citizen of the Catawba Indian Nation and a USCL Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and History.

Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, a citizen of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor in the History Department at New York University, will present “In the Wake of Standing Rock: Activism, Academia, and the Fight for American Indian Sovereignty in the 21st Century.” Ellis will discuss her activism as a leader with the Philadelphia Standing Rock gatherings supporting the Standing Rock water protectors of North and South Dakota.

Dr. Courtney Lewis, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Columbia, will present “The Subversive Act of Indigenous Small Business Ownership,” taking a look at economic development in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Jamie Powell is a citizen of the Osage Nation and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will present “An Ethnography of ‘The Field:’ Contemporary Art and Critical Interventions,” discussing her research of Osage ribbon work, inspired by her grandmother, renowned ribbon worker Georgeann Gray Robinson.

Marvel Welch of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, will present “Future in Tomorrow’s (FIT),” taking a look at the Indian Child Welfare Act in North Carolina.

After the panel, hear Catawba activist and keynote speaker DeLesslin George-Warren present “Remembering the Past, Healing the Present, and Creating the Future,” also in Bundy Auditorium. George-Warren will discuss the history of presidential policies toward indigenous people and his work with the Catawba language revitalization project. Refreshments will be served at 5pm and George-Warren will speak at 5:30pm.

The “Activism of Native Women” symposium, “Remembering the Past, Healing the Present, and Creating the Future,” and other events offered during Native American Studies Week are sponsored in part by OceanaGold/Haile Operation. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 803/313-7172.

Native American Archive Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Rolls Out New Digital Archive

January 31, 2018

The Native American Studies Archive at USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, announces the launch of the Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA), a comprehensive digital archive for tribal histories, photos, correspondence, oral histories, and more. A collaboration between the Archive, the USC University Libraries Digital Collections, and the USC Institute for Southern Studies, NASCA is funded by an ASPIRE grant from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.

Launching Tuesday, Jan. 16, NASCA will provide resources for studying Native American culture and will highlight the important role Native South Carolinians have played in our state’s history and prehistory.


Edisto Assistant Chief Frank Pye and his granddaughter at a Chicora powwow in Horry County. Photo by Gene Crediford.

The site focuses on three eras in our state’s history: Prehistoric South Carolina, Reconstruction-era to late 19th Century South Carolina, and late 20th Century to early 21st Century South Carolina.

Including information from these eras, the site contains digitized letters dating back to 1759 from the SC Department of Archives and History’s Governor’s Correspondence File, several hours of transcribed interviews from various tribal leaders and elders, an interactive map highlighting Native and archaeological points of interest around the state, a timeline of events from the Ice Age 19,000 years ago to events of recent years, and around 167 color and black and white images from photographer and USC Professor Gene Crediford.

NASCA also features histories and banners of the state’s 14 recognized tribes and tribal groups, plus five original short films about Prehistoric South Carolina, with a sixth short video tour of the Native American Studies Center and its location in historic downtown Lancaster’s Cultural Arts District.


In this image by photographer Gene Crediford, an unidentified pair of hands holds a ball of clay.

“There has never been anything like this before in South Carolina,” said Brent Burgin, the Center’s Director of Archives. “We have over 40,000 people in South Carolina who have claimed Native descent since our last Census. Native Americans often have been called an invisible people in this state; it’s very much an underserved community.”

Dr. Matt Simmons, Digital US South Project Coordinator at USC’s Institute for Southern Studies, worked closely with Burgin on digitizing the Center’s Archives, vetting and hiring computer programmers and web designers, and helping faculty members produce digital projects. In addition to providing new resources, Simmons says he hopes the archive also will fill in the gaps of our state’s history and provide context about South Carolina’s Native population.

“More than anything, it’s creating a resource for the people of South Carolina, for K-12 students, but also for the public in general coming to an understanding of Native people: who they are, that they’re still here, and really come to an understanding to get past silly and wrong thinking that they all disappeared after the Yamasee War.”

To access the Native American South Carolina Archive, visit (www.nativesouthcarolina.org). For more information about the Native American Studies Center, call 803/313-7172.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Aug. 31, 2017

August 30, 2017

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts, in Lancaster SC, is issuing a Call for Artists for the “2017 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older. Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award. Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W. Gay Street, August 29 – 31, 2017, during office hours. This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October. The Opening Reception is Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Gallery Exhibit and Reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or to submit entry form, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803-285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

See Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participants for 12/02/17 Winter Block Party

June 29, 2017

“See Lancaster Live”, a subsidiary of Lancaster Performing Arts is seeking participants for the fifth annual Winter Block Party. Entertainers, artisans and craftsmen, and food vendors are invited to apply for this family-oriented event that will be held from 10am until 4pm on December 2nd, 2017.

The outdoor Winter Block Party, located in the Cultural Arts District at 216 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster, invites musicians, dance troupes, theatre troupes, choral groups, and other Christmas-themed performers to entertain the holiday crowds that descend upon downtown for Christmas in the City. Artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors are encouraged to apply early as a limited number of outdoor spaces are available. Winter Block Party is one element of a downtown-wide holiday celebration that includes gingerbread contest, free trolley rides, Santa photos & letters, Santa’s workshop & carousel, artisans holiday market, Native American artisan sale, holiday open houses, L & C train museum, Lancaster history museum, historic Springs house, jewelry trunk show, artists exhibitions, stories with Mrs. Claus, costumed characters, and more.

Admission to the day-long activities is free and convenient parking is plentiful. Those interested in participating in the Winter Block Party should complete an application and return it to April Joplin, Peforming Arts Manager, P.O. Box 1149, Lancaster, SC 29721. Applications are available at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba Street or Springs House, 201 W. Gay Street or apply online at (https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pas).

Information on all upcoming events can be found at (www.lancastercitysc.com).

See Lancaster SC, Receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

June 22, 2017

See Lancaster SC has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

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. 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 historic preservation.

See Lancaster SC promotes tourism through marketing, special projects, partnerships, production of performing arts series, and events. The City of Lancaster department assists businesses with relocation opportunities, facilitation of façade grant program, and by connecting them with resource providers. Through partnerships, See Lancaster SC spearheads revitalization and beautification efforts such as the Native American Studies Center, Cultural Arts District designation by South Carolina Arts Commission, Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church, Kennedy Center Public Art Projects, and Lindsay Pettus Greenway. See Lancaster SC is dedicated to development of quality of life and actively pursues opportunities that contribute to the creation communities in which visitors and citizens desire to work, live, and play.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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

The Red Rose Festival, Lancaster, SC’s Signature Event, Returns May 19 & 20, 2017

April 28, 2017

Everything will be coming up roses when the eighth annual Red Rose Festival sets the stage for a weekend of free family fun in the Cultural Arts District of the Red Rose City, Lancaster, SC. There is no admission fee for the popular two-day music festival, which also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, Red Rose Photography Contest, and much more. The festival opens 6pm Friday, May 19 with an official welcome from the Main Street stage. After Red Rose Photography Contest winners are announced, live music begins at 6:30pm and ends 10pm.  Kicking off Friday’s music line-up will be Lancaster’s hometown favorite, Triple Play Band, bringing the best of classic rock, beach music, and ‘70’s dance tunes to the stage.  Fiftywatt Freight Train, a hard rock quartet out of Charlotte, N.C., takes the stage at 8:30pm, delivering an adrenaline-fueled, nonstop combination of original and cover songs. Food vendors that will be on hand selling all the festival favorites include Allison Concessions, Chappell’s Snack Shack, Gripp’s Grills, Jones Lee Concessions, Southern Fried Factory, Tastes Like Chicken, World’s Greatest Funnel Cakes, Izzy’s Ice, Pelicans Snowballs, Snowie, and Soul Ice.

Those who enjoy running for a cause can take part in Lancaster Rotary Club’s 5K Race for Charity beginning at 7:45am on Saturday, May 20 at Lancaster High School and finish in time to arrive in the Cultural Arts District for day two of the Red Rose Festival. The festival is pet-friendly and dog owners are encouraged to register man’s best friend between 9:15-10am to compete for prizes in the annual dog show.

At 10am on Saturday, May 20, the festival opens with background music from the Main Street stage, as the Red Rose Dog Show takes place on the grounds of Lancaster County History Museum. Prizes will be awarded for Most Adorable Puppy, Best Smile, Biggest, Smallest, Couch Potato, Terrific Pet Trick, Golden Oldie, Wiggliest Tail, and Red Rose Best in Show. Kenaki Karate takes the stage at 11am, with demonstrations and children will enjoy a great variety of free rides, games, and activities throughout the Cultural Arts District.  Kids will be amazed by Captain Jim’s Magic and will not want to miss the historic Main Street Post Office, where Lancaster County School District will be hosting a book give-away for children of all ages.  Stop by Sue’s Face Painting to add a bit of festive design.

Browse the arts and crafts area for handcrafted and unique items while enjoying your favorite festival foods or stop by one of the downtown restaurants and cafes to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Locally owned bottle shop, The Craft Stand, will offer an outdoor beer garden at their 134 South Main Street location, with a great selection of craft brews.  In the market square, expect to find a variety of gifts, services, and non-profit information. Look for Cottage Chics, Dill Pickle Woodworks, K1 Marblebillia, Mojo’s Hodgepodge, Once Upon a Tub, Southern Soap Shop, Sues Face Painting, Allen Tate Company/ Mz Libby Team, Barbara Downer, Carolina Cardinal Creations, Carolina Chiropractic and Wellness, Carolina Home Remodeling, Carolina Novelties, Cee’s Jewelry and Accessories, Courtney Sports, Cultivate Health Chiropractic, Dana Roderick, Home Care and Hospice of Lancaster, Impressions Fashion Boutique, InStitches, Leafguard of Charlotte, Lula Roe Angela Cockrell, Mobley Drugs, Mookie’s Kettle Korn, Nina Paparazzi, Peace’s Pieces, Posh by Cristy, Providence Chiropractic, Scentsy, Senior Benefits Center LLC, Cornerstone Bible Church, Giant-Giving In A Needy Time, Green Pastures, JAARS, Lancaster Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness, Lancaster County Bee Keepers Association, Lancaster County Youth Football.

Shared Hope International, Thorton for Congress, Women’s Enrichment Center Lotus Boutique, Lynn’s Concessions, The Crafty Peddler, Arrow Pointe Federal Credit Union, and Magnabilities.

Cool off in the welcoming galleries of the Native American Studies Center to view gallery exhibits focused on Native American art, history, and culture. Visitors will also enjoy archeological viewing, historic archives, and the world’s largest collection of Catawba pottery & artifacts.  Native Artisans will be on site selling art, providing art and music demonstrations, and storytelling from 10am until 1pm on Saturday. Browse the downtown businesses in the Cultural Arts District while getting from place to place is as easy as walking across the street! Help raise funds for the Community Playhouse of Lancaster, United Way, and American Cancer Society by testing your skills at the Dunking Booth from 10am-7pm.

On the Main Street Stage at noon, Mikey will perform a blend of original folk and rock songs that he has written. Following Mikey’s smooth delivery, RJ Adams Music takes the stage at 1pm.  A native Carolinian, RJ and songwriter/guitarist/producer James Eudy write story-telling lyrics, backed by high energy Funk, Americana, and Soul music created by the duo. At 2pm, Mike Faulkenberry and the Whiskey Prophets bring their own style of classic rock/blues/jam band covers to the stage. Sugarshine, a local band composed of five talented Lancaster musicians, will perform at 4pm, ushering in the evening with their original Reggae style music, with a twist of rock and blues. At 6pm, settle onto your blanket or lawn chair as Hamilton Loomis Band takes center stage with a music style about which Guitar Magazine says “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”. The two day music festival will close the evening entertainment with Purple Masquerade, a high performance celebration of an icon. Prince’s greatest hit songs, elaborate costumes, and awesome stage presence guarantee a show that is fun and exciting – a show that celebrates the life and music of one of the music world’s biggest legends.

The evening will end with a bang, as fireworks illuminate the Cultural Arts District to signal the culmination of another year’s fun and entertainment. Always free admission, free parking, free rides, and fun for the whole family.

Festival-goers should be sure to register at the See Lancaster tent for a 48” Sony Smart TV, to be given away just before Saturday night’s closing act, Purple Masquerade.

The Red Rose Dog Show is sponsored by Nutramax and ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union. 5K Race for Charity is sponsored by Lancaster Rotary Club. Sponsors of the Red Rose Festival include Rapid Signs, The Lancaster News, Interstate 107FM, 104.1 the bridge, and City of Lancaster.

Red Rose Festival applications are being accepted until May 1 for artists, craftsmen, food vendors, non-profit agencies, and commercial vendors. Apply online at (www.lancastercitysc.com), e-mail Events and Festivals Manager, Joe Timmons at (events@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1498.

Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Artisan Participation – Deadline Apr. 21, 2017

April 3, 2017

The Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour Artisan Application is now live! Lancaster, SC, is one of eleven counties that comprise the South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, our nation’s largest free farm tour. The annual free self-guided tour of Lancaster County’s agricultural sites will be Saturday, June 17, 2017. from 9am-5pm and Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 1-5pm.

Artisans are invited to offer works for show and sale, conduct demonstrations or performances, and greet visitors at the following Lancaster County locations: Benford Brewing Company, Dixie Bee Supply and Country Store, The Ivy Place (Sunday only), #9 Lumber Company, Griff’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Historic Craig Farm, Native American Studies Center (Native American Artisans), SC Truffieres & Howell Specialty Farmz, Lancaster County Farmers Market(Saturday only). There is no charge for artisans to participate.

Interested artisans can go here: (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans) to learn more and apply. The direct link to the application is below:

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJS8f2Y-E8w1FS7nOJzy0GEm3gtS6haI_DiiDt0QtRad4Mxg/viewform).

Artisans should contact Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720 or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or call 803/285-7451 for copies of application or other information.

The deadline to apply to appear in printed materials is Friday, April 21 at 5pm.

Additionally, Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick-off the event on Friday, June 16 from 6-8pm at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.  Hosted by See Lancaster Live and sponsored by City of Lancaster, the event features live music with Blackbeard’s Truck, heavy appetizers, art exhibits by local/regional/national artists, cash bar with The Craft Stand, and complimentary bottle of honey courtesy Dixie Bee Supply. A limited number of tickets will be sold and prices are $15 for adult, $10 for children. These can be purchased online at (www.lancastercitysc.com) or e-mail (p.arts@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1494.