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Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016

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The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers “2016 Spring Exit Portfolio Show and Career Night” – Apr. 12, 2016

April 6, 2016

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, will present the “2016 Spring Exit Portfolio Show and Career Night”, in the Conference Center, on Apr. 12, 2016, from 4:30 to 630pm. The exhibition will include original artworks of a variety of mediums by current students of the Trident Technical College’s Film, Media and Visual Arts programs.

The exhibition will feature artist working across artistic disciplines including photography, video, film, 3D animation, illustrations, and design. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions about the program.

Trident Technical College’s Main 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, visitor parking is located next to the 920 building.

For further information, please call Richard Dooley, Department Head of Visual Arts at 843/574-6755 or e-mail to (Richard.dooley@tridenttech.edu).

Entries Sought for 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions and Exhibitions Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 5, 2016

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The 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest is less than a month away, taking place April 29 – May 7, 2016, throughout North Charleston, SC. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 18 and up, including the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. The Art Walk, set for Wednesday, May 4, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, provides a fun and casual setting for artists to both display and sell their work. Entries for the judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Art Walk
Local artists and fine craft artisans are invited to exhibit and sell their original works during the Arts Fest Art Walk. From 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 4, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more in a full range of styles will be displayed along East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Other Art Walk offerings include live music, art demos, and kid’s activities, creating a festive evening of art and culture for the whole family to enjoy.

Artists are selected to participate in the Art Walk through a juried application process. There is no fee to apply. Sales of originals, prints, and other small works are welcome and selected artists may also offer their own original brochures, business cards, and supplemental handouts. Display screens can be furnished by the Cultural Arts Department at no charge to assist the artist in presenting his/her work. Display equipment for 3D artwork is available on a limited basis.

The deadline for submission of applications for the Art Walk is Monday, April 18, 2016. Applications may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), mailed to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or hand-delivered to the Cultural Arts office on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, SC.

Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition
Fine artists are invited to enter original work into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $4,675. Submissions are accepted in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Amiri is a contemporary artist working in painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. His pieces are inspired by intimate, personal experiences and examine issues surrounding race, culture, memory, and perception. Farris received his MFA in Painting and BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His academic appointments have included Professor of Fine Arts Foundations and Graphic Design for the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, SC. Amiri’s work has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions across the U.S., including the United States Capitol and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Bluffton, SC, and teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art Design.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

Judged Photography Competition and Exhibition
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter original prints into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $2,175. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color, Monochrome, or Digital Illustration.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle is a Professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department. She received her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and her MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her photographs have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions.  A monograph of her photographs entitled “The Way Out West: Desert Landscapes” was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago. Van Parys has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum Fellowship and a SC Arts Commission Fellowship.  Her work is included in several museum collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The High Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Portland Art Museum.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Photographers may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Saturday, April 30, 10am–4pm; Sunday, May 1, 1–5pm; and Monday through Friday, May 2-6, 9am–5pm. Awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each division and category for both the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, April 29, from 6-7pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nikolai Svishev and the public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for April 29-May 7, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents and visitors with a fabulous array of more than 100 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Premiere Weekend, held April 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts vendors, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Fest continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, or to download the Art Walk application or entry instructions for the Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2016 Design Competition Winner – Lisa Shimko

February 17, 2016

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Charleston, SC, artist Lisa Shimko, as the winner of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Shimko’s acrylic painting, titled “Air and Water,” will be used to promote the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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Shimko’s design was selected from a total of 64 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to Shimko, “Air and Water” and the other paintings in its series are the result of her meditations of the aquatic world. Within the piece she ruminates on “the edges of land to the water, constantly changing with tides; the various organisms, big and small; and accentuating the range of colors found both up close and seen at the landscape’s distance.” “This painting is not meant to be an illustration of the Lowcountry landscape, but a portal of my experience and feeling of the meandering waterways and the energy of the many creatures that call it home,” she explains. It was this energy that drew members of the review panel to this piece, with many identifying with the concept of how the arts can serve as a portal to feelings and experiences.

Shimko graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a BFA in Painting, and a minor in Art Therapy. Having grown up in York County, Pennsylvania, the colors, forms, and textures of the northeastern landscape, and the simple designs of Pennsylvania German folk art influenced the foundation of her artistic aesthetic.  Upon moving to Hilton Head Island when she finished school, the terrain of the coastal south added new elements to her aesthetic catalogue, and peaked her interest in exploring environmental issues. After living in Hilton Head for six years, Shimko moved to Charleston in 2006, and has since been extremely involved with the community as a fine artist, instructor, and fundraiser.

Animals and nature are common subjects in Shimko’s paintings. She uses a visual language focused on new research and old memories, creates symbolism in her works, and allows the elements within them to tell a story. She was selected as the juried image winner for the 2008 Charleston Farmers Market with her piece “Tomato Half”, and again in 2009 with “Watermelon Sky”. In 2014 she was commissioned to create the official poster design for the Charleston Food + Wine Festival. She was also a featured artist in Charleston Supported Art’s Winter 2015 season. Shimko’s work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group shows locally and she is currently represented by Mitchell Hill Gallery in downtown Charleston, SC.

Shimko’s work, including the winning piece, “Air and Water,” will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2016. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the festival’s Premiere Weekend on April 30 and May 1, 2016. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Entries Sought for “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition” in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Feb. 25, 2016

December 18, 2015

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Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the eleventh annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held April 29-May 7, 2016. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries.

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 25, 2016.

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2015/16 Best of Show, “Sacred Sunset Viewing Spiral” by Corrina Sephora

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is James G. Davis, ASLA, founder/ president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm dedicated to simplifying the process of procuring while helping increase both the quality and quantity of the total outdoor art experience. Since 2008, Davis has enjoyed incorporating his skills as a landscape architect with outdoor art by working closely with artists, designers, developers, art councils, municipalities, and corporations as a consultant and in identifying and placing outdoor art.  He is a longtime volunteer and past Board Member of Cary Visual Art, Inc. (CVA), a non-profit organization in Cary, NC, which has placed over 50 permanent pieces of sculpture worth in excess of one million dollars. Davis was instrumental in forming CVA’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and has served as chair since 2006. With a degree in Environmental Design, he has over 40 years of experience in outdoor aesthetics and is registered to practice landscape architecture in his native state of North Carolina.

The “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display Apr. 29, 2016, through Mar. 26, 2017, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, Apr. 29, 2016.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

African American Fiber Artists Sought for Special Exhibition in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 1, 2016

December 11, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, working in fiber and living in the United States, Mexico, or Canada, are invited to participate in the 10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled “A Piece of Peace”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from April 30-June 20, 2016.

A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s exhibition calls for fiber art inspired by the concept of peace. The challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal vision of peace. In today’s world, many are feeling lost, frightened, or overwhelmed. Often times life can feel tumultuous and fractured. Where can one go to find a “piece of peace”? How does one find a “true north”? For some, it is through a long meditation, a walk in the woods, or a good book. Others find their piece of peace through action – caring for a beloved child or aging parent, spending time with an animal friend, worshipping in a sacred space, or working towards social justice to help change the world in both small and large ways.  “We are all so very excited that we are celebrating ten years of producing high quality textile art as part of this magnificent festival,” says Washington. “Each year this show grows bigger and better, and we are particularly thrilled by this beautiful, healing theme.”

Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program.  Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The 10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: “A Piece of Peace” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 30-June 20, 2016, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers A Fundraising Event for Its Film, Media and Visual Arts Division – Nov. 14, 2015

November 10, 2015

The Film, Media and Visual Arts Division, at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, is hosting a reunion/fundraiser for student scholarships and student equipment on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at 7pm in the 950 building on the Main campus. Event Tickets are $25.

Included in the ticket price is:

· Food and refreshments catered by Sticky Fingers

· Tours of the new facility

· Live music

· Movies

· Cash Bar

·  and more

We are also having a silent auction and we could use any/all donations of artwork, goods or services.

For further info contact Richard Dooley, Department Chair, Visual Arts, Trident Technical College by calling 843/574-6755.

The City of North Charleston, SC, is Calling for South Carolina Visual Artists to Participate in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition – Deadline is Dec. 5, 2015

October 8, 2015

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The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online, and more.  The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and be given the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older.  Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com) by the Dec. 5 deadline.  Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

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2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition Winner – Jubilee by KTC

The North Charleston Arts Festival is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.  The annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. For over 30 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience 100+ free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. Previous Arts Festival Design Competition winners include Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Hanahan, SC (2011).

Past participants in the North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition may notice that the entry timeline for 2016 has been changed from previous years. The deadline has been moved up more than one month to allow for use of the design in earlier promotional materials. For more information about the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). Artists in need of assistance with the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

North Charleston, SC, Harvest Festival and Block Party Set for Oct. 17, 2015

September 30, 2015

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The City of North Charleston announces the Third Annual Harvest Festival and Block Party featuring live musical performances, art and craft booths, costume contests and children’s activities. The fall festivities will take place in the Olde Village of North Charleston, SC, located on East Montague Avenue near Park Circle, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, from 4-8pm. Admission and parking are free. East Montague Avenue will close to vehicular traffic from Jenkins Avenue to Virginia Avenue at 2pm and remain closed for the duration of the event.

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The festival features a Kid’s Zone with a student art exhibit, craft activities, carnival games, face painting and inflatables from 4-6pm, a street market showcasing fine art and crafts by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild from 4-8pm, and live music by Jordan Igoe, Chaquis Maliq, Gino Castillo, and DJ Trailmix from 4-8pm. Many of the restaurants in the Olde Village will offer additional programming and food and drink specials.

Other highlights include trick-or-treating for kids age 12 and under, ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers, live screenprinting (bring your own t-shirt), and costume contests with prizes for children, adults and pets. The costume contests for children and adults are free to enter and prizes will be furnished by the City of North Charleston and the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association. The pet costume contest is sponsored by The Flats at Mixson with a suggested donation to the Charleston Animal Society as an entry fee. Participants for all contests should be prepared to line up for judging at 6:30pm for the contests to take place at 6:45pm.

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Artists interested in participating in the street market can do so by becoming a member of the North Charleston Artist Guild. Visit (northcharlestonartistguild.org) for more information.

The Harvest Festival and Block Party is sponsored by the Park Circle Business Association, the North Charleston Artist Guild and the City of North Charleston.

For further info call 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

The City of North Charleston, SC, Cultural Arts Department is Seeking Applications for 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 4, 2015

September 30, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Artists have the option of submitting a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held Apr. 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.  Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2016 Artist Application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning October 1. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.

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Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, December 4, 2015. Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2016.

The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities in all arts disciplines. The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1 offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four-themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands, and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.

The Arts Festival continues with more than 70 events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing arts groups may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for more than 10 years. The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) beginning Dec. 1, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Apr. 1, 2016.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).