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Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for “The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition 2015″ – Deadline Aug. 27, 2015

June 14, 2015

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“The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” is calling all county-wide artists! Any resident of Lancaster County high school age or older is eligible to participate in this annual competition.

All paintings can be delivered between August 24 -27, 2015, during the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday-Thursday. Artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, from 3 to 5pm. This is a free, public reception, so please invite your friends and family!

This exhibit is sponsored by the Hagins family, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or competition guidelines call 803/285-7451.

Annual Holiday Market in Lancaster, SC, Selected as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast

June 7, 2015

The Artisans of the Olde English District and Downtown Holiday Market, in Lancaster, SC, has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of December 2015.  The event, held annually on the first Saturday of December, is a partnership project of Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Visitors Center and Market. Artisans and visitors from throughout the southeast gather indoors in downtown Lancaster to show, sell, and shop for the holiday season.

Southeast Tourism Society is an association dedicated to marketing and promoting travel to and within the Southeast and recognizing the importance of festivals and special events in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Southeast Tourism Society developed the Top 20 Event program to recognize successful festivals and special events across the Southeast, with independent judges evaluating nominations to identify 20 events across the region each month.  Selection as a Southeast Top 20 Event is a validation of an event’s quality and distinction.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts  is a non-profit organization which seeks to promote the value of arts and culture to every facet of the community. The Olde English District Visitor Center and Market, located in Richburg, S.C. offers visitors and locals a convenient location to gather information and shop for original artists’ work from the seven counties that comprise the Olde English District. 

The Artisans of the Olde English District and Downtown Holiday Market will be held December 5th, 2015 and sponsors include Mitch Norrell and Mandy Powers-Norrell, Lancaster Woman’s Club, The Visual Storykeeper Studio, City of Lancaster, Jerry Temple Audio, and Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio.  

For information on the event, contact Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744, call 803/287-7853, or e-mail to (cmstevens@comporium.net). 

City of Lancaster, SC, has Been Chosen to Receive 2015 Historic Preservation Stewardship Award

May 13, 2015

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The City of Lancaster, SC, has been chosen to receive a 2015 Historic Preservation Stewardship Award for its dedication to the preservation of the Cultural Arts Center at The Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church​. Lt. Governor Henry McMaster will present the award for The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation at the State House in Columbia, SC, on June 5, 2015.

Each year, thousands of South Carolinians work to preserve the state’s legacy that is reflected in our historic buildings, structures, and sites. Since 1995 the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and the Office of the Governor have recognized  exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation, and interpretation of architectural and cultural heritage with a series of statewide awards.

These efforts demonstrate outstanding commitment to preserving South Carolina’s history; therefore the nonprofit membership based Palmetto Trust, with both the S.C. Department of Archives and History and the Governor’s Office, join together in recognizing exemplary work in historic preservation in South Carolina.

The Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church is an ongoing preservation and restoration project of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation. The building was built in 1862 and was reopened in 2011 as a center for cultural events.

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

City of Lancaster, SC, Offers 6th Annual Red Rose Festival – May 15 and 16, 2015

May 11, 2015

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The City of Lancaster, SC, invites you to play in their streets on May 15 and May 16, 2015, with the arrival of the 6th Annual Red Rose Festival. This year’s event includes outdoor concerts, arts, crafts, Kids Zone, Red Rose Car Show by Memory Lane Cruisers, Red Rose Dog Show by the Lancaster SPCA, Photography Contest by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and roaming entertainment & much more.

Join us from 6 to 10pm on May 15 and 10am to 10pm on May 16 in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster sponsored in-part with The Lancaster News, WRHI/Inter State 107 and Rapid Signs, LLC.

This year’s festival will feature over 75 artisans, crafters, food vendors, as well as an A-list of international, national and locally known music artists.

Friday’s featured event begins at 6pm with southern food, roaming entertainment and singing of the National Anthem. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will announce the winners of the Red Rose Photography contest, then presentation of colors followed by Lancaster’s very own, and winner of the 2012 Women In Rock Showcase, Pam Taylor of “Stolen Hearts.” Topping off the evening is Ken Knox & Company, “The former member of Chairmen of the Board and member of the North and South Carolina and the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, Ken Knox” is sure to bring everyone to their feet with great excitement for Saturday’s musical line up!

Saturday’s featured events begin at 10am, The Native American Center Museum, Red Rose Photography Contest, Red Rose Dog Show and Red Rose Car Show all begin at 10am.

Lancaster SPCA Red Rose Dog Show, sponsored by Wal-Mart and Nutra Max, invite you to bring your furry k-9 to the back park of the Historic Courthouse to compete for Best Smile, Best Dressed, Most Talented and Top Dog until noon. The Native American Center featuring the largest collection of Catawba pottery in the world and will showcases multi talented arts from the Catawba Indians and native arts at the Museum until 6pm. The Red Rose Car Show, sponsored by Memory Lane Cruisers and Hwy 55 Burgers, invite car enthusiasts to take a stroll through their beautiful collection of classic cars that are known as one of the best in the state. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors’ Project. For the photography enthusiast in all of us, come into the Historic Springs House on Catawba and Gay Street until 5 pm to view the beautiful entries of the Red Rose Photography contest presented by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

Artisans and crafters will be on hand selling collectibles, along with hand-crafted items such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts beginning at 10am on Main Street. The Kids Zone opens for a FREE day of amusements, a Karate demonstration by Kenaki Karate, and meet-and-greets in Red Rose Park with Panther’s Sir Purr, Knight’s Castle Homer, City of Lancaster’s Rosie and much more!

The City Stage comes alive with The Red Rose Worship Choir directed by Jason Burley, Minister of Music and Worship at Covenant Baptist Church featuring various church choirs in the area.

Country sweetheart and American Idol placing in the top 50 of Fox’s hit series “American Idol”, Emily Minor kicks off the day with her high energy show filled with classic country favorites and original hits.

Keep your boots on for local country boy “The Matt Tucker Band” at 2pm. Performing many country favorites influenced by Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks, Matt Tucker will keep your boots kicking to self written singles and country favorites.
Back by popular demand, Transit Vocal Band will hit the stage at 4pm. Transit is all band no instruments! “Combining soaring leads, smooth harmonies and a thumping rhythm section, Transit demonstrates the power, versatility and emotion of the most natural instrument of all, the human voice”.

Cooling off the day is one of 2014’s number 1 beach bands, The Entertainers. Founded in 1980, the Entertainers are sure to bring the beach to our stage with their #1 hit “Thank Goodness She Cheated,” as well as classic beach and soul hits! Shagging on the blvd. on Main in Lancaster is where the fun continues!

Labeled the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band for the last 10 years, “Who’s Bad” is sure to impress the Red Rose Festival’s young and old alike with a tribute of “the King of Pop’s” entire career from his Motown days with the Jackson 5 to his last solo efforts, “Who’s Bad”, is in their 11th year touring world-wide. You’ll be amazed and captivated at the talents of everyone in the tribute. “Who’s Band” headlines the 2015Red Rose Festival at 8pm.

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone. It’s the event of the year in Lancaster and we hope you will join us to see why we are excited about our Red Rose City.

The Red Rose Festival is a rain- or-shine event.

For further info visit (http://www.lancastercitysc.com/red-rose-festival.aspx).

See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster SC, Offers See Lancaster LIVE! for the Ag+Art Tour Kickoff for Lancaster County – June 26, 2015

May 11, 2015

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Relax and unwind or break out your best dance moves! See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts invite you to join us June 26, 2015, in downtown Lancaster, SC, for “SEE LANCASTER LIVE!,” the official kick-off of the third annual Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County.

At 7pm, the HOT SAUCE BAND kicks off the weekend in style with a wide range of music.  This band is known for blending the genres of 70s, 80s, 90s, and current hits into one extra large bag of popcorn fun and party madness!

This event is held indoors at the Lancaster County Historical Courthouse located at 100 N. Main Street.  Tickets are only $10.50 per person and available by calling 803/289-1486 or online at (www.lancastercitysc.com/performingarts). A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm and artisan tour, visit (www.agandarttour.com).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Scholarship Applications – Deadline May 29, 2015

May 10, 2015

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The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is accepting applications for the new $500 LCCA Academic Scholarship, which will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Lancaster County, SC, who will graduate during 2014-15 school year.  Student must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a fully accredited college, university or technical college.   A major in dance, literature, music, theatre, folk & traditional arts or visual arts is preferred, but not a requirement.

Deadline to apply is 3pm, Friday, May 29, 2015.

Applicants may submit the application package to the offices of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, or by mail to PO Box 613, Lancaster, SC, 29721.

Sponsors of this scholarship are the Board of Directors and Officers of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  Future scholarships will also be funded by businesses, organizations and individual citizens who have designated funds for this program.

Online applications may be obtained through the LCCA website at (www.lccarts.net), and paper copies are available at local high school guidance offices or by calling the LCCA offices at 803/285-7451.

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).

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).


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