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S.C. Arts Commission Announces Rural Arts Exchange


March 2, 2011

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission and its partners announce the first  Rural Arts Exchange, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at the South Carolina State Farmers Market in Lexington County.  This conference highlights the value of the arts in small and rural communities—from the Upstate to the Pee Dee.  Everyone with an interest in the arts and/or issues facing small communities is invited to attend.  To learn more or to register, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com/ruralarts.


"We encourage you to come hear how leaders from around the state use the arts to make their communities richer and their citizens more engaged,” said Ken May, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission. “More than 20 arts organizations, artists and community partners will share their stories at this meeting. We can all learn from them. Their work is crucial to creating a thriving arts environment throughout South Carolina.”


Special guests include ETV personality and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty, along with Calhoun County artists Edward Wimberly and Guy Allison. They will talk about living and working in a small, rural community.


In addition, Rural Development Economist Dr. David Hughes of the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development will provide a case study illustrating how the arts impacted one of the state’s small communities.


The cost to attend the event is $20, which includes lunch.  The list of statewide partners is available online. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com/ruralarts or call (803) 734-8696.



About the S.C. Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.