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S.C. Arts Commission

Rural Arts Exchange


March 22, 2011

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$20 (includes lunch)



S.C. State Farmers Market

3483 Charleston Highway

West Columbia, SC 29172


Making the Arts Grow...

Join the South Carolina Arts Commission and its partners March 22 as we celebrate the arts in our small and rural communities! From the historic community of Cowpens to the town of Lake City, from the heart of the Midlands to the hills of the Upstate, from the Pee Dee to the sea, you'll hear stories of challenge, change and partnership. Don't miss this chance to visit with folks who live, breathe and celebrate the arts from rural and small S.C. communities.


More than 15 arts and community leaders from around the state will share their stories about how the arts have changed lives and enriched communities. How did the Eugenes end up in Cowpens with a nationally recognized pottery business? How has Kershaw County woven the arts into its local farmers market? How is Marlboro using the arts to change the lives of its young people ? Walk away with new resources for making the arts grow in your community!


Registration deadline: March 18



Special Guests

Amanda McNulty
Visit the Making It Grow website

Don't miss ETV personality and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty (pictured), along with artists Edward Wimberly and Guy Allison, all residents of Calhoun County, as they share their arts story about living and working in a small, rural community. Wimberly is a 1983 SC Arts Commission Fellow. Both he and Allison are included in the Commission's State Art Collection.


Also, learn from one of South Carolina's leading experts about the rural setting within which many of our artists and arts organizations work. Rural Development Economist Dr. David Hughes of the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development will provide this context as well as a case study of the arts in one of our small communities.


Partners and Resources

Hear from our partners representing other major statewide organizations who join the South Carolina Arts Commission in its mission to develop a thriving arts environment so essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all of our citizens (pictured: Vernita Dore, USDA Rural Development State Director, and Hugh Weathers, SC Agricultural Commissioner)


We are developing a list of resources for small and rural SC communities. Please let us know if you'd like to include your organization.


For more information, please contact:

Susan DuPlessis






Special Thanks to our Host...

Visit the South Carolina State Farmers Market website


The new South Carolina State Farmers Market is a state-of-the-art facility that provides the agricultural community of South Carolina with a one-of-a-kind venue in which to showcase South Carolina products. The site in Lexington County is located on U.S. Hwy. 321 and is within 1.5 miles of both I-77 and I-26, with over 2,500 feet of frontage on I-26.