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Bhakti Larry Hough

SCAD ID - #321

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Certified Teaching Artist

Arts Access SC Teaching Artist

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  • Media Arts
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Folklife/Traditional Arts

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  • Upstate
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Bhakti Larry Hough is a multidisciplinary artist whose experience and endeavors run the gamut of creative and cultural arts expression. He is a gospel and jazz singer/songwriter, bandleader, and recording artist; an award-winning journalist and writer; poet; motivational/inspirational speaker; West African and Afro-Cuban drumming performer and teaching artist; former radio broadcast producer and executive; and a public relations consultant.

A native of Hartsville, SC, he is president and artist-in-residence at Bhakti’s NewWorld Arts of Bishopville, an arts presenting, advocacy and public relations agency that promotes and manages his and other artists’ and organizations’ arts and culture endeavors.

As a teaching artist, he has conducted more than 25 introductory African and Afro-Cuban drumming residences in 18 SC public schools, many of them serving disabled children under the auspices of Arts Access-South Carolina, an organization whose mission is to provide meaningful artistic experiences to disabled students in public schools. He has also taught drumming classes in churches and community arts centers.

He has performed, presented, and taught for/at The University of South Carolina Institute for African American Research and Center for Civil Rights History and Research, the Auntie Karen Foundation of Columbia, the Cheraw Arts Commission, the Black Creek Arts Council of Hartsville, the Leatherman Senior Center of Florence, the SC Commission on Minority Affairs, the SC African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC), and the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation.

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