South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Art & Public Health

The arts can intersect with everything, even public health.

South Carolina artist Amiri Geuka Farris created the timely artwork shown here that perfectly illustrates everyone’s best course of action during the COVID-19 pandemic (and anytime, really): handwashing.

Download a flier to give people an artful reminder about this critical ounce of prevention.

More on Farris is below. Additionally, he collaborated with the Arts Commission’s Community Arts Development program The Art of Community: Rural SC to produce an additional series of encouraging posters that show the nexus of public health, safety and community wellbeing. Look for those below as well.

About multi-disciplinary artist Amiri Geuka Farris

With a motto that “art is everything,” Amiri Farris uses a wide range of visual design and expressions to examine issues including nature, culture, memory and perception. His work includes painting, drawing, video, performance and installation.

A resident of Bluffton, Farris is a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he teaches foundation studies and fine arts. He is a community-engaged teaching artist especially active in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties as part of the South Carolina Arts Commission program Art of Community: Rural SC, which looks at ways arts and culture can be used strategically to address community challenges. Case in point is a new poster commissioned as part of that initiative to be used as a reminder to help stop the spread of infection related to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. In addition, he has previously supported other public health campaigns that include awareness posters on drunk driving prevention for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Florida; and on the prevention of HIV/Aids for Chatham County, Georgia.

Farris’ artistic work is far-reaching. It has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions in the states, including the National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, DC., and internationally. Learn more at https://amirifarris.com.

Las artes pueden vincularse con todo, incluso con la salud pública. El artista de Carolina del Sur, Amiri Geuka Farris, creó oportunamente la obra de arte anterior que ilustra perfectamente el mejor curso de acción de todos en este momento: el lavado de manos.

Descargue el volante para darles a las personas un ingenioso recordatorio sobre esta acción mínima y fundamental de prevención.


Acerca del artista multidisciplinario Amiri Geuka Farris

Con el lema de que “el arte lo es todo”, Amiri Farris utiliza una amplia gama de expresiones y diseños visuales para examinar temáticas que incluyen la naturaleza, la cultura, la memoria y la percepción. Su trabajo incluye pintura, dibujo, video, performance e instalación.

Residente de Bluffton, Farris es profesor en el Savannah College of Art and Design, donde enseña el programa de Estudios Básicos  y Bellas Artes. Es un artista-pedagogo comprometido con la comunidad, especialmente activo en los condados de Beaufort, Hampton y Jasper como parte del programa Art of Community: Rural SC de la Comisión de Artes de Carolina del Sur, que analiza las formas en que las Artes y la Cultura pueden usarse estratégicamente para abordar los desafíos de la comunidad. Un ejemplo que ilustra esta iniciativa es un nuevo cartel que se utilizará como recordatorio para ayudar a detener la propagación de la infección relacionada con el reciente brote del coronavirus. Además, anteriormente ya ha apoyado otras campañas de salud pública que incluyen carteles de concientización en la prevención de conducir en estado de ebriedad para el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados en Florida; y sobre la prevención del VIH / SIDA para el condado de Chatham, Georgia.

El trabajo artístico de Farris es de gran alcance. Se ha presentado en más de 100 exposiciones en varios estados, incluido el Museo Nacional de Historia y Cultura Afroamericano en Washington, DC, y también internacionalmente. Obtenga más información en el siguiente enlace: https://amirifarris.com.

Traducido por Maribel Acosta / Translation by Maribel Acosta

 

Poster series

The Art of Community: Rural SC initiative of the South Carolina Arts Commission uses arts and culture to address community challenges and celebrate local assets.  Together, we are using creativity to learn, advance and connect with each other. We are excited to work with artist and creative mentor Amiri Geuka Farris in the development of a four-part poster series related to public health, safety and community wellbeing.

Please feel free to print these posters for use in your workplaces, schools, and communities. Spanish versions are available thanks to the SCAC’s partnership with the Hispanic Alliance in Greenville.

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