Interested in joining Engaged Learning Experience?

Engaging Creative Minds employs local STEM and art professionals/organizations to engage their students.  Are you interested in joining their roster of highly motivated and passionate Engaged Learning Experience (ELE) Partners?

ECM offers informational meetings for prospective partners.

Meeting Times:
October 14th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
November 5th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
December 7th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
January 6th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Meeting locations are TBD

Applications are now being accepted with a deadline of January 15, 2016.

Contact Leah Cockerham at843.277.2016 to reserve your spot.

ECM Partner Application

A season of change for the Alliance

Fall is a season of change, and for the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, this fall will be one of major change.

Lily Hunt, our dedicated and amazing Director of Programs and Operations, is leaving the Alliance. We are very sad to see Lily go, but so unbelievably excited for her and her new opportunity. Our loss is the world’s gain. Lily has been a cornerstone of the Alliance and a committed advocate for the arts in Charleston.

For the Alliance, we will continue. Many will ask, “Who are you going to get to replace Lily?” The answer to that is no one. No one can replace Lily. In this case, a new person will be filling a new position. It is different from Lily’s position in some ways, similar in others. The listing for the Director of Operations and Resource Development is linked here. If you or someone you know is interested, we hope to hear from you.

Thanks to all that you do for the arts in the Lowcountry, and thanks to Lily to all that she has done. We wish her nothing but the greatest that life has to offer, as that is what she has earned.

With respect and gratitude,

Mike Gibbons

Executive Director

Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts

PURE Theatre

Since 2003, the ensemble actors of Charleston’s acclaimed PURE Theatre have built a solid reputation for artistic excellence in provocative contemporary theatre. In May 2013, the company saw record attendance levels for its critically acclaimed Season X.

The 13 professional actors comprising the PURE Core Ensemble are the soul of PURE’s work. Serving a sophisticated and diverse audience with a taste for new work, PURE presents a compelling five-play season between September and June, plus an additional Summer Slam production each year. Endeavoring annually to outdo what was accomplished in years past, PURE continually strives to give its audiences something they’ve never seen before.

11953205_10153591703408656_5205432099439343523_nCurrently at PURE
Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
Running through Oct 2, 2015

This whip-crack comedy takes a look at Catherine and Gwen, who, after grad school, chose polar opposite paths and now, decades later, are unfulfilled in polar opposite ways. Each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. Get tickets here.

Job Opening for Teaching Artist

Organization: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Address: PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016

Contact: Krystal Yeadon
(843) 740-5851

Job Title: After School Arts Enrichment Program Teaching Artist (Creative Writing)

Job Description: Contract Position. Must be available from 3:30-5:00 PM for a total of three hours each week for two days a week (Monday – Thursday). Program runs from August 31, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Work will take place at a select North Charleston area elementary school. School site will change every two months.

Qualifications: Must be skilled in creative writing, previously worked with children, and able to work well with an average of 30 children at a time. Having an arts-related background is a plus. Background check will be required.


Contract Position

Alternate Application Method: Submit resume and 2-3 writing samples to or complete resume form at the link below to submit if you do not have one.

Charleston County Public Libraries Renovations

This past November the Charleston County Public Library asked residents new libraries and renovations would be worth paying for. The proposal was approved by nearly 3-to-1, letting the library know how important its facilities were.

Now that the proposal has been passed, some details need to be taken into account. The Charleston County Public Libraries would like resident’s input. Five separate meetings have been set up for residents to attend and voice their opinions.

Meeting dates and locations:

Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
New St. Paul’s Branch Library (Replaces St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch)
E.B. Ellington Elementary Cafeteria
5540 Old Jacksonboro Rd., Ravenel

Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
New West Ashley/Bees Ferry Branch Library
West Ashley High School Auditorium
4060 West Wildcat Blvd., Charleston

Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
New Pinehaven Branch Library 
(Replaces Cooper River Memorial Branch)
Cooper River Memorial Branch
3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston

Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
New Ten Mile/Carolina Park Branch Library
Wando High School Cafeteria
1000 Warrior Way, Mt. Pleasant

Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
New James Island Branch
 (Replaces James Island Branch)
James Island Elementary School Media Center
1872 Grimball Road, Charleston

Voters approved a referendum to spend $108.5 million to build five new branch libraries, renovate 13 existing branches and move support services out of the Main Library to free up more space for the public. A major focus includes upgrading technology by adding self check-out kiosks, more public computers and the latest equipment in public meeting rooms.

Charleston County has hired Charleston-based architectural firm Cummings & McCrady Inc. to oversee this planning phase. Several other architectural firms are involved, including library-planning specialists McMillan Pazden Smith from Greenville.


To learn more about the construction and renovation plan, view a map and see a breakdown of the estimated costs, click hereResidents unable to attend a meeting can still send comments to