Charlestonian’s Guide to Piccolo Spoleto

Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA, and we’ve got all the ins and outs for you to maximize your experience this celebration! Between May 26th and June 11th, Charleston transforms into an 2531451111343380exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. There really is something for everyone between the music,
poetry readings, children’s activities, crafts and film. Want a more behind the scenes look? There are opportunities to volunteer, intern and sponsor Piccolo, and details can be found on their website linked down below. Interested in participating in this year’s lineup? Be the first to know by subscribing to their email list for news about the Festival, also linked down below.

All in all, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival is something you definitely can’t miss. Stay tuned here for updates, and on, for the latest and greatest on Piccolo! 

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ArtPop winners announced

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and Adams Outdoor Advertising  are excited to announce the five artists selected for the ArtPop Street Gallery. A selected work from each artist will be featured on billboards around the tri-county for one year.

The selected artists are:

  • Barbara Duval
  • Laura Dargan
  • Sarah Buell Dowling
  • Kate Hooray Osmond
  • Janie Ball (Community Choice winner, selected by online vote)

To learn more about the artists and to see the selected works visit

A total of 88 area artists submitted more than 150 works for consideration. The winning artists and those eligible for Community Choice voting were selected by a panel of seven judges: Wendy Hickey (ArtPop); Stacy Huggins Geist (Redux Contemporary Art Center); Mark Sloan (The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art); Brandon Sweeney (Adams Outdoor Advertising); Pam Wall (Gibbes Museum of Art); Geoff Yost (Annex Studios); and Cathryn Zommer (Enough Pie).

Wendy Hickey, founder of ArtPop, launched the initiative in 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. Charleston is now one of 14 cities for ArtPop Street Gallery.  


Vote now for Community Choice award

Make your vote count!

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has teamed up with ArtPop Street Gallery and Adams Outdoor Advertising for an exciting project that will showcase five local visual artists on billboards throughout the tri-county. And YOU get to decide one those artists.Art Pop Logo Final Outlines TM 10-5-16 (2)

Please cast your vote  by visiting for the artist you would like to see on a billboard in the Lowcountry for one year. Four others artists, selected by a panel of judges, will also receive billboards. The five winners will be announced on Monday, April 10.

Voting for the Community Choice Award closes at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 7, so vote now, and spread the word!

The contest was open to visual artists residing in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester County. Artists must be at least 18 years old, and all submitted works had to be have been created no earlier than Jan. 1, 2015. 



Apply now for matching funds

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has opened Lowcountry Arts Fund applications for our matching grant program.

Grants of up to $500 will be given to arts non-profits in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Click HERE to apply.

During the previous round of matching grants, funds were awarded to:

  • Engaging Creative Minds, to assist an initiative to launch their program in Berkeley County
  • Midtown Productions, to to provide scholarships for students for the summer production of “Godspell”
  • Heal With Hearts, for visual arts and science integration at Murray LaSaine Elementary School
  • Enough Pie, for the Indigo Vat Shack program
  • Charleston Public Library, to host a storyteller’s workshop for area artists and arts groups


For more information, contact Mike Gibbons at or 843-577-5288.

Cinderella at NCPAC

The iconic “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center this week for two performances. Everyone has a favorite version of “Cinderella,” so in fairness we are sharing three videos of the moment Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother turns a pumpkin into a carriage with the song “Impossible.”

Even fans of Julie Andrews may not recognize her in the 1957 televised version below! Prior to becoming our favorite nanny and beloved singing nun, Ms. Andrews was the original Cinderella in this classic black and white film.

The 1965 version of “Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella,” reigned supreme as the most recognizable version for nearly 30 years. This filmed-for-television event was one of CBS’s most popular shows of the 60’s and 70’s.

90’s kids will remember begging their parents to let them stay up to watch the incomparable Whitney Houston take on the role of the Fairy Godmother in 1997. Featuring a multi-racial cast, this version of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” received wide acclaim for being a Cinderella-story for everyone.

Don’t miss your chance to see “Cinderella” for yourself this week at NCPAC and make your own magical memories! 

Friday Fiver: Total Eclipse of the Art

On Aug. 21, 2017, all eyes will be on the sky, as a total solar eclipse occurs for the first time in nearly four decades.

And two artists from Vermont will keeping more than just eyes on the sky. Michael Zebrowski, a professor of art at Johnson State College in Vermont, and Kelly Holt, his project manager, are planning on installing four art exhibits along the eclipse’s path across the U.S., and includes one right here in The Holy City.

The yellow tripods will be mounted with a time lapse camera and a live stream camera, and will capture the eclipse as it makes its away across the country.

Anyone interested in partnering with them on the project is encouraged to contact them at or Or, shoot us an e-mail at the Alliance and we’ll get you connected.

Michael Zebrowski

Michael Zebrowski

We sat down with Michael and Kelly for this week’s Friday Fiver.

What was the inspiration for taking on this ambitious cross-country project?

I have a fundamental desire in my artwork to challenge the scale of my work. I do this not necessarily through how big a structure or sculpture is, but through the relationship that the structure has to the immediate environment, earth and universe. So the event of the eclipse on August 21st fits right into this. I see this project like orchestrating a band’s US tour except all venues play the music at the same time almost and the band consists of the sun moon and earth. My thinking is if I place a modest structure at four points along the path of totality across the country then the works are more about their relationship to the Moon, Sun and Earth. And ultimately our relationship to these celestial bodies.

You have chose four locations for the installations – Charleston; St. Joseph, MO; Jackson Hole, WY; and Salem, OR? How did you select these locations?

I chose the four locations because I wanted to fully do justice to the entire eclipse event across the USA. The total event lasts 95 minutes roughly from land fall in Salem Oregon to exiting in Charleston. I love the idea that everyone will stop and look even if they don’t know about or anticipate the event. There is a type of movement in sculpture and other forms of art that are “site specific,” meaning a work that is placed in a particular place while responding to the conditions of the space. This work is site specific. I also like the idea of expanding this concept to include “time specific.” This work is also time specific. The multiple locations, one in each time zone, is important to following through further with this notion of connecting to time. More simply, the locations all exist on or very near the path of totality. The path of totality is where the true shadow of the moon will hit the earth. If you were on the moon looking at the earth, you would see the shadow cross the planet. Satellites will pick this up as well.

Once you have documented the eclipse, what will you do with the photographs?

The time lapse photography and video will be a way to see the eclipse no matter where you are. Our goal is to have a live feed in all four installations and beyond. We teach at Johnson State College in the Fine Arts Department. There will be live projections there for students and colleagues to see the event as it happens. It happens to be the first day of classes in the Fall. A great way to start the semester. The live feed will also be recorded as a set of four videos that can be projected as an installation in a gallery setting at a future date.

Where will you be for the eclipse?

My family regularly travels to South Carolina to go to Charleston and Hilton Head. We will be in Charleston or just north where we will be completely absorbed in the path of totality. The path of totality travels just north of Charleston proper. If funding through partnerships allow, we will have Kelly the project manager and other team members in each location across the country, monitoring cameras, coordinating with live-time locations and participating in conjunction with community partners during eclipse driven events.

Normally, we ask our Friday Fivers what they would wish for if they could wave a magic wand over Charleston. Today, however, we’re going to ask you this: If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you make happen ANYWHERE on Aug. 21?

Clear skies across the country, especially in Charleston where we will be. The goal is to install ECLIPSE Survey in all four time zones. The hope is that a collective pause during the eclipse signifies a cultural moment in time. I have never witnessed a solar eclipse. This work has been developed in preparation for personally seeing the eclipse and looking to share the event with a broad public audience; ultimately bringing the eclipse into the fold of my public art practice. I have been developing an approach to this moment over the last 5 years and the work presented in this proposal is the result of that process.

Interested in being a Friday Fiver? E-mail


TedX Charleston accepting applications

Are you ready to Shake It Up?

TedX Charleston is currently accepting applications for speakers and performers for the 2017 event, scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Charleston Music Hall, with the theme of Shake It Up.

Now in its fifth year, TedX Charleston seeks to “to gather inspiring people with diverse ideas to share the many untold  stories of Charleston’s thinkers, visionaries and fascinating teachers.”

To apply as a speaker, click here.

To apply as a performer, click here.


Don’t miss our next workshop

Your money. Your health. Your legal protection.

Navigating the financial, insurance and legal waters can be challenging for organizations big and small as well as individuals. Join us for an informative and important workshop that will be of value to any artist or any group, big or small. We have gathered a panel of experts to help you tackle the topics of finance and investing, insurance in a changing healthcare environment, and legal hurdles and pitfalls for nonprofits.

In addition to providing valuable information on complex topics in a fast-changing world, we will have plenty of Q&A and opportunity for one-on-one discussions with our experts.

Space is limited for this free workshop, so please RSVP ASAP!

Feb. 20, 2017

1- 3 p.m.

Location Lowcountry Local First, 1630 Meeting Street



Jesse Dove, Investment Advisory Center, Inc.

Scott Helman, Helman Financial, LLC

Christa Divis, Trident United Way

Ryan Oberly, Wagenmaker and Oberly




Announcing an Arts Day of Giving

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is excited to announce an Arts Day of Giving to giving to support arts nonprofits in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties. The Arts Alliance will be providing incentive funds to help make every participating organization’s day even more successful.

The day is scheduled for Sept. 12 and will be an opportunity for arts lovers in the Lowcountry to show their support for the arts and their favorite art organizations, with the opportunity to leverage their contributions into something bigger because of incentive funds.

More details will be coming out in the very near future. The day of giving will be open to any arts organization in the tri-county area that is either a registered 501(c)3 or operates under the umbrella of a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)3.

It’s not time to panic over NEA news

A mural restoration at a historic downtown church.

An after-school strings education program to benefit inner-city elementary students.

Saving jobs that were at risk during the Great Recession.

That – and dozens more art-related initiatives – is what the National Endowment for the Arts has funded in the Charleston area over the last decade. It has been impactful and empowering. Recent news suggests that the NEA may be on the chopping block.

Anyone with a vested interest in the arts should be keeping close tabs on this. And thus, everyone should, because the arts affect us all. The federal budget is a large, slow moving beast of a creature, so undoubtedly any action will take time. We encourage you to study this issue. Now is not the time for panic, but for education and observation.

Additionally, now is the time to mark your calendars for Feb. 7, where you can join us in Columbia for SC Arts Advocacy Day. Every year, we head to Columbia and join artists and arts supporters across the Palmetto State to let our legislators know how much we appreciate their support of the arts. We hope you will be there with us this year.

Thank you for your support of the arts, and for sharing the message far and wide that #artsmatter.