voices frustrations, dreams at meeting
By VLADIA JURCOVA-SPENCER
Public relations chair, Charleston Arts Coalition
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
27, 2009 -- The Charleston Arts Coalition, in partnership with the
College of Charleston's Tate Center for Entrepreneurship, held a
"Creative Town Hall" meeting on Tuesday titled "Nursing
Creativity through the Economic Slump." An estimated 100 attendees
of the town hall participated in what at times could be called a
heated discussion about the needs of Charleston's creative community.
town hall meeting, moderated by John Zinsser of Pacifica Human Communications,
included special guests Katie Fox and Jeanette Guinn from the S.C.
Arts Commission; Ellen Dressler Moryl, director of the Office of
Cultural Affairs; Marty Besancon, cultural arts director of North
Charleston Cultural Arts; Mark Sloan, curator at the College of
Charleston's Halsey Institute; Karen Chandler, co-founder of Charleston
Jazz Initiative and arts management professor at the College of
Charleston School of the Arts; Sharon Gracie, artistic director
and co-founder of Pure Theater; and Kyle Barnette from the Charleston
the presentation of the coalition's survey titled "The Voice
of the People," each special guest shared with the audience
what keeps them up at night. Some interesting comments included:
of public support for the arts from the business community.
of compassionate and consistent advocacy for arts.
Lack of audiences/art patrons.
The need to provide access to the arts for our children.
total of 277 creatives from at least 14 creative disciplines took
the survey, with 60 percent of respondents representing performing
arts; 59 percent, visual arts; and 38 percent, designers. Seventy-two
percent of respondents believed that Charleston needs a group that
would unite Charleston's creative community.
the coalition asked what services would benefit local organizations/artists,
56 percent of respondents asked for a facility/venue, 52 percent
wanted more promotions and 46 percent asked for a centralized Web
site. Based on these findings, the Charleston Arts Coalition selected
its first community project and created www.CharlestonCulture.com.
The Web site will be a free tool for all Charleston creatives to
present their work and their services to public. It will also offer
a common place for Charleston artists to meet and share ideas. Anyone
can create a free artist profile and post events.
is a mini Facebook for Charleston creatives," says Jessica
Bluestein, president of the Coalition.
coalition is in the process of adding to the Web site an online
forum for discussion of local issues.
The Coalition's goal with the Creative Town Hall was to offer yet
another platform to share and express ideas. "We believe that
exchanging ideas and bringing awareness of the importance of creative
business for a thriving and prosperous cultural city is essential
to Charleston," says Bluestein.
the last hour of the meeting, attendees discussed the need for a
performance space for multidisciplinary events located in downtown
Charleston that would also include affordable studio spaces for
artists and artisans. These are some comments and suggestions that
triggered a heated discussion in the room:
a plan for a new Creative Arts Center to be proposed to local
developers, business community and city officials.
Increasing awareness of Charleston's art world as accessible and
hospitable to everyone and anyone with or without arts education.
Creating new, diversified audiences.
among disciplines that brings more awareness and recognition to
cities with one creative co-op facility have much stronger and thriving
creative communities; however, there are facilities in Charleston
that do offer services for creatives and public but are underutilized.
For example, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park could use more
proposals from local artists; the city of North Charleston has studios
available for artists and artisans; the Gibbes Museum of Art would
like to welcome more students and children; and the College of Charleston's
School of the Arts performances are free to the college students
yet are not well attended.
meeting was closed with a survey comment that "Stronger creative
economy = better city to live in." For more information about
the survey, please visit www.charlestonartscoalition.com.
enough of a fan to drive people crazy
ANN THRASH, editor
27, 2009 -- I always feel bad for my husband this time of year.
He's a diehard University of South Carolina football fan, and in
the five years that I've known him, I have gotten totally caught
up in Gamecock football -- which makes the upcoming week one of
the best times of the year for us. When the Gamecocks open their
season a week from tonight against the N.C. State Wolfpack, you
can bet we'll be glued to the TV.
reason I feel bad for my husband, Bill, is that he's stuck with
a wife whose football learning curve is pretty big. He played lots
of sports growing up, played high school football at Summerville
and comes from a very sports-minded family, so he knows his stuff.
The problem with me is that, while I consider myself a basically
smart gal and I'm very sincerely and enthusiastically interested
in the Gamecocks, I simply cannot make my brain remember a lot of
the nuts-and-bolts, basic how-to stuff about the game of football.
Remembering weekend to weekend is hard enough, but to remember now
what Bill explained to me last fall (and the fall before that, and
the fall before that) about the proper role of a nickelback, well,
forget it. In reality, I understand that I'm just enough of a fan
to drive someone like him crazy.
tried to become informed. I read the stories in the sports section
of the paper, I listen to Bobby Hartin on "Fan Talk,"
I read the chat boards and lurk in the fan forums online. But because
I don't really "get" things like pass patterns and out
routes and why it matters how many down linemen a team has, all
that stuff gets squeezed out of my brain and replaced with something
that I do understand: useless trivia. Then, when we're watching
a game, I find myself desperately wanting to impress him with something
football-related that I know
so I interrupt.
young fan at a recent Gamecock Fan Day.
has gotten used to me popping up during a game with a comment like,
"Did you know Stephen Garcia collects swords?" This sort
of remark is usually greeted with stunned silence on Bill's part.
Then I say something like, "No, really, he does -- I read that
online." Sure, maybe Bill would contend that the sword-collecting
doesn't really have anything to do with whatever immediate predicament
Garcia has gotten himself into (and as Carolina fans know, it's
always something). But my point in mentioning it during a game --
and I said this once during a game - is that, to me, the fact that
the Gamecocks' quarterback collects swords provides a certain ink-blot-test
insight into his mentality and temperament, his goals and insecurities,
and maybe, just maybe, those insights will lead to a greater fan
understanding of why he makes certain decisions that I feel do indeed
affect the outcome of the game, and thereby the fan can gain a greater
appreciation and perhaps even a sympathetic understanding about
the constraints that Stephen feels himself to be under during certain
am I overanalyzing here?
one point a few years ago, I realized that some people, well, they
just don't like to chat much during a game, so I decided that I
would write down my questions and save them until after the game.
Some of them were technical questions - "What did you say the
cornerback does?" or "I don't understand why they're going
for 3 points now when they need 10 to win. Shouldn't they go for
the 7 points first and get the hard part over with?" or "Did
you ever have turf toe? Did it hurt really bad?" - and some
of the questions were more about what I find myself drawn to (which
I think men don't get), which is the emotional side of the game
("Honey, when you played football in high school, did you guys
get upset when the coaches would yell at you? I don't think I would
like anyone yelling at me as much as that coach is yelling at that
player," or, "I think Coach Spurrier looks like he wishes
he'd stayed with the Redskins. What do you think?").
season, though, I'm vowing to be different. I'm bound and determined
to learn -- and more importantly, remember - exactly what a spur
is, and whether a safety plays offense or defense (or both), and
what a shuttle pass is meant to accomplish. I won't volunteer any
trivia during games, and I won't ask questions, either -- unless
it's, "Anybody want an adult beverage?" There's never
a bad time for that.
Thrash, editor of CharlestonCurrents.com, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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offered for school projects on Lowcountry hazards
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and Dorchester county elementary and middle schools that develop
programs using art, music, theater or hands-on activities to teach
students about the kinds of hazards that can impact the Lowcountry.
Charleston County area S.C. Project Impact Initiative and its Community
Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program are offering the
mini-grants. The school activities should focus on teaching students
about hazardous events that could affect the area as well as ways
to minimize losses associated with these types of events. Grant
funding is also available for projects that educate students about
environmental awareness and protection. The funding may be used
for supplies or materials needed for these types of projects.
is a total of $1,000 available for local schools, and the funding
will be distributed to selected applicants in sums of no more than
$500 each. The mini-grant program is funded by Project Impact, which
is an ongoing initiative originally sponsored by FEMA to assist
local communities in becoming more disaster resistant.
application deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Applications can be downloaded
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a garden and sharpen your shears in Saturday class
to learn some gardening skills, contribute to the community and
get your pruning shears sharpened all at the same time? Then don't
miss Saturday's Charleston Horticultural Society "outdoor classroom"
at South Windermere Center.
are need from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help maintain the community garden
at the center while learning from local experts about the best practices
for garden maintenance in the Lowcountry. Well-known horticulturist
Jim Martin and assistant Paul Wentz will meet volunteers in the
parking lot behind Earth Fare.
pruning shears (which will be sharpened for you at no cost), along
with garden gloves and a weed bucket. For more information, call
the horticultural society at 579-9922.
to go for world record, benefit Children's Hospital
Charleston RiverDogs and the Charleston Fun Club are teaming up
this weekend for "Sunday Funday," a combined effort to
break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the world's largest
egg toss, with proceeds benefiting the MUSC Children's Hospital.
event will take place Sunday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park prior to
the RiverDogs' game against the Augusta GreenJackets, which begins
at 5:05 p.m. The current egg toss record is 1,422 participants,
set on July 4, 2008 in Skagway, Alaska. The egg toss consists of
two partners tossing an egg to one another, and after each successful
catch, the pair takes a step backwards. Should the egg fall, the
duo is eliminated and the contest continues until there is one couple
Fans are encouraged to arrive Sunday at Brittlebank Park at 2 p.m.
to register with the Guinness representatives and prepare for the
toss, which will start at 3 p.m. on the field. RiverDogs public
address announcer Ken Carrington will serve as emcee. Those who
want to participate in the toss must have a RiverDogs game ticket;
those cost $5 for general admission or $7 for upper reserved seats.
A portion of every ticket sold will be contributed to the MUSC Children's
RiverDogs are partnering for the event with the Charleston Fun Club,
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Washington Rogers Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December
8, 1958, to George Washington Rogers and Grady Ann Rogers. He struggled
through childhood in poverty. His father spent much of his son's
youth serving a prison term, and his mother labored to raise five
children. Raised largely by his aunt in Duluth, Georgia, Rogers
became a prominent high school football player under coach Cecil
Morris. Encouraged and driven by Morris, Rogers overcame early academic
deficiencies to qualify for a college grant-in-aid.
in his USC years
became the prize catch of University of South Carolina (USC) coach
Jim Carlen in 1977 and had the best rushing day of his career, 237
yards and two touchdowns against Wake Forest, on November 18, 1978.
He would finish with twenty-seven 100-yard-plus games out of the
forty-six in which he participated, closing his college career with
1979 and 1980 seasons would be the brightest of Rogers's career.
In 1979 he rushed for a then-USC-record 1,681 yards and averaged
5.4 yards per carry as the Gamecocks finished with an 8-4 record.
He earned all-America honors from the Associated Press. The following
year Rogers broke his own school single-season rushing record with
1,894 yards on 324 carries for a 5.8 average per carry. His yardage
led the Division I runners nationally and earned him the Heisman
Trophy, the most prestigious of college football's individual honors.
As of the early twenty-first century he remained the only winner
from a South Carolina school. Rogers closed his college career with
a school record 5,204 career yards and a staggering 954 carries.
New Orleans Saints made Rogers the top selection in the 1980 professional
draft, and he did not disappoint, rushing for 1,674 yards on 378
carries and scoring thirteen touchdowns to lead the National Football
League in rushing and clinch Rookie of the Year honors. He played
four seasons for the Saints before going to the Washington Redskins
for three seasons. His best year in Washington produced 1,203 yards
on 303 carries and eighteen touchdowns in 1986. He earned a Super
Bowl ring with Washington in 1987, his last season as a player.
admitted to alcohol and drug abuse while playing in New Orleans,
and a cocaine arrest in Columbia in 1990 cost him his first job
with USC. He did twenty-eight days of rehab, reversed his lifestyle,
and returned to work with USC. Rogers channeled much of his effort
George Rogers Foundation, which provides scholarship aid to
students who have overcome obstacles to achieve. An annual golf
tournament of celebrities, former teammates, and other athletes
helps fund the project. Rogers is a member of the South Carolina
Athletic Hall of Fame (1981), the University of South Carolina Athletic
Hall of Fame (1987), and the National Football Foundation Hall of
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The Class of
2013 at The Citadel began its journey earlier this month, and retired
Marine Lt. Col. John W. Powell Jr., director of admissions, says
it's one of the largest entering freshman classes (721) in school
history. Some 69 dropped out before classes started this week. Here
are five notable facts about the entering class:
- U.S. states
- SAT average:
- Cadets in
the top 25 percent of their high school class: 166 (33.5 percent).
- Top major:
Business administration (142 cadets), followed by engineering,
criminal justice, history and physical education.
- State most
students are from: South Carolina (332, or 46 percent of the class),
followed by Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.
is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where
you least expect it, there will be a fish."
poet of ancient Rome (43 B.C. - 17 A.D.)
in IT: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Tate Center,
College of Charleston, Room 207 and Gallery. The forum will explore
the challenges and opportunities for women in the IT industry with
a panel of local industry leaders and educators. An MIT Enterprise
Forum video from Technology Review's EmTech08 Conference will be
shown, featuring successful female entrepreneurs in the industry
with companies such as ZipCar, GoLoco, Ziggs.com and Daily Grommet.
Lunch and networking opportunities included. Registration (required):
$20 (includes lunch). More
Seining at Sullivan's: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Station
30, Sullivan's Island. The Station 30 area on Sullivan's Island
area has been a seining hotspot for generations. Join the experts
from Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to catch and
discover a variety of marine critters at the first CCPRC seining
program on Sullivan's Island. A registered and paid chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and under, and pre-registration
is required. Open to ages 6 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County residents,
$9 nonresidents. Registration/more
info, or 795-4FUN.
on the Waterfront: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through mid-October,
Pier Plaza at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Free concerts
for the community. Beverages available for purchase at pier shop.
Bring a chair or use the benches and tables at the site. More info:
ONGOING AND SOON
Grassroots Meeting: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1, Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, Suite 100, North
Charleston. The chamber will join the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and
other area chambers in preparing for the 2010 legislative session
with the annual Charleston Grassroots Regional Meeting, an open-forum
session that's the first step in creating the 2010 Competitiveness
Agenda and the business community's annual list of legislative priorities.
Free. RSVPs/more info: Julie
Scott by email or 803-255-2628.
+ Food Launch Party: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3,
Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road. Barbecue
and beverages will be available, and the latest news about next
year's BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, including the lineup
of chefs and authors, will be announced. Entertainment by the Blue
Plantation Band. Tickets: $10 per person cash or check at the door,
with proceeds benefiting the festival's charitable efforts. Reserve
tickets by Aug. 31 by e-mailing
or calling 727-9998, ext. 4.
Mixer: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 4, Folly Beach Fishing
Pier. Next-to-last Shaggin' on the Pier mixer for the year (final
event is Sept. 25). DJ Rob Duren will spin oldies and beach music;
food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site at Locklear's
Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Cost:
in advance, $8 for Charleston County residents, $10 for nonresidents,
available at Charleston County Park and Recreation headquarters
(795-4FUN); at the gate (if available), $10. More
Rice Plantation Program: 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5, Caw
Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. Investigate daily life and practices
on a South Carolina rice plantation in the colonial era. Examine
the details of field construction, planting, cultivation and harvest
to reveal an endeavor of amazing scope. Advance registration required;
a registered and paid chaperone is required for participants age
15 or younger. Open to ages 9 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County
residents, $9 nonresidents. More info: 795-4FUN or click
in a Tough Economy: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, Suite 100, North
Charleston. The chamber's Charleston Area Business Council will
offer a program titled "How to Sell in Challenging Times,"
featuring Dennis Kerwin of PURE and Craig Dellinger of The Citadel
Foundation. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More
in the Carolinas: 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Bond Hall, Room 165,
The Citadel. John Shelton Reed, the 2007 Mark Clark Professor of
History at The Citadel and the author of "Holy Smoke: The Big
Book of North Carolina Barbecue," will give a talk titled "The
Balkans of Barbecue: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas." Reed,
a widely recognized expert on modern Southern identity, is professor
emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the American
South. Talk is free and open to the public. Reed will be available
to sign books.
Professionals: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Tate Center
for Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston. The Charleston Young
Professionals are hosting a luncheon that will focus on career navigation
and creating your own path to success. Cost: $15 CYP members, $25
of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Renaissance
on the Harbor, 100 N. Plaza Court, Mount Pleasant. Two S.C. House
members representing Charleston County -- Republican Jenny Horne
and Democrat Anne Peterson Hutto -- will talk about their experiences
as first-term representatives and their priorities for the upcoming
legislative session in January. The Charleston County League of
Women Voters will also provide information about its activities.
Free. Parking available across the street in the Belvidere lot and
next door at the Motley Rice building. More info: 745-5166 or email@example.com.
Fall Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 25, Charleston Visitor
Center, 375 Meeting St. Casual event to unveil featured artist Luke
Frazier's official poster for the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Expo.
Includes oysters, barbecue and side from Buck Ridge Plantation,
plus live music by Triple Lindy, an open bar, and a silent auction
and raffles to benefit Ducks Unlimited. Attendees must be 21 or
over. Tickets: $40 in advance through http://www.sewe.com
or by calling 723-1748; at the door, if available, tickets are $50.
Fashion Show: Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 26, Jasmine Porch
restaurant, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Fashion show and luncheon
will benefit the Center For Women. Models will wear fashions from
Eden Boheme and Cose Belle, and jewelry designers will display their
work. Three-course lunch includes champagne. Cost: $45 plus tax
and gratuity; portion of the proceeds go to the Center for Women.
Lunch guests also get complimentary beach access at The Sanctuary
for the day. More info/reservations: 768-6253. The Center For Women
is a nonprofit partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.
Entertaining Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays,
Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's
Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses
celebrating the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston
style and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
a book to us
Women at Gibbes
new food show
on car tags
way of tithing?
place for prejudice
fun at Halloween
to old clunker
to squeeze in
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