By Carroll Dunn for The Island Connection
The Kiawah Island Art and House Tour is sponsored by Arts, etc., an organization whose philanthropic focus is to bring visual, performing and literary arts to the students on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Proceeds from this year’s tour which is scheduled for Friday, April 5 will support the following organizations:
The Gibbes Museum of Art
It Starts with a Dot Program Now in its second year, this collaborative program for students at St. Johns High School encourages literacy and creative expression. The program brings trained museum educators to work with students to enhance their understanding of art and art history and guide students in developing their writing skills. Students respond to artwork when they visit the museum and use poetry and creative writing to create a volume of work for each student to keep.
Engaging Creative Minds Summer STEAM Camp
Arts etc. will provide scholarships to third graders from John Island to participate in the 6-week summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp. This nationally recognized program was created to address summer learning loss and provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful experiences that keep them engaged and on track for the next school year.
College of Charleston’s Children’s Opera Program
Each spring, opera students at the College of Charleston Department of Music bring an age-appropriate opera to Johns and Wadmalaw Island elementary schools. Following each performance, students have the opportunity to engage with the singers and learn more about the art and craft of producing an opera.
Chamber Music Charleston Classical Kids Concerts
Chamber Music Charleston is dedicated to introducing young audiences to classical music through chamber music concerts presented during school hours. They have built excellent relationships with the schools on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands; through these concerts, they will continue to educate and delight students through the magic of music.
College of Charleston’s Project Inspire
The mission of Project Inspire is to actively involve children in the learning process through artistic activities and lessons. Arts, etc. will provide scholarships for underserved elementary students from our community in grades 3 and 4 for this 2-week camp. The students will be given the opportunity to attend field trips to Dixie Plantation to learn ecology and STEM subjects through the power of the arts.
Ballet Evolution of Charleston
Ballet Evolution’s mission is to promote the development of collaborative arts through professional ballet performances. The Artistic Director and Ballet Master will bring a troupe of dancers to elementary schools on Johns Island to perform a selection from their current season. Following each performance, they will deliver a lecture/demonstration, introduce the students to the world of ballet and encourage them to discover the joy of movement.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
With the assistance of a professional visiting artist, the program will be an immersive educational opportunity for students at Haut Gap Middle School. Students will research the changing landscape and economics of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands through a series of workshops. This will culminate in the creation of a communal art piece for display at the school using basic printmaking techniques.
Pure Theatre’s Education Program
Working with teachers at Haut Gap Middle School, the program uses the power of theater training to develop critical social and emotional learning skills for student success.
Small group instruction in acting, public speaking and story development has generated positive feedback from both students and educators.
The acclaimed Kiawah Art and House Tour is the major fundraiser of Arts, etc. and will be held on Friday, April 5 from 1-5 p.m. Five fabulous Kiawah homes are open to the public and each home displays unique architecture, views and art collections. Tickets are $55. Available online at BrownPaperTickets.com (keyword “Kiawah”) or the Kiawah Island Real Estate office located at Freshfields Village. Tickets purchased in advance must be exchanged for a tour booklet at the Square located in Freshfields Village the day of the tour. Homes are not disability accessible and children under 12 are not permitted.