By Martha Zink for The Island Connection
Arts etc., a philanthropic organization that brings visual, performing and literary arts to schools on Johns and Wadmalaw islands, has chosen the recipients of the proceeds of the 20th annual Art and House Tour on Kiawah Island, which will be held April 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Chamber Music Charleston Classical Kids Concerts
Funding will provide classical chamber music concerts to the elementary schools on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. The concerts are interactive, informative and insightful, introducing the musicians and their instruments and offering singalongs and audience participation to educate and delight students through the magic of music.
Engaging Creative Minds Summer STEAM Camp
In an effort to combat “summer slide,” ECM will provide scholarships for third graders from Johns Island to participate in this nationally recognized six-week summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program in downtown Charleston, keeping them engaged and on track for the next school year. By adding arts to STEM, students are exposed to experiences including dance, theater, music and visual arts.
College of Charleston’s Children’s Opera
College of Charleston performers will bring an age-appropriate opera to Johns and Wadmalaw island elementary schools. Familiar children’s stories are adapted, using storytelling, music, costumes and scenery to bring opera to life. After the performance, students will meet the singers and learn more about the art of opera and the production of a performance.
The Gibbes Museum of Art “It Starts with a Dot” Program
For the third year, trained museum educators will guide students at St. John’s High School in understanding art and art history with a visit to the museum. College of Charleston Masters in Creative Writing students will work collaboratively with the students by publishing an anthology of their poetry and creative writing created from their experience. The students will have a volume of work to keep, and there will be a display of their original art work mounted at the Gibbes Museum. College of Charleston’s Project Inspire Arts, etc. will help fund school visits to the elementary schools on Johns and Wadmalaw islands and day-long field trips to the College of Charleston Stono Preserve, where ecology and STEM subjects will be explored through the power of the arts, actively involving children in the learning process.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute is mounting the first solo show in the United States of SwissGuinean photographer Namsa Lemba. Students at Edith L. Frierson School will be immersed in a series of writing workshops inspired by the works in the exhibit.
Working with teachers at Haut Gap Middle School, the program uses the power of theater training for students in the sixth through eighth grades to develop self-awareness, self management, responsible decision making, social
awareness and relationship skills. This will be done with small group instruction in acting, public speaking and story development.
The Coming to Monuments program will teach St. John’s High School students by blending dance, theater and poetry to enhance social studies of the period from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights movement. A dance and poetry integration by company members and Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker will augment the performance.
Palmetto City Ballet
The mission of Palmetto City Ballet is to promote the development of the collaborative arts in Charleston using in-school lectures and dance demonstrations. The students of Johns and Wadmalaw island schools will see performance excerpts from the ballet “Cinderella.”
If you want to support these programs by touring five spectacular homes on Kiawah Island that never before have been open to the public, tickets are $55, and they may be purchased online at Brownpapertickets.com.