Up for Discussion: Artists Make a Difference: The Creative Spark that Transformed Old Charleston

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Up for Discussion: Artists Make a Difference: The Creative Spark that Transformed Old Charleston
Date:
February 20, 2016 5:00 pm
Venue:
Asheville Art Museum
Address:
2 S Pack Sq, Asheville, NC, 28801, United States

UP FOR DISCUSSION
Hear from and interact with artists, experts, filmmakers, performing artists, poets, writers, and other special guests.

Artists Make a Difference: The Creative Spark that Transformed Old Charleston
FEBRUARY 20 – Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
$25 Museum Members |  $30 non-members (includes Museum admission)

By 1900 Charleston, South Carolina, had fallen on hard times. City residents were “too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash.” In about 1915, local artists started to celebrate the old city’s charms and distinguished architectural legacy. Their paintings, prints, and books brought national attention – and northern money – that led to preservation initiatives and tourist amenities. This phenomenon, known as the Charleston Renaissance, is an example of a unique instance when artists united with writers, preservationists, and civic leaders to bring about a city’s revitalization.

Speaker Martha R. Severens was curator of Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art from 1976 to 1987 and learned firsthand about the role artists played in the city’s renewal. She served as curator of the Portland Museum of Art in Maine from 1987 until 1992, when she joined the staff of the Greenville (SC) County Museum of Art. She retired from that position in 2010 and most recently has been a consultant to the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, SC.

Presented in conjunction with Grove Park Inn National Arts & Crafts Conference 2016.

To register, click here or call 828.253.3227.