Tuesday, April 22

Creative Spaces: A panel discussion addressing the lack of artistic production and presentation space in Charleston

Panel Discussion @ Redux, Thursday 4/24 at 7 pm

Free and Open to the Public
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St.Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29403

The Redux Contemporary Art Center will be hosting a panel discussion about the increasing lack of available arts space in downtown Charleston. An unintended consequence of the boom in real estate values on the peninsula has been the loss of studio spaces for artists, the removal of arts organizations from downtown Charleston, and a lack of affordable space for new growth and creative expansion for existing organizations.

It is not so much a question of a lack of space—Charleston has vacant space throughout downtown; however it is becoming increasingly difficult for both artists and arts organizations to secure creative work and presentation space in the city. This is leading to a loss of both working artists and organizations in our area, as they now have to move to other cities to find the resources that they need. The focus of the panel discussion will be solutions to this problem, with a focus on the resources and opportunities needed to maintain a healthy arts presence in Charleston. This event will give the general public the opportunity to hear arts representatives discuss the future of the arts in our city. The public will also be able to address the members of the panel to voice their concerns. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Panel participants:
Jeanette Guinn , SC Arts Commission
John Paul Huguley, Founder or the American College of the Building Arts
Todd Smith, Former Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art
Seth Curcio, Director of Redux
Sharon Graci, Director of Pure Theater
Mark Sloan, Director of the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art
Linda Fantuzzo, Local Visual Artist
Ellen Dressler Moryl, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston

Panel Mediator: Marian Mazzone, Dept. Chair of Art History at College of Charleston, President of the Redux Advisory Board