Magnet school awarded grant

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

The Williamsburg County Magnet School of the Arts (WCMSA) has been awarded a grant to further enlighten its students on the history, connections, and impact the Harlem Renaissance has on the school's arts components of drama, dance, visual arts, creative writing, piano, strings, vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble.

The school has established a partnership with the C. Williams Rush Gallery/Museum of African-American Arts & Culture in Kingstree with the goal of introducing and exposing the artistically engaged students to the origins and history of the arts through the specially designed Harlem Renaissance educational exhibitions and programs that fit into the SC Curriculum Standards. The initial grant will focus on the students at the WCMSA but will expand to all schools and students in the district when additional funds are secured.

The project entitled "The Harlem Renaissance: SC Connections?" will feature monthly in-school visits by knowledgeable curators and consultants at the WCMSA to present programs, activities, audio-visuals via related DVDs, hands-on and interactive activities and dialogues on the subject of the Harlem Renaissance and SC Connections. Beginning in April, the gallery/museum will have exhibitions of 'The Harlem Renaissance Visual Artists'. Invitations will be extended to all schools in the district and beyond to visit the exhibitions.

The grant awarded by The Humanities CouncilSC requires a minimum $2,000 in matching funds either by In-Kind Cost Share and Cash Cost-Share; the project is seeking contributors.  For additional information on the Harlem Renaissance Project, please contact either Ms. Rush at (803) 397-1859, crushcolumbia@aol.com or Mrs. Boyd at (843) 355-1506, saboyd@wcsd.k12.sc.us.

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