Recipients of 2016 House Tour Funds







We are proud to share the recipients and programs that our successful 2016 Kiawah Art & House Tour will fund. These deserving organizations will help Arts, etc, make an impact in children’s lives.


Through the hard work and tenacity of our members and the generous support of sponsors and the business community, Arts, etc. will be distributing $80, 000 to Chamber Music Charleston and Engaging Creative Minds (ECM). In addition to its successful STEAM initiative described below, ECM will support the Gibbes Museum’s Eye Opener program and the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Children’s Opera.


Through the following programs, Arts, etc. will make an impact on the lives of the children of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.




Classical Kids Concerts

These acclaimed concerts introduce young audiences to the excitement of live music. They include interactive, informative insights brought to life through the introduction of musicians and their instruments, sing-alongs and audience participation.

  • Ferdinand the Bull for wind quintet and narrator in October 2016. The classic story of a bull who doesn’t want to fight.

  • Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot for string quartet and narrator in March 2017. The story of the Berlin airlift and one special pilot who brought joy to the children of Berlin in the late 1940’s.

Each concert will be presented during school hours at Angel Oak Elementary (Johns Island), Mt. Zion Elementary (Johns Island) and Edith Frierson Elementary (Wadmalaw). 


The story of Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot lends itself to middle school audiences by expanding the focus on the historical events leading to the WWII occupation zones. The narrator will share how distributing pieces of gum to 30 children ultimately motivated 25 aircraft crews to drop 23 tons of candy.


Haut Gap Middle School (Johns Island) will receive 2 performances to accommodate a larger student body.


Instrument Petting Zoos

These are small group, highly interactive opportunities for children at Mt. Zion Elementary, Angel Oak Elementary and Frierson Elementary  to get to know musicians and the violin, cello, flute, clarinet and recorder. These will be set up throughout lunch and recess periods, where musicians encourage children to experience the joy of understanding and trying instruments as they are played alone or in harmony with each other. 

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Engaging Creative Minds (ECM)    


Eye Opener
The Gibbes Museum and ECM will partner to deliver Eye Opener, a deliverable that infuses art into the academic curriculum. Through noted artists, drawing, costumes and props, students bring academic subjects to life deepening their understanding and increasing the relevance of history, math and science.

One arts integration program will be delivered to each grade level in the three Johns Island Schools (Angel Oak Elementary, Mt. Zion Elementary, and Haut Gap Middle School) as well as Edith Frierson Elementary in Wadmalaw. It will gain traction and meaning through teacher curriculum packets and professional art materials.

College of Charleston’s Children’s Opera
The College of Charleston’s School of the Arts will partner with ECM to delight students at Mt. Zion Elementary, Angel Oak Elementary and Edith Frierson Elementary with what is often their first experience with opera. The story telling, music, costumes and scenery will bring this performing art form to life. A pre-concert lesson will set the foundation for the concert. ECM will work with educators to integrate the performance into the academic curriculum.

Summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp
This investment will immerse 30 students from Angel Oak Elementary into a six week summer learning experience at the College of Charleston. This camp is positioned as “loss prevention” as these students return to school in the fall immersed in experiences that accelerate their pace while opening a world where academic subjects are infused with art. Transportation will be provided for all students.

State Education Conference for 8 Haut Gap teachers
The South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education sponsors the Arts Integration Conference, STEAM- Every Student Succeeds. Held in Columbia in October, this conference will prepare classroom teachers to infuse academic subjects with arts education and experiential learning. These eight middle school teachers not only will become adept at making this part of the way they teach, they are expected to leverage and share this learning with fellow teachers.

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Click here to learn about recipients of the 2015 Art & House Tour funds.