The acclaimed Kiawah Art & House Tour is Arts, etc.’s major fundraiser and is held annually in April. Each home displays unique architecture, features, views and art collections. Check this site for details about the nineteenth annual Tour coming in April of 2019.
When tickets are available for the 2019 Tour, there will be a link here to purchase tickets online, as well as information about locations where tickets may be purchased in person.
Funds raised from the 2018 Art and House Tour will support the following organizations:
The Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes will further develop their “It Starts With a Dot” program at St. John’s High School during the 2018 – 2019 school year. This program, begun in 2017 as a pilot project funded by Arts, etc., will bring trained Museum educators to work with students to enhance their understanding of art and art history, guide students in developing their writing skills, and will provide visits to the Museum. Students will produce a published booklet containing their creative writing based on artwork from the Gibbes Museum collections.
Engaging Creative Minds (ECM)
Engaging Creative Minds seeks to provide creative learning opportunities that encourage imagination and innovation to help students achieve academically, stay engaged in school and succeed in life. Arts, etc. will provide scholarships for Angel Oak Elementary School students to participate in the 6-week summer STEAM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The Summer STEAM Institute was created to address summer learning loss and provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful experiences that keep them engaged and on track for the next school year.
Chamber Music Charleston’s Classical Kids Concerts
Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is dedicated to developing the audience for classical music through chamber music concerts and educational performances of high artistic quality by musicians of the Lowcountry. CMC seeks to highlight the diversity, eclecticism and excitement possible in chamber music, and brings these qualities to concerts, presented during school hours, that introduce young audiences to live music. They have built excellent relationships with the schools on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands; through these concerts, they will continue to educate and delight students through the magic of music.
College of Charleston's Camp Inspire
The mission of Camp Inspire is to actively involve children in the learning process through artistic activities and lessons. With the arts as the basis, children become researchers in academic subjects such as social studies, science, and technology. Arts, etc. will provide scholarships for underserved elementary students from our community in grades 3 and 4 for this 2-week camp As they experience hands on learning through nature at the 864 acre Dixie Plantation, these students will increase their sense of wonderment and create art as they explore science and ecology.
Ballet Evolution’s mission is to promote the development of collaborative arts in the Charleston community through professional ballet performances integrating live music and arts education. The Artistic Director and Ballet Master will bring a small troupe of dancers to local elementary schools to perform selections from their current season. Following each performance, they will conduct a lecture/demonstration, introduce the students to the world of ballet, and encourage them to discover the joy of movement.
College of Charleston School of the Arts Children's Opera
Each spring, opera students at The College of Charleston Department of Music perform a children’s opera at schools throughout Charleston Country. Operas are created and set to existing classical scores, and familiar children’s stories are adapted to focus on matters that have educational value for elementary school students. Performances are planned at Johns and Wadmalaw elementary schools; following each performance, students have the opportunity to engage with the singers and learn more about the art and craft of producing an opera.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The Halsey is organizing a multimedia exhibition titled Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South; the exhibition presents 56 photographers’ visions of today’s new south, and will be on view from October 2018 – March 2019. In conjunction with this groundbreaking exhibit, Arts, etc. will support the Institute in providing a program to Haut Gap Middle School and St. John’s High School students on the art of story-telling through photography and video. The project fosters an appreciation for photography as a vehicle for self expression and an understanding of photography’s role in documenting history and culture.
This beautiful painting titled “Sunset over the Kiawah River” was painted and donated to Arts, etc. for our 2018 Art & House Tour by artist, Billyo O’Donnell, an American painter from St. Louis, Missouri. Billyo is a collectible artist who displays his work at the Helena Fox Gallery in Charleston as well as other galleries throughout the United States.
Arts, etc. is grateful to Billyo for his generous support.
Each year Arts, etc. seeks a donation from a renowned artist for the Raffle. Check this site to view the painting to be raffled in 2019.