Arts Arising, the special arts program that began in 1988 through a partnership with the Kershaw County School District is in full swing at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County with more than 125 children from Kershaw County public schools participating.
Arts Arising is an arts immersion program serving rising 4th through 6th grade artistically gifted and talented students. In its 30th year, this collaborative effort serves between 120-140 students each year. Since its inception, this program has reached more than 3,000 students in the community. These students spend two to four weeks each summer on the FAC campus where the depth of instruction and an atmosphere of total arts immersion define each day. The younger students stay two weeks and perform a showcase their last day. Older students continue several more weeks and write, produce and perform a full-length production at the end of the month for parents and family members.
Arts Arising allows students and teachers to totally immerse themselves in the arts. Comprehensive classes in the students’ strong arts areas-music, visual art, dance, and theatre-are coupled with interdisciplinary classes and daily performances by, and discussions with, visiting professional artists. Curricula materials stress advanced understanding, skills and knowledge in the arts, as well as an exploration of the many roles of the artist: critic, historian, aesthetician, producer and performer. Arts Arising students are provided the opportunity to:
* expand knowledge, technique, and practice in a chosen art form;
* study art forms and their common elements and principles in a variety of disciplines;
* experience first-hand the work of professional artists;
* refine problem-solving and self-evaluation skills through self-discovery, experimentation and research;
* express feelings, moods, problems, and solutions verbally, in writing, and through various modes of artistic expression.
“Kershaw County School District is proud and excited to partner with the Fine Arts Center for the Arts Arising program,” KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said. “This program is tremendously important because it provides students with strong ability and interest in the arts to develop their creative talents more fully. I am also extremely pleased that the program serves a very diverse group of Kershaw County students.”
For more information about Arts Arising or the FAC call 425-7676, extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.