Arts Center Celebrates Black History Month
The Aiken Center for the Arts will celebrate Black History Month in February with a series of events and educational activities for all ages. A month-long art exhibition featuring professional regional artists and student artists from Aiken, a free film screening, and a sweetgrass basket workshop offer opportunities for all ages to experience African American art forms.
Between February 15- March 12, the Arts Center’s main galleries will feature the work of regional African American artists Dwight Rose of Spartanburg, Saundra “Renee” Smith of St. Helena Island, Malaika Favorite of Augusta, Georgia, and Sarah Hott of Salley. The second floor galleries will feature artwork inspired by African American artists and created by Arts Center students and students, the Aiken Performing Arts Academy, and Lloyd Kennedy Charter schools. The opening reception for these exhibitions will be from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, February 18.
Sweetgrass weaver Sarah Hott, from Salley, SC, will teach a one day Sweetgrass Weaving Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 27. The one day workshop is open to older teens and adults. No previous weaving experience is required. Tuition for the workshop is $90, plus a supply fee for the instructor. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required.
A free screening of the award winning film, Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay, will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 in the morning. Film creator George Wingard, archeologist with the Savannah River Archeological Research Program, will be there to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. There is not charge for the film, but please call for a reservation.