Sculpting a Better Community Economy: I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium to Host Summer Workshop

Saturday, August 17, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, in partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission and the AIR Institute of Berea College, are sponsoring the Arts Builds Business Builds Arts workshop, which is geared toward finding creative ways to support Orangeburg’s economy. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. in the museum galleries and is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the workshop is to find ways to support Orangeburg’s economy in both the city and county, by stimulating creative growth and forging collaborations between local businesses, artists and art lovers.

Dr. Frank Martin, acting director of the I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, stated the importance of the workshop in helping to disseminate information concerning the wealth of local talent and expertise within the Orangeburg community.

“Orangeburg is a treasure waiting to be polished and revealed. We hope to facilitate creating dynamic relationships between area businesses, local artists and art educators by introducing the community-minded business models generated by the AIR Institute. The first two letters of AIR stand for “arts incubator”. Incubators sustain life and the creative arts breathe joy into every aspect of life. That’s why we want to introduce this model to Orangeburg, in support of our entire community,” said Martin.

Ann McBride, coordinator for Program and Project Support of the South Carolina Arts Commission, has local ties to Orangeburg and is excited to give back to the community. Sharing the same sentiment as Martin, she noted that the workshop is an effort to bring the business and arts communities together to find effective ways to work on collaborating on programs and projects that will improve the community.

“We believe that creativity and the arts help build businesses in ways that aren’t always obvious. This mini-workshop will help us identify community members who wish to work together on creativity, generating shared income, boosting local businesses and enhancing community value,” said McBride.

During the event, Beth Flowers, founder of the AIR Institute of Berea College, will join local workshop facilitators in introducing the initiative. The facilitators are Yvette McDaniel, director of Choral Activities at Denmark Technical College, and chairwoman of the Bamberg County Community Rural Arts Work League, and George Patrick “GP” McLeer Jr., executive director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance.

The AIR Institute (Arts Incubator of the Rockies) began in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2012 and later became affiliated with Berea College in Kentucky. The institute merges the creativity of the arts with the innovation of business to raise the value of the arts and creativity in all communities.

“We are thrilled to be able to facilitate offering access to this opportunity for collaborative growth to Orangeburg and our community partners,” said Martin.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

“The South Carolina Arts Commission sees business and creative communities as natural partners for community revitalization. In business, you need creative solutions to finding competitive advantages, and creativity often needs connections offered by business to realize the unique solutions they can offer. Art Builds Business Builds Art is an important first step in these communities and for the state as the commission seeks to expand these opportunities,” said SCAC Executive Director David Platts.

Other supporters of the initiative are the Orangeburg Fine Arts Center, the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association and various local artists and entrepreneurs. The program is also sponsored in part by local business partner, Simple Chef.

For more information about the workshop or to confirm your participation, please visit the workshop’s Facebook event page: or call (803) 734-8766.

Contact The I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium directly at (803) 536-7174. Parking in the lot adjacent to the museum is free and available to the general public.