Visual & Performing Arts celebrates accreditation during 2009 Spring Arts Festival Week

Thursday, April 9, 2009

SC State’s Department of Visual & Performing Arts will celebrate its recent accreditation by the National Association for Schools in Art and Design (NASAD) during the 2009 Spring Arts Festival week on April 13-18, 2009.

The festival will begin with a program honoring Dr. Leo Twiggs, artist and professor emeritus at SC State for his outstanding artwork and contributions to the University, on Tuesday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in the Barbara A. Vaughn Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center.

On Friday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the festival will feature activities and performances by SC State students, faculty, staff and artists from the community. Also, The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will feature the exhibition and planetarium show of “James Brown: Preserving the Legacy” and SC State student and senior art major, Joshua Davis will make a presentation on Lorenzo de Medici, a study abroad program he attended in Florence, Italy.

On Saturday, April 18, vendors will be on-site to showcase and sell artwork, crafts, jewelry and natural beauty products. There will also be several art workshops for children, conducted by Gwendolyn Sewer, art instructor at Felton Laboratory Elementary School and Tunisha Berry Summers, art instructor in Orangeburg School District Five.

The Moving Episodes dance group at SC State will present excerpts of “Love is in the Dance” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 in the Barbara A. Vaughn Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center. The dance concert, which features contemporary ballet, jazz and modern music, will be performed by SC State students, faculty and staff members.

The director of the performance is Brian L. Williams, dance instructor, choreographer and director of the SC State Champaign Dancers.

Other performances include: SC State contemporary music ensemble, SC State clarinet choir, a solo performance by Jonovan Cooper, assistant band director at SC State, spoken word by the New Danger crew, Ujimaa, Xclusive, Sacred Drum Circle, DJ Jimmy Jam, and praise dancer’s from Columbia, S.C and St. Matthews, S.C.

In conjunction with the 2009 Spring Arts Festival, there will be a Learning Exchange program - Resources for Social Change (RSC) with the Alternate Roots Arts Organization ( The theme is “Bridging the Gap between the Community and University.” The goal of the Learning Exchange program is to bring people from the local community together in efforts to learn from one another and use art to create new experiences, connections and opportunities for everyone.

SC State is looking for individuals in the community to participate in the Learning Exchange program. The idea is to create an open dialog and brainstorm on creative possibilities for bridging the gap between individuals from the community and University.

For more information on the 2009 Spring Arts Festival or to participate in the Learning Exchange program, contact Kim Ledee, Spring Arts Festival Coordinator at 803-516-4547 or