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Friday, September 19, 2014

Free Workshop: Marketing for Gullah Geechee Artists

Workshop gives Gullah Geechee artists tips on promoting their craft
Gullah Geechee artists can learn how to promote their artwork in a free workshop being offered by Charleston County Public Library and the S.C. Arts Commission.
The first in a series of workshops, the event is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 30 at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Artists must live in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, and attendance is limited to 30 people. To register, artists must contact Arts Participation Program Director Susan DuPlessis at or (803) 734-8693 and provide a name, phone number and email address.
Charleston native Kerri Forrest, award-winning journalist and owner of Social Creative Media Consulting, will lead the workshop and offer tips and tools for Gullah Geechee artists to create basic support materials necessary for promotion of their art work through a variety of mediums which include music, arts, handicrafts, food, spirituality, language, education and economic development.
The Corridor was created to recognize contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as Gullah Geechee, who settled in coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, to assist organizations in the four states in interpreting and preserving Gullah Geechee folklore, arts, crafts and music; and to assist in identifying and preserving Gullah Geechee sites, historical data and artifacts for the benefit and education of the public.
The S.C. Arts Commission is holding three workshops in conjunction with local libraries. The remaining workshops are scheduled November 10 at the Georgetown County Library and November 17 at the Beaufort County Library, both from 6-9 p.m.
For additional information about the program, contact DuPlessis at the S.C. Arts Commission.