When: Thursday, August 1 | 6:00-8:00pm (exhibit on view through September 15)
Where: Columbia Museum of Art | Community Gallery
Join us on first Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art for a public reception and book release for Places of Freedom, a multimedia exhibit of work from Students of the Lower Richland StoryLab.
About the Lower Richland StoryLab:
Lower Richland StoryLab was an in-school media program that focused on the issues faced by rural communities in and around Lower Richland, South Carolina in the 21st Century. With the instruction of artist-in-residence and Lower Richland native, Mahkia Greene, over 60 Lower Richland High School students have created new works of media art that examined their community’s past, told its stories, challenged misconceptions, explored challenges identified by residents, and presented a vision for the future of Lower Richland County.
The dominance of industrialized farming and the shrinking of domestic manufacturing have transformed the landscape of much of the South. In its wake, we see communities struggling with many of the same issues faced by underserved urban populations: poor access to education, health care, and opportunities for advancement. We will be identifying rural communities and rural-based artists in 2018-2019 to develop projects around the stories and experiences of this often overlooked and disrespected part of our community.