Events

Upcoming Events

  • Have Lunch with a Planner! - The City of Columbia is hosting “lunch with a planner” discussions throughout the year as part of Columbia Compass, the ten-year update to the City of Columbia’s comprehensive plan. This 12 to 18-month effort will result in a plan that the City’s citizens and policy makers can use as a …

Past Events

  • January 29, 2018

    PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF AMPLIFY

    2pm, Township Auditorium  – MAP

    Please join us as we announce the start of the cultural planning period! This 12-18 month effort will result in a plan that takes into consideration current trends in the development of arts and culture at a national level, advances the growth of the local and regional creative community, and considers ways to expand access to the arts for the region’s culturally diverse and growing population and align with city planning efforts.

    This announcement is also an event associated with Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week.

  • March 15, 2018 – 6:30pm

    MARCH TOWN HALL

    Join us on March 15 from 6:30-8pm at the Eau Claire Print Building (3907 Ensor Ave., Columbia) for the first of two public town hall meetings about Amplify and the cultural plan for Columbia. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend.

    Each of town hall discussion will be facilitated and led by Margie Reese and groups of artist facilitators. Attendees will discuss answers to questions like:

    • Do the arts and cultural resources in the Columbia area impact regional growth?
    • Which arts programs are exceptional in our community?
    • When considering the possibility of providing more access to the arts in your neighborhood, which are the three most important factors to be considered?
    • How can the arts help Columbia stand out as a city that values creativity?
  • April 24, 2018 – 6:30pm

    APRIL TOWN HALL

    Join us on April 24 from 6:30-8pm at the Richland Library Sandhills (763 Fashion Drive, Columbia) for the second of two public town hall meetings about Amplify and the cultural plan for Columbia. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend.

    Each of town hall discussion will be facilitated and led by Margie Reese and groups of artist facilitators. Attendees will discuss answers to questions like:

    • Do the arts and cultural resources in the Columbia area impact regional growth?
    • Which arts programs are exceptional in our community?
    • When considering the possibility of providing more access to the arts in your neighborhood, which are the three most important factors to be considered?
    • How can the arts help Columbia stand out as a city that values creativity?
  • June 26, 2018, 6:30pm

    JUNE TOWN HALL

    Join us on June 26 from 6:30-8pm at the Norman Arnold Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands (1100 S. Holly Street) for the third public town hall meeting about Amplify and the cultural plan for Columbia. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend.

    Each town hall discussion will be facilitated and led by Margie Reese and groups of artist facilitators. Attendees will discuss answers to questions like:

    -Do the arts and cultural resources in the Columbia area impact regional growth?
    -Which arts programs are exceptional in our community?
    -When considering the possibility of providing more access to the arts in your neighborhood, which are the three most important factors to be considered?

    In earlier Town Hall discussions with the public and targeted groups, Reese and the Amplify committee have identified five emerging themes and needs for arts growth in Columbia:

    • Space for cultural expression, art making
    • Leadership that nurtures diverse ideas, perspectives.
    • Investment that refreshes the arts infrastructure systematically.
    • Increased value for artists.
    • Arts learning, including exposure and mastery, for children and young people.
  • August 11, 2018, 3pm

    MUSIC + MEMORY
    an hour-long music sharing for seniors and their families

    Columbia’s history and future is shaped by the memories and aspirations of our elders. Seniors and their families are invited to share songs that represent “the soundtrack to our lives!” Saturday, August 11th from 3-4pm (location: The Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle in Columbia.)

    Music + Memory, a free event created for seniors, blends storytelling through music with heartfelt conversation. Participate in a mini-concert as we collectively share memories that your favorite music inspired. And just for fun, enjoy a musical stroll down memory lane with the dynamic voices of Columbia’s IndigoSOUL, a soul music trio featuring the combined talents of locally based performing artists Katrina Blanding, Terrance Henderson and Kendrick Marion.

  • August 27, 2018, 6pm

    TEACHING ARTIST WORKSHOP

    Teaching artists, also known as artist educators or community artists, are professional artists who teach and integrate their art form, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings. Teaching artists work with schools, after school programs, community organizations, and social service agencies to encourage increased public participation in the arts for residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

    Join us Monday, August 27 from 6-8:30pm (Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave, Columbia, SC 29203) for a free professional development workshop for teaching artists. Participants will be given structure, guidance, and tools to implement clear goals in their residencies and lessons and to improve their work. For both emerging and master teaching artists, this workshop is open to faculty of midlands universities, classroom teachers, artists, staff working with any area arts organization, museum docents and parks and recreation staff who work directly with young people.

    This session is free however preregistration is required. Register by emailing your name and a contact number to hello@amplifycolumbia.com.