Aroha Arts Collective | The Convergence Symposium

Aroha Arts Collective invites all to attend

The Convergence Symposium | Where The Arts And Social Action Converge


The purpose in organizing this symposium is to create a space for exploration of possibilities for using the arts for social action.  Defining social action as being an action that leads to any of the following: healing, education, community building, and/or community action.


Facilitators for the weekend symposium include Adalia Ellis, Eric Dozier, Anana Harris Parris, Stacey Paulin, Antonio Medina, Kimimila Locke, Katharine Key, Kathryn Lucatelli, and Waverly Ave Junior Youth Group.


For daily event times and more information to register, please go to:

The Masterworks Choir | The Masterworks Children’s Choir

The Masterworks Children’s Choir and The Masterworks Choir

will present a concert of American music on Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm

at Central United Methodist Church in Florence. 
The performance will feature the music of American composers such as Copland, Billings,
Bernstein, Wilberg, among others. 
There is no charge for admission and everyone is invited to attend. 
Don’t miss this exciting concert featuring the Masterworks Children’s Choir.

FCM | Civil Rights Historical Marker Unveiling and Reception

This March marks the 60th anniversary of one of Florence’s most important civil rights events.
Florence County Museum is hosting an unveiling ceremony and reception for a historical marker commemorating sit-in demonstrations at the Kress department store lunch counter in March of 1960.
The marker will be unveiled in a ceremony from 3 to 4 o’clock on the afternoon, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The ceremony will take place in front of the Kress building on the north side of the 100 block of West Evans St. in downtown Florence.
Speakers representing the protesters, Florence County, and the City of Florence will address the crowd, discussing the social, historical, and personal significance of the protests.
Museum curator, Stephen W. Motte, first became interested in the Kress protests after hearing about them from a museum patron in 2013.
“During that time we were still preparing interpretation for the historical gallery in our new facility. The Civil Rights movement was an important social benchmark in our national history and I wanted a way to address its local impact,” Motte said.
It was then that Motte met Mr. John Miller who, as a high school student and vice president of the youth chapter of Florence’s NAACP, helped to organize the protests in 1960. Since then Miller has been working with museum staff in making contacts, information gathering, and conducting interviews with other protestors.
A historical marker was first proposed in 2015, around the time of the 55th anniversary of the event. In 2017 Florence County Council and the Florence County Historical Society voted to sponsor the marker project.
Forty-eight protesters were arrested during the demonstrations, all charged with parading without obtaining a city permit.
Their cases were adopted by an attorney for the NAACP and were eventually appealed before the South Carolina Supreme Court, who overturned the protestors’ convictions.
For Miller and others, participation in the protests have cast a 60 years-long shadow. In spite of the charges being dismissed in the appeals trial, the arrests are still attached to many of the participants’ permanent records, obstructing employment opportunities, forestalling benefits, and preventing some from entering military service.
In addition to the state historical marker obtained by Florence County, the City of Florence is planning to place another marker at the site which will contain a list of names of the protestors arrested in 1960.
Speakers at the unveiling event will include Mr. John W. Miller, Representative Terry Alexander (D – Florence), Florence County Solicitor Ed Clements III, and Mayor Stephen Wukela.
A reception will be held at the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 S. Dargan St., immediately following the unveiling.
For more information, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200.

Friends of Florence County Library | Author Presentation Kimmery Martin

On Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:00 PM the Friends of the Florence County Library invite all to meet author Kimmery Martin.

The Author Presentation will be held at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, Stukes Meeting Room, 509 S. Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times, among others. A lifelong literary nerd, she promotes reading, interviews authors, and teaches writing seminars. She’s a frequent speaker at libraries, conferences, and bookstores around the United States. Kimmery completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Antidote for Everything is a whip-smart and timely novel about two doctors who travel a surprising path that brings them to a point where they must choose between treating their patients and keeping their jobs.

Florence Symphony Orchestra Family

Florence Symphony Orchestra

Family Performance

Peter and the Wolf

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3pm

The Florence Symphony Orchestra will present the symphonic fairytale, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, along with the “Toy Symphony” by Haydn on February 23 at 3 pm.

Post concert, children may visit an instrument “Petting Zoo” where they can get an up-close look at the different instruments of the symphony.

Tickets are on sale now at the FMU PAC ticket office for $10, general admission.

University Place Gallery | Closing Reception |Charlie Mils Solo Exhibition

Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence invites you to attend:
Charlie Mills – Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye
Closing Reception

After Forty-eight years of commercial design work, Charlie Mills now focuses his time on abstract painting. His interest in non-literal expression is fueled by his focus on accessing the intuitive mind or the subconscious. Mills’ large scale paintings express clearly defined shapes and edges, calligraphic shapes and pin-striping. They are a result of the artist finding a balance of the analytical and the intuitive.

Closing Reception
February 21st – 6:00-8:00pm

Event is free and open to the public

University Place Gallery  | 142 North Dargan Street

Francis Marion University Fine Arts Theatre

Francis Marion University Theatre

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s  Boom 

Dr. L. Dawn Larsen, director

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Downtown Florence

Wednesday-Friday, February 19-22, 2020 at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm

THE STORY: Jules, a grad student in marine biology, and Jo, a journalism student, meet one Saturday night in Jules’s small underground laboratory on a university campus, after Jo answers Jules’s online personal ad offering an encounter that promises “sex to change the course of the world.” During his research on a deserted tropical island, Jules discovered patterns among the behavior of fish that seemed to portend a premature end to most forms of earthly life. So he has turned his tiny lab/apartment into a place to wait out the disaster and begin remaking humanity. A third character, Barbara, is the audience’s guide in her portrayal of the end of civilization thousands of years earlier.

$5 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships. Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

Florence Little Theatre | Fundraiser | CRAZY LOVE

Florence Little Theatre hosts

Crazy Love

Saturday, February 15 beginning at 6 PM



Join the Florence Little Theatre for a crazy karaoke contest to celebrate all of the people and things we LOVE. Participate in the karaoke contest for a chance to win $1,000!

The evening, hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski, will include food from local restaurants, drinks by Corkx Bartending, a silent auction with great items for all ages, and of course, the karaoke contest.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. Entry to the karaoke contest is an additional $25 per person.

Tickets and entries to the contest on sale now.


“Tired of the same boring Valentine’s date? Us too.

Come enjoy singing, great food, cool auction items, good drinks, and fabulous company during our Crazy Love Karaoke night. Whether you want to compete or just want to eat and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter, Florence Little Theatre is the place to be on February 15! The evening is hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski with local celebrity judges for the contest.

Tickets $50 per person. Ages 21+

Entry into the contest is an additional $25 per person with a chance to win $1,000!”


Box Office Hours: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

843-662-3731 ● 417 S. Dargan Street Florence, SC 29506 ●


Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library | Artist Talk by J. Renee Johnson

The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence hosts:

Artist Talk by artist J. Renee Johnson

February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm

Exhibition of the Work by Artist J. Renee Johnson

Renee is internationally known for her reverse glass paintings, or Eglomise, depicting southern lifestyle themes, tropical design, and the life and times in New Orleans, pre- and post-Katrina. She enjoys painting images and scenes that promote thought on issues of social justice, history, and folklore. Her paintings have been in group exhibitions in New York City, NY; San Diego, CA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; and New Orleans, LA. She was featured in several patient exhibits at the United Nations Mocada Museum CCCADA Art Institutes in New York City and Brooklyn.

With maternal roots from Florence, S. C. and Marion, S. C., she graduated from Xavier University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.  Like many, J’Renee was a Katrina evacuee who was forced to move around the country. She eventually settled in Columbia, South Carolina.

She will present an artist’s talk about her work on February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Joseph Stukes Meeting Room.  Her exhibit will run through March 15, 2020.


The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee

Foundation Library at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence.

For more information about library programs, visit


University Place Gallery | The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Francis Marion University’s Downtown Florence

University Place Gallery hosts

The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Special Limited Run Installation: February 11 – 18th

The Supper Table, an homage to the 40th anniversary of Judy Chicago’s 1979 epic feminist art exhibition, is a multidisciplinary arts project celebrating the history and contributions of 12 extraordinary South Carolina women and featuring the work of almost 60 of South Carolina’s most outstanding women artists in the visual, literary, theatrical, and film arts.

Imagine a 12′ x 12′ x 12′ triangular-shaped table set with SC-artist-created place-settings each inspired by one of 12 diverse women from SC history whose lives were dedicated to the betterment of humankind.

Around this table 120 tiles, each naming another great SC woman and decorated by a community member, hang on movable walls in an Array of Remarkable SC Women.

Now, listen to essays about each of these women written by SC writers and staged orations theatrically presented by SC theatre artists.
All of the artists are women, and all call South Carolina home.

Finally, watch 12 short films, each featuring one of the honored guests at the table and created by a SC filmmaker.

click here for more information about The Jasper Project 

University Place Gallery Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sunday- Monday: Closed