Florence Regional Arts Alliance 2019 Arts Awards Night

Florence Regional Arts Alliance presents its

2019 Arts Awards on May 7th, 2019

As part of its mission to recognize those making a difference in the community through the support, development and growth of the arts, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance presents for the following four awards:

The John W. Baker Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual from Florence County who has significantly impacted the quality of life in our community through his/her activities, contributions, and/or accomplishments in the arts.

The Business and Arts Partnership Award recognizes a Florence County business for its vital commitment to the arts as evidence by operational and/or project support provided on a substantial and ongoing basis.

The Outstanding Arts Organization is presented annually to the Florence County arts organization that has a tremendous impact on the community. This may be through programming, projects, resource development, advocacy or other innovation. No organization may win this award twice in a four year period.

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient is presented annually to an educator who either resides or works in Florence County. Public and private schools educators are eligible for this award, as well as individuals in higher education and those who teach through registered 501(c)(3) arts organizations.

Arts Awards are based on nominations submitted by the community.

Nominations may be submitted through the Florence Regional Arts Website at http://www.florenceartsalliance.org/awards/  through March 25, 2019.   The awards themselves will be a piece of artwork created by local artist Tiffany Thomas.  Thomas is the recipient for the 2018 Arts Award for Business and Partnership.

The 2019 Arts Awards will be presented at a reception on May 7th at 6pm within the Waters Building.

Starr Ward Chamber Music Series

Sunday May 2 bassist Sam Suggs will be featured. An omnivorous musician, Sam Suggs was recently named New Artist of the Month by Musical America and earned First Prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, performing many of his own compositions. As a collaborative bassist, he has performed at Mostly Music, Chamber Music Northwest, Yellow Barn, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and was named a Laureate Winner in the Open Division of the 2016 M-Prize Competition.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. As is our custom the concert will be followed by a meet the Artist reception.

Starr Ward Chamber Music Series

On Sunday April 2 the Lysander Piano Trio will perform. The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been praised by the Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours.” These qualities have made the Trio a standout at other competitions, with top honors at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2011 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (Grand Prize), and the 2011 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition (First Prize). The Trio’s 2014 debut recording, After a Dream (CAG Records), featuring music by Ravel, Haydn, Schubert, Joaquin Turina, and Moshe Zorman.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. As is our custom the concert will be followed by a meet the Artist reception.

Reception and Lecture with Artist Yvette Cummings

The Florence County Museum is pleased to announce an afternoon reception and lecture with contemporary South Carolina artist, Yvette Cummings.
The lecture, titled “Remember Everything” will address her current body of work, including the ongoing Voyeur Series, which deals with psychological, social, and gender issues, and their personal and cultural contexts in her art.
In addition to winning the First Place award in the museum’s 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, Cummings has recently received the 701 CCA Prize, 2016, for artists 40 years and younger.
The lecture will be held in the FCM Waters Gallery reception hall, 125 South Dargan St, from 12 to 1 o’clockFriday, March 17. The event is free to the public. For more information about its free public programs, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200, and visit www.flocomuseum.org.