Coker College Band Earth Day Concert



The Coker College Band will be performing an Earth Day centered concert on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hartsville campus.


Celebrate Earth Day with a musical program of nature, Earth, and world peace inspired songs performed by the college’s 65 member concert band.  The concert will conclude with Michael Jackson’s piece, “Heal the World” featuring members of the Mayo HS for MST Concert choir and Phoenix Phame show choir.


The Phoenix Phame show choir of Mayo High School for MST is in its seventh year of existence and has performed at several community events as well as Disney World, Carowinds, and the SC School Board’s annual conference. Phoenix Phame performs popular music of today and yesterday, promoting positivity and encouraging high self-esteem. Concert Choir is made up of Mayo’s more serious vocalists and includes students that participate in All-State Choir and State Performance Assessment where the group has consistently earned ratings of Excellent and Superior. Phoenix Phame and Concert Choir, directed by Cole Davis consist of students from all over Darlington County in grades nine through twelve.


The Coker Band, directed by Kelly Jokisch, is composed of a combination of Coker College student and community musicians.  Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, Coker College faculty members along with local students from Darlington High School, Hartsville High School, McBee High School, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Florence District One. Concerts last 45-60 minutes without an intermission.  The event is free and open to the public.



South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Student Art Exhibition

The 2018 South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Student Exhibition will be featured at the W. Reaves McCall Gallery at the Hartsville Museum in Hartsville, SC March 6 – April 13, 2018. The exhibit is being shown in conjunction with the National Youth Art Month, which takes place annually in March.

For two wonderful weeks in January, SC Governor’s School for Science and Math (GSSM) students are offered a wide variety of exciting course offerings that allow students to tap into undiscovered talents and explore new possibilities. A few of the 18 courses offered this year included: Filmmaking, Music, Equine Science, Scuba, Gliding, International travel and, of course, Visual Art.

“Art in the Interim”, taught by GSSM’s Visual Arts Coordinator, Patz Fowle and GSSM Artist in Residence, Mike Fowle, is a popular choice during the Interim Mini-Mester.  To inspire the souls of these young artists, Art in the Interim students went on excursions to Columbia art galleries and artists’ studios. Upon returning to their own art studio on campus, students explored traditional and innovative art techniques and processes to create meaningful works of art using a variety of art media. The enriching Student-Choice art program at GSSM provides individuals the opportunity to explore, experiment and thrive in a creative, studio-based, art environment.

It’s so thrilling to work along-side with the creative leaders and innovators of tomorrow and to witness the creativity that emerges in an authentic way through artistic, self-expression.says Ms. Fowle. It is obvious to see with works that range from watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic on canvas and even three-dimensional, mixed media, kinetic paintings, that these STEM students were able to successfully reveal their artistic abilities.

GSSM’s public art exhibition will not only feature works of students that participated in this year’s Art in the Interim will also include selected works from other students that frequent GSSM’s Open Art Studio throughout the school year.

Art is a strong unifying element within a culture” says Fowle “and the collaboration between the Hartsville Museum and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics allows us to see the beautiful, beneficial bridge that connects the history of Hartsville with the future of Hartsville through art, education and community.”

“Art in the Interim has given me the time and opportunity to discover art I didn’t know I could make.” –Jay Medina, Class of 2018

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is a high school for academically motivated juniors and seniors pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math—one of only 12 specialized, residential high schools in the nation.

For more information visit: or contact Patz Fowle

Hartsville Museum Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10am to 5pm (closed Noon – 1pm) and Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Location: 222 N. Fifth St.
Hartsville, SC 29550