2017 Heritage Tea project winner on Tyler Perry | Preston Childs, Grade 7.
For more than 20 years, the Fine Arts Center's Multi-Cultural Committee has hosted an annual Heritage Tea to celebrate diversity and showcase the myriad talents of local residents and county youth. In addition to performances on stage, prizes and awards will also be presented to students whose art projects are on display in the Douglas-Reed House. About the Student Work on Display
Much of what we think of as American art has
been introduced or influenced by African American artists through
musical genres such as blues, jazz, ragtime, rock and roll, and gospel
music. The influence of African American artists is also evident when
you think of the popular dances, poetry, and literary contributions of
writers such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Rita Dove. The names
of these distinguished Americans are synonymous not just with great
African American historical contributions, but also with American and
worldly contributions to the arts. When students research and write
about African American artists like these, the skills learned help
reinforce South Carolina Academic Standards that will benefit them
throughout their school careers by integrating social studies, language arts, science, music, technology, and the visual arts.
For much of the last month, students in
Kershaw County's grades three through six have worked on projects that focus
on Africans or African Americans, past or present, who have made an impact on
culture and history.
Each school has selected the winning pieces to be displayed in the historic Douglas-Reed House at the Fine Arts Center during this special weekend. Awards for first through third place in grades 3-6 will be awarded. Past projects have ranged from reports with paintings to portfolios, mobiles, hand sculptures, and PowerPoint presentations. All Kershaw County schools were invited to be a part of this celebration.
Kershaw County's grades three through six worked on projects that focused on cultural figures and legends. Each school selected the winning pieces to be displayed in the Douglas-Reed House at Fine Arts Center.