2018 Heritage Tea

2017 Heritage Tea project winner on Tyler Perry | Preston Childs, Grade 7.

The display will be open in the Douglas-Reed house located at 810 Lyttleton Street from Monday, February 19 through Sunday, February 26.



• About the Heritage Tea and Performances

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 3-8 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.

The Multi-Cultural Committee of the Fine Arts Center, is comprised of many individuals who have worked to put together a celebration of culture with a special emphasis on Black History at the FAC.  The weekend includes a display of student work examining the contributions of great African-Americans, a Gospel Fest and the annual Heritage Tea.

Kershaw County's grades three through eight 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.



February 25, 2018


  • 3:00 p.m.


Wood Auditorium