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BEAUFORT, S.C. (Jan. 12, 2020) – The Beaufort Cultural Arts District is seeking sponsors for Phase II of its Bench Project, an artistic celebration of the Beaufort area’s history, culture and arts.
The project launched in 2019. In early 2020, six benches, painted by area artists, were installed throughout the Beaufort Cultural Arts District in downtown Beaufort. The benches commemorate the founding of Santa Elena, Reconstruction, and the founding of USCB, among other milestones. (To see photos the benches and learn more about the project, please go here.)
The fee for sponsors is $500; the price of lumber has gone up significantly since 2019, noted Bonnie Hargrove, the chair of the Cultural Arts District Board. The benches are built by Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity.
The deadline to submit an application as sponsor, as well as the proposed bench artwork, is Feb. 12. Sponsors can select their own artist. Sponsors must own the property where the bench is to be located, or must have permission to place the bench there. Sponsors do not have to be located in the Cultural District to apply for a sponsorship.
Linda Silk Sviland, who painted a bench for Habitat for Humanity that can be found in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, said last year after she completed her project, “I think it’s a wonderful way to make art. Other cities have done beautiful sculptures, but there is no function other than beauty. This is functional art – it’s a terrific way to have the public see art that is useful.”
Information on how to apply can be found here.
2020 sponsors and benches:
Sponsor: Beaufort Digital CorridorArtists: Jess O’Brien, Aaron Miller, Shawn Hill, Shelley Barratt, Brian CanadaTheme: Plug in Location: Corner of Carteret and North streets
Sponsor: Beaufort County Black Chamber of CommerceArtist: Omar PattersonTheme: Low Country DreamingLocation: Corner of Bladen and Duke streets
Sponsor: Lowcountry Habitat for HumanityArtist: Linda Silk SvilandTheme: Seeking to put God’s love into actionLocation: Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Sponsor: National Reconstruction Era National ParkArtist: Ginger Noah WarehamTheme: United when the impossible suddenly became possibleLocation: Corner of Craven and Scott streets
Sponsor: Santa Elena History CenterArtists: Frank Anson, Tom Van Steenbergh, Sandy Dimke, Lynne DarlingTheme: Beaufort’s earliest history and heritageLocation: Courtyard at Bay and Bladen streets
Sponsor: University of South Carolina BeaufortArtists: Mary Ann Ford and John Rodriguez; master builder Greg RawlsTheme: Beaufort College – Rich Heritage of EducationLocation: Entrance to Center for the Arts
More about the Cultural Arts District and Advisory Board: http://bit.ly/35qWqaP ######