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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ArtStream Ceramic Library Cup Travels to the South Carolina State Assembly Steps

Today I took the mug I checked out from the Artstream Ceramic Library -- Elizabeth Robinson's # 09-013-01 --
Elizabeth Robinson, #09-013-01
to Columbia, SC.  

I had driven down from Clemson to attend the South Carolina Arts Alliance's Arts Advocacy Day 2014. The theme this year was (and remains): THANK YOU! to our state legislators, for their support of the $1 million increase to the South Carolina Arts Commission’s base budget and the impact those dollars are having in communities and classrooms across the state!

The South Carolina Arts Alliance (SCAA) is a private, non-profit statewide assembly of arts organizations, educators, administrators, business and private individuals, that serves its constituency by providing advocacy, resources and technical services. We are South Carolina’s leading arts policy advocacy organization.

We had a great time visiting the House and Senate in the upper gallery -- they recognized our group from the floor with special recognition for Betty Plumb, our Executive Director, Rose Sheheen, our 1st Vice President, and Ken May, Executive Director of the SC Arts Commission.

We also had a wonderful lunch at the Capitol City Club.  Located atop South Carolina’s tallest building, the Club provides panoramic views of the State Capitol Building, the campus of the University of South Carolina and the historic Vista district.  We were joined by many legislators from both the SC House and Senate who came to show their support for the power of the arts to improve communities and change lives. 

So after lunch -- and a wonderful performance featuring students from the Eau Claire High School Steel Pan Ensemble from Richland One School District -- I went to document the cup in SC's capitol city.
Elizabeth Robinson, #09-013-01
Thankfully, who should walk up to a weird guy holding up a mug to a statue of George Washington but Ken May from the SC Arts Commission!  Ken shot this image: 

Me with Elizabeth Robinson's mug in front of the
infamous George Washington statue.* 

Thanks, Ken! Note the cool tie I'm partially covering with my arm which was given to me by Sam 'The Dot Man' McMillan, from Winston- Salem, NC! It's always a great conversation starter.

Oh, you, too, can come check out a mug from Clemson University's Gunnin Library thanks to the Center for Visual Arts.  The collection is on display through February 28. 
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Emery A. Gunnin Architecture Library, Lee Hall

 "The Artstream Ceramic Library is a social-outreach project whose mission is to connect contemporary functional ceramics with ordinary people. Similar in structure to a literature-based library, the Ceramic Library loans out unique handmade cups made by thirteen nationally-known potters, for a period of seven days."  For more information, go to:

*Note from Frommers: "When visiting the State House, note the statue of George Washington on the front steps with its broken walking stick. It was broken by Union soldiers when they invaded Columbia during the Civil War. The people of South Carolina, who have nothing if not long memories, decided to leave it the way the soldiers left it. The statue has been touched so many times since then that the stump of the cane is worn smooth."

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