Multi-disciplinary Art Event ‘OPEN’ Invites New Audiences to Experience Local Arts on September 11, 2010

On September 11, 2010, the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts kicks off Charleston’s fall season with “OPEN,” a multi-disciplinary arts event open to the public, featuring an abundance of artistic and cultural offerings in the tri-county area with the greater goal of breaking down the barriers to participation in the arts. It is an opportunity to awaken the senses of attendees to the wonderment of the arts with a personal guided tour by local arts organizations. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC.

The Alliance introduces the first ever annual preview of the arts where local arts organizations and collectives will be given the opportunity to captivate, intrigue and cultivate new audiences as well as existing arts patrons. Attendees of this arts expo can expect a cultural marketplace of interactive arts booths where they can buy tickets, memberships and merchandise as well as get information by talking with arts organizations about their mission, programming and events.

In addition, there will be performance stages, multi-media presentations and a family fun arts corner where spectators will get to “taste” a sampling of Charleston’s arts for FREE. An open-air courtyard of vendors and street performers will add to the arts extravaganza which includes an art installation of Jarod Charzewski, debuting on Friday, September 10th in an invite-only Patron’s Preview cocktail party. With this year’s theme, Camelot and the Round Table, all participating arts groups will unite under one roof with the common purpose of showcasing the vitality of the arts in our tri-county area. Sighting of knights, heralding trumpeters, hanging Renaissance flags and a round table is expected.

Participating arts organizations include City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston Concert Association, Charleston Stage, Creative Spark Center for the  Arts,  Taylor Music Group, Chamber Music Charleston, Redux Contemporary Art Center,  PURE Theatre, American College of the Building Arts, Gibbes Museum, Flowertown Players, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, League of Charleston Theatres, Chamber Music Charleston, Yo Art Inc., Moranz Entertainment, Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association, Charleston Ballet Theatre, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Charleston Documentary Film Festival, South of Broadway Theatre Company, Deuce Theatre, Capoeira Charleston and Carolina Storytellers Network.

The Memminger Auditorium is located at 56 Beaufain Street in downtown Charleston, SC. For more information, please visit www.artscharleston.org.

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