Highway 17, Lowcountry: Route to (re)settlement Exhibition Site with Cultural Partners
Route to (re)settlement traverses Highway 17 throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry. Encompassing venues from Brookgreen Garden's in Murrels Inlet & The Gullah African Diaspora: Joyner Institute in Conway, The Hampton Plantation in McClellanville to downtown Charleston at Aiken Rhett House, Nathaniel Russel House, America Street & The House of The Future, and The Old City Jail; a billboard collaboration with For Freedoms, Painted Tree murals with The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project’s Jonathan Green; as well as agricultural installations along the barrier Islands of Edisto, Beaufort, and St. Helena’s Penn Center.
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Along Highway 17
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, designated by Congress in 2006, extends from Wilmington, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida. The Corridor is managed by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission working in partnership with the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Offices of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The goal of the commission is to recognize the contributions made by the Gullah Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. This includes interpreting the story of the Gullah Geechee and preserving their folklore, arts, crafts, and music.
The commission will also work to identify and preserve important historical sites and artifacts associated with the Gullah Geechee people for educational purposes.
Lowcountry Rice Culture Project With Artist Jonathan Green:
Community Partner & Route to (re)settlement Exhibition Venue
The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project proposes to discover and revive the significance of rice cultivation and its legacies, and to use this history as a launching off point for broad discussions of race, class, art, trade, history and economics—in short, the various aspects of culture in the Southeast.
The Rice Culture Project is meant to be “indiscriminately inclusive,” to provide a clear frame of reference and safe environment in which such discussions can occur without fear of backlash or misunderstanding. By fostering open and informed dialogue, and by exposing participants to the many aspects and interconnections of Lowcountry culture, we hope to confront differences of opinion directly, resolve conflict, stimulate the local economy, and find common ground on which whites, blacks, Native Americans, immigrants and others can express mutual respect, dampen false debates, and celebrate a common heritage.
Installation Views from Jonathan Green’s African Tree Markings
For Freedoms: The 50 State Initiative. Cultural Partner of Route to (re)settlement
Since 2016, For Freedoms has produced exhibitions, town hall meetings, billboards and public art to spur greater participation in civic life.
This year, they launch The 50 State Initiative, a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, we hope that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.