A statewide arts commission is seeking "tradition bearers," those who practice traditional arts handed down from generation to generation, in Beaufort and Jasper counties. The South Carolina Arts Commission's Folklife and Traditional Arts Program and University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum has launched the fourth phase of a survey of the state's tradition bearers. The commission is also looking for tradition bearers in Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties.
The survey seeks to highlight the living traditions in the state and assist tradition bearers with commission programs, such as apprenticeship initiatives, grants and awards. About 100 artists in 20 counties have been identified since October 2009; traditions practiced include chair caning, instrument making, basket weaving and quilt making. The statewide survey is slated to conclude by the end of 2014.
Individuals or organizations who know of tradition bearers should contact Doug Peach at PeachD@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-734-8764.