I believe we at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts have put together a season of stunning quality, offering multiple opportunities to experience the arts.
My job as the director of the center on Carteret Street is to rally support for the arts and the artists who make it happen; to ensure that local artists have the time and space to create and be seen; to show how vital it is to let a child play and to show how life-affirming it is to awaken the long-suppressed performer in an adult. Most importantly, my job is to ensure that every person who comes in contact with the center will have a creative and artistic experience.
We are nurtured by a university partner, supported by many contributors and sponsors, and strengthened by creative individuals as well as those who purchase tickets.
Our self-supporting, nonprofit organization last year delivered 40 independent films; 24 live performances in music, dance and theater; two Beaufort Children's Theatre productions; six school district shows; 10 "The Met: Live in HD" performances; eight art gallery exhibitions featuring 30 local and regional artists and countless hours in education and arts enrichment.
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As we kick off our 2014-15 season with the opening night performance of Beaufort Theatre Company's production of "Grease" on Friday, I invite you to participate, to be a part of what makes our community distinct and to discover the innovative nature of the arts.