7/18/17 - Pee Dee students explore the arts in Ignite summer program

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Children in the Boys and Girls Clubs in Hemmingway and Hannah Pamplico spent a week exploring their artistic voices, interests and skills in Ignite, an outreach program hosted by the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and funded by Duke Energy.
 
As a summer arts residency program, the Governor's School provides the resources and teachers to develop and lead arts and culture education programs in areas of need across the state, usually with Boys and Girls Clubs and schools.
 
The purpose of the program is to ignite a passion for the arts in young students. This summer, approximately 100 Hemmingway and Hannah Pamplico students learned how artists are inspired by the world around them, and how they include nature in their artistic processes. They visited the Florence County Museum, where they dyed fabric with indigo and learned about the natural resources found in the Pee Dee area and around the world. During the week they also created short musical compositions based on nature, explored poetry through movement, and experimented with creating their own nature-inspired poems.
 
"I enjoyed learning about natural resources, and I love getting to learn about nature" said one student, while another commented, "I enjoyed being at the museum where I learned so many new things!" 
 
"These programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee are a cornerstone to a more expansive program in the region that includes a year-round partnership with the Williamsburg County School District," said Carol Baker, SCGSAH outreach coordinator.
 
Funds provided by Duke Energy also allowed the Governor's School to expand Williamsburg County programs into the summer months. "With Duke Energy's support, we were able to help fill the school district's needs for drama education and literacy development by providing highly specialized services to students in these areas this summer, including a two-week script writing workshop at Hemingway Middle School, and, by developing a more expansive partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, a drama-based literacy program at Kenneth Gardner Elementary," said Baker.

As part of the Governor's School's mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students in South Carolina, SCGSAH offers a comprehensive series of outreach programs, like the Ignite, designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations, and students. These initiatives seek to match the school's resources with the needs and interests of schools and partners statewide.