Saturday, November 13, 2010

An Open Letter from Frankie Bush

Frankie Bush served as the Executive Director of Black Creek Arts Council from 1994 to 2003. From then until July 2010, Frankie also served on the Board of Directors for BCAC. As you can from this letter, her service and enthusiasm for this organization have not diminished.

An Open Letter From Frankie Bush

In 1980 through the Beaux Arts Ball, I began a love affair with Black Creek Arts Council. I was already an active member of Kalmia Arts but had not become involved with the parent organization Black Creek Arts Council. Over the years as a volunteer and later as a director, I saw the difference that the arts make in our community. Our community is a unique place where the number of events, festivals and projects are truly amazing. No organization embodies this community-mindedness as much as Black Creek Arts Council.

BCAC’s unique ability of outreach on several levels is why I see this organization as second to none. Educating and inspiring our youth, providing programming and events for adults, and serving other non-profits as an administrative and collaborative resource are the hallmarks of Black Creek Arts Council.

The Black Creek Arts Center serves as a gathering place for many arts and non-arts related events. Your support was needed to complete the Arts Center and your support is still needed to continue offering high-quality educational services, memorable events, and assistance to other community organizations. The Arts truly enrich our lives.

The services and events offered by BCAC have been recognized by authorities outside of our community. The South Carolina Arts Commission chose to hold its Pee Dee Canvas of the People, an open forum discussing the positioning of the Arts in communities, at the Black Creek Arts Center. The State’s Arts Commission chose our community as the leader in the Arts for the Pee Dee which speaks volumes about our Arts Council.

Please join me in supporting Black Creek’s ongoing work by giving a generous contribution. Our mission is to “Foster the arts in Darlington County.” We need your help to complete our mission.

Warmest Regards,

Frankie Bush

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Two Performances Highlight Weekend of November 12th-13th at BCAC

Friday, November 12th

Doug Varone and Dancers will offer a free performance and discussion at the Black Creek Arts Center on Friday, November 12th at 7:30. Varone has been working with Angela Gallo and Erin Leigh in Coker’s Dance Department over the last year. Varone and his dancers will also be performing at Coker College on Saturday, November 13th.

Admission to the event at Black Creek is free and everyone is invited to attend. “This event is as much for the novice dancer as it is for the most experienced performer. It’s also perfect for those who appreciate dance on any level,” noted BCAC President Carolyn Atkinson.

Doug Varone is a choreographer and director who works in dance theater, opera, film, television and fashion. Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Honors also include a Guggenheim Fellowship and two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessie Awards) for Sustained Achievement in Choreography and for his 2006 work Boats Leaving. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1988.

Saturday, November 13th

The Black Creek Arts Center will host An Evening of Wine & Jazz with After Dark on Saturday, November 13th from 8-10pm. After Dark features Al “Magic Fingers” Haynes on the piano and Randy Oswalt on the drums. Black Creek’s leading lady, Tracy Price, will provide the vocals.

An Evening of Wine & Jazz is a fundraiser for BCAC. Tickets are $25. Dessert and coffee, as well as wine, will be served.

For more information about either of these events, contact Jordan Heydt at 843.332.6234 or

The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 W. College Avenue in Hartsville.