Headed into fall – September 2021 Newsletter

New Charleston Office
We have moved to a new office in Charleston. While still primarily working remotely, we are receiving mail here, and we hope to host visitors again starting early 2022, COVID-permitting.New Phone – 843.972.7187New Address –
1640 Meeting Street Road
Suite 303
Charleston, SC 29405
Let’s go see some art!
L train tracks at left with large inflated portraits of Chicago's foundersCheck out local arts performances and exhibits in this regularly updated list of offerings from arts groups in both the Chicago region and Lowcountry.If you’re an arts organization with an upcoming event that’s not on this list, please complete this form to be added and make sure info@gddf.org is on your mailing list.📷 Photo from The Floating Museum

Fall outlook from Lowcountry arts groups: What’s next in the face of the Delta variant?

Collage of many individual artists with quotes like storyteller, culture and art, communityWe released these findings nearly six months ago, meaning that critical window of hope noted by many survey respondents is closing.

“Our grantees expected the fall arts season would offset some of 2020’s financial complications, but the Delta variant has the potential to create another year of lost revenue and in-person participation,” says Kerri Forrest, our director of Lowcountry programs. “And for the arts industry, the answer isn’t as simple as going back online.”

📷 Photo from conNECKtedTOO

Upcoming Equity and Accessibility Workshops
There is one more opportunity this year to register for Everyday Justice: Anti-Racism as Daily Practice with artEquity, but there are only a few spaces left. The training is open to all the Chicago and Lowcountry arts groups we support. Register here by October 29 using code: DONNELLEY-2021DecEJ.Stay tuned as this fall, we will offer Chicago art leaders opportunities to learn more about building accessible events, using digital resources, and advancing justice.
Greenland and the Lowcountry
A woman wades through knee deep flood waters in front of a store.The Post & Courier reports that so much of Greenland’s ice melted in one week this year that the state of South Carolina could have been flooded with two feet of water. More on how climate change and melting ice impacts flooding in the Lowcountry. Where and how it floods helps guide land conservation priorities in the region.📷 Photo Lauren Petracca/Post & Courier
Flooding, Heirs Property, and Land Conservation
woman in pink sweater speaks with woman in blue and white patterned dress with trees in background - headline reads Homeowners face struggle without deeds to family propertyJennie Stephens – the executive director of conservation group Center for Heirs Property Preservation – was recently featured in an NBC Nightly News story on changes to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) policy to direct aid to heirs’ property owners impacted by flooding along Lowcountry rivers – FEMA Changes Document Rules For Assistance To Families Living On Heirs’ Property.
Congratulations to Lowcountry Land Trust for their recent acquisition on the Black River
Aerial view of a dirt road shooting straight through a pine tree forestThis is part of a larger initiative to create a new state park in South Carolina, the first in 20 years. Other partners, including the Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy SC, Pee Dee Land Trust, and Ducks Unlimited, have been working with SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the communities along the river to develop the project – Lowcountry Land Trust moves to conserve land on the Black River.📷 Photo Charleston City Paper
Ten organizations in the Lowcountry and Chicago have been funded through our new collections’ strategy – Broadening Narratives – and are making waves in the media. Here are some of those stories.
Broadening Narratives in the News
Kids in various Halloween costumes standing in a rowListen in to Dr. Meida McNeal discussing Honey Pot Performance‘s Chicago Black Social Culture Map, starting at about 49:38 in this WCPT radio show.The Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University and the South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown each have projects focused on stories of Gullah life in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.The National Museum of Mexican Art is creating a video series of Chicago’s Mexican communities’ stories through responses to works by artist Carlos Cortez. More in this Univision interview and in this La Voz article.The South Side Home Movie Project is creating an interactive website and curriculum to engage South Side residents and students. More from Block Club Chicago.The Southeast Chicago Archive and Storytelling Project‘s new interactive website was supported by a 2019 grant. Listen to their Labor Day interview here.

📷 Photo from South Side Home Movie Project – kids in Halloween costumes in Bronzeville 1963
In memoriam…
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Marion Burns of the Penn Center. His exemplary leadership brought fresh energy and extraordinary vision to the historic Center on St. Helena Island, SC during his tenure as board president and Interim Executive Director.
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