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Experience the Gibbes for Free this Saturday

The public is invited to enjoy exhibitions, art activities and diverse performances on

(Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce SunTrust Community Day on Saturday, June 16th with free admission all day and family activities from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. SunTrust Community Days are held quarterly to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Gibbes’ dynamic exhibitions and programming.

The theme of this Community Day is Juneteenth Jubilee: Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Charleston. Started in Galveston, Texas in 1865, Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. Community Day participants will enjoy complimentary art-making activities, diverse musical performances and stories and guided tours of the Gibbes’ permanent collection and special exhibition Rodin: In His Own Words, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Additionally, a walking tour of the downtown area emphasizing the African-American experience in Charleston will be offered at a special price.

Ongoing activities from 10:00am to 1:00 pm:

• Rodin Thinker Contest
What is Rodin’s Thinker thinking? On this day of celebration and reflection, participants can create their own work of art that explores what is on the mind of this famous figure! Winners will be chosen throughout the day.

• Family Activities
Families are invited to experience the Gibbes collection and the Rodin: In His Own Words exhibition on their own with fun in-gallery activities located through the museum.

• Juneteenth Quilting Circle
Join quilt artist Dorothy Montgomery for a Juneteenth Quilting Circle. Explore the role that the quilt has played in African-American history and art, while honoring the tradition of collaborative working and fellowship. Visitors can bring their own quilt or start one that day. Families are invited and encouraged to work together. All levels invited.

Scheduled Events:

10:00 Artist Talk: Dorothy Montgomery
Quilt artist Dorothy Montgomery will open the Gibbes Quilting circle with a discussion of her work, and the history of quilting in the African-American culture.

10:30 Performance: Praise House - A One Woman Performance by Ann Caldwell
Celebrate Gullah music, poetry, and stories in this joy-filled and inspiring one woman performance by Ann Caldwell.

11:15 Performance: Capoeira Charleston
Join the Gibbes for a dynamic presentation of the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Roughly 500 years old, Capoeira was developed in Brazil by African slaves and is the only surviving martial art native to the New World.

11:30 Public Tour of the Gibbes permanent collection
Explore the Gibbes’ permanent collection in this forty-five minute long tour.

12:00 Performance: Leah Suarez of Toca Toca
Singer Leah Suarez explores the influence of African rhythms on Brazilian,
Cuban, and Mexican music.

12:30 Public tour of Rodin: In His Own Words
Learn more about the Rodin: In His Own Words exhibition in this forty-five minute long tour.

1:00 African-Americans in Charleston Walking Tour (starts at the Gibbes)
Offered in conjunction with the walking tour company The Original Charleston Walks, participants will explore the African-American experience as they tour downtown Charleston. Discount price: $12:50 cash per adult (normally $18.50).

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401