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Experience the Gibbes For Free This Saturday at the Holiday Happenings Community Day

The public is invited to enjoy activities, performances and the art on view

(Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce Community Day on Saturday, December 15th with complimentary admission from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and family activities from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Community Days are held quarterly to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Gibbes’ dynamic programming free of charge.

Charleston’s diverse holiday traditions will be celebrated and participants will enjoy Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa art-making activities, musical performances and guided tours of the Gibbes’ permanent collection. Complimentary Starbucks coffee will be provided while supplies last. Community Day participants can continue their fun on Saturday afternoon and visit The Powder Magazine located at 79 Cumberland Street free of charge. At The Powder Magazine, children will be able to create a tangerine pomander, a colonial Christmas keepsake for the holiday season.


Ongoing from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Making Holiday Miniatures
Children can create their own miniature portrait ornament in this hands-on workshop. Young children are invited to paint pre-made plaster ornaments.

Ongoing from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Meet the Artisan - Kathi Seatter
Kathi Seatter will demonstrate how she uses the art of knitting to create her fabulous purses. Her items are available for purchase in the Museum Store.


10:00 Performance: Ashley Hall Creative Arts Elementary School Unichorus
Ring in the holidays with the Unichorus as they perform a selection of holiday favorites. Ann Cheek, Conductor

10:45 Celebrate Kwanzaa!
Led by staff from The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, participants will learn the seven principals of the holiday, create Kwanzaa-related artwork, and will receive a coupon for discounted admission to the Children’s Museum.

11:30 Family Tour of The Charleston Story exhibition
Take this family-friendly tour of The Charleston Story and view treasures from Charleston’s history. Tour length – 30 minutes

12:15 Learn about Hanukkah
Led by Susan Wallen, participants will explore the history of Hanukkah and participate in a holiday activity.

12:45 Public tour of The Charleston Story exhibition
Explore the wonderful art objects on view in this forty-five minute tour.

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