BET ON ME, I BET ON YOU
by the Charleston Rhizome Collective
ALL EVENTS START OR TAKE PLACE AT THE CANNON STREET ARTS CENTER,
THEY ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sat, May 25 – Mon, June 10 YOU BET ‘N ME ‘N ME ‘N YOU
Meet an artist and/or a participating TINY Business (wo)man every day at Lunch Time
Imagine a giant game of Mikado, and its sticks freezing in space as they fall. The replicas of twenty (20) TINY – but very POWERFUL – Businesses in Charleston hang stubbornly on to this jungle gym.
This installation is only the most visible side of conNECKtedTOO, as we observe that if “Culture is what makes our Art”* , TINY BUSINESS is what keeps Culture alive.
* in the words of Jozetta of Singleton’s Paint & Body shop
TINY Business installation “YOU BET ‘N ME ‘N ME ‘N YOU” will not be accessible during theatre & musical performances
Fri, May 31, 5:00 – 6:30 PM MLK District GUIDED SCAVENGER HUNT
Rain Day: Wed June 5, 4:30 – 6:00 PM It ends at 68 Spring St, in front of Karpelès Museum
Participants will be given a Scavenger Hunt kit to discover the businesses on their route, whether existing or closed. They may have to interact with business owners, sidewalk wanderers, and guides.
May 31 – Wed, June 5 SCAVENGER HUNT on your own
(ANYTIME) It ends at Cannon St Arts Center, 134 Cannon St
Pick up a Scavenger Hunt kit at the Cannon St Arts Center conNECKtedTOO table. It will be available until June 5.
Thu, June 6, 4:30 PM – 6 PM INTERACTIVE TOUR/PERFORMANCE
Rain Day Fri, June 7, 4:30 – 6 PM It ends 68 Spring St, in front of Karpelès Museum
This is a uniquely designed interactive tour of the Charleston MLK District. It involves visits with local TINY businesses and community within the formerly African American “Prosperity Street” in Charleston. Join us, hear, experience, share and add to the stories, memories and the history of this area. Travel through time with us, explore the sights, sounds, activities and conversations of the MLK District. There will be performers, actors, musicians and TINY business leaders that will help you live each moment of this participatory experience.
Sun, June 2 at 1:30 PM KNOWLEDGE WALK
a collaboration with the DAE Foundation
The KNOWLEDGE WALK is designed to provide high school students with information about growing as artists, athletes or entrepreneurs. We will ask students questions related to Charleston, education and how to transform dreams into goals. Through these questions, students will become more aware of obstacles and opportunities while onlookers will observe a performance mapping of network development and potential needs of a community’s youth.
Thu, May 30, 11 AM – 2 PM SHARE YOUR STORIES, HISTORY, DREAMS
Facilitated by rag quilter and storyteller Sharon Cooper-Murray
Sun, June 2, 3-6 PM Thu, June 6, 11-2 PM
CONVERSATIONS around a large Map of the district, with CLOSED and OPEN TINY businesses in 1968, 1998, and today. Add your memories and the names of people who should be contacted to share their own.
Participate in a Register of MEMORIES “Growing up in the MLK District” and one of DREAMS “conNECKtedTOO TINY businesses.”
Become aware of Clusters of TINY businesses and the conNECKtdTOO Network of DIALOGUES.
EVERY DAY, “BET ON ME, I BET ON YOU” INFORMATION
Re-discover the MLK district. Check our Map of past and present businesses. Complete it with your own stories or those of relatives and friends. Register your Dreams and Memories. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt kit. Learn about conNECKtedTOO.
“We launched conNECKtedTOO as an experiment of Art and Culture, in and with community,
for the sustainable Economic Development of TINY BUSINESS in Charleston, as Urban Planners push out the small, the singular, the local.”
Our present conNECKtedTOO timeline and budget are supported by an ArtPlace America award.
Additional support comes from the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation,
South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs serves as a civic partner for conNECKtedTOO.
“BET ON ME, I BET ON YOU” is co-hosted by PICCOLO SPOLETO.
CANNON St ARTS CENTER 134 Cannon St, (843) 724-7305
conNECKtedTOO (843) 607-5811 or 723-1018
Leaders in “Bet on me, I bet on you” Piccolo Spoleto events are Anastatia Ketchen, Shanequa Rainey, Victoria Moore, Gwylene Gallimard & Jean-Marie Mauclet. However nothing would have been possible without the work of Educator/Coordinator Pam Gibbs; Artists Morgan Kinne, Kit Loney & Sammy Smalls; musician Kurtis Lamkin; Filmmaker Jason Gourdine; conNECKtedTOO apprentices Timothy Hunter, Anna Brown, Markelle Evans, Alexsandria Mackey & Aysha Bowens; DAE Foundation Jermel President; Story gatherers Theron Snype, Debra Holt, Sharon Cooper Murray; Digital assistant Julie Chea; and the following TINY businesses part of the Art Installation: The Veggie Bin, The Lab Barbershop, Poke San, Rose Florist, C.O.Federal Credit Union, Family Barbershop, Karpelès Library Manuscript Museum, Gaulart & Maliclet / Fast & French, Fresh Future Farm, Singleton’s Paint & Body Shop, Uncle Leon, Fresh Cuts Barber, The Chronicle, Monarch Wine, Island Breeze, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Smitty’s Super Seven Barbershop.