As part of a larger project called “AG + ART,” the Arts Council of York County will present a special Arts Talk Luncheon on June 6, 2012 at  historic Hightower Hall in McConnells, SC. The luncheon will feature scholars and artists discussing the culture and history of farming as well traditional art forms associated with the agricultural lifestyle. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Mini Grant in April 2012.

The Arts Talk Luncheon will feature a discussion on “The Agriculture and Art of York County.” The panel will include scholar Michael C. Scoggins, the historian for the Culture & Heritage Museums; hammered dulcimer player Susan Sherlock; Ben Boyles of Clemson University Economic and Community Development; Mary Lynn Norton of the Culture & Heritage Museums, and James Wells of the Culture & Heritage Museums. The luncheon will take place at the historic Hightower Hall at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, SC at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6. Lunch costs $15, and reservations are required. Reserve a place by calling: 803-328-2787.

The Arts Talk Luncheon is part of a larger effort to create and cultivate the art and agriculture of York County. In addition to the luncheon, there will be an AG+ART tour on June 9 – 10. This free self-guided tour of York County farms allows attendees to see first-hand where local food is grown and watch artisans in action, including potters, quilters, musicians, storytellers, jewelers, painters and more!   Everything on the tour is handmade and homegrown in York County, SC.  There are 16 sites on the tour.

For more information about the AG + ART tour, visit the website at: The York County Arts Council website is: The AG + ART tour is put on by the Arts Council of York County in partnership with the Clemson Extension of York County, the Olde English District Tourism Commission, and the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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