• Laurel Contributor

The Bascom, as Partner

by Billy Love

The mission of The Bascom is driven by the belief that all residents and visitors to the Highlands-Cashiers community should have the chance to be inspired by art, and that art should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, background, or economics.

This belief is integral to all of our outreach and education initiatives, including providing free admission for exhibitions, providing financial aid to anyone who cannot afford the cost to participate in any of our many education programs for youth and adults, and providing free outreach programming in partnership with over 30 nonprofits in Macon and Jackson counties.

Through these partnerships, The Bascom supplements the important missions of these organizations with hands-on art activities through artist talks and demonstrations, and by providing materials and equipment support. Outreach is extended both on campus and off-site to schools, child development centers, after-school programs, libraries, literacy groups, senior centers, conservation groups, artist groups, and many more. This year, we are proud to say that we will serve over 3,500 people in our outreach programs.

A key component to the effectiveness of The Bascom’s education and outreach programming is the instructors that we provide to help implement programs and partnerships. Each year, The Bascom selects highly qualified resident artists to provide instruction, create work for exhibition, and engage the community through their studio practice.

Grace Woodard was selected as The Bascom’s 2019 Education Fellow and has been instrumental in providing instruction for youth and outreach programs this summer, including work with the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, the Macon County Public Library, and Chestnut Hill. Ms. Woodard is a recent graduate of the Western Carolina University School of Fine Art, receiving her BFA in Sculpture. Her studio work will be highlighted with a sculpture installation opening on August 3 in The Bascom Education Gallery.

The Bascom is grateful to the generous community that it serves for the continued support of our outreach programs and education initiatives. Community support provides the opportunity for all members of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to be impacted by the power of art.

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