Halsey Institute Announces Arts Matter Day Participation and Incentive Benefits

Chris Jordan

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has announced its participation in the community day of giving, Arts Matter Day, on September 12, 2017. Organized by the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, Arts Matter Day is a 24-hour giving day supporting arts nonprofits in the Charleston area.

On September 12, arts supporters can make donations online at www.artsmatterday.org to their favorite arts organizations, and the Arts Alliance will ensure those dollars go further by providing $150,000 in incentive funds to all participating groups.

Donations to the Halsey Institute will directly support an upcoming project, SEA CHANGE, a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on our planet. SEA CHANGE features the exhibitions Aurora Robson: The Tide is High and Chris Jordan: Midway at the Halsey Institute. Jordan’s breathtaking imagery helps us recognize the monumental effects of plastic waste on distant ecosystems, and Robson’s work provides strategies towards intercepting the waste stream and up cycling discarded plastics into new objects. Aurora Robson will also have a piece exhibited at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Along with their respective exhibitions, Robson and Jordan will be giving public lectures about their work and Jordan’s film ALBATROSS will premiere at the Charleston Music Hall. Robson will also work with College of Charleston students on a project to reclaim materials from a local beach clean-up sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation Charleston chapter that will be used to create works of art. With SEA CHANGE, the institute hopes to engage Charleston and the Lowcountry in actively recognizing and mitigating our enormous plastic waste problem.

Donors that support the Halsey Institute on September 12 will receive an invitation to a reception with SEA CHANGE artist Chris Jordan. The reception will precede his free public lecture at the Sottile Theatre on October 24 at 7:00 PM, Encountering the Albatross: An Evening with Chris Jordan. Donors will also have the option for their Arts Matter Day donation to serve as their Halsey Institute membership.

“The Halsey Institute relies on our supporters and donors to maintain our busy schedule of exhibitions, lectures, films, and events,” says Lizz Biswell, the Halsey Institute’s Manager of Outreach and Engagement. “We love to share the international contemporary art conversation with our local community and support from the community ensures this programming is free and open to the public.”

To donate or to learn more about Arts Matter Day, visit www.artsmatterday.org.

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