In support of creative artists during our current pandemic, the Koger Center for the Arts has launched the 1593 Project: A Call for Art. The 1593 Project will be accepting submissions through June 30, 2020 with all documents being received by midnight of June 30th.
At a time when the bubonic plague of 1593 was devastating London and closing theatres, William Shakespeare created some of his greatest plays and sonnets. As history repeats itself, the Koger Center is working diligently to ensure that artists are supported through this time of uncertainty. We encourage submissions from South Carolina performing and visual artists through June 30, 2020.
The chosen artist will receive a $500 stipend, rehearsal or gallery space, and technical support resulting in a free public performance or display in one of the areas at the Koger Center.
All guidelines and criteria for project submissions can be found online at the Koger Center website. All submissions should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to 1051 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29208.
1593 Project: A Call for Art was created to support artists during this time of uncertainty and gets its namesake from the years of pandemic during the renaissance. In the year 1593, bubonic plague swept through London, killing almost a third of its population. In times of plague, London authorities closed the theatres.
As acting companies fell on hard times Shakespeare took the forced closures as a time to create, and in the year 1593 began to compose the first of what would be a brilliant collection of 154 sonnets. Richard III, Venus and Adonis, Titus Andronicus, and the Taming of the Shrew were also thought to have been written during this dark time for the theatre.