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FMU gears up for Arts International, April 12

Steve GrybPlans are underway for Francis Marion University's Arts International, the annual celebration of the arts, to be held Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

This celebration of the visual and performing arts is for the whole family, with simultaneous performances at several different venues on campus. The event, a union of FMU’s Arts Alive and the Pee Dee International Festival, will take place on the FMU campus. Musical performances are scheduled at stages indoors and outdoors. 

Featured on the international stage are Steve Gryb, The Thirza DefoePied Piper of Percussion; Thirza Defoe (Giizhiigoquay), a sacred hoop dancer from the Ojibwe and Oneida tribes of Wisconsin; and Ballet Folklórico de México, a Mexican folkloric ballet ensemble.

For the second year, festivities will include Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Welding Sculpture Competition. Located behind the Smith University Center, the sculpture competition will feature teams of experienced craftsmen who will have eight hours to create a breathtaking piece of art, using only a pile of scrap material.

The Florence Men’s Choral Society, Florence Brass and The Plaids will perform in Kassab Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center, while Three Days Blues, Recollections and Nantucket will appear on the Blues and Beach Stage.

Food vendors representing countries all over the world will be on hand and cultural booths will have displays featuring global history, businesses and organizations. Also participate in a sidewalk chalk art competition and a recycled reading book sale.

For more information about Arts International, go to or contact Kathy Johnson at the FMU Office of Community Affairs at (843) 661-1225, or



Last Published: April 9, 2014 10:08 AM
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