FLORENCE – The 23rd annual Art’s Alive!, a free community celebration of the visual and performing arts, will be held at Francis Marion University Saturday, July 1, rain or shine.
The celebration, open to the public, has traditionally been held in April. This year, however, event coordinators felt the celebration should be held in July when it could also commemorate the 30th anniversary of Francis Marion University and incorporate a patriotic theme to honor the Independence Day weekend.
Art’s Alive! will again provide a celebration of the arts that teaches, trains, entertains, and showcases the cultural achievements of the Pee Dee. The celebration is for all ages, with something for everyone in the family to enjoy, from music, dance, visual arts, and food, to children’s events.
Francis Marion University, located seven miles east of Florence on U.S. Highways 76 and 301, comes alive each year with thousands of visitors sampling treasures from various events. Area businesses and organizations and city and county governments sponsor the celebration.
The one-day event will feature choral groups such as Masterworks and the Pee Dee Gospel choir, as well bluegrass, beach and jazz musicians and bands. Returning entertainer Mark Lippard will delight the crowds with his comedy and juggling acts.
Art’s Alive! will begin at 3 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Florence Symphony Orchestra will hold a free concert in the Smith University Center gymnasium. Fireworks are planned at the end of the evening and other plans are developing, making this the best arts and cultural celebration yet, says Libby Cooper, vice president for advancement at FMU.
Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or plan to purchase food from a variety of vendors. There will be food for all tastes.
For more information on Art’s Alive!, call the FMU Advancement Office at 843-661-1225.