Did you know that West Ashley has a theater? Not the megaplex cinema for movies, but the kind of theatre for live action plays. Its called 5th Wall Productions. They have high quality plays, classes, workshops, and open mic poetry. It’s conveniently located in the Citadel Mall. http://5thwallproductions.org/

I met Jason Olson and Sarah Daniel the other day when Jason and I served on a panel with Geoff Richardson of Lava and the chArt Outdoor Initiative and Gallery, Mike Gibbons from Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, and Scott Watson from The Office of Cultural Affairs.

The West Of paper got together with the West Ashley James Island Business Association at their monthly meeting to discuss the state of the arts in West Ashley.

What a great group of intelligent and supportive people dedicated to our community. The dialogue and ideas were flowing.

The most important take away is that there are many hidden gems right here in West Ashley, and people want to know about them so they can show support for small local businesses while they are being entertained or enlightened.

This makes my art teacher heart full with joy.  Sometime people involved in the arts feel isolated. Many are self-employed, so we don’t get to leave our shops. We are eager to share, but we are often introverted by nature, so sharing can be awkward. And we can seem unapproachable because the arts have long been associated with privilege and high price tags. But what I heard at this meeting was an attitude of inclusion; that arts should be accessible and available for everyone. More people are working to make this a reality.

So help me spread the word. If you know of a place or a person in West Ashley that is all about the arts: theater, dance, visual arts, music, creative writing, poetry, or storytelling, send me a link, contact info, or a recommendation. Post something about them on West Ashley Cultural Arts page on Facebook, or direct them to it. Ask them to join the

West Ashley Arts Initiative, they have a Facebook page too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/240440809639269/ 

Share the love to make West Ashley truly experience the renaissance we have been promised.

Join the West Ashley United page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WestAshleyUnited/ 

See the giant murals in Alycia Aly. The chArt Outdoor Initiative and Gallery is always open.  https://www.facebook.com/chARTinitiative/

And check out these Fabulon events:

  • Saturday March 4th, 7 pm, Fabulon presents Devin McKinney Light by Fire at Avondale Therapy 815 Savannah Highway.
  • Friday March 10th We the People, artists respond to racism reception at our 1017 Wappoo Rd location. This show features nationally known artists. All works are for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to your choice of several related charities.