A sampling of our projects:
NYe's Pharmacy SIgn Restoration
We are leading the restoration of the beloved Nye's Pharmacy sign that rests above this well-known local landmark in Conway, South Carolina. Public and private funds were raised to refurbish the classic, circa-1953 sign, and a team of community volunteers stepped forward to donate their time and equipment. In the process, the original neon glow will soon be restored to this special corner of Church Street and 10th Avenue on Highway 501.
The roof of Nye's Pharmacy suffered damage during Hurricane Matthew. Therefore, the original steel stanchions that supported the original sign needed to replaced with new aluminum stanchions, on April 27th, 2017 the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Conway, approved a variance to allow a new sign to be placed back on top of the Nye's Pharmacy building.
Public Piano Project
We purchased an old, used piano for $40 from the County School District, and a team of volunteers tuned and painted it. The Public Piano used to be heard on the Laurel Street sidewalk in downtown Conway but, now it is a part of the glass blowing studio at Conway Glass, located at 708 12th Ave in Conway, South Carolina. The public is invited to play the piano and often does.
Ag + Art Tour of Horry County
In collaboration with Clemson Extension and CREATE! Conway, we're part of the local leadership team for the June 3rd and 4th, 2017 Ag + Art Tour - a free, self-guided tour of farms and farmers' markets in Horry County, South Carolina featuring local artisans and musicians. Participants see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, toe-tap to bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life. The tour is a special opportunity to see how your food comes to market and to learn about the creative community in rural South Carolina.
CONWAY Cultural District
This is a cultural tourism and revitalization initiative for Horry County that attracts key groups to Conway, South Carolina and establishes a new hub for cultural and economic activity. In partnership with CREATE! Conway, we previously invited the South Carolina Arts Commission to present the statewide Cultural Districts program to Conway city council in April 2016. This designation will allow work on collectively branding and marketing Conway as a cultural destination.
In South Carolina, six cities already enjoy designation as cultural districts. Achieving a Cultural District designation for Conway will highlight the city's unique aesthetic character, spurring economic development through new visitors who appreciate our artistic and cultural vibrancy.
Bike Share Program
We have invested in twenty-six, lightly-used Worksman Cycles bicycles, purchased from the Spokies bike share program in Oklahoma City. Our objective is to start a bike share program with several municipal partners in South Carolina. We are currently developing this program with a commercial partner and we hope to be able to announce several new bike share locations throughout the State.
Joint Strategic Plan with Create! Conway
We are presently in the process of drafting a Joint Strategic Plan in collaboration with Create! Conway.
In this process, we have identified the regional needs in Horry County, South Carolina for arts and culture and have identified where and how we can work together to serve the community. As a result of this joint strategic planning process, Conway Cultural Development Corporation and Create! Conway are working together to develop an arts center, a makers space and to provide affordable studio space to local artists.
Ideally, these facilities will be developed within the cultural district that we are also developing. To this end, we are currently working to identify reuse and redevelopment opportunities for several key buildings within the proposed cultural district and, are also working to secure the neccesary funding.
We are also working to try to convince the local municipalities and the County to coordinate their funding and planning to support an arts and cultural facility in a public private partnership. For more information, check out "Myrtle Beach must stop the demolition of The Palace Theatre", published on April 30th, 2017 in The Sun News.
Little Free Libraries
We are providing leadership over a local initiative to build and place weatherproof boxes that are used for the free exchange of books in hosted, permanent locations. We currently have six little libraries and we are working to find locations for them. We expect to launch the program in January of 2017.