COLUMBIA, S.C. – The AfricStyle Initiatives has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2019 fiscal year.
The support, which is funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow AfricStyle Initiatives to create a mobile African clothing boutique and sewing training center. Customers of AfricStyle will be able to shop in the boutique and learn basis sewing skills with the best sewing scissors while on their shopping trip. This will benefit the residents of Columbia and its surrounding areas.
The S.C. Arts Commission grant will enable Armah-Koranteng, a fashion designer, to purchase a truck that will be turned into a sewing training center and mobile boutique – “the first authentic African clothing boutique on wheels in the Carolinas,” she said. “This has been my dream for the past four years of being in business, and I am just steps away from achieving it”. AfricStyle mobile boutique will be able to continue with its event- planning activities twice a year, increase its pop-up store opportunities in major cities and help teach basic sewing skills to customers who visit our boutique.”
Several neighboring organizations and/or individuals are helping the AfricStyle Initiatives meet its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars.
Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the AfricStyle Initiatives by visiting us at www.facebook.com/africstyleinitiatives/ or www.squareup.com/store/africstyleinitiatives/ these pages will have information on a luncheon date of the boutique as well.
About Serwah Armah-Koranteng I am from Ghana West Africa, currently residing in Columbia, S.C. I am a fundraising fashion event coordinator, social entrepreneur, overseas ministry partner and an international coordinator for exchange students.
I came to the U.S. as an exchange student 18 years ago and decided to establish myself to help my siblings come to the U.S. I have been in business since 2014, operating AfricStyle Initiatives that promotes the rich culture of Africa whiles promoting local entrepreneurs through fundraising fashion and networking events which are organized twice a year, in February and in July, in the Carolinas. Items I design or promote are showcased during my fashion events and are sold during these events and through my online store. I am excited about this opportunity to expand on what I love to do: sewing and re-creating with the beautiful authentic African print fabrics.
About the South Carolina Arts Commission The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three areas:
- arts education,
- community arts development,
- and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.