Arts & Draughts returns with more arts and more draughts

Columbia, S.C. – Columbia’s most creative party is back and bigger, better, and bolder than ever at the Columbia Museum of Art on Friday, January 18. The first Arts & Draughts since the completion of the CMA’s extensive two-year renovation project, the event now offers more arts, more draughts, and new museum spaces, including transformed collection galleries, art projects in the new open studios, and a sneak peek at the Cross Hatch, an interactive space for all ages.

“Historically, Arts & Draughts has lived mostly on Boyd Plaza and in the museum lobby,” says Joelle Ryan-Cook, CMA deputy director & director of external affairs, “but now we have all these new spaces to play in! Enjoying a beer with your friends while making art in the studios, for instance, is pretty awesome, and we’re excited to be able to offer these types of experiences to visitors in an even bigger way.”

In addition to a cash bar and beer tastings from Columbia Craft Brewing Company, The Whig offers a sour beer station. Vittles provided by Village Idiot Pizza, Smokey Loggins, and Curiosity Coffee Bar.

The evening features live musical performances from H3RO, NUMBTONGUE, and Stagbriar, as well as a comedy set from Soda City Stand Up. The collection galleries—recently expanded, renovated, and reinstalled with an innovative thematic approach—are open with scavenger hunts and unique perspective tours led by drag queens Ebony Wood and Elena DeVour. Featured exhibitions Jackson Pollock: Mural and Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA are also open. The University of South Carolina’s Ink and Paper returns with printmaking projects, Girls Rock Columbia brings “Pin the String on the Bass,” and new community partner Subpar Magazine offers a surprise D.I.Y. art activity.

$10 / $5 for members. Join / renew membership or volunteer that night and get in free.

Upcoming Arts & Draughts dates:

  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Friday, June 21, 2019

Presented by Cyberwoven. Sponsored by The Whig, Free Times, WXRY, MacMogul Real Estate Consulting, Hotel Trundle, Estates & Companies, and Snelling Staffing Services of the Midlands.

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