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You are invited to join Pocket Productions and Palmetto Conservation Foundation to create art along South Carolina's Palmetto Trail. This spring, the midlands will bloom with art as we take to the trail with installations created using natural materials found along the path. 5-7 artists with large-scale ideas will be commissioned $1,200 to create original pieces on the Peak to Prosperity and Columbia portions of the Palmetto Trail.

Everyone is encouraged to apply.

The installations should be site-specific and primarily made from materials found along the Palmetto Trail.

Chosen artists will first create a study of their proposed piece at the Playing After Dark event on May 11. The completed full scale pieces will be revealed at the Peak to Prosperity section of the Palmetto Trail on May 26. Volunteers will help the artists to collect materials and carry out their plans during the month of May. When evaluating proposals, criteria considered will include: site-specific plans, use of Palmetto Trail materials, experience producing art installations, and time frame. Prospective artists are invited to attend a Q&A session at the Peak to Prosperity location on March 24 (transportation will be provided). Invited artists will be asked to attend an information session at the beginning of May at the installation site.

Our jury for the Midlands installations will include Harriett Green, Director of Visual Arts for the Arts Commission, Christopher Robinson, installation artist and professor at USC, Anna Redwine, President of the Design League, Booth Chilcutt, Executive Director of the Sumter Cultural Commission, and Rudy Mancke, director of nature programming for SCETV.

Share your imagination, mingle with our natural world, and reflect the beauty around you.

This project is funded in part by the City of Columbia.

For more information about the trail, visit

Submission Deadline: March 31

facts about pocket productions

Did you know that ArtRageous, Pocket Productions' spontaneous art series, was inspired by Improv Everywhere? This exciting public performance group based out of NYC was started by a Columbia, SC, native. On April 5, the founder, Charlie Todd, caused a scene in Columbia, SC.

Did you know that the first Playing After Dark event showcased the talents of eight local artists and had 65 audience members?  Great things start small.

Pocket Productions has showcased the artwork of over 50 local visual artists, reaching over 10,000 residents throughout the Midlands.

Pocket Productions has worked with over 30 organizations, including the Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbia Classical Ballet, the SC Philharmonic, and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.

Did you know that the first ArtRageous event was funded by the Arts Institute and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties? Since this initial event, we have brought over 20 spontaneous events to the City of Columbia and Richland County that engage the general public with art.

The 2012-2013 season is sponsored by the City of Columbia, the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Thank you for your generous support!