The 26-year history of partnership between the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Gullah community will be celebrated once again with a community-wide festival of all things Gullah.
Taste of Gullah will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 12 on the grounds of the Arts Center. The free event promises an exciting day of celebrating the entertainment, food, and art of the rich Gullah culture that remains an integral part of the history of Hilton Head Island.
The day includes performances by the award-winning Voices of El Shaddai choral group, sweet-grass basket weaving demonstrations by Michael Smalls and Dino Badger, and a special presentation of “Harriet Tubman” orations by Cora Miller.
Gullah-inspired crafts will be outside for all ages as well.
The abundance of fun, family activities will work up your appetite for some delicious Lowcountry specialties, thanks to two food trucks, Melly Mel’s and Chef B. Eatz, featuring okra gumbo, red rice, fried fish, shrimp, slow smoked ribs and chicken.
Beer, wine, soda and water will also be available as well.
This year, a special unveiling of a large-scale mural will be one of the highlights of the festival. Through a series of workshops, children from the Arts Center, Penn Center, and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton learned about the Gullah/Geechee culture, then conceptualized and created the mural with artist Amiri Farris.
After the festival, the mural will travel to various cultural sites in Beaufort County through Juneteenth.
This project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Also part of the festivities is the annual art exhibit and sale of the “Arts Ob We People” in the Walter Greer Gallery at the Art League of Hilton Head, located inside the Arts Center near the box office.
The exhibit displays original work by well-known artists, including Lisa Rivers, Alvin Glen, Patricia Sabree and Serena Hall, representing the life of Gullah people in the Lowcountry.
For more information about the Taste of Gullah festival, visit artshhi.com.