Rice Culture forum slated for Georgetown

Friendfield Plantation near Georgetown, which was one of many growing rice in large quantity before the Civil War.

The Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum 2015 will be hosted by the Georgetown County Library Sept. 17-19 at a variety of locations in Georgetown County.

The library is collaborating with the Athenaeum Press of Coastal Carolina University and other partners from across the Lowcountry. The forum, whose goal is to explore the effects of antebellum rice culture on the arts, will feature lectures and programs of music, dance, literature and film.

On tap:

Premiere of an original documentary on Gullah arts and culture of Georgetown County.

Panel discussions by scholars concerning rice culture influences on the visual arts throughout South Carolina’s history.

Performance by the Columbia City Ballet called “Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green.”

Concert featuring the Freedom Readers Children’s Choir.

Gullah performance titled “God’s Trombones” by Ron and Natalie Daise.

There will be a tour of Hobcaw Barony, an exhibit of Charleston artist Jonathan Green’s paintings, brunch and other activities. The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project is the brainchild of Jonathan Green and was started a few years ago in order to assert the importance of the often overlooked Lowcountry rice economy of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that, thanks to slave labor, transformed the area into a rich and politically powerful city.

An all-access pass to the forum is $55; individual events cost $20. The film screening and children’s choir concert are free.

Details and a ticket order form can be found at georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov/programs/Pages/RiceForum2015.aspx. Reservations also can be made by contacting Georgetown County Digital Librarian Julie Warren at (843) 545-3316 or jwarren@gtcounty.org.