All Around Town All Around the State

All Around Town: All Around the State

A special program based on the work of Columbia African-American photographer Richard Samuel Roberts.

Roberts’ beautiful portraits of the black middle class in the early part of the 20th century are a part of Columbia history and in the CMA collection. This school program is done in partnership with Richland Library and local author and storyteller Dinah Johnson. Students view portraits, participate in art projects and storytelling, and visit the children’s room at the Main Library.

The third graders begin with a field trip to the CMA where they participate in a three-part program:

  • An interactive presentation with author Dinah Johnson, who brings her book All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts to life.
  • A tour the CMA collection of portraits, focusing on the photographs by Richard Samuel Roberts
  • A studio session on portraits and collage using images by Richard Samuel Roberts

Afterward, the students are escorted across the street to the Richland Library for a tour of the Children’s Room and story time under the famous Maurice Sendak mural from the book Where the Wild Things Are. All participants will receive an autographed copy of Dinah Johnson’s book, All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts.

In 2012, the CMA invited nearly 2,000 3rd graders in Richland One School District to participate in this culturally rich program. This year, the museum will invite all 3rd graders from Orangeburg, Calhoun and Fairfield Counties, as well as 3rd graders from three schools in Richland County. A total of 1,600 students served through this program in 2013.

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Presenting Sponsors:

  • South Carolina Bank and Trust

Support for this program comes in part from donations made in loving memory of Robert “Bob” C. Foussat.
To make a donation in his memory, please contact Sarah Young at (803) 343-2198 or send a check to the Columbia Museum or Art, PO Box 2068, Columbia, SC 29202.