Underground Space Hall lets director share love of Columbia’s artistic community

Those who know Sean Shoppell say if anyone was going to put together The Space Hall of Columbia at Tapp’s Arts Center, it was likely to be him. Shoppell didn’t even work at Tapp’s when he saw the possibilities for the unused basement space.

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Alternative rocker Thom Kehr crafts hardships into personal, deep-rooted music

Columbian musician Thom Kehr of the band Hold Fire opens up about the struggles and successes of being a musician in a city with an up-and-coming music scene and what initial success means to him.

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Worth the grind: graphic designer prepares for Indie Grits Festival

It takes massive preparation, time and energy to pull off the annual four-day #IndieGritsFestival featuring regional art, music and film. To find out what it’s like the week before, follow resident graphic designer Savannah Taylor as she gives a peek into the last-minute run-up.

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This teacher owns a farm, so her students get more than the 3 R’s

When you’re 5 years old, there’s nothing better than exploring nature. And that’s the norm in Blair Wells’ kindergarten class where students sometimes even get the opportunity to visit their teacher’s farm.

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Sowing Seeds founder’s passion to help youth grows from her own rough time

Five years ago, Zakiya Esper, then a juvenile probation officer, tired of funneling kids into ineffective programs. Fueled by her own story of struggling in college but finding a career, she took a leap of faith and created a nonprofit focused on interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Photographer shares love for film by creating Tapp’s public darkroom

A new public darkroom for Midlands photographers is built on one photographer’s love for film in the digital age. Richard Voltz says “I probably would have cried” if he’d had access to a 24-hour darkroom years ago. By Hannah Slater May 5, 2018 Because photographer Richard Voltz has a love affair with film, Columbia photographers… Read More Photographer shares love for film by creating Tapp’s public darkroom

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USC prof who fears heights hops back in the cockpit

This USC professor who climbed the highest mountains now has scaled a new summit­ – resuming flying. Did we mention Patrick Hickey has a fear of heights? Listen to Hickey explain how he overcomes that. By Abe Danaher, Becca Brennan and Reema Vaidya May 4, 2018 Patrick Hickey fears heights, yet he’s climbed the Seven… Read More USC prof who fears heights hops back in the cockpit

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Passion for history compels retired teacher to dig for treasures

Self-proclaimed relic hunter Jackie Jones has gone from a young girl searching the fields and streets of St. Andrews for treasures to a history and archaeology enthusiast. The Olympia resident is discovering Columbia’s past one bottle, button, fossil or relic at a time

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USC grad nurtures water nonprofit she began in college

  Four years after graduating, Kelsie Stanley still nurtures Quench, the nonprofit she started at USC to help bring clean water around the world. She’s got a full-time job, but with the help of current students Quench is finding ways to pay for projects in places like a Ugandan village.

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Fiber artist Lenz celebrates individuality through her pieces

Columbia fiber artist Susan Lenz doesn’t subscribe to the stereotype of the life of leisure for an artist. She stresses hard work and constructive criticism and says her work tries to highlight that we are all similar, yet vastly different, in the best ways.

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