April 24: Best of Charleston- Best Art Instruction

Charleston City Paper

While this isn’t the first time Redux has taken home the prize for Best Art Instruction, it is, according to director Cara Leepson, a good year to acknowledge the program. Says Leepson, “The Redux Education program really hit new strides this past year. For the first time in organizational history, we hired an education and outreach director who oversees all elements of the pogram. Hiring Megan Collier-Bansil was the best move ever for the education program.”

Last year, Redux started offering new classes — like Paint Your Pet with Julia Deckman, UnWINEd with watercolor with Mia Loia, and Abstract Expression with Tim Hussey — and continued their community-based outreach efforts. In addition to giving guided tours of exhibitions to local school groups, Redux has taken things up a notch by expanding their outreach program to offer scholarships to children and adults. Leepson says that the goal moving forward is for the scholarship fund to cover expenses for people who want to take classes but can’t afford to.

“We’re thrilled to win this award for the third consecutive year,” says Leepson. “It shows that the community understands the impact of art education and that Redux is the best place in Charleston to create, learn, and engage in the arts.” —Connelly Hardaway