[image-1] On Thurs. April 18 at 6 p.m., head to the West Ashley Theatre Center (1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.) to hear from two internationally recognized artists as they discuss the value of public art.

Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, Miami-based founding partners of R & R Studios, will discuss how public art transforms civic spaces and communities.

Presented by the Charleston Parks Conservancy along with several city groups, the lecture entitled, The Role of Public Art in Thriving Communities, is free to attend, but be sure to sign up ahead of time.

R & R Studios is described as a collaborative office of Behar and Marquardt that is a “multidisciplinary practice weaving together visual arts, architecture, design, and the city.”

Behar and Marquardt’s work has been exhibited internationally and in solo and group museum shows, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, the Archives d’Architecture Moderne in Brussels, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and Madison MOCA.

In a press release, Parks Conservancy leader Harry Lesesne said, “We recognize how vital public art programs are to a community. It’s why we are looking at how to add more art to our city parks. We look forward to inviting the community to hear from true experts in this area and learn more about how our city can benefit from the addition of social sculpture and public art.”
[content-2] In 2017, the Charleston Parks Conservancy launched its Art in the Parks program, an effort to install temporary public art displays in Charleston city parks through collabs with local artists and arts organizations.

The first Art in the Parks installation was in Hampton Park in 2018 and another one is planned for the West Ashley Greenway this spring.