We know, talking about 2017 is about as taboo as talking about New Year’s Eve plans (we’re scrambling for some, too). But when we glimpsed some of the images set to be used in a huge multi-media project, Southbound, co-curated by Mark Sloan, director of the Halsey, and Mark Long, professor of Political Science at CofC, we knew we had to share the project with y’all.

Last week the National Endowment of the Arts granted the Halsey an Art Works award of $40,000 for its upcoming Southbound project. The Art Works award places an emphasis on public engagement with the arts and in a statement NEA chairman Jane Chu said, “Supporting projects like the one from the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.” As a non-collecting museum (a.k.a. free admission), the Halsey is the prime location for accessible arts in the Lowcountry. 

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South will feature images from over 50 photographers (Sloan tells us that the official lineup is to-be-determined) as well as a commissioned video, an interactive digital mapping environment, a website, and an exhibition catalog. 

The project’s proposal details some of the components the curators have commissioned — videographer Dave Anderson who will produce a 10- to 15-minute documentary featuring interviews with select photographers and writers and Dr. Rick Bunch, an information science (GIS) and spatial cognition specialist who will design an interactive map of the South, “representing everything from historical railroad maps to current NPR listeners to NASCAR fans to demographic census data, among other topics.”

Stay tuned for more details on the project as its debut draws closer.