The Grand Strand always has any number of good things going on, from many nonprofit organizations providing all sorts of vital services to little good deeds that simply are not reported in the newspaper or on the evening television news. Some good things may be simple acts of kindness by neighbors. Others may be newsworthy at some level, but media outlets don’t know about them.
Last week on successive days, three Page One reports in The Sun News highlighted the broad sweep of good things all around us: the Adaptive Surf Project; a new phase in the Gullah culture preservation effort; a stunning public art project on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.
The murals are a sort of welcome to the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. “We were excited at the notion of all the imagery. It announces that this is what we do here,” Flaten says. Public domain images are projected onto the walls, which have been painted. “These students have been amazing. They stay late and keep working not because I ask them to, but because they are not satisfied,” Taylor says.
The murals have received a lot of attention on campus and Flaten feels the project should encourage more public art on campus and around the Grand Strand. “I think now that anybody would say, `Wow –where else can we do this?’” Yes, which Grand Strand walls will be next?
The commission “envisions educating people about the culture, documenting and preserving significant sites and developing economic opportunities so the culture survives.’’ Commission chairwoman Althea Sumpter of Atlanta told Smith the search was temporarily suspended for a permanent executive director. The right person hasn’t been found among 60 applicants and numerous interviews.
The corridor, one of about 50 U.S. heritage areas, runs from southeastern North Carolina into northeastern Florida. The culture, Gullah in the Carolinas, is said to be threatened by development.
The special board are made in consultation with medical professionals and board shapers. Each board costs about $1,000, and may be as different as individual surfers. “We’re giving them away. It’s all free. It’s all about getting people back in the lineup and surfing,’’ Bellegarde says. They set up a nonprofit foundation.
Ronnie Tario, a 25-year-old who has an incomplete spinal cord injury, says this about surfing: “It’s so freeing. I get up on the board and I’m free again. ... It’s a solitary, empowering, freeing thing.’’
All of these projects are empowering in their own ways, and they also should serve to inspire us to push forward in pursuing the passions that can make things better for our communities and our neighbors.