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The City of Anderson partnering with the Anderson Arts Center, is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant that will support the creation of public art for the next phase of the Church Street Heritage Project.

The project highlights a time when Anderson had a thriving African American business community. Outdoor sculpture will be placed in this pocket park built specifically to honor, and celebrate this important era with sustainable education oriented public art on the site where Church Street once thrived. Qualifications and proposals are requested from artists interested in creating outdoor public art with a budget of $75,000. Artists may submit proposals until January 30, 2017.

To enhance the visual appearance of Downtown; contributing to its revitalization, and promoting community and economic development.
Plan and implement projects that provide revenue to fund public art through the establishment of a public-private art initiative.Epigrams etched on granite tiles placed in the sidewalks in front of donor's property or in various locations Downtown agreed upon by the donor and the committee.
The epigrams may be local historical facts, inspirational, entertaining or they may convey wit and wisdom. The selection of epigrams will be from a pre-approved list of epigrams or donor requests. Donor epigram requests are approved by the Wise Walks Committee. The desired placement and installation will be performed by the City of Anderson. Installation shall take place three times a year.

For more information, including quotes available, down the PDF below.

Wise Walk Brochure

Please email the Anderson Arts Center for pricing for any of the additional quotes. For questions or more information, contact us at 864.222.2787 or

A little birdie told me that Main Street is aflutter,
with dozens of Carolina Wrens roosting in some
unusual spots. Come stroll downtown and put
your bird watching skills to the test. Binoculars and
hiking boots optional.

Artist Zan Wells' bronze statues capture the beauty
and grace of our beloved Carolina Wren for this
most special installation.

How many of these captivating creatures can you find? Use this brochure to find all the clues, including a map and key.

Carolina Wrens Brochure

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Carolina Wren - noun a large wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus, of the US, having a musical call. Carolina Wrens: The Darlings of South Carolina

In the South, we love our songbirds. We adore their flitting and chirping, and delight in the way their feathers color our landscape. Add in South Carolina, no other songbird is more irresistible than the Carolina Wren.

This small, fluffy creature is recognizable by its rusty underside, white eye stripe, and upright tail. But more often than not, you'll hear our feathered friends before you see them. Carolina Wrens are loud, with their "tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle" warble a familiar refrain. Common in urban areas, you're more likely to see them nesting in a hanging plant than a birdhouse.

Anderson Arts Center | 110 Federal Street | Anderson SC 29625 | 864.222.2787 | fax 864.716.3840
Gallery & Office Hours | Tuesday through Friday | 9:30am to 5:30pm