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News Release

Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Lunch & Learn Lecture on New Genre Public Art

Release Date: February 28, 2019

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


The Office of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head Island is hosting a free Lunch and Learn Seminar on "Lantern Parades as New Genre Public Art" at noon on Friday, March 8, at the USCB Hilton Head Island campus, 1 Sand Shark Drive.

Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and participate in the conversation about lantern parades with Chantelle Rytter, a community parade artist best known for founding the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. Though official word is pending, the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons is believed to hold the world record for Most People Dressed as Garden Gnomes.

Chantelle, an award winning artist, has founded several other annual parades based in public participation including the Decatur Lantern Parade, the Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade, and the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade on the Chattahoochee River. Her latest work, Parliament of Owls, debuted in Midtown Atlanta last summer. Chantelle studied integrative arts at Penn State University. She lived in New Orleans for ten years and fell under the spell of parade culture and the notion that creative play can be a civic gift.

Lantern parades are precious forms of public art that involves public participation. "Inviting everyone to make a lantern and walk in the parade is inviting everyone to make a piece of public art and take it out dancing," Chantelle said. "Parades are where a community sees itself. Lantern parades are where a community sees itself as volumes of light. This experience and the memory of it creates a lasting positive impact on how people feel about a place and who they share it with."

For more information or interviews with the artist, contact Jenn McEwen, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head Island, at 843-341-4703 or jennm@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.


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The Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs works to promote and support Hilton Head Island as a vibrant cultural destination that enriches our diverse community. We strive for the island to be recognized as a vibrant and distinctive destination known for its unique arts and culture assets that serve a diverse community and create a richer quality of life. For more information, visit www.culturehhi.org.