Jeffrey and Harriet Lampkin's Summer Arts Institute set for July 8-11 in Manning


The 2024 Summer Arts Institute, spearheaded by Jeffrey and Harriet Lampkin, is slated to take place in Manning from July 8 through July 11. This annual event, which has become a staple in the community, is dedicated to fostering artistic talent among youth in rural areas.

"The Summer Arts Institute is an opportunity to impact the entire Clarendon County, and beyond," said Jeffrey Lampkin. "We even have students from Sumter County and Williamsburg County who drive over to be a part of it."

The Institute, which is free of charge, caters to children and teenagers aged 5 to 18. It offers a variety of artistic disciplines, including mime, singing, and drama. "Our goal is to teach and empower youth through the arts," Lampkin explained. "We want to give them experiences they might not otherwise have due to transportation issues or lack of resources."

Parents interested in enrolling their children can register at The program runs each evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., culminating in a finale on Thursday night. Lampkin also emphasized that the Institute provides snacks and dinner for participants, ensuring they leave each night with a full stomach.

Despite the free admission, the Lampkins are committed to accommodating all interested participants. "If transportation is an issue, we encourage parents to reach out to us. We don't want any child left behind," said Lampkin.

The specific location in Manning is still being finalized, but the organizers promise to keep the community informed. "We'll utilize all available channels to update everyone as soon as the location is confirmed," Lampkin noted.

Jeffrey Lampkin, a native of Manning, is known for his dynamic presence as an entertainer and community leader. With a background in sociology and human resource management, he has made significant contributions to the arts and media landscape in South Carolina. His wife, Harriet Huell Lampkin, an attorney, shares his passion for community service and the arts.

The couple's dedication to their community is evident in their efforts to make the Summer Arts Institute accessible and enriching for all participants. "We aim to provide a safe and productive environment where kids can make friends and grow through their artistic pursuits," said Lampkin.