Richland Library Names Next Artist-in-Residence

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Columbia, SC- A local artist, known for making fusion music by mixing genres, is sharing her talents with Richland Library and the community this summer. We're excited to welcome Ara-Viktoria McKinney (Ara-V) as our next artist-in-residence, starting Monday, June 10.

A South Carolina native, Ara-V is a singer, songwriter, actress, musical theater director and poet. Her musical career spans 19 years, dating back to her childhood and singing in church. Ara-V says she likes to explore combinations of gospel, jazz, country, classical and soul. She's currently working on her third album and performing with her band, the Ara-V Collective.

Ara-V is set to host weekly office hours at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street), answering questions while sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She also is coordinating with our arts librarian to offer an array of free programs for all ages, including mini vocal lessons and songwriting workshops. Ara-V plans to feature the work of participants during a Musical Showcase later this summer. Be sure to visit for more details. Her residency extends through September 6, 2019.

Initially developed in September 2016, the concept behind Richland Library's artist-in-residence is to connect the community with local, working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to local residents in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

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