College of Charleston Arts Management professor wins preservation award

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The College of Charleston School of the Arts' Dr. Karen Chandler is the receipt of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s 2010 “Preserving Our Places in History” Individual Award.

Chandler was nominated for her work as Co-Principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative, which included gathering archival materials, collecting oral histories, and other related academic pursuits. She has published several articles that have documented and dispersed information about the unique contributions of Charleston’s African American community to American Jazz.

Karen Chandler, Associate Professor in Arts Management, has taught in the arts management program since 1999. Currently, she teaches arts management courses in both the undergraduate program and master's program in public administration. In addition to her work with Charleston Jazz Initiative (, she served as director of the College’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, from 2001-2004. Chandler received a bachelor's degree in music education from Hampton University, a master's in music education from Columbia University-Teachers College, and a doctorate in studies in arts and humanities from New York University.


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