An important part of the foundation's endeavors includes education. From a curriculum for grades 3-12 that can be used to compliment many areas of study to a traveling photographic exhibit of Simmons' work, there are many different opportunities for learning about and experiencing art that is deep in cultural and artistic heritage.

All proceeds above the actual cost of these educational items goes to the development and maintenence of the Philip Simmons Gardens.

Keeper of the Gate Photographic Exhibit

Keeper of the Gate is an photographic exhibit by Claire Y. Greene. It was exhibited around the state of South Carolina for two years through the State Museum's traveling program. It has also been exhibited out of state at Mississippi State University, the Kentucky Art and Craft Museum, the Art Gallery at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in New York City, and the Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center on Hilton Head Island, SC.

This exhibit is now available through the traveling program at Avery Research Center, College of Charleston. For information, please contact:

Curtis Franks, Director of Museum Education and Exhibits
Avery Research Center
125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Mr. Simmons' office on Blake Street

Catalog - $27.00

A soft bound book of the 35 black & white photographs displayed in the photographic exhibit with introduction by Leo F. Twiggs, Ph.D., and contributions from Bernard E. Powers, Ph.D., John Michael Vlach, Ph.D., and Claire Y. Greene.






Video - $25.00

A 22-minute view of the life and works of Philip Simmons as seen through his eyes and words, through the owners of his works, scholars and friends. It will give the viewer an overall picture of the evolution of the iron crafts from shoeing horses to the decorative art and design that Simmons is known for today. This video won an "Regional Emmy" in 1995 for its excellence in cultural affairs programming. Produced and directed by David Flander productions (

Curriculum (Grades 3-12) - $40.00

Activities and lesson plans have been developed as guides to the possibilities for using the video tape Keeper of the Gate in the classroom. No matter what is taught, the teacher will be able to use something from The Life and Works of Philip Simmons to present some concept which can be related to some aspect of the subject being taught. Plans include the following subjects: Art, Math, Language Arts or Social Studies, American History, and Science. The concept for the curriculums was designed by Owen Riley Lee and the Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.

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30 1/2 Blake Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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