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Add your event to Arts Daily!

The South Carolina Arts Commission's arts calendar, Arts Daily, has joined forces with The Hub. Now you can visit one place to view or submit arts news AND events! Long-time Arts Daily users will notice that the revamped event submission process is simpler. You can also add your arts venue (if you haven't already) to The Hub's venue list through the Arts Daily submission process. Online readers of Arts Daily can search and sort events to find activities based on location, art form or type of event. Is your event or opportunity right for Arts Daily? If it's arts-related, open to the public, and of interest to people in South Carolina, then yes! Event types include auditions, calls for entries & contests, classes, conferences, exhibitions, fellowships & residencies, openings, book signings, performances, screenings and more. You'll choose the type when you submit your event or opportunity. To submit arts events to Arts Daily, use the Submit Events button. (Be sure to submit your event at least one month in advance.) If your event has an interesting news element, you can also send it to The Hub through the Submit Story button. Arts events submitted at least one month in advance will appear on the Arts Daily website, and some will be recorded for radio.

How to decide what to submit where

Submit Event to Arts Daily: Arts Daily listings and radio announcements are limited to the key details and a brief description of your event and will direct readers to your website or organization for a lengthier description. Arts events submitted at least one month before the event will be posted to the online Arts Daily calendar. Not all events are recorded for the radio. The earlier you submit, the longer it will appear on the Arts Daily site for readers to find and the better chance the event will be recorded for radio. You can even submit an entire season at once! Submit Story to The Hub: If your event has a news component, you can also submit a lengthier article or news release through The Hub's Submit Story button. Story submissions, if accepted, appear as articles on The Hub's main page and "roll off" the page as other articles are posted -- the lifespan of a Hub article is much shorter than an Arts Daily entry. Hub articles will direct readers to your website or organization for more information. What makes an event newsworthy? A few questions to ask: Does the event relate to a larger purpose (e.g., an artist's studio or gallery opening is a result of the arts reviving a downtown, a celebrity S.C. artist is participating to raise awareness and/or funds, a student exhibition illustrates the benefit of arts education, etc.)? Is this a first time for the event, or a milestone anniversary? Did the project break an attendance or fundraising record? Sometimes the news element occurs after an event when you're ready to share results and photos. Bottom line: Submit ALL arts events to Arts Daily, at least one month in advance. Submit more info about your event to The Hub ONLY if there is an extra news element. Remember, you may also use the Submit Story button to send your feature articles, blog posts, stories, etc. about arts topics other than events.

Writing your Arts Daily Event Description

Arts Daily web listings and radio announcements are designed to provide the most vital pieces of information about your event or opportunity and refer users to ArtsDaily.org and/or to your website or organization for details. We encourage you to use your Event Description space to provide a self-contained, factual summary of your event or opportunity. ONLY the text in the Event Description field will be used in your radio announcement, should your submission be chosen for broadcast. What to include in the Event Description:
  • The name of the event or opportunity and a brief description of it
  • Who is responsible for it (hosting or presenting organization)
  • Where (venue and city)
  • When (date and time)
  • Cost to participate
  • Deadline for the public to participate (e.g., registration, submission), if applicable. (Note: This is not a deadline for posting on Arts Daily.)
What not to include in the Event Description:
  • Contact information. Radio announcements will direct listeners to the Arts Daily website where you have entered this information.
  • Superlatives (such as “the best,” “beautiful,” “a great achievement,” etc.) will be excluded from the final listing.
Want a template? Try this: (Name of the presenting or host organization) presents (name of the event), (event date) at (event time), at (event venue) in (city, and state if not South Carolina). (Provide a description of the event, so that Arts Daily users will understand what it is and whether or not they would like to attend.) Tickets are (cost). (Provide registration and/or submission requirements and/or deadline, if applicable.) Questions? We're happy to help. Contact us here. About Arts Daily Arts Daily is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina ETV Radio, and the College of Charleston.

Jobs

Jazz Artists of Charleston seeks executive director

Jazz Artists of Charleston seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Executive Director to advance the mission and agenda of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization including, but not limited to, fundraising, staff oversight, programmatic development and implementation, marketing, strategic planning, financial management, and constituent cultivation. Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop and expand all organizational fundraising activities.
  • Cultivate new relationships and opportunities for revenue generation.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of organizational communication including traditional outlets as well as web presence and social media.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and organizational systems.
  • Oversee all budgeting activities for JAC including development, implementation, and monitoring activities.
  • Work with the bookkeeper and treasurer to maintain and refine accounting procedures for managing and tracking JAC finances and funds. Communicate JAC’s performance and financial information with the board monthly and with funders as appropriate.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to refine policies and practices in fundraising, marketing, public relations, accounting, information systems, ticketing, and human resources.
  • Work with the Artistic Council and the Board to develop and implement all JAC programming efforts.
  • Ensure all regulatory compliance.
  • Hire, train, and evaluate employees. Ensure that job descriptions are developed and that regular performance evaluations are held consistent with organizational policy.
  • Be an accessible advocate in the community for JAC and all area live jazz music.
Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of senior management experience.
  • A proven track record of successful fundraising through events, grants, corporate solicitation, and individual donor cultivation efforts.
  • A passion for jazz and a desire to further develop a nonprofit organization in pursuit of mission.
  • Strong managerial, motivational, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking. Proven ability to generate professional quality written materials.
  • Proven financial management experience including budgeting, forecasting, and reporting.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit boards and best practices.
  • Proficient at multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving, delegating, and taking initiative.
Compensation commensurate with experience. Application process:
  • Electronic submissions are required and only complete submissions will be considered. Please submit as a pdf file.
  • Qualified candidates should e-mail a current resume, together with a cover letter indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to Chris Burgess at Chris@charlestonjazz.com. Candidate screening will be ongoing until the position is filled. Priority given to applications received by July 20, 2015.
About Jazz Artists of Charleston Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) is a South Carolina-based, nonprofit organization incorporated to foster a professional environment for jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area. Its mission is to develop, promote, and support a vibrant and creative jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and educational programs. JAC endeavors to preserve and bolster Charleston’s rich musical history and legacy as it explores the various realms of jazz in terms of how it is created as well as its stylistic expressions. Via: Jazz Artists of Charleston

Grantee Spotlight

Kelly Miller Elementary to expand band and music offerings with instrument donation

From the Herald-Independent

Kelly Miller Elementary bandWINNSBORO – Kelly Miller Elementary School will soon receive several musical instruments, thanks to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which helps under-served schools that don’t have adequate funds to buy or repair instruments. An application for support was submitted by Kelly Miller Elementary School and the foundation found its program to be a worthwhile investment. “I am extremely grateful for the generous contribution from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. At Kelly Miller Elementary, we believe that the arts will contribute significantly to our children’s intellectual and social development,” Principal Kathy Woodard said. Woodard thanked band teacher Vernon Huggins for taking the initiative to apply for the funds, Superintendent J. R. Green for his support and District Arts Coordinator Julianne Neal. “Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people,” said Felice Mancini, president and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to insure that music is in that toolbox.” The Kelly Miller band program began in August 2011 with 33 students in fifth and sixth grades combined. Over the course of the next three years, the band program took a progressive, fast-paced track to exhibit student talent and offers students more opportunities and experiences in instrumental music. Along with grant funding from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, the band program has received donations through Donor’s Choose and through a grant from the S.C. Arts Commission and the Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) project which serves the entire school for arts integration and arts classes. During the 2015-2016 school year, the band program will provide opportunities for approximately 150 students by offering classes in World Music, Percussion Ensemble, 3 Concert Bands, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 19 years, more than 18,000 new and refurbished instruments have been donated to more than 1,311 schools across the country. More information can be found at www.mhopus.org  

Stories

From Kingstree High to Governor’s School to Cleveland Institute of Art: Young artist pursues automotive design career

From The Kingstree News

Article and photo by Michaele Duke

The children at the Williamsburg County Library were in for a treat last week when Shawn McClary, an artist who recently graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, showed up for a class.

McClary joined a long list of speakers who volunteered their time to enlighten the young ones through STEAM, a mini-grant funded by the SC State Library. The classes meet twice weekly with a number of speakers participating and will conclude with a gallery opening at the library on July 13, to display the students’ writings and artwork.

For his part in the STEAM program, McClary described his time at the school and conveyed his view of the world through his art. “They actually focus more on experimenting and finding new ways to approach art, rather than a great artist being defined and sophisticated in the arts,” said McClary. The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school for emerging artists. Students must apply and audition to attend the school.

While at the Governor’s School, McClary majored in the visual arts. This fall he will head to the Cleveland Institute of Art where he will continue his pursuit in design.

Most of his drawings focused on automobile design, which is a telling of his goals that began when he was a sophomore at Kingstree Senior High School. “It was the summer of my 10th grade year and we went to the BMW manufacturing plant,” said McClary of that fateful day in Spartanburg. “I really liked their aesthetics and that really influenced me to look into automotive design.” McClary’s goal is to work for Chevrolet or GMC as an exterior designer.

For his next step into the world of automotive design, McClary chose Cleveland Institute because they offer an industrial design program in which he can concentrate in transportation design.

He said three major auto companies participate in the program. “Just about every Saturday they come and teach the children how to draw cars and you can sign up for internships.”

He has one up on the drawing portion of the classes. He said he recently entered the Dodge Autorama design competition and placed in the top 10 out of approximately 90 sketches.

McClary’s mom says it’s been a pleasure watching him grow into an artist. “This is so exciting to me,” said Angela. “The house has become a museum of his work. I hate to see him leave but he’s following his dream.”

Recognition

USC Upstate troupe awarded first national commendation

The University of South Carolina Upstate's Shoestring Players were awarded their first national commendation by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The troupe was recognized by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel with a 2015 Commendation for the Acting Company for ensemble performances of “Memigery.” The award comes at a special time for the program, as the University just began offering a bachelor’s degree in theatre in August 2014. Until that time, students could only pursue a concentration in theatre. It also marked the 40th anniversary of the Shoestring Players. “The kind of national and international recognition that theatre at the University of South Carolina Upstate has received speaks to the quality of our program, our faculty and our students,” said Jimm Cox, professor of theatre at USC Upstate. “Our recruting for the fall semester has tripled our estimates and that is just the beginning of the growth we foresee for our new major.” In February, the “Memigery” troupe performed at the Region IV finals of The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. While the piece did not advance to the national stage, it was another first for the Shoestring Players to have been invited to perform at the competition. “Memigery” is a compilation of stories written by USC Upstate theatre students about memories of images from their childhoods, with music composed by student Elliot Ratgen. The production was initially performed last summer at The Rose Theatre in London as a participant in the International Youth Arts Festival and at the South Carolina Theatre Association Convention. The cast and technical crew includes Jordyn Chelf of New Mexico, Seth Kemp of Landrum, Harley Bevill of Greer, Andrea Azmuendi of Mexico, Ryan Barry of Spartanburg, Alistair Mann of Spartanburg, Garrett Gibson of Spartanburg, Michael Quinn of Spartanburg, Eliot Ratgen of Greenville, Jake Salgado of Alabama and Bethany Lancaster of Spartanburg. “Memigery” was sponsored by the USC Upstate Office of Academic Affairs, USC Upstate Faculty and Staff, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard F. Odasz and the General Electric Foundation, the Greenville Healthcare System and Mr. and Mrs. George Dean Johnson, Jr. – Phifer Johnson, a family foundation. Via: USC Upstate

Jobs

Spartanburg Little Theatre seeks Director of Youth Theatre Programs and Education

Spartanburg Little Theatre in Spartanburg, S.C., invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Director of Youth Theatre Programs and Education. This position oversees all aspects of Spartanburg Youth Theatre productions and is responsible for creating and administering educational programming for K4-12. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Examples of job duties: Production Management/Directing

  • Work with the Executive Artistic Director of the Spartanburg Little Theatre to select and procure rights for all Spartanburg Youth Theatre mainstage productions.
  • Manage all Spartanburg Youth Theatre productions, including hiring production staff, scheduling and supervising auditions, coordinating build days and parent volunteers, and management of production budgets.
  • Direct at least one Spartanburg Youth Theatre mainstage production.
  • Work with the Spartanburg Youth Theatre Parent Advisory Council to coordinate parent volunteers for all Spartanburg Youth Theatre school time and public shows.
Theatre Education/Youth Classes
  • Develop educational goals for the Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s youth education programs.
  • Select classes and workshops in support of those goals for two 10-week class sessions (one in the fall semester, and one in the spring semester) and a full program of summer camps.
  • Teach at least two youth courses per semester and two summer camp sessions.
  • Oversee the scheduling and hiring of teachers, enrollment of students and teacher payroll.
  • Work with community organizations (e.g. The Boys and Girls Clubs, Spartanburg County Public Library, etc.) to provide educational opportunities for area youth.
  • Create educational materials for each Spartanburg Youth Theatre production and distribute to all schools and teachers attending school time productions
Marketing/Advertising
  • Develop and maintain relationships with area schools, businesses and other community organizations.
  • Work with the Spartanburg Little Theatre media coordinator to ensure effective publicity strategies and advertising of Spartanburg Youth Theatre educational programs and productions.
  • Work with the Spartanburg Little Theatre media coordinator to maintain a vibrant social media presence (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Ensure that the Spartanburg Youth Theatre website is regularly updated and maintained.
Administrative
  • Adhere to production and education budgets in coordination with the Spartanburg Little Theatre Executive Artistic Director.
  • Maintain and manage attendance spreadsheets for Spartanburg Youth Theatre school time performances and education programs.
  • Invoice schools for Spartanburg Youth Theatre school time performances.
  • Attend monthly meetings of the Spartanburg Youth Theatre Parent Advisory Council to discuss upcoming events, fundraisers, coordinate volunteers and ensure production support.
  • Select members of and lead monthly meetings for the Spartanburg Youth Theatre Junior Advisory Board.
  • Assist the Spartanburg Little Theatre executive artistic director in maintaining all safety and security policies
Visit Spartanburg Little Theatre's website for a complete list of duties, required qualifications and application instructions. Via: Spartanburg Little Theatre

Recognition

Spartanburg wins Bloomberg Philanthropies grant for public art

The City of Spartanburg, in partnership with The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, has been awarded up to $1,000,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of its Public Art Challenge, a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity, and enrich the vibrancy of cities. (Related: Spartanburg named finalist for public art grant.) From Bloomberg Philanthropies:

In October 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited U.S. mayors to collaborate with artists and arts organizations on developing innovative public art projects that engage residents and attract visitors. After receiving 237 applications that covered a wide range of local and civic issues, Bloomberg Philanthropies selected four winning projects to receive up to $1 million each as part of the Public Art Challenge – a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development. The four selected cities are: Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY, which proposed a collaborative project; Gary, IN; Los Angeles, CA; and Spartanburg, SC. https://youtu.be/0aHSa0q2UA8   Learn more about how each project intends to use public art to transform their city:
  • Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NYBreathing Lights
Through a collaborative effort, the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, plan to illuminate up to 300 vacant homes over several months. Working with lead artist Adam Frelin, lead architect Barbara Nelson, and more than 25 community and private sector partners, including the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, this multi-site installation aims to regenerate interest in once-vibrant neighborhoods that currently have high vacancy rates. This consortium will culminate the project with a regional summit on vacant homes and abandoned buildings to engage local residents, prospective buyers and investors, and policymakers. 
  • Gary, INArtHouse: A Social Kitchen
The City of Gary will transform a vacant downtown building into a cultural hub that showcases visual and culinary arts. ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen is a partnership with artist Theaster Gates and the City to create a civic center that features three commissioned works of visual art, offers culinary training, and provides cultural programming that uses food as a medium for community engagement.  The City will use this public space as a catalyst to develop a cultural district and promote urban revitalization. 
  • Los Angeles, CACURRENT: LA River
The City of Los Angeles will commission up to 15 multidisciplinary artworks and public programs that focus on the city’s environmental concerns and engage residents for its inaugural Public Art Biennial. These installations will include locations alongside the Los Angeles River as well as other sites throughout Los Angeles, increasing awareness of the city’s need for water conservation. 
  • Spartanburg, SCSeeing Spartanburg in a New Light
The City of Spartanburg is planning temporary art installations on city-owned public spaces in five targeted neighborhoods. The project builds on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie. Artist Erwin Redl is collaborating with the city’s police and fire departments, and neighborhood associations selected through a competitive process, to design and develop LED light installations that transform open spaces and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. We congratulate the winning cities, and look forward to partnering with them as each project takes shape over the next 24 months. Please join us in watching as the projects develop at publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org.  

Grantee Spotlight

Arts Arising Summer Program in 25th year at Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Arts ArisingThe Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is producing the 25th year of the Arts Arising Summer Program, which began in 1988 through a partnership with the Kershaw County School District. Third through sixth grade students identified as gifted or talented in visual art, music, drama and dance audition for the program. Since its inception, Arts Arising has reached more than  2,900 students in the community. This year, more than 120 children from Kershaw County schools are participating. During the month of June, students spend two to four weeks on the campus of the Fine Arts Center, where the depth of instruction and an atmosphere of total arts immersion define each day. Third-grade students stay two weeks and perform a showcase their last day. Older students continue several more weeks and write, produce, and perform a showcase at the end of the month for parents and family members. Comprehensive classes in the students’ strong arts areas are coupled with interdisciplinary classes and daily performances by, and discussions with, visiting professional artists. Curricula materials stress advanced understanding, skills, and knowledge in the arts, as well as an exploration of the many roles of the artist: critic, historian, aesthetician, producer and performer. Arts Arising students are provided the opportunity to:

  • expand knowledge, technique, and practice in a chosen art form.
  • study art forms and their common elements and principles in a variety of disciplines.
  • experience first-hand the work of professional artists.
  • refine problem-solving and self-evaluation skills through self-discovery, experimentation and research.
  • express feelings, moods, problems, and solutions verbally, in writing, and through various modes of artistic expression.
"The Arts Arising program provides excellent arts opportunities for our artistically gifted students every summer. Participation in the program is highly sought year after year because of the quality of the programming,” said Dr. Alisa Taylor, Kershaw County School District executive director for K-12 Instructional Support Systems. “This unique model for serving artistically gifted students serves to educate our students about the arts and culture, instills a love of the arts, and encourages students to develop skills that can benefit them throughout a lifetime." Jami Steele, director of education and theatre for the Fine Arts Center, says she is always impressed with how intelligent and inquiring the students are. "Our visiting artists, professionals in their craft, often comment on the high level of artistic knowledge that our students display when questioning the artists about their performance and their area of expertise,” she said. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.  Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information, call (803) 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals. Via: Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Grantee Spotlight

Artist’s song stresses “YoungStroke” awareness and prevention

Ron DaisePerforming artist Ron Daise received a $500 quarterly project grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission to produce and record a song, "People Gotta Know," for YoungStroke, Inc., which works to create awareness about strokes in young people. Daise is vice president for creative education at Brookgreen Gardens and the former chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. (Related: Brookgreen official wins grant for young stroke awareness) From The Sun News Article by Steve Palisin

A song not only can tell a story, but send a moving message to the masses. As Ron Daise will sing at the inaugural YoungStroke conference, which opens for three days Saturday (June 27-29) in Jacksonville, Fla., “People Gotta Know.” The multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and performer made this recording about stroke awareness and prevention an extracurricular project outside of his day job as vice president for creative education at Brookgreen Gardens, and to make a difference for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which runs along the Atlantic coast from Wilmington, N.C., south to Jacksonville (www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org). Amy Edmunds of Conway, also a health sciences lecturer at Coastal Carolina University and the founder and chief executive of YoungStroke Inc., reiterates that this condition, when blood flow to a part of the brain stops, can affect anyone ages 18 to 65. She also shared the alarming statistic that 58.5 percent of doctor-diagnosed strokes in 2013 in South Carolina were for people younger than 65 – up from 50 percent in 2009, when the national average was 34 percent. Daise reflected on his contribution to getting the word out. Question | In the 2 minutes and 51 seconds of this song, with its upbeat piano introduction and the ivories’ ending signature framing the work of this piece, how easily did the lyrics pour from your heart, meshed with the composition and production by Travis Winbush? Was is a star that fell on your lap? Answer | I hear a rhythm, and from the rhythm come the lyrics. … I didn’t write the music, but I have a melody line. … It happened one day, and then it continued. … I had been having a conversation with Amy Edmunds. … She had met with me about my participating in this upcoming YoungStroke conference, and part of the conversation was, “Some people do not know what young stroke looks like. Well, it could look like you. Uh-huh, it could look like me. … ” That shows up in the chorus. … It was germinating for a while. I think our conversation was in November …, but it was on New Year’s Day that it fell from the sky. Q. | With your career built from talent and innovation in creativity, education and articulation, what extra effort goes into crafting a song, a lasting legacy that will be played over and over, and possibly for generations to come? A. | Developing a hook that someone will be interested in developing for the content of the songs, the telling of a story: That’s how the verses fell into place. This shows scenarios, and for the people who are experiencing strokes, or people witnessing family and close friends with stroke, how this might be something they should be aware of. Q. | How did having your wife of almost 30 years, Natalie, speak her part later in the song add another layer of depth in the devotion to this cause for health awareness? A. | It needed two voices, because I cannot be singing this spoken piece in addition to my singing the chorus, because it might be confusing. So I thought, I would like my wife to do this. Q. | How did you first encounter the reality of young stroke affecting folks as young as 18, right here along the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and any points beyond where this message needs to resonate? A. | The awareness of stroke in young adults came from Amy Edmunds, at the time when I was chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. … At one of our meetings, she spoke about stroke affecting so many youth, how it was an international health concern, and how it’s particularly relevant for younger adults within the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. … For a long time, it was thought that … if you’re older than 65 that those are the persons who would be affected by a stroke. … There’s a gentleman from my church who had a stroke earlier this year, and he is not over 65.

Firsthand experience

Edmunds voiced her enthusiasm for the conference next weekend, especially with the endorsement by the World Stroke Organization and the Mayo Clinic as a sponsor, and guest speakers traveling from Sweden, Canada and the United Kingdom. She also said Daise plays a vital role with “People Gotta Know” in this “creative health messaging” about awareness in steps to prevent a stroke. Q. | How did this cause become a passion for you? A. | I was exposed to this reality Jan. 11, 2002, when I experienced a stroke at the age of 45. … For me, I had a healthy lifestyle, was running 5K races, and no family history of stroke. My stroke was a little unusual in that I cared about my health. … After a weeklong hospital stay, I left and I was able to walk away. … I did not have diabetes, hypertension or any issue of obesity, and my prognosis was very good. That was the exception. That’s part of my message, that we need to take care of ourselves, so that when medical crises occur, like me, you will be able to walk into the hospital, and walk out. Q. | How does this debut conference reflect the outreach for worldwide participation? A. | This issue of stroke among young adults is not just a South Carolina or American problem; it’s really an issue of global prevalence, and that’s why we were able to attract these international people. We are discussing this in a much broader context than what you generally think about with strokes. It’s much more than a medical diagnosis, and it affects the community, with a large percentage of adults who are disabled, and young adults who cannot live independently. You look at how that imposes on the community and think about the absence of resources for helping them. Q. | What other directions will this awareness effort take? A. | Someone 33 to 43 with a stroke is quite a different generation and lifestyle from someone 74 to 83, because younger adults are raising children, or they’re still in school and at the start of their career. How they pay for their rehabilitation becomes a real issue; they don’t qualify for Medicare. It’s a whole change of worlds when you have to pay for rehab out of pocket. These are issues that are very unique to young adults. Q. | So, your firsthand experience and these pressing subjects led to your establishing YoungStroke? A. | It was organized in 2005. We have to have this conversation. I am in – and there are so very much of – a first generation of young stroke survivors, and I’m motivated to go forward because I know the generation of children behind me might be diagnosed with Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. They are the second generation of young stroke waiting to happen. HEAR IT, BUY IT What | “People Gotta Know” by Ron Daise About | Awareness of strokes affecting people ages 18 to 65, especially in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org) Where | cdbaby.com/cd/ronalddaise5 How much | Downloadable for 99 cents More information | From YoungStroke Inc.: ▪ 843-655-2835 ▪ P.O. Box 692, Conway, S.C. 29528 ▪ youngstroke.org ▪ info@youngstroke.org
HOOK OF THE SONG “Some people do not know what young stroke looks like. Well, it could look like you. Uh-huh, it could look like me. People gotta know what young stroke looks like. No life should become, A catastrophe.”

Call for Art

Allendale County Arts Council seeks artist submissions for first juried art show

The Allendale County Arts Council invites artists age 18 and older to apply for ArtFlow 2015, the council’s first arts festival and juried art show.  A partnership with University of South Carolina Salkehatchie and Salkehatchie Arts, ArtFlow is named in honor of the Salkehatchie River and the five counties it flows through: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton. The ArtFlow 2015 exhibition, along with a companion Arts Market, will take place Oct. 16 - 25 in the atrium at USC Salkehatchie in Allendale as part of a larger celebration for USC Salkehatchie’s 50th anniversary celebration. The application deadline is Aug. 18. The arts council invites submissions of original artwork from artists in 11 Southeastern states: South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana. The juror for ArtFlow is Mana Hewitt, MFA, director of Undergraduate Studies and former director of the McMaster Art Gallery in the School of Visual Art and Design of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Her studio work includes ceramics, painting and metals. Hewitt received the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship and was named a Southern Arts Foundation Artist. In 2012, her work was included in the 100 Southern Artists. Prize winners will be announced during the opening reception Oct. 16 from 5 - 9 p.m. Prizes will total $2,500. Detailed eligibility & entry specifications are available online. For more information, call Salkehatchie Arts Center at (803) 584-6084 or email info@salkartscenter.com. Via: Salkehatchie Arts

Recognition

TripAdvisor recognizes Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina was recently awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence worldwide and is given to accommodations, restaurants and attractions listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the site. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify for the award, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. “We are delighted to receive this award, which indicates – above all – an outstanding level of customer satisfaction from our visiting patrons,” stated Kathleen Bateson, CEO/President of the Arts Center. “It underscores the value and appreciation of what we do, all year-round.” “TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.” Located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that produces professional theater, special performances, educational programs, community festivals and more. For information, visit www.artshhi.com. Via: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina