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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.

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New Greenville Symphony director focuses on diversity, broadening audience

From The Greenville News: Story by Paul Hyde

As Greenville Symphony musicians tunSherwood Mobleye up for the orchestra’s Masterworks concert tonight (Jan. 23), longtime patrons will notice that Sherwood Mobley is not standing behind the timpani. It’s a place he occupied on the Peace Center stage for 23 years. Instead, Mobley will be greeting patrons in the lobby as the orchestra’s new executive director. “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity,” Mobley said. Mobley’s recent appointment is gaining considerable notice because he’s one of the few African Americans serving in the top administrative position in an American symphony orchestra. Minorities have long been underrepresented in all aspects of American orchestras: on the podium, in the orchestra, in the audience and in the administrative offices. “I applaud the board for its commitment to diversity,” said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an association of U.S. symphony orchestras. Mobley, 58, who also was the former director of operations and personnel for the orchestra, was chosen from among dozens of applicants nationwide to serve as executive director. He’ll oversee an office staff of 10, a regular orchestra roster of up to 100 and an annual budget of $2.2 million. “It’s wonderful that such an accomplished musician and administrator as Sherwood Mobley is rising to the executive ranks,” Rosen said. The Greenville Symphony is one of the Upstate’s cornerstone arts organizations, with dozens of performances every year at the Peace Center as well as smaller chamber music and children’s concerts throughout the community. Mobley has served as the Greenville Symphony’s interim director since Sept. 11. Greenville Symphony conductor Edvard Tchivzhel continues to oversee all artistic matters for the orchestra. For Mobley, reaching out to Greenville’s young people and minority communities is a top priority. The audiences for symphony orchestras nationwide tend to be older and overwhelming white. “As executive director and a person of color, I’m very interested in expanding the audience, period,” Mobley said. “But secondly, I’d love to see more blacks in the audience,” Mobley added. “I’m hopeful that in my current position, I’ll be able to implement programs and activities that broaden the audience. African-American churches are a good starting point. I’d like to go to them and say, ‘Can I come to you and talk to you about the Greenville Symphony?’” Mobley plans to pursue new educational initiatives as well. The orchestra already offers concerts for thousands of young students at the Peace Center, but Mobley would like to bring the full orchestra into the auditoriums of Upstate high schools — an effort, however, that would require significant fund-raising. “I’d like to reach out to new areas of the community,” Mobley said. “I certainly have a vested interested in that. There are people within 10 miles of the Peace Center who’ve never stepped foot inside the Peace Center, where the Greenville Symphony performs and so many other great arts activities take place.” In addition, Mobley already has implemented a program called “Sunday Funday,” which allows young children to attend an orchestral performance for free when a parent buys an upper-balcony ticket. “Many parents are telling us they can’t afford tickets for the entire family,” Mobley said. The Greenville Symphony faces challenges similar to those of orchestras nationwide: growing and diversifying the classical music audience base. “Broadening the audience is Topic No. 1 or No. 2 at orchestra conferences,” Mobley said. “We’re trying to build a future audience. We’re grateful for our traditional supporters but they’re getting older and we need to look at ways to bring young people into the concert hall.” As the orchestra’s director of operations and personnel, Mobley sought to provide opportunities for minority musicians, and he hopes to repeat those efforts in regard to building a diverse audience for classical music. Nationwide, only 5 percent of orchestra musicians are African American or Latino, and 7 percent of conductors are African American or Latino, according to the League of American Orchestras. “Because of my color, I know many blacks who are really fine musicians and deserve an opportunity to at least get into the audition process,” Mobley said. “I think I was very successful in getting the word out. If you look at the Greenville Symphony, there are more black faces there than in most orchestras.” An early start Mobley keenly understands the importance of introducing young people at an early age to classical music as a way of building a future audience. Mobley was 3 years old when his father died, leaving his mother to raise Mobley, his three sisters and older brother. In a segregated Sanford, Florida, Mobley might not have found his way to music if not for a mother who introduced him to piano at age 4. “In that household, everybody had to take piano lessons,” Mobley said, with a laugh. “That was the rule. You couldn’t live there unless you took piano lessons.” One day, however, the young Mobley saw the Florida A&M band’s legendary drumline — and the young man discovered his calling. “I was just fascinated by the drums,” Mobley said. “They were flipping the sticks all around and it looked so cool. That was the wow-factor for me, seeing the Florida A&M marching band drumline.” Mobley’s mother made a deal with him: If he would agree to leave the segregated elementary school he attended for a predominately white school, she would buy him a Sears & Roebuck snare drum. She herself taught at her son’s predominately black school but wanted him to enjoy the better advantages of the predominately white school. “She was using textbooks that were old and tattered, so she knew there’d be better opportunities at a different school and she wanted me to be a part of that,” Mobley said. “So in fifth grade, I went to a new school where I was one of three blacks. My mother bought me that snare drum. I still have it today.” At his new school, Mobley met the music teacher’s husband, who was a professionally trained percussionist. He would become Mobley’s first private teacher. Later, Mobley would play percussion in a high school marching band but he found he really loved performing classics in the concert band. “I loved the symphonic band, playing the orchestral transcriptions of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich,” Mobley said. Mobley would later attend the Boston Conservatory, earning a bachelor’s degree in music. He earned a master’s at the New England Conservatory, also in Boston. Several professional jobs would follow. Mobley served as principal timpanist with the Maracaibo (Venezuela) and Macon (Georgia) symphony orchestras before becoming principal timpanist with the Greenville Symphony in 1991. Through his long tenure with the orchestra, Mobley has become close with his fellow musicians and conductor Tchivzhel. “I’ve developed a strong relationship not only with our musicians but with Edvard,” Mobley said. “We understand each other and there’s a great deal of trust there as well. I certainly trust Edvard’s musical instincts and knowledge, and I know I have the orchestra’s confidence and support.” Mobley became the orchestra’s director of operations and personnel in 1996 — while remaining the orchestra’s timpanist. With his new appointment as executive director, however, Mobley decided that he could not continue to perform in the orchestra. Even more difficult than resigning from the orchestra was letting go of his teaching duties at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. “I’ve taught at the Governor’s School since the doors opened,” Mobley said. “Stepping away from those activities tugs at my heart more than anything else. It was hard for me to tell my students that I was leaving.” The Greenville Symphony will be auditioning timpanists for Mobley’s replacement soon. Nancy B. Stanton, a former president of the Greenville Symphony Guild, endowed the timpani chair in Mobley’s honor. “I’m thrilled that Sherwood is executive director now,” Stanton said. “I’ve watched him over the years assume more and more responsibility. I think it made perfect sense to move him up to that position. He is so well-respected in the community.” Mobley said he will continue to perform occasionally: chamber music or with the Greenville Symphony jazz trio. Winning applause Mobley’s appointment as executive director is being widely applauded. “He had a strong resume and strong qualifications but also an incredible sense of passion for the Greenvile Symphony and an incredible level of integrity and respect among the community, staff, musicians and key supporters of the Greenville Symphony,” said Bob Nachman, president of the symphony board and head of the seven-member search committee. Mobley was first hired as the orchestra’s personnel manager when John Warner was president of the board. Warner, who is still a board member, and was a cellist with the orchestra from 1978 to 1985, said he’s pleased to see Mobley take the reins of the organization. “He’s highly respected and he’s got all the attributes of a good manager,” Warner said. “The staff and musicians really like him. I think he’s a great choice for this position because he’s got almost universal support from all the constituents.” Robert O’Brien, who serves as the orchestra’s representative on the board, said the musicians are particularly pleased to see the executive director chosen from among their own ranks. “The musicians are very excited about Sherwood being appointed executive director,” said O’Brien, the orchestra’s assistant principal cellist. “He certainly knows the Greenville Symphony inside and out. He understands all the business aspects of the job but he also has a real artistic understanding of an organization like this. We’ve had some very good executive directors but they haven’t had the artistic knowledge that Sherwood brings to the equation. We don’t see how that can be anything but a positive.”

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Remembering Greenville visionary Tommy Wyche

Tommy Wyche, who passed away Jan. 23, 2015, received the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. From The Greenville News: Story by Tonya Maxwell

Tommy WycheWyche, an attorney and lifelong Greenville resident, died Friday afternoon after failing health. He was 88. He had not only the ability to envision grand projects — some that might have seemed foolhardy to others at the time — but the tenacity to execute a plan that could take decades to see though, family and friends remembered. "Dad was a quiet, brilliant, behind-the-scenes advocate for the city of Greenville and the South Carolina mountains," said son Brad Wyche, executive director of Upstate Forever. "He didn't care about the recognition or the spotlight. What he wanted was to make the city a better place and to protect as many acres in the mountains as possible, and he was spectacularly successful in achieving those goals." An avid hiker and photographer, Wyche was an activist drawn to nature and worked to protect beauty he saw as endangered, said Cary Hall an attorney at the Wyche firm, where Wyche spent his career. He saw potential, too, in downtown Greenville in the early 1980s, when a trip to the mall was a better destination than a walk on Main Street. "He looked at the right bank of the Reedy River and he could see that as being a world-class development, when most people could only see falling-down buildings and bunch of kudzu," Hall said. Wyche worked with then-Mayor Max Heller, business leader Buck Mickel and others to launch initiatives that reshaped downtown Greenville. He helped bring the Hyatt Regency to Main Street, envisioned Falls Park and RiverPlace developments, helped push the city to narrow Main Street from four lanes to two, install new sidewalks and trees and construct a walking bridge across the Reedy River near the historic structure now named the Wyche Pavilion. After earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, followed by a law degree, Wyche took a job at the law firm where his father worked, later taking the helm himself. In the 1960s, he invested in a location that few saw as valuable, said Ted Gentry, chair of the executive committee for the firm. "It's not his most major accomplishment, but I'm sitting here looking at the Falls of Reedy River," Gentry said. "When he sited the firm here in the '60s, it was not a sane thing to do. There was nothing special about that site, and now it's the heart of the new Greenville." After a trip to California, Wyche became determined to save the Blue Ridge Escarpment from the development that plagued hills around Los Angeles, beginning a 40-year conservation journey. Jocassee Gorges, Caesars Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park, the Greenville Watershed and hundreds of privately conserved acres "wouldn't exist today without dad's vision, commitment and hard work," Brad Wyche told The News in 2013 after his father was honored on Green Day, the Greenville Drive baseball team's annual celebration of the city. In the 1970s, the elder Wyche founded Naturaland Trust, a conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural beauty in the Upstate. "He had a unique combination of a grand vision and also the willingness and ability to undertake the real world pragmatism needed to make that vision a reality," said Frank Holleman, president of Naturaland Trust. "Many people have vision, but very few people can take a vision and convert it into a reality that changes the world." Greenville Mayor Knox White said any praise he could give to Wyche wouldn't be hyperbole. The mayor said a month didn't go by that he didn't seek Wyche's counsel. "Tommy Wyche was the most remarkable Greenvillian I've ever known," White said. "His vision for the city and love of the mountains made us what we are today." Wyche staked his business in downtown Greenville, believing in its future along the Reedy River, White said. "He saw in our downtown and our river what its potential could be decades before it would be realized," White said. "Dad was a true renaissance man who did so many things so well—in law, conservation, downtown redevelopment, piano, tennis, photography, snow skiing, scuba diving, beekeeping, and on and on," Brad Wyche said Friday. "The scope of his talents was absolutely breathtaking." The visitation will be held at Genevieve's at the Peace Center on Monday from 2 to 5 p.m., and the memorial service will be held Tuesday at the Gunter Theatre at 2 p.m.

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Midlands residents invited to take part in performance art event

Midlands residents are invited to be a part of a new art performance event to be created for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. Created and facilitated by South Carolina artist Candice Ivy, Crossings will be held on Columbia’s Main Street on the evening of Tues., Feb. 17, closing the official commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. The mission of the performance is to express the collective voice of participants through action and sound, symbolically recalling our inter-connected past with our present experience of local history. During the performance, participants will collaborate with the artist to work symbolically with sound, cloth, water and ash sourced from the remains of two historic homes. The goal will be to collectively create and hold a respectful space that reflects an acknowledgement of history's continual presence within people, place and culture. Anyone, regardless of background, who would like to share their personal story may volunteer to participate. This performance is largely dependent upon the collective and diverse voices of the community to be successful. Narratives can be open in content, but should speak to each individual’s personal experience related to the traces of the Civil War in the South, not excluding stories connected to the range of complexities, sensitivities and divides connected to this shared history. In preparation for the event, volunteers are invited to participate in several activities as a means to share their stories and connect with the artist and each other. In part one of these preparatory meetings, participants are asked to bring any small object that connects them to their story. This performance pays reverential acknowledgement to our collective experiences. All potential participants are asked to bring their stories with openness and respect. Meetings will take place at The Big Apple, located at 1000 Hampton Street in downtown Columbia, S.C., and will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9, 11, 13 and 16. Participants are required to attend both the first and last meetings as well as the performance on the evening of Feb. 17. For more information, email candiceivy@gmail.com. To sign up, visit BurningofColumbia.com. About Columbia Commemorates: Columbia Commemorates is a multi-disciplinary coalition comprised of Midlands and statewide organizations formed to plan and implement a citywide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. Through lectures; tours; film; visual, literary and performing arts; exhibits; public discussion; and large public gatherings, Columbia Commemorates will explore the events of February 17, 1865, as well as the immediate and long-term ramifications of the burning of South Carolina’s capital city. This commemoration is made possible by The Humanities CouncilSC, South Carolina Arts Commission and Chernoff Newman. For more information about the commemoration and a calendar of events, please visit BurningofColumbia.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Book-related exhibitors invited to apply for the South Carolina Book Festival

Are you a publisher, bookseller, literary organization, community nonprofit, or book-related exhibitor? Consider applying to be an exhibitor at the SCBook Festival scheduled for May 15 - 17, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C. The festival annually attracts more than 6,500 participants for this two-day event, and more than 70 percent of attendees indicate that they come with the intention of buying books. The SCBook Festival is the largest annual literary event in South Carolina. Space for exhibitors is limited, so register early. The deadline for Early Bird Registration is March 15, 2015. All other application forms and payments in full must be received by April 15, 2015, for inclusion in publicity and printed materials. The official exhibitor guidelines and registration forms are available on the festival's website. About the SCBook Festival The 19th Annual SCBook Festival takes place May 15 - 17, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 are FREE and open to the public. Special events take place throughout the weekend. The SCBook Festival features more than 90 authors in solo and panel presentations, more than 100 exhibitors selling books and book-related merchandise, book signings, special ticketed events, and much more. For more information about the 2015 SCBook Festival, visit the website, www.scbookfestival.org. Via: SCBook Festival

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Free dental clinic for South Carolina music industry professionals

Smile ProgramsThe South Carolina Arts Commission is partnering with MusiCares (an affiliate of the GRAMMY Foundation) and Smile Programs to provide a day-long dental clinic to uninsured music professionals in need. The clinic takes place Weds., March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the office of Dr. Paul Downing, 121 Alpine Circle in Columbia, S.C. Space is limited and appointments are required. Dental screenings, cleanings and x-rays will be offered free of charge to pre-screened, pre-approved South Carolina applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must provide documentation of at least five years of professional work in the music industry. If experience is less than five years, eligibility can also be determined through credited contribution to at least six commercially released recordings or videos (singles). Call MusiCares at (877) 626-2748 to find out more about eligibility or to schedule your appointment. Please DO NOT contact the dental office directly; MusiCares staff members are handling all appointments and will be happy to answer your questions. Don't wait! Appointments will fill up fast!

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Mauldin announces public art trail, invites S.C. artists to apply

The City of Mauldin’s Office of Cultural Affairs announces the creation of the Mauldin Public Art Trail at the Mauldin Cultural Center. This new program seeks to beautify the community with public art displays created by South Carolina artists. This year’s theme is "Crossroads." The Public Art Trail lines the perimeter of the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center. A new work will be commissioned each year to fill the nine pre-approved sites along the perimeter. All nine sites will be filled within 10 years. For each year after the first 10 years, the oldest artwork will be replaced, resulting in a new slate of nine pieces of artwork every 10 years. Retired artworks will be relocated to other areas around the community. Mauldin City Council approved the Public Art Trail in December 2014. The program is a partnership with the Mauldin Cultural Council, a nonprofit organization that supports the Office of Cultural Affairs. The Mauldin Cultural Council will lead the selection process with city input. The selection committee will choose two finalists who will then be asked to develop conceptual designs. The final artist will be selected by mid- to late-April and given no more than 12 months for project completion. Total budget for the annual program is not to exceed $15,000 and must be inclusive of fabrication, artist fees, and installation. The Request for Qualifications and Application are available online at www.cityofmauldin.org/oca. Artists, and all members of their team if applicable, must be residents of South Carolina during the duration of the project. The deadline for submission is February 27, 2015. Contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (864) 335-4862 with any questions. Related: Public art trail coming to Mauldin, S.C. About the City of Mauldin The City of Mauldin is located in the Upstate of South Carolina and in the heart of Greenville County. It is the 17th largest city in South Carolina and one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Mauldin was first charted in 1820 and has grown to a population of almost 25,000. More information can be found online at www.cityofmauldin.org. Via: The City of Mauldin Office of Cultural Affairs

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Rock Hill plans for first state-recognized cultural district

From the Rock Hill Herald:

Rock Hill may soon become the first city in South Carolina to have a state-recognized cultural district in its downtown area. The Arts Council of York County has been working with local and state leaders the past several months to apply for cultural district designation through the South Carolina Arts Commission. The initiative was approved by state lawmakers late last year. Gaining recognition for downtown Rock Hill as a cultural district should attract visitors, businesses and foot traffic to the area, said Debra Heintz, Arts Council executive director. The application for the designation is backed by the Rock Hill City Council, but the Arts Council will manage the district and its marketing efforts. Heintz said the establishment of a downtown cultural district fits into other efforts underway in the area and in the neighboring textile corridor along West White Street. There, city officials and a private developer have plans to build a high-tech business park, called “Knowledge Park,” along with residential, entertainment and retail buildings. Recent downtown development – which includes a new park, four-story office building, street upgrades and a proposed apartment building – and the future Knowledge Park aim to attract the “creative class” to Rock Hill, Heintz said. The term creative class generally refers to young people or young families who have creative or high-tech jobs, are college-educated and seek to be engaged with activities in their home city. “These kinds of folks look for lively entertainment options” like films, festivals, live music and art, Heintz said. Already, she said, downtown Rock Hill has a diverse art and culture scene. With a new state cultural district distinction, she said, the Arts Council will help brand, market and promote the downtown area as a hub for creative activity. Potential benefits of the new district classification, Heintz said, include attracting more businesses to downtown and increasing the city’s chances when applying for grant money to support local art and cultural activities. The goal is for downtown Rock Hill to be “the center of cultural, artistic and economic activity.” The district’s downtown boundaries, if approved by the state, are Elizabeth Lane to Dave Lyle Boulevard, running along Main, White and Black streets. This week, the City Council signed off on the cultural district plan, with several council members expressing excitement and support for the Arts Council’s goals. Heintz said the city has not been asked to spend any money on the district. At some point, she said, money for marketing or public arts may be available from the state, but not yet. Rock Hill is an early adopter and will serve as a “pilot site” for the new state designation, said Rusty Sox of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Sox is the program director for the new cultural designation initiative. Four cities or towns, including Rock Hill, are working on applying for the designation. Next month, Sox said, the state commission’s board could meet and approve Rock Hill’s application, making it the first city in the state to earn the designation. Less than 15 states nationwide have a program for establishing cultural districts in cities and towns, Sox said. South Carolina has started its program at a time when “there’s not a lot of money to put behind it,” he said. For now, the main goal of the district designation is “all about image and identity,” he said. In the future, Sox hopes the Arts Commission will be able to partner with other state agencies to provide funding or other support for local cultural districts. The various goals of designated cultural districts include attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to South Carolina communities. Proponents of the program say cultural districts encourage economic development, foster local cultural identities, and attract tourists and promote contributions to public art. In preparing Rock Hill’s application for the district designation, the Arts Council made a “cultural inventory” of facilities and programs in downtown. Major sites on the list include the Arts Council’s Center for the Arts and its Community Performance Arts Center; the York County Culture and Heritage Museum’s Children’s Museum on Main Street; the outdoor amphitheater on Black Street; and the new Fountain Park on Elizabeth Lane. In total, more than a dozen buildings or programs were listed on the inventory. As part of the application process, officials with the state Arts Commission visited Rock Hill last month to evaluate arts and cultural sites. If approved, Rock Hill’s cultural district designation would be in effect for five years, with the Arts Council and others tracking investments and growth in the area. Cities with cultural districts will be asked to track the number of visitors to the area, the building occupancy rate, tourism activity, sales tax collections, employment figures, and the volume of art-based industries.

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ArtsPlace offers new grant opportunity for place-based non-government organizations

ArtPlace is accepting applications for Community Development Investments, a new one-time grant program offering $18 million to place-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a primary mission of community planning and development. The program combines financial resources with advice from national experts to help organizations sustainably incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their work. Applications are due March 12, 2015. ArtPlace will select one NGO in each of six geographical regions and provide up to $3 million in funding per organization. One of the six targeted regions is a metropolitan community in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia.

The call for applications is open to place-based NGOs that:
  • have a defined geographical area of focus (neighborhood, town, city, region, etc.)
  • are working to achieve a variety of social, economic, and physical outcomes in that geographical area
  • regularly partner and work across sectors to achieve these community outcomes
  • have long-term vision and presence in a community
  • do not have a significant history of working with the arts and cultural sector
Each selected organization will also work with national creative placemaking experts, a Financial Capital Consortium, a Federal Grants Advisory Team, and a Community Documentation and Research Team. ArtPlace is interested in investing in organizations that represent a variety of regions of the country and work in communities of different sizes. Combining those desires with the geographical priorities of our funding partners, ArtPlace is inviting organizations with a programmatic focus in one of the following six regions:
  1. a community of any size in Alaska
  2. a community of any size in California
  3. a nonmetropolitan area community in Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas
  4. a nonmetropolitan area community in Minnesota
  5. one or more neighborhoods of Philadelphia, PA
  6. a metropolitan community in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia
Visit www.artplaceamerica.org/CDI for more information. Via: ArtPlace

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Fine craft artists invited to enter Palmetto Hands Competition and Exhibition

South Carolina fine craft artists are invited to participate in the 14th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition. Objects juried into the show compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online at www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is March 16, 2015. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this exhibition offers fine craft artists the opportunity to exhibit objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D mixed media. After the show, up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. Internationally renowned jeweler and paper artist Jocelyn Chateauvert will jury this year’s exhibition. Born and educated in Iowa City, Chateauvert creates lighting, sculpture, and installations from the paper she makes by hand. After earning an MFA from the University of Iowa, she taught metalworking at Middlesex Polytechnic in London and then established herself as a professional artist in San Francisco. Since 1999, she has lived in Charleston, South Carolina, devoting herself primarily to paper art that is widely displayed in homes and public buildings. She has been honored not only by the South Carolina Arts Commission but also by a Smithsonian Fellowship and by a featured exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. The 14th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1-9, 2015, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held May 1. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Image: 2014 Best of Show SC State Bird (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, S.C.) Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

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USC Upstate to launch downtown art gallery

From GoUpstate.com:
An art gallery will be the University of South Carolina Upstate’s second facility located in downtown Spartanburg.
UPSTATE Gallery on Main, at 172 E. Main St., will open to the public for the first time for Thursday’s ArtWalk. The gallery will feature contemporary and original exhibitions from Upstate’s permanent collection by artists Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann and Beatrice Riese, according to university officials. “We are excited to bring our art to downtown Spartanburg and look forward to showcasing the contemporary works by visiting artists and USC Upstate students and faculty,” said Jane Allen Nodine, USC Upstate art professor and director of art galleries, in a written statement. Nodine said the gallery will also serve as an experimental learning lab, and students will work at the gallery. For ArtWalk, visitors may view Nodine’s sculptural assemblages, which she creates using wax, paper, fibers and fabric. She also is showing encaustic paintings and wax prints. Chancellor Tom Moore said in a statement that having a gallery downtown supports the university’s mission and complements the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery on the main campus. “This downtown facility will enable us to make our permanent collection and exhibitions available to a much larger audience,” Moore said. The gallery is USC Upstate’s second downtown space, in addition to the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics on St. John Street. The UPSTATE Gallery on Main will be open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public. A grand opening is planned for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11. For details, contact Nodine at 864-503-5838 or jnodine@uscupstate.edu.