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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 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.


Gullah Geechee artists invited to free marketing workshop

The South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with  local libraries, will present the second and third of three professional development workshops, Promoting your Gullah Geechee Art Form. The workshops will help Gullah Geechee artists create support materials necessary to promote their art work.

Dates and locations:

Both workshops run from 6 – 9 p.m. and are offered free of charge. Space for each workshop is limited to the first 30 registrants. To register for either workshop, artists should call (803) 734-8693 or email  and provide workshop location, name, phone number and email address.

"The workshops are especially designed for Gullah Geechee residents who practice or represent one or more of the cultural expressions outlined in the Gullah Geechee Corridor’s management plan,” said Ken May, South Carolina Arts Commission executive director. Those areas include music, arts, handicrafts, foodways, spirituality, language, education and economic development. The development of these workshops began after a series of community arts meetings in 2013, where the Arts Commission, in partnership with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, heard from more than 80 artists and community residents in the Corridor. “Our ongoing goal is to make new relationships that bring new resources to people and create interest in the Corridor – both in the state and beyond,” May said. “This series of workshops for Gullah Geechee artists will hopefully provide a template for replication in the four-state corridor.” The other states in the Corridor are North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. “We are also pleased to present these workshops in partnership with local libraries, which serve as essential community resources,” May said. The first workshop was held Sept. 30 at the Mt. Pleasant Branch of the Charleston County Library. All three workshops will be led by Charleston native Kerri Forrest, award-winning journalist and owner of Social Creative Media Consulting. Active in the Charleston region since her return from a distinguished career in Washington, D.C., in 2010, Forrest currently is director of Institutional Advancement for the American College of the Building Arts. She also chairs the speaker selection committee for TEDx Charleston. Other artists and local arts leaders will also participate. For additional information about the program and future meetings, contact Arts Participation Program Director Susan DuPlessis, or (803) 734-8693. Images, left to right: cane maker Thomas Williams (photo by Randall Hill); ironworker Carlton Simmons About the South Carolina Arts Commission The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit or call (803) 734-8696. About the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was designated a national heritage area by Congress on Oct. 12, 2006. The Corridor was created to recognize contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as Gullah Geechee, who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida; to assist organizations in the four states in interpreting and preserving Gullah Geechee folklore, arts, crafts, and music; and to assist in identifying and preserving Gullah Geechee sites, historical data and artifacts for the benefit and education of the public. South Carolina’s Gullah Geechee Corridor includes the eight coastal counties of Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Charleston , Dorchester, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper, as well as parts of three inland counties: Marion, Williamsburg, and Hampton. For more information, visit


Chapman Cultural Center receives $2500 grant from Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation for education

To promote academic success and innovation, the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation presented Chapman Cultural Center with a $2,500 grant in September for the Center’s award-winning STEAM Education program. The gift will support the program by providing Spartanburg County students with opportunities to engage in the arts and sciences in creative ways. "Chapman Cultural Center has provided an arts and science advantage for the nearly 80,000 Spartanburg County schoolchildren for more than 30 years," said Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center. "STEAM is about finding the artist in every scientist and vice versa. With support from community STEM leaders like Piedmont Natural Gas, we can build a more creative and innovative workforce." The program fulfills its commitment through critical operating support of Spartanburg Science Center in order to connect youth to STEM, in-school performances, artist residencies, and exhibiting student artwork in the Student Galleries at Chapman Cultural Center. Every summer, the Center also hosts the STEAM Summer Institute for teachers, reaching not only students but educators across the state. The Institute, an accredited professional development institute by the S.C. Department of Education, brings nationally and internationally recognized teaching artists to Spartanburg to teach best practices for arts integration with STEM. "STEAM brings added creativity to the classroom," said Ava Hughes, education director at Chapman Cultural Center. "It develops students' abilities to adapt in a changing world, view problems from different perspectives, work in teams, and generate new ideas." According to national reports, this creativity is necessary for companies like Piedmont Natural Gas that need employees with strong STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Mathematics) education. In a 2010 IBM report, more than 1,500 CEOs noted that "creativity trumps other leadership characteristics" in forming an innovative workforce. "Piedmont Natural Gas supports organizations like Chapman Cultural Center because it's part of our commitment to growing and strengthening the communities we serve," said Mike Durham, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. "Their programming is developing the next generation of innovators, and this deserves our support." For more information on STEAM Education programs at Chapman Cultural Center, contact Education Director Ava Hughes at (864) 278-9693 or

Image, from left to right: Karen Parrott, Annual Giving Director, Chapman Cultural Center; Jennifer Evins, President & CEO, Chapman Cultural Center; Mike Durham, Community Relations Manager, Piedmont Natural Gas
Via: Chapman Cultural Center


“Creativity is as essential as literacy”

From the Summerville-Journal Scene: Article & photos by Monica Kreber Image: Talon Pinion does a little dance while playing the steel drums.

When a visitor walks into Kurry Seymour's music class, students greet the visitor with a chorus of, “Welcome to our community.” Seymour teaches multicultural music and arts at Joe Pye Elementary and, according to Seymour, it is the only school in the country that has a “world music” room with instruments that expose students to the cultures and practices of more than 15 different countries. Seymour is taking his own approach to teach community, focus, purpose and life skills to DD2 students through multicultural music. “The focus on community and how everyone matters is the guiding principle in my room,” Seymour said, adding that teachers from within DD2 and across the state come to observe the room and “community” regularly. Seymour's room is adorned with instruments from all over — such as steel drums from Trinidad and Tobago, and the taiko drums from Japan. “All the instruments are authentic — they're from all over the world,” Seymour said. Seymour said at Joe Pye Elementary there are two music rooms; one that is more vocal and choral-based, while his is instrumental. The biggest thing, however, that he is trying to teach is community. The classroom is set up in such a way so students sit in a U-shaped assembly. They start with a “focus time,” where they look to each other and welcome their peers into the community. In Seymour's classroom it is important that students know everybody matters. “I use a lot of stuff that I do with them to teach them how to focus and have purpose,” he said. “There's a really unique flow.” Seymour said more people are taking to this approach because it is all fun for the students; it still covers state standards but students find it more exciting. “They have to learn to read music, and they have to read and play because they find it exciting to play it on the drums,” he said. “The whole concept is if you don't get a child excited young enough, like everything — science, math, music — then why would they go to middle school and do it?” Seymour said he pushes them the same way he would with college students, but said it is not anything out of the students' capability. They learn songs and hand signals from their teacher. All grades get to interact with the instruments, on various levels. Seymour uses a tactic called whole brain teaching, which is based on call and response — an idea from Africa. “It changed the way my classroom operates,” he said. “The teachers are starting to use more of it. Our whole school uses it. They're using it in other schools because the hardest problem is keeping a kid engaged. The whole brain teaching thing keeps them engaged, with hand gestures and things to keep them moving.” Seymour praises the Fine Arts Department at Joe Pye Elementary, saying all teachers try to connect their lessons in order to better help students. “I probably couldn't really duplicate this job anywhere else,” he said. “I've never seen a district embrace the arts like this one. “I believe creativity is as essential as literacy,” he said. “If a kid can't read we have a problem with it, and if a kid can't be free to be creative — and feel safe in an environment to do that — then I have a problem with that. I want them to be creative. Whether it's in my room, or the dance room or the art room or the P.E. room, this is their opportunity to be free and have a good time.”


South Arts receives $450,000 grant to build modern dance and contemporary ballet audiences

ATLANTA – South Arts has received a grant of $450,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its Dance Touring Initiative (DTI) through 2018. The initiative, launched in 2009, is building a broad and deep network of performing arts presenters throughout the South that can bring modern dance and contemporary ballet companies as part of their season for public performances and artist residencies. “Our data showed that access to modern dance and contemporary ballet was declining throughout the South, especially outside our most major metropolitan areas,” explained Nikki Estes, South Arts’ program director for DTI. “We developed this initiative to engage new audiences and stakeholders across the region with these important artforms.” Through DTI, two cohorts totaling 20 performing arts presenters in eight Southern states have been selected to receive training and support in all aspects of presenting modern dance. Participants in the two cohorts have travelled to dance festivals including Jacob’s Pillow and American Dance Festival, worked with specialists to gain deeper understanding of the wide artistic range of the artforms, and received subsidies to engage leading companies for performances and residencies. Together, the presenters have worked with companies such as David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, River North Dance Chicago, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre, engaging over 33,000 people throughout the region with contemporary ballet and modern dance. A third cohort of up to 10 presenters will be selected in 2015. Two South Carolina organizations, Ballet Spartanburg and Coker College Department of Dance in Hartsville, were chosen as participants for the initial cohort in 2009. “We are extremely grateful for this major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” said Suzette M. Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “Their support allows us to ensure that DTI creates long-lasting and impactful changes throughout the region as we foster a network of colleagues with the experience and knowledge to develop new audiences." Nonprofit performing arts presenters across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are encouraged to visit the Dance Touring Initiative area of South Arts’ website for information about applying to be part of the upcoming third cohort. The application deadline is Jan. 23, 2015. Image: Koresh Dance Company, one of three companies providing multi-day residencies for cohort participants during the 2014-2015 season. About South Arts South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit Via: South Arts


The Watering Hole: an online community dedicated to poets of color

Writing can be isolating. Creative writers can go months without having a conversation with another writer. Being a poet of color compounds this artistic scarcity. The Watering Hole, a budding grassroots poetry organization, is working to alleviate this isolation by using the Internet to connect poets of color -- whether emerging or established. Nearly 200 members have joined in just one year. The Watering Hole uses their Facebook group as a free online forum for poets to meet, form community, and engage with one another. The organization hosts online master classes so that poets who want to learn in a class format can do so without finding babysitters, buying airfare, or planning a hotel stay. Watering Hole retreat For those who enjoy face-to-face interaction, The Watering Hole will host its second annual winter retreat from Dec. 26 - 30, at Santee State Park in Santee, S.C. Last December, more than 33 minority poets from across the nation gathered in the park's cabins overlooking Lake Marion (pictured right). Written and spoken word artists and lyricists sat at the same table to delve into poetic craft with facilitators Tyehimba Jess, Remica L. Bingham-Risher, and Lita Hooper. Classes are held in living rooms to recreate the atmosphere of the down-home sit-downs that black arts writer Toni Cade Bambara hosted in her own living room. The Watering Hole is focused on offering affordable services that are accessible for any income level. Thousand dollar price tags too often exclude talented poets from similar opportunities. Instead, for only $198, poets can attend the retreat for five days and four nights and interact with NAACP Image Award winner and Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker, two-time National Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard, and African Voices poetry editor Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. The organization is also working toward federal nonprofit status, and by October 31, must raise $5,000 to apply for nonprofit status and to offset the cost for participants at the upcoming retreat. The community support from an IndieGogo campaign is what enables The Watering Hole to provide affordable, accessible poetry opportunities for poets at all income levels and alleviate some of the artistic isolation that writers experience. To learn more about The Watering Hole and how to apply for the retreat, visit, email  or check out this retreat promotion video. To donate, check out the group's IndieGogo page: TWH Hosts Poetry Retreat and Goes Non-Profit. Via: The Watering Hole


Aiken Center for the Arts seeks special events & facility rentals manager

The Aiken Center for the Arts seeks a dynamic, experienced and creative special events professional to design and implement special events that support the advancement, artistic, and enterprise goals of the institution, deepen visitor loyalty and drive attendance. The ACA's facility rental program, and internally produced events are growing; the successful candidate is a goal-oriented, driven individual with a desire to optimize this growth. At the direction of the executive director, the special events & facility rentals manager will produce and manage all special events, including opening celebrations, donor cultivation events, fundraising events, special performances, community receptions, and other friend-making/brand-building opportunities, as well as manage all external facility rentals from initial engagement to post-rental follow up. The successful manager will be able to meet or exceed budget revenue goals and to ensure that the user experience is positive resulting in repeat rentals. This position requires supervision of all after hour events. Special Events/In-House Events • Conceptualize, plan, implement and manage all special events. Use creativity to execute the vision of events, while meeting attendance goals and remaining within given budget parameters. • Book talent, including musicians, performing arts groups, and speakers. • Coordinate event logistics, including registration and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support and pre- and post-event evaluations. • Collaborate with the volunteer coordinator to secure and oversee volunteer support for special events. • Assist with managing on-site production and clean up for events as necessary. Facility Rentals • Manage the ACA’s facility rental program; respond to inquiries, provide customer service, maintain rental agreements, and track payment. • Research, develop and maintain current and competitive policies, procedures and rates for the use of ACA spaces by individuals and organizations. • Achieve annual revenue targets for facility rental sales. • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with rental clients, and actively seek out new clients through participation in professional associations and tourism-focused organizations and businesses (i.e. meeting, convention and event planners), cold calls, attending trade shows and conventions, etc. • Provide facility tours and negotiate contracts with potential clients. • Serve as ACA representative and point person for all facility rentals, ensuring a positive rental experience, and increasing repeat business, and be available for client as the point of contact throughout the event. Respond to concerns and enforce space usage guidelines and policies. • Facilitate rental customer’s needs and communicate with staff and volunteers to ensure that ACA event and program set-up needs are met (AV equipment, supplies, etc.); support furnishing set-up/tear down and communicate janitorial needs to facilities technician. Administration • Ensure special events calendar is current and accurate. Coordinate with other departments to ensure that there are no schedule conflicts; site is prepared for events/rentals, etc. • Develop and maintain event and volunteer databases. • With cooperation of the executive director, create and distribute marketing materials to ensure revenue goals are met for special events and group rentals. • Develop and manage individual event budgets as well as the special events and facility rentals annual budgets, and monitor actual results against approved budget. • Report monthly goals to the executive director, including event expense projections and forecasts. • Secure all vendors, permits, insurance, contracts, process all invoices and track all expenses related to events. • Keep inventory of projectors, computers, and other display materials. • Research and analysis of past events, using them as a benchmark for recommendations and improvements for future use. • This list of essential duties, tasks and responsibilities is not all-inclusive; individual will perform other related duties as assigned. REQUIRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE: • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, communications, hospitality, marketing or similar discipline or related work experience, preferably with a nonprofit organization, may substitute. • Minimum of one year experience in planning special events in a business or nonprofit organization (preferably in museum, hotel or restaurant management). • Demonstrated ability to assume a leadership role and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, volunteers, and members of the public; to exercise tact and diplomacy at all times, and to demonstrate an understanding of protocol and sensitivity to cultural diversity issues. • The ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with people at all levels of an organization, including board members, donors, students and staff. • Exemplary customer service skills and a strong sales focus. • Excellent negotiation skills. • Demonstrated professional and calm demeanor in high-pressure situations. • Demonstrated problem-solving ability and decision making abilities. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. • Excellent demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail. • Proactive; Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and to prioritize while working independently. • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and ability to learn new database quickly. • Comfortable and competent working with numbers. Ability to calculate figures and amounts and the ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. PREFERRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE: • Cold call sales experience and customer relationship building experience is highly desirable. • Knowledge and experience in donor management software is a plus. • Knowledge of and experience in non-profit organizations a plus. • Experience in broad range of event planning, including but not limited to museum events, corporate functions, weddings, non-profits, etc or can demonstrate equivalent experience. • Experience in training, supervising and motivating staff and/or volunteers. ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS • Work is in a combination of office and “on the floor” environments. Will involve a combination of time behind a desk and in front of a computer and time in the front of the house with visitors and staff. • Ability to lift objects up to 30 lbs on occasion. • Must be able to set up and tear down equipment, such as tables, chairs, decorations. Physical abilities to reach, twist, bend, lift and climb stairs. • Some travel required. To apply: Submit cover letter and resume by email to, by fax to (803) 641-2009 or by mail to: ACA Personnel Committee Aiken Center for the Arts 122 Laurens St. SW Aiken, SC 29801 Review of applicants will begin on November 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Aiken Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, handicap or national origin. Via: Aiken Center for the Arts


Converse College’s School of the Arts offers immersion experience for prospective students

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal:
Prospective arts students and their parents will get to see what Converse College's School of the Arts has to offer during a two-day showcase later this month.
The School of the Arts, which includes visual arts, theater and dance and the Petrie School of Music, is celebrating its fifth year as a combined program, said college spokeswoman Beth Lancaster. The Petrie School of Music and other arts programs at Converse were long established, but the college decided to combine them into one school to better serve students, encourage more collaboration between the arts disciplines and create an arts hub for the Spartanburg community. The School for the Arts offers 14 undergraduate major and minor programs in music, seven in art and design, and two in theater and dance, plus four graduate level degrees. The school has 18 music faculty, eight visual arts professors and five for theater and dance, in addition to several more adjunct professors. The two-day showcase, Oct. 24-25, will give prospective students the opportunity to attend informative sessions on career opportunities in the arts; application, portfolio or audition procedures; and Converse's degree programs in the arts. “We've never done this as one event before,” Lancaster said. “This will be a different kind of immersion experience.” Prospective music, musical theater and theater and dance students will be able to have a private lesson with faculty, rehearse and perform with current students and sample music theory, history and theater classes. The workshop will also be a chance for students to prepare for regional/all-state band, chorus and orchestra auditions. “Hopefully by the end of the weekend, we'll (faculty, students and prospective students) make some theater together,” said theater professor Boone Hopkins. “The students will learn what we offer and we (faculty) will get to know them. We love for the parents to come. We want to show that we're going to teach your child how to build a career in the arts.” Music faculty will also perform during the showcase. Those interested in visual arts will learn from faculty how to put together a portfolio, attend a workshop to prepare for the visual arts scholarship auditions and take classes in the Milliken Fine Arts Building. The first 30 registrants for the showcase will be able to spend the night on campus and tour Converse with current students. Faculty see the showcase as an important opportunity to demonstrate to parents that there are viable careers in the arts, said interior design professor Ruth Beals. “We've been very successful — there has been extremely strong job placement for our graduates,” Beals said of her department. Interior design students complete an internship and have numerous opportunities to work in companies outside of the classroom before they graduate, and art therapy majors complete clinicals, Beals said. Right now, there are 120 visual arts majors, 90 in music and 42 in theater in the School of the Arts. Converse arts graduates typically attend graduate school in their disciplines. They teach in their fields, have shown their work in major galleries, joined orchestras and received contracts in opera or theater, said School of the Arts dean Richard Higgs. “They learn a lot of business skills, how nonprofits work, how they produce their own music, land a job as a designer or how to get into a professional gallery,” he said. The showcase is open to female high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, for a fee. For more information, call (864) 596-9040 or visit

Grantee Spotlight

Artisphere marks 10th anniversary with $5.5 million in economic impact

Greenville, S.C. – Artisphere, presented by TD Bank, recorded a stellar year for its 10th anniversary festival with participating artists reporting average sales of $6,800 (up from $6,200 in 2013) and patron questionnaires revealing a $5.5 million economic impact. The annual event, celebrated this year May 9-11, brought tens of thousands of residents and visitors downtown for the three-day celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. Despite brief showers on Saturday, crowds bustled with buying energy that pushed art sales just shy of $1,000,000, according to artist surveys. Second-time exhibitor Amber Marshall (glass) was thrilled with sales and spoke highly of the show stating that “the people are so kind, it’s well organized and attended, can’t ask for a better combo!” Now ranked a Top 10 Fine Art Show in the country three times (2013, 2012 and 2009), Artisphere once again conducted patron interviews to assess economic impact on the community. An estimated 70,000 people attended the event and pumped approximately $5.5 million into the local economy. “TD Bank feels that supporting the arts maintains an attractive quality of life in the community, while also benefiting the business community through economic development of our area,” said David Lominack, market president in the Upstate for TD Bank. “TD strives to support organizations that create a better place to live and work, including Artisphere’s important work to create a strong arts community in the Upstate.” In addition, Artisphere contributed a total of $20,000 to its Arts Partners for their volunteer assistance during the weekend of the festival. Arts Partners for 2014 included Carolina Ballet Theatre, Chicora Voices, Greenville Concert Band, Greenville in Harmony, S.C. Children’s Theatre, S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, and Pride of Greenville Men’s Chorus. Artisphere has donated $165,000 total to its Arts Partners since 2006. Programing enhancements such as the “Artisphere After Hours” main stage concert series, the addition of craft beer to the wine tasting experience, the expansion of the silent auction gallery, and a commuter-friendly bike valet were also very well received by artists and patrons alike. “Ten Artispheres,” the sculpture created by John T. Acorn and dedicated to the City of Greenville, was temporarily taken down to install a 6-foot base but is now back in place. Lighting and landscaping finishing touches are scheduled to be complete in the coming weeks.

Plans for the 2015 festival, scheduled for May 8-10, are already in progress. For more information about Artisphere visit

About Artisphere Artisphere is a highlight of Greenville’s cultural calendar and a nationally ranked fine art festival. The event features a juried Visual Artist Row; Artists of the Upstate, a juried exhibition of local artists; outdoor stages with performances by local and national artists; hands-on Kidsphere children’s art activities; the Culinary Arts Café that highlights local restaurants; and Special Festival Art Projects that enliven the streets of Greenville with street musicians, acrobats, sidewalk artists, and more. Artisphere is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. For information visit Via: Artisphere


Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for pre-college or summer arts programs

The Anthony Quinn Foundation announces the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2015. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program. Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s board of directors. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. Winners are selected based on a list of criteria, carefully researched and developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity. The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need. Winners will be notified by April 1. To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit

Grantee Spotlight

South Carolina Jazz Festival kicks off ninth year

CHERAW, S.C. — Music lovers from across the Carolinas are getting jazzed up for the 2014 South Carolina Jazz Festival, which is set to begin Friday with a performance from the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet. “Each year, we try to make it bigger and better. One thing we’re all really excited about this year is the fact of who our main-event artists are on Friday evening and Saturday evening,” said David Sides, director of tourism and community development for the town of Cheraw. “If you’re into jazz at all, you’ve heard that Marsalis name. They’re synonymous with jazz.” Following the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet’s show will be a performance from James Tormé, son of legendary singer and songwriter Mel Tormé on Saturday. “We’ve always had some incredible artists for the main events, but these guys are more nationally known,” Sides said. The three-day festival is in its ninth year. Supported by the S.C. Arts Commission and the the National Endowment for the Arts the South Carolina Jazz Festival blends art and music, featuring musicians and artists from throughout the area. More than 25 jazz performances are planned at venues including Centennial Park and the Theater on the Green as well as several local restaurants and businesses. The festival will also feature performances from area school groups, events for children and more. “It continues to grow a little bit more,” Sides said, “and to me, to get a little bit better.” The festival will include a number of events celebrating locally born jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. At the festival, Gillespie will be portrayed by another native son of Cheraw, Joshua Campbell. “(Joshua is) a product of Cheraw,” said sides. “He’s a graduate of Cheraw High School (and) he’s now at Harvard. I think he’s in his junior year.” Many of the festival’s events are free to the public, but tickets for the main events are available now. Jazz fans can purchase tickets and see a full schedule of events by visiting or by calling 843 -537-8421, extension 12.