Get your piece of South Arts’ grants pie

One of the S.C. Arts Commission's critical partners is Atlanta-based South Arts, founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South ArtsSouth Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. They offer a portfolio of activities designed to address the issues important to our region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. In addition to the S.C. Arts Commission, they partner with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Like SCAC, South Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, plus its member states, and foundations, businesses, and individuals. South Arts has several grant opportunities currently available to #SCartists and arts organizations in South Carolina. We are including descriptions of some upcoming opportunities, including informational webinar details is applicable.

Southern Prize and State Fellowships – Deadline: December 3, 2018 Visual arts fellowships of up to $30,000 As mentioned before, the South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The South Arts State Fellowship is a state-specifi­c prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A review panel will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. Each winner will be awarded a $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship, earn a spot in the Southern Prize & State Fellowships Exhibition, and compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes. A national panel will then convene to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine State Fellowship recipients and select the Southern Prize winner and ­finalist to receive an additional $25,000 and $10,000 respectively, based on artistic excellence. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. (These are a big deal!)   Momentum – Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies – Deadline: January 18, 2019 Funding and professional development over three years for modern dance/contemporary ballet companies gain touring capacity Momentum is an intensive professional development program over a three-year period for a group of five Southern dance companies, which will include mentorship, networking, conference showcasing and exhibiting, on-site planning meetings with presenters, tour-prep residencies, and touring. If you are a modern dance or contemporary ballet company based in the South with touring aspirations but limited success, this new program is an opportunity to build both your artistic and technical capacity.   Traditional Arts Touring – Deadline: December 5, 2018 Funds up to $5,000 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern traditional artists The Traditional Arts Touring grant program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects which bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities. The maximum request is $5,000. For projects taking place between September 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.   Performing Arts Touring – Deadline: March 4, 2019 Funds up to $7,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers The Performing Arts Touring program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern performing artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Touring support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, and dance projects that contain both a public performance and an educational component. These grants are limited and very competitive. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $7,500 for dance projects or $5,000 for all other projects. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.   Literary Arts Touring – Deadline: May 1, 2019 Funds up to $2,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern writers The Literary Arts Touring grant program offers presenting organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) who reside outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component such as a writing workshop. The project can include a single engagement by a writer or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series or festivals). The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fees, up to a total grant of $2,500. Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.   Express Grants – Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities Funds up to $2,000 to support rural organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers or writers This new, quick turnaround grant program is an opportunity for presenting organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to engage Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $2,000. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.   Professional Development and Artistic Planning – Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities Funds up to $1,000 to support organizations either attending new professional development opportunities, traveling to see new work, or hosting an artist planning visit Funding is available for the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators to strengthen program design and increase organizational capacity. Applications are only accepted for new professional development opportunities. Artistic planning activities can include travel to see/explore work for future public presentations or planning meetings with artists for future public presentations. Proposed projects must support or relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter. For the purposes of these guidelines, presenters are defined as organizations that present or host artists for engagements in their communities. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $1,000. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

S.C. Arts Alliance announces 2019 Arts Advocacy Week

The S.C. Arts Alliances invites you to join them for their 40th anniversary and Arts Advocacy Day. Registration for each of the featured Advocacy Week events is now open. Changes for 2019: The first Advocacy Days started with breakfast followed by meetings with legislators and then a rally? The SCAA is going back to those roots in 2019. Arrive in Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an evening reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the S.C. Arts Alliance, and join us Wednesday morning (February 13) for a Legislative Breakfast followed by scheduled meetings with your legislator in their office! End the day with our usual Rally at the Statehouse featuring student performances and lots of excitement! Register today!

40TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION Tuesday, February 12  |  5:30-7:30 p.m. Lula Drake Wine Parlour (Upstairs) 1635 Main St., Columbia Tickets: $40/person Beer/Wine + Light Apps Provided
LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST + STATEHOUSE RALLY Wednesday, February 13 | 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. South Carolina Statehouse 1100 Gervais St., Columbia 7:45-9 a.m.: Annual Meeting Breakfast & Legislative Briefing 9-11 a.m.: Meetings with Legislators (Organized by Regional Captains**) 11 a.m.: Student Performances 11:30 a.m.: Rally in Statehouse Lobby Registration is required. Registration Fee: $30/person* *Contact SCAA for student discounts. **Regional Captains recevie free registration. Click to learn more.

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The Arts Center of Clemson is hiring

Application deadline: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

The Arts Center of Clemson is hiring a program administrator/volunteer coordinator. Participate in the conceptualization, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to further the achievement of The Arts Center’s culture, mission, and program goals. For more information and to apply, please visit our website. Deadline is January 10, 2019.
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Let’s give teachers more than an apple

Nomination deadline: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting nominations for the 2019 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. This series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers across the United States.  The awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday and were initiated and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim frequently attributes his success to the teachers in his life. The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday – March 22 – to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website ( By spotlighting the extraordinary impact teachers have on the lives of their students, the awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society, and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession. Along with the $10,000 award, the selected teachers are showcased on the Kennedy Center website. Nominees must be legal U.S. residents who currently teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the United States. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible. For posthumous awards, the $10,000 shall be donated in the name of the nominated teacher, to an eligible non-profit educational organization. Such organization must be affiliated with a K-12 school, school system, college or university in the United States.  To nominate a teacher, you must be at least 18 years of age and must have been the Nominee’s student. Nominations can be a written, audio, or video story. All required materials must be submitted online or postmarked by Monday, December 31, 2018. For more information, official rules, and nomination information, visit the website:

3D metal and glass fusion studios coming to Spartanburg

Chapman Cultural Center announced last week that it received an $80,000 grant from the Timken Family Foundation of Canton, Ohio. The grant will support the construction of a 3D Metal and Glass Fusion studios at the soon to be open Mayfair Art Studios in the Arcadia neighborhood of Spartanburg. Scott Lamitina, HR Manager of The Timken Company’s Duncan location, said: “The Timken Foundation of Canton has a long-standing tradition of supporting the arts and education initiatives within the communities for which the Timken Company operates. The Mayfair Art Studios project is a great example of how the local community can come together to make art, learn about each other’s cultures, and build a new, vibrant, and economically sustainable community.” Mayfair Art Studios (right), scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, will feature a variety of arts studios that will support over 200 artists annually. Located in the Arcadia community, 4 miles west of Downtown Spartanburg, the studios will offer affordable space for artist, musicians, performers, and other creatives. The 3D Metal and Glass Fusion studios will be available to rent by the hour and provide a collaborative studio experience for artists to work together on projects. With this investment, Chapman Cultural Center will be able to offer classes, workforce development training, and scholarships to neighborhood residents. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this support from the Timken family,” said Brad Wright, Corporate Giving Manager for Chapman Cultural Center “We were already grateful to have local Timken support for our education programs from the Duncan distribution center, but to receive this kind of support from the family foundation is truly overwhelming. To see a family with so much business investment in the area that understands the community’s needs and invest in us is a wonderful and encouraging experience. This generous gift will have a lasting positive impact for Arcadia and our entire community.”
About Chapman Cultural Center
Our mission is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. Visit our website to learn more.

About The Timken Company
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, gear drives, automated lubrication systems, belts, chain, couplings and linear motion products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve the reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world.
The company’s growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Groeneveld®, Rollon® and Cone Drive®. Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $3 billion in sales in 2017. With more than 17,000 employees operating from 33 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Dec. 10

Though far from the only thing, grants are certainly among the main things we do here. And because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the instances of people telling us, "If only we'd known about X grant!" We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

GrantsThis week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult your county or discipline coordinator with questions.
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Next week

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Next 30(ish)

  • Jan. 15: ABC Advancement Grants (for schools and school districts seeking to implement standards-based arts curricula)
  • Jan. 15: AVI Grants letter of intent (encourage and enable the creation of new artist-driven, arts-based business ventures – a letter indicating intent to apply for the grant begins the process)

Important Notes

  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC deadline page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult:
    • your county coordinator if you represent local organizations, businesses, or educational institutions, or
    • your discipline coordinator if you're an individual artist or serve the statewide population.

Removing barriers for small org operating support grants

Accessibility continues to guide the S.C. Arts Commission's approach to grant-making, and the agency is happy to announce changes to Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS) grants that further that goal. Much important work is done by smaller organizations, those with a budget of $75,000 or less. SCAC awarded $83,000 among 34 OSS grantees for FY19 to help them further their work and serve South Carolina citizens and visitors. As the name suggests, the unrestricted awards of up to $2,500 could, quite literally, allow a group to keep its lights on. Removing barriers to applying for these grants is critical for organizations that have few, if any, full-time staff. As such, an application process that's less rigorous and time-consuming is appropriate compared to that for larger organizations, which must instead apply for General Operating Support (GOS) grants.

So, what's new for the FY20 cycle?

  • The awards now feature a two-year cycle, rather than one.
  • The match requirement is now 1:1 instead of 2:1. Every dollar awarded by the Arts Commission must only be matched once rather than twice. (For example, grantees must match a $1,000 grant with a $1,000 from their communities, rather than $2,000.)
  • An even more simplified application process, which had one requirement eliminated altogether among other changes.
  • On-going arts programs at non-arts organizations are now eligible for grants to support only that programming, as long as the budget for it is $75,000 or less.
Go here to learn more about OSS grants.


‘NASAA Notes’ on art museum visits + arts’ social impact

NASAA, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, puts out a pretty good newsletter, and yesterday's included two items of note to Hub readers. We're sharing those snippets today with full credit.–Ed.

Educational Benefits of Facilitated Visits to Art Museums The Effects of Facilitated Single-Visit Art Museum Programs on Students Grades 4-6 is a new report from the National Art Education Association and the Association of Art Museum Directors summarizing the results of a large-scale study funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The four-year study—which involved more than 2,600 students and six art museums—explored the benefits of enabling students to directly engage with artworks and the social setting of art museums. It also considers museum visits relative to constructivist pedagogies, which encourage students to make meaning through direct experience. The report concludes that facilitated engagement with original works of art in museums has a strong impact on students, inspiring them to question, investigate and understand.   Social Impact of the Arts ArtsFund, a Seattle based nonprofit and grant maker, has released a social impact study focused on how the arts influence youth development and education, health and wellness, and neighborhood vitality. It is based on both a regional level analysis and a review of national level research. The report includes 10 case stories illustrating  how individual organizations exemplify current evidence about the social benefits of the arts.

Call for scripts on the disability experience

Application deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance—in the form of plays, screenplays,  or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. Learn more about the 2019 Playwright Discovery Award Program and how to apply.  

Tuning Up: Nutcracker season returns

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

Welcome to Nutcracker season. When you think of the holidays through the lens of the performing arts, two things immediately cross your mind: Handel's Messiah (perhaps with audience participation), and... The Nutcracker. Some have come and gone, but the "granddaddy of them all" in South Carolina (if The Rose Bowl Game™ will pardon our use of the parlance...) is the one staged by SCAC General Operating Support (GOS) grantees Columbia City Ballet and Executive Director William Starrett. This year, the production winds its way through central and eastern South Carolina and even took a dip into Savannah, Ga. on Thanksgiving weekend. It begins a two-weekend run in Columbia this Friday night. From the story:

"Diversity has played a major role in the 2018 performance, from the dancers to the costumes and production design. 'There’s all different kinds of snowflakes and flowers and different kinds of human beings,' said Starrett. The creative minds at Columbia City Ballet crafted the performance to represent the diversity of modern life."

The Hub can get behind that. Read more: Excitement builds as Columbia City Ballet’s The Nutcracker premieres this weekend (

GCCA exhibition committee issues call for art

Deadline for proposals: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. It's extra large today because The Hub is feeling festive. Moving along now. Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020/2021 exhibition calendar.  The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 shows per year.  All mediums will be considered for exhibition. Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:
  • Work reflects consistency of quality
  • Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
  • Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration  
  • Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition
Submission Requirements:
  • Artist Statement or Exhibition Description
  • Artist Bio
  • CV or Resume
  • 6-8 images of work
$30 application fee submitted electronically with application form. Click here to submit a solo or group exhibition proposal to GCCA.