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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.

Call for Art

Artists in all disciplines sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival

Application deadline is one month earlier this year. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department seeks applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9. Past participants should note that the Dec. 5 deadline is one month earlier than previous years. North Charleston Arts Festival“The number of applications we receive each year continues to increase, as does the quality and complexity of the proposals,” says Marty Besancon, Cultural Arts Director for the City of North Charleston. “The adjusted application schedule will give our office more time to process and review the increasing number of applications and also allows us to notify applicants of our selections sooner (mid-January of 2015, rather than early February), which will give artists more time to plan and produce their work for the festival in May." National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community-based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply. Artists have the option to submit a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2015 Artist Application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning Oct. 1. There is no fee to apply, and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions and activities in all arts disciplines. The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the S.C. Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children's activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with 65+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children's activities and fireworks over the Cooper River. In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over 10 years. The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning Oct. 1, with submissions due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Grantee Spotlight

Indie Grits Film Festival announces theme, dates and call for visual artists

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits is calling for visual artists whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new call for artists. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” Indie Grits Calls for Visual Artists Indie Grits 2015 will build on the artist-in-residence program sponsored by One Columbia for Arts and History, which began at 2014’s Indie Grits and brought artist Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell and her installation art to the festival. The artist-in-residence program will return to Indie Grits 2015, and thanks to an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the festival seeks proposals from artists inspired by the Future Perfect theme for the festival. Indie Grits seeks installations, sculpture, video, photography, mixed media and any kind of art that speaks to the theme of the festival. Indie Grits will accept 15 – 25 artist applicants for exhibition at the festival. Indie Grits will provide accepted artists and collaborations with modest financial support to facilitate materials, shipping, installation and some other incurred costs, and projects will receive up to $1,000. Projects will be displayed throughout the 2015 festival in various locations downtown Columbia, including Tapp’s Center for the Arts. For more information and the application, visit indiegrits.com/submit/art. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 5, 2014. As always, Indie Grits Film Festival will continue to focus on offering audiences opportunities to see the best new films coming from independent Southern filmmakers with a far-reaching, experimental scope during the festival. Additionally, festivalgoers will enjoy other favorite events like the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, a concert at the Columbia Museum of Art and the Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase. For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook.

Recognition

S.C. Governor’s School student receives nation’s highest honor for teen poets

Cameron MessinidesCameron Messinides of Camden, a senior at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, has been named to the 2014 class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for teen poets presenting original work. Five outstanding young poets, each representing a different region of the United States, were appointed by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to showcase the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success. The students kicked off their year of service as literary ambassadors in Washington, D.C., with a poetry reading hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room of the White House (pictured above). “With this award, we celebrate the exceptional creativity, dedication, and promise of the young poets we honor today. Their courage, compassion, and imagination are inspiring others and shaping the world around them. As literary ambassadors to people across the country, these young people have the opportunity to set an example and inspire audiences of all ages with their written work, readings and service projects. Our National Student Poets and all of our young people have unlimited potential, and I can't wait to see what they accomplish in the years ahead,” noted Mrs. Obama, Honorary Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Cameron, age 17, is a creative writing student at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He was recognized with an honorary mention for the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Secondary School Poetry Prize, and his work has been published on The Atlantic’s website. He lives in Camden, South Carolina, with his parents and five brothers and sisters, where, besides writing, he spends his time playing basketball, clumsily cooking dinner once a week, and helping raise the family goats. Read Cameron's poetry online. The National Student Poets each receive an academic award of $5,000 funded by the Bernstein Family Foundation. During their tenure, the students will lead readings and workshops at libraries, museums and schools throughout the country, as well as participate in prestigious events. They will additionally implement community service projects in their respective regions. Students in grades 9–11 who are interested in becoming 2015 National Student Poets can submit their work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens. Deadlines for art and writing submissions vary by region. Photo of presentation by Paul Morse for the National Student Poets Program. Via: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Grants

ArtPlace “particularly interested” in grant applications from South Carolina

Letters of Inquiry due Nov. 3, 2014. ArtPlace America is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2015 round of its National Grants Program. Grants range from $50,000-500,000. This year ArtPlace intends to support approximately 40 projects with roughly $10 million. Any individual or organization within the United States or U.S. Territories is eligible to apply. ArtPlace’s National Grants Program targets creative placemaking projects in which art and culture help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace is particularly interested in projects from states in which it has not yet granted, including Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming. Since 2011, ArtPlace’s National Grants Program has contributed $56.8 million to 189 projects in 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia Letters of Inquiry are due by November 3, 2014, at 3:59 p.m. EST. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available on the ArtPlace website, and technical issues can be directed to grants@artplaceamerica.org. For more information or to submit an application, please visit www.ArtPlaceAmerica.org/LOI. Via: ArtPlace

Events

Coupling science with creativity – S.C. Summit on STEM and Arts taking place in Spartanburg

South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May will speak on behalf of the arts community.
Approximately 400 educators, lawmakers, and business leaders from South Carolina are expected to attend the “S.C. Summit on STEM and the Arts In and Out of School” conference at Chapman Cultural Center Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30. The attendees will explore the national hot topic of injecting more Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – and Arts — into the educational and after-school system. The conference will focus on putting more emphasis on the hard sciences with a goal of better preparing students to enter the technology-based workforce that is quickly becoming the new norm. The opening remarks will be made by The Honorable Dot Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy. “We are especially glad to hold this annual meeting in Spartanburg and at Chapman Cultural Center,” Tom Peters, Ed.D., Executive Director of South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science at Clemson University, said. “STEM is a rapidly growing movement across the nation, and now the time has come to find out where the arts and creativity fit into the model. Where better than to explore this concept than at a fine arts and science institution such as Chapman Cultural Center?” The South Carolina Afterschool Alliance and South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science have joined together again to bring a new opportunity for networking, dialogue, and information to thought and action leaders in STEM education. Government, business, faith and community leaders are invited to come together to learn about new programs, curricula, and strategies that can address some of the economic and social issues that confront the children and youth of South Carolina. One of the most recent developments in STEM’s evolution is the addition of art into the academic mix. This new concept is being called STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics. “The strategy of linking in and out of school STEAM learning involves cross-sector collaboration,” Zelda Waymer, Executive Director of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, said. “The partnerships we have created with the South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science at Clemson University and Chapman will equip educators from different settings with innovative techniques and advance STEAM learning statewide.” The event’s keynote speaker will be Chris Desoiza, Vice President of Research, at Milliken and Company. His topic will be Securing the Future Through Innovation. Speaking on behalf of the arts community will be Ken May, Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission and board member of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance. “Between these two leaders, we should have exceptional information and insights into STEM, the arts, and after school,” Dr. Peters said. “We couldn’t be prouder to host this statewide education conference at Chapman Cultural Center,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman, said. “We are strong supporters of STEM, and we want to make sure that the arts and creativity find their rightful places in the nation’s push to improve the educational system. There is no doubt that more hard sciences need to be taught in the schools. But science has to be coupled with creativity for it to be utilized to its fullest potential. It is when a mind is both scientific and creative that we get the most earth-shaking discoveries and advancements.” On September 29, the pre-conference will include a S.C. Stakeholders session sponsored by the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Senator Tim Scott has been invited to open the meeting. Featured panelists include Harris; plus Tom Thompson and Molly Spearman, both candidates for SC Superintendent of Education. During the convention, participants will tour several Upstate businesses, schools, and organizations to get firsthand experience at how STEAM is being utilized in and outside the regular school day. Registration for the two-day program is $125. This fee includes the workplace tour, lunches, and reception. See the full schedule of sessions, information on group rate lodging, and register at scCoalition.org/stem-education-summit or call (864) 656-1863. Via: Chapman Cultural Center

Arts News

S.C. native Terrance Hayes receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Congratulations to Columbia native Terrance Hayes for being named MacArthur Foundation Fellow! From The State: Terrance Hayes 2014 MacArthur Genius Award FellowCOLUMBIA, SC — Poet Terrance Hayes, 42, a native of Columbia and graduate of Coker College, has won one of the most prestigious individual development grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Hayes, whose work infuses hip-hop with the sensibility of his southern bringing that includes the legacy of Strom Thurmond, has published several volumes of poetry that addresses race, gender and family. Hayes, 42, is a professor of writing in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation recognizes exceptional individuals doing transformative, creative work with a track record of achievement in their field and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future. Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000. Hayes has a bachelor's degree from Coker College and a master's in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh. He was affiliated with Xavier University of Louisiana and Carnegie Mellon University before joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as a professor of writing in 2013. His additional publications include "Muscular Music" (1999), "Hip Logic" (2002), and the forthcoming "How to Be Drawn" (March 2015). Image courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

Arts News

Sandlapper Singers co-founder Dr. Lillian Quackenbush announces retirement

Lillian QuackenbushThe Sandlapper Singers of Columbia have announced that artistic director and co-founder Dr. Lillian Quackenbush will retire at the end of the 2016 season. The transition begins with the hiring of a general manager for the organization in 2014. The search for a new artistic director begins in January 2015 with the goal of selecting three candidates by summer 2015. These three candidates will each be asked to join Dr. Quackenbush to prepare and conduct the chorus on one of the three series concerts in the 2015-2016 season. The candidate chosen will join the organization in July 2016. About The Sandlapper Singers Sandlapper Singers The Sandlapper Singers, South Carolina’s premier professional chorus, was established in 1996 by Lillian and Dave Quackenbush and has presented American music in a uniquely entertaining and engaging style since that time. The 34-voice auditioned ensemble is currently in its 19th season, performing an annual subscription series in the Columbia area. The Singers also presents additional performances each year in communities across the state of South Carolina and the Southeast and has performed overseas. The group is directed and conducted by co-founder Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, retired chairman of the Columbia College music department and recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor's Award for Life Time Achievement in the Arts, sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The Singers focus on the works of American composers past and present, a departure from the usual programming of European choral literature, offering a delightful mix of both familiar and new musical sounds. The organization has established a strongly supported educational program with the Young Sandlapper Singers, the Katie Quackenbush Vocal Scholarship for high school students, and a Side-By-Side program for high school choral ensembles -- the next generation of Sandlapper Singers!

Jobs

Elementary Dance Teacher Vacancy

East Aiken School of the Arts in Aiken, SC is seeking a dance teacher with a dance education degree for the 2014-2015 school year. East Aiken School of the Arts is a fast-growing arts integration school serving students in grades 5k-5th. Apply online through the Aiken County Public School District website (click the "Job Opportunities" tab at the top of the page) or by contacting Heather Driver in Human Resources at 803-641-2463 or applicants@acpsd.net. The salary schedule is also located under the website's Job Opportunities tab.

Recognition

Milly

All it takes is a letter! Verner Awards nomination process simplified

The Verner Awards statue We've simplified the nomination process for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts! It's easier than ever - all it takes is a letter.  Just e-mail, mail or hand deliver a letter of nomination by Nov. 3. The standards are still high -- the award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina -- but the nomination process is streamlined. Help recognize South Carolina innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts with a nomination for the state's highest arts award! Nominations are accepted in these categories:

  • ARTS IN EDUCATION – open to S.C. individuals and institutions whose primary function is arts education. May include arts educators (teachers, consultants, principals, administrators), schools, school districts, college/university arts departments, etc.
  • ORGANIZATION – open to S.C. organizations that contribute to the advancement and/or support of the arts. May include arts discipline organizations, arts councils, arts advocacy groups, guilds, arts departments of organizations, educational institutions, etc.
  • GOVERNMENT – open to S.C. agencies and institutions generally described as units of state, county or municipal governments that have served their communities in outstanding ways through the arts, OR elected or appointed officials who, in their official capacities, have demonstrated notable support for the arts through leadership and public policy.
  • BUSINESS/FOUNDATION – open to SC individuals, or companies and foundations whose participation, support, and/or contributions have benefited the maintenance and growth of the arts.
  • INDIVIDUAL – open to S.C. individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and statewide impact through their leadership, support, and advancement of the arts. May include arts professionals such as managers, administrators; or arts supporters such as patrons, promoters, donors, etc.
  • INDIVIDUAL ARTIST – open to S.C. artists of exceptional talent and creativity, in any discipline, whose contribution to the arts has helped guide and influence directions, trends and aesthetic practices across the state or to national or international levels
Find complete nomination guidelines online. Image: A hand-crafted bronze statue, designed by artist Jean McWhorter, is presented to each recipient.

Grantee Spotlight

Spartanburg Art Museum receives national support from the American Alliance of Museums

This fall the Spartanburg Art Museum will take part in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “This is tremendous news for SAM,"said Elizabeth Goddard, executive director. “I have worked with both of these organizations in the past and feel very fortunate to have another opportunity to bring national standards of excellence to the work SAM is striving to accomplish.” The American Alliance of Museums mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. MAP: A Customized Roadmap for Improvement is a powerful tool designed to support museums of all sizes through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review. At the end of this process SAM will emerge with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and a prioritized road map for improving operations and meeting standards. For the past 30 years, the MAP program has assisted more than 4,500 museums in strengthening operations, planning for the future and meeting standards. The IMLS-funded MAP grants provide $4,000 worth of consultative resources and services. “What these means specifically for SAM is a year of access to an online community with years of expertise rooted in national best practices, peer reviews, free webinars, national recognition, and a site visit, all designed to emphasize strategic planning and ensuring operations and resource alignment with our evolving mission," said Goddard. “This process will involve the staff and board of directors as we increase our knowledge together and improve our operations and build capacity for all of core components.” This is a pivotal time for the museum. Goddard is approaching the one-year mark as executive director, and the board of directors just welcomed new members Ryan Langley, Kerin Hannah, Sharon Butehorn, Cathy Bagwell, Epsie Coleman and Mary Ann Kotlarich. George Nixon, board president, is excited for SAM’s future, writing in a recent blog post: “SAM is helping us think – about ourselves and the world around us. Interactive places encourage children of all ages to experience art in non-traditional ways." SAM has a full fall season planned of new exhibitions, Art School classes and outreach sites serving youth throughout Spartanburg County during after school hours with the COLORS program. For more information, visit spartanburgartmuseum.org or call (864) 582-7616.