Congratulations to the new group of South Carolina Arts Commission Fellows!

The South Carolina Arts Commission Board has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to four South Carolina artists in the categories of prose, poetry, dance: choreography and dance: performance. Each artist receives $5,000. This year's fellows (pictured above, left to right):

Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. “South Carolina's artists enhance our quality of life and are vital to the creative industries that contribute to the state's economy," said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. "It is fitting that we recognize the work of successful artists who use their talents and passion to benefit our thriving arts community and inspire others." The S.C. Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. This year's judges were Anton DiScalfani (prose), assistant professor at Auburn University and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls; Jericho Brown, (poetry), assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta and author of two award-winning books of poetry: Please and The New Testament; Bala Sarasvati (choreography), director of Concert Dance Company and modern dance coordinator for the University of Georgia; and Daniel Gwirtzman, (dance performance), assistant professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and director of the New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. Individual artists working in visual arts, craft, media screenwriting and media production can apply for the FY2018 fellowship awards. Applications open Aug. 15, 2016, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2016. For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, visit or call (803) 734-8696.


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg seeks marketing & communications manager

Chapman Cultural CenterReporting directly to the president/CEO, the marketing and communications manager will manage all aspects of marketing, communications and promotions for Chapman Cultural Center. Candidate must be versed in traditional and digital marketing strategy, media planning, event planning, budget management, and graphic design principles. He/she will be responsible for creating marketing strategies that will continue to build CCC’s brand leading to increased awareness, participation, loyalty and attracting new donors and customers. Description of work / primary job factors

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive annual marketing and communications plan that maximizes on our 50 years of providing cultural leadership and inspires increased participation in arts and culture in a culturally vibrant community
  • Utilize competitive research and analysis for insights into campaign development and regional and national market trends to develop innovative marketing strategies
  • Create and curate content for brand positioning in visitor packets, presentations and advertising
  • Enhance public awareness of CCC through increased media coverage at the local, regional, state and national level.
  • Plan and execute earned media and promotions to support CCC; develop relationships with key media and manage media contact lists
  • Create and deliver content for press releases, media relations, case studies, executive bios, corporate newsletters, social media, etc
  • Leverage CCC awards and impact to encourage increased investment
  • Collaborate with CCC team and cultural partners to insure relevant and fresh content for website and social media channels.
  • Establish, drive and assess the impact of existing communications vehicles and look at consolidating, strengthening or establishing new channels including:
    • Direct mail
    • Targeted digital narketing/social media
    • Print and TV
    • E-blasts
    • Content marketing (blogs, PR)
    • CCC website
  • Seek in-kind support in marketing and promotional efforts
  • Manage vendor relationships, contracts/scope of work to meet project deadlines, budget and expectations
  • Ongoing recruitment and management of marketing interns and volunteers
Compensation: $45-60k; commensurate with experience. The complete job description, list of qualifications and application instructions are available online.  


George Patrick McLeer changes gears from Mauldin to state arts advocacy

From The Greenville News Article and photo by Scott Keeler

For someone who serves as executive director of the leading non-profit arts advocacy group in the state and works out of a performing arts center that has helped revitalize Fountain Inn, George Patrick McLeer’s new office really isn’t artsy. “I really probably should have more stuff up and I will eventually,” McLeer said as he looked around the white walls of his new work space at the Younts Center for Performing Arts. “We’re a pretty mobile office though. It’s a one-person show.” McLeer completed the move last week as the South Carolina Arts Alliance office officially shifted from Rock Hill to Fountain Inn. McLeer actually doesn’t have a typical office. It’s part of a shared space in the box office of the Younts Center. That’s just fine with him. McLeer didn’t take over as SCAA’s new executive director July 1 for a title or for fancy artwork in a luxurious office. He took it to continue doing what he’s done in Mauldin for the past six years, but on a statewide level. The SCAA is a coalition of arts organizations, educators, administrators, artists and other business and community leaders, that serve the arts through advocacy and leadership development. The SCAA works throughout South Carolina to encourage civic engagement to advance the arts, to inform public policy and to advocate for public-sector support for the arts and arts education. “Some of the work that the Arts Alliance does at the state and federal level is making sure that the arts are seen as a tool for community and economic and quality of life,” McLeer said. Having a mobile office is essential for McLeer as he works throughout the state. A goal is to visit all 46 counties over a two-year span. McLeer has spent the past six years transforming the Mauldin Cultural Center into an arts center that attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year to a variety of events. In addition to programs, McLeer also led beautification projects outside and inside the old Mauldin Elementary School. In 2013, McLeer joined the City of Mauldin’s team when it created a new Office of Cultural Affairs. As the Office of Cultural Affairs' administrator, McLeer continued to manage the Cultural Center's facility and programs. At the same time, McLeer was responsible for implementing the Mauldin’s new branding and logo, managing all citywide marketing as well as the city’s website. McLeer started the Railroad Concert Series, an annual free series featuring locally and nationally known performers. He managed the BBQ Cook-Off, which ranks as arguably the most popular annual event in Mauldin. Most recently, McLeer created the Maudlin Public Art Trail, a 10-year continuous cycle of public art installations surrounding the Cultural Center’s amphitheater. Soon after McLeer starting working in Mauldin in June of 2010, Southwest Airlines arrived at the GSP International Airport. A cheap fare to Washington D.C. played a big role in where McLeer is today. “In March of 2011, I ended up going to National Arts Advocacy Day almost by accident,” McLeer said. “Southwest had $40 one-way flights to D.C. and me and my family happened to go on the same weekend as Arts Advocacy Day.” McLeer said that experience inspired him to really become hands-on in advocacy work. Shortly after making those connections in Washington, McLeer accepted an invitation to join SCAA’s board. He most recently served as the vice president before becoming executive director following the retirement of Betty Plumb. Plumb, who served as executive director for 27 years, said McLeer brings a fresh look at what a new generation would want from the SCAA. While McLeer officially took the reins July 1, Plumb will be assisting in the transition until Sept. 1. “We think we've got the best man for the job," Plumb said. "He brings a new skillset and a lot more technology. He’s a real people person with a lot of enthusiasm and great ideas. “Our constituents enjoy working with him and there’s a real trust factor there because he’s worked with us so closely as vice president.” A perk of McLeer’s new position is that the SCAA shifted its physical location based on where the executive director lives as well as the commitment the city has made to the arts. McLeer said his Fountain Inn home is about 200 yards away from the Younts Center. In addition to walking to work, the Younts Center also serves as a homecoming location for McLeer. After graduating from the College of Charleston in 2010, McLeer began working as an intern in the same box office at the Younts Center which was then led by Van Broad. Much like the Mauldin Cultural Center, the Younts Center is an old schoolhouse that has transformed into a thriving arts facility. Working at an old school seems to come naturally for McLeer, whose parents were both teachers and whose sister is currently studying to become a teacher. “It’s nice being back. It’s like a full-circle moment,” McLeer said. “I’m on the Board of Trustees at St. Joseph’s (Catholic School) and the School of the Arts Council for College of Charleston, so I have a thing for my alma maters. It’s funny that I’ve always worked in someone’s alma mater.” McLeer added that education is a passion of his thanks to his family, and arts education is a big focus of the SCAA. Fountain Inn Economic Development Director Byron Rucker is thrilled to have McLeer as a part of the building that he manages. “With the ever-growing focus on performing arts in Fountain Inn, this is a natural location for the SCAA and its leadership as it moves into a new era,” Rucker said The Younts Center’s transformation that began years ago helped start what has been a city-wide revitalization of Fountain Inn. McLeer said part of his duties is to show what the arts can do for other cities — no matter their size — throughout South Carolina. “I remember building the set pieces for the very first theatrical show inside what is now Cucina 100 (restaurant in downtown Fountain Inn), and I remember having to always bring my dinner with me to rehearsal because there was almost nowhere to eat,” McLeer said. “I have seen firsthand how the arts continue to transform this community and how the vision set by city leaders includes the arts. It’s a vision which mirrors that of the SCAA, and made the move to Fountain Inn an easy decision for our board.” McLeer said his new job feels like a pinnacle in his career. He joked that with him being 27 years old and Plumb retiring after 27 years, SCAA’s next executive director may have just been born this year. “I’ve really fallen in love with the advocacy work and working with art in public policy. Mauldin was able to give me a really great platform to explore that,” McLeer said. “So I went for it (the executive director position) and luckily was chosen to do it. “To see your fingerprints and your impact happen in other areas of the state, not just your own backyard, is kind of surreal, overwhelming, thrilling and terrifying at the same time. But it’s a lot of fun.”


Engaging Creative Minds seeks part-time curriculum coach

ecmlogoEngaging Creative Minds of Charleston is hiring a part-time curriculum coach. Job summary Provides academic and arts-integration coaching, planning and support services to ECM-designated school personnel; administrators, classroom teachers and lead teachers to ensure the achievement and success of high quality arts-integrated experiences (lessons and field trips). Assists with completion and submission of the AIP (Arts Integration Plan), meets with designated administrative staff and grade level teams, and documents and tracks process of AIP from beginning (choosing community partner) to completion (evaluating the experience). Assists with parent communication/marketing regarding all ECM school experiences. Has an in-depth understanding and ability to market all ECM Partners to ensure equitable employment for ECM Partners and Organizations. Duties and responsibilities

  1. Completion and submission of the Arts Integration Plan (AIP) in accordance with designated due dates.
  2. Manages communication using a variety of tools to promote ECM’s AIP to school personnel and ECM designee throughout each experience.
  3. Assists with collection, submission and evaluation of surveys.
  4. Mentors, motivates and provides personalized professional development to each school’s grade level teams to strengthen arts-integrated lesson planning and implementation strategies.
Knowledge and skills
  1. Experience with arts integration.
  2. Leadership experience managing and motivating diverse teams.
  3. Knowledge of K-12 curriculum standards.
  4. Effective communication and organizational skills.
  5. Bachelors degree in education.
  6. Flexibility in schedule.
This is a part-time job. Coaches submit biweekly hours. Salary $50/hour.  Send resume and letter of interest to


USArtists International offers grants for artists performing outside U.S.

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has released revised program guidelines and 2016-2017 application deadlines. Application deadlines:

  • September 7, 2016 for projects taking place between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017.
  • December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018.
  • April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants and include details about changes to the program. July 25:  USArtists International: Am I eligible? 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET  This webinar provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2017 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join. August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET Attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts' website to read the guidelines and eligibility requirements and find out how to attend the webinars. USArtists International will have additional funds available in the 2016-2017 program year to support eligible engagements in Cuba, thanks to additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions about USArtists International? Contact Robyn Busch at Image: California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr


SC Arts Commission awards $3.1 million in grants

The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded $3,148,120 in grants to South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations and schools for the 2017 fiscal year as of July 1. See the list of grant recipients by program. See the list of grant recipients by county. (PDF) (Images: No, it's not pasta. Fiber artist Kristy Bishop received an Artists Ventures Initiative grant to teach natural dyeing and weaving workshops to children and adults.) “We are continuing our emphasis on arts education by expanding last year's pilot program to serve low income children through summer arts camps,” said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. “We worked with local school districts, nonprofit partners and the State Department of Education to deliver a high quality arts program designed to combat summer learning loss." In addition, seven new Arts in Basic Curriculum sites have been awarded grants to strategically plan and implement arts education as part of the school day. The push to expand arts education access is the result of recommendations from the 2014 Arts Education Task Force, created to respond to new research and a new climate for education and arts education reform in South Carolina, according to May. “The task force was charged with answering the question, ‘What must South Carolina do to ensure that all of its young people explore, create, learn and grow in and through the arts?’ The answer was, in a nutshell, ‘do more of the good projects you’re already doing and find new approaches and new partners to reach kids, especially in high poverty areas.’ We will continue to support projects in traditional settings such as schools, but we want to work with community partners and afterschool/summer program providers to reach children beyond the school day and school year.” The agency’s support of the broader arts sector has increased as well, with 25 new operating support grantees. "As a result of our work in rural communities and with new alliances around the state, we have attracted additional grant applications for our operating support funds," said May. "These awards help ensure that we support a wide variety of projects in more places, helping to boost the state’s creative economy,” said May. A total of 288 grants were awarded in 37 counties and range from operating grants and project support for organizations to seed money and fellowships for individual artists, ensuring a diversity of relevant arts experiences around the state. Grant categories, programs and amounts awarded: Arts in Education $1,499,645 Grants help fund curriculum planning and implementation, artist residencies, performances, professional development for teachers and summer and afterschool arts programs.

  • Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement $783,310 Awarded to 67 schools and school districts that are participating in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which works to ensure every child in South Carolina has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the Arts Commission, the S.C. Department of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.
  • Arts Education Projects $388,536 Twenty-five grants funding projects and programs that support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).
  • Arts in the Basic (ABC) Curriculum $302,480 Two grants to support management of the ABC Project Partnership.
  • Youth at Risk Partnerships $22,000 Two grants to provide arts experiences for youth at risk.
  • Teacher Standards Implementation $3,319 (1st quarter only) Five grants to help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, and expertise necessary for meeting the 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards.
Operating Support $1,418,873 Grants help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • General Operating Support $1,336,627 One hundred seventeen grants for arts organizations.
  • Statewide Organizations $37,785 Seven grants for arts organizations operating statewide.
  • Operating Support for Small Organizations $44,461 Thirty grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
Folklife and Traditional Arts $95,502 Grants support programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina’s many cultures through documentation and presentation of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities.
  • Partnerships $70,502 One grant to support management of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership.
  • Organization grants $20,000 Five grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
  • Apprenticeships $5,000 Four grants that support a partnership between a master artist, who will share artistic and cultural knowledge, and a qualified apprentice, who will then continue to pursue the art form.
Subgranting $66,437
  • Seven awards to local arts councils that distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their regions. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
Artists Ventures Initiative $40,000
  • Partnership $20,000 One grant to support management of Artists U, a career development program for artists.
  • Artists $20,000 Four grants to individual artists for projects designed to help them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.
Individual Artist Fellowships $20,000
  • Four grants to individual artists to recognize and reward their artistic achievements.
Quarterly Project Support $7,663 (1st quarter only)
  • Eight grants to support a variety of quality arts projects and programs and/or for professional development opportunities to assist artistic and managerial staff. This category also supports specific arts activities that promote an individual artist's professional development or career advancement. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
Additional Quarterly Project Support and Teacher Standards Implementation grants will be awarded later in the year. For a complete list of grant recipients by program or by county, visit For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, visit or call (803) 734-8696. About the S.C. 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.


Central Carolina Community Foundation awards Connected Communities grants to launch seven innovative projects

Central Carolina Community Foundation has awarded Connected Communities grants to seven nonprofits for new projects designed to enrich the Midlands region:

  • Columbia Museum of Art: “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” – Visitors will peek behind the scenes into the craftsmanship and artistry of cinematic costume design with this international arts and education exhibition, including 43 costumes from 25 well-known films, depicting five centuries of history, drama and comedy. The exhibit, which aims to draw new, cross-generational audiences to the Midlands, will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art from November 18, 2016 to February 19, 2017.
  • Doko Meadows Park Foundation Amphitheatre Project – First-class performances and arts and community events will have a new home within Blythewood’s 25-acre, master-planned Doko Meadows Park, where the Doko Meadows Park Foundation will construct a new amphitheater, welcoming audiences and visitors of all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and abilities.
  • EngenuitySC: What’s Next Midlands – Economic development nonprofit EngenuitySC will launch its second year of What’s Next Midlands, the collaborative crowdsourcing program aimed to gather great ideas for Midlands improvement from residents, and then connect those ideas with the community, capital and volunteers needed to turn them into reality. The program will complete one publicly vetted and approved project per quarter. The first What’s Next Midlands project to be funded has recently added brightly colored, metal patio tables and chairs along Main Street to add social seating during events and peak times (pictured above).
  • Riverbanks Society: Waterfall Junction at Riverbanks Botanical Garden – Waterfall Junction – a new attraction within the Riverbanks Botanical Garden – shelters three acres of ponds, creeks, falls and meadows, inviting visitors of all ages to connect with nature through hands-on exploration, imaginative learning and social offerings. The grant provides funding for public gathering and education sites within the new attraction.
  • South Carolina Philharmonic: Conduct the Phil – The S.C. Philharmonic expands their successful pop-up, interactive experience that allows the public to conduct the orchestra, holding Conduct the Phil sessions in isolated areas of the community to interact with new audiences including the homeless, mentally challenged, incarcerated, physically ill and at-risk youth populations.
  • South Carolina State Museum: RACE: Are We So Different? – The concept of race is scientifically and culturally examined, pondered and challenged at the S.C. State Museum’s new exhibit, which explores three primary themes – the science of human variation, the history of the idea of race and the contemporary experience of race and racism in the U.S. – and explains why we should celebrate our differences. Associated programs complement the exhibit, displayed from June 11 to September 11, 2016.
  • The Jasper Project: Marked by the Water – In commemoration of the first anniversary of the devastating South Carolina flood in October 2015, local artists and community members will collaborate and produce a multi-disciplinary community arts project, featuring visual art, literary elements, music and dance. Funding from the Foundation will support the publication of a book containing collected works from this project.
The grant recipients presented innovative ideas that embrace one or more of the following three focus areas, identified by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup as the three most important elements of an attractive community: Welcoming Community, which promotes and encourages open and inclusive activities and programs; Vibrant Social Offerings, which support the availability of community events, arts and culture opportunities; and Superb Public Spaces, which enhance the beauty and physical setting of the Midlands community. Each selected project encourages citizen involvement and community-wide collaboration. “The projects selected relate directly to our quality of life and enrich our community in meaningful ways,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We look forward to working with these organizations throughout the next year and watching their projects unfold.” In the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Foundation’s first Connected Communities grants funded local programs such as “What’s Next Midlands,” a crowdsourced regional improvement program championed by EngenuitySC; The Nickelodeon Theatre’s “Indie Grits at the River,” enabling the Indie Grits Film Festival to offer free admission for all events for the first time; and educational opportunities in conjunction with the “From Marilyn to Mao – Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces” exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art, bringing the works of the world-famous artist to downtown Columbia, S.C. For more information about Connected Communities grants, visit the Foundation's website or call 803.254.5601. About Central Carolina Community Foundation Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit or call 803.254.5601.


Keira Kitchings named cultural affairs coordinator for city of Mauldin

Keira KitchingsKeira Kitchings has been named the new cultural affairs coordinator for the city of Mauldin. Kitchings is a graduate of Winthrop University with a BS in Integrated Marketing and Communication. She comes to Mauldin from the American Culinary Federation of Jacksonville Fla., where she was a meeting and conference planner. Kitchings has also held positions with the Arts Council of York County and the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. A native of Aiken, S.C., Kitchings is returning to her home state to assist the community development department of Mauldin as it develops plans to enhance the cultural arts center's programming. Kitchings will be responsible for community relations, engagement, marketing and program integration. “Her experience in the arts, event planning and her personable nature make Keira a great fit and team member for the city," said Van Broad, community development director. Additionally, Kitchings will continue the city’s art walk, community mural project and this summer’s successful Beachin Fridays. “I look forward to hitting the ground running and bringing my passion for the arts to the city of Mauldin,” said Kitchings.


A3C Action – a national competition to use art, music and hip hop to advance change

Hurry! Application deadline is July 24! Center for Civic InnovationA3C Festival & Conference and the Center for Civic Innovation are seeking applications for A3C Action, a national competition for ideas that use art, music, and hip hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement in underserved communities. This includes ideas like an art-based curriculum for homeless youth in Atlanta and a program in Philadelphia that pairs up law enforcement officials with recently incarcerated youth to make films together.

Applications are now open for ideas, initiatives, and programs across the United States and close on July 24, 2016.

Five finalists will be flown to Atlanta in October 2016 for the A3C Festival and Conference, where they will attend a business development boot camp and pitch their idea to a national audience. The finalists will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind contributions and have opportunities for networking and partnership development. The application is available online:

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Clarendon One students visit Steam Institute at College of Charleston

From WCBD Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Fifty Clarendon School District One students in 3rd – 8th grade are in Charleston for three days thanks to funding by the South Carolina Arts Commission. We’re told 70 students and 20 chaperones from Clarendon School District One boarded a charter bus at St. Paul Elementary school to travel to the Engaging Creative Minds Summer STEAM Institute, a 6-week arts integration camp that teachers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Tuesday afternoon, students are taking part in the Boeing Dreamlearners program.  In the evening ,they are being treated to pizza and movies in the dorm after a visit from the CofC team who will talk to them about college life and answer any questions they may have about college. Wednesday the students will take a Fort Sumter Tour and visit the water park.  In the evening the Children’s Museum will open just for them!  The boat leaves the dock tomorrow at 10:45.  The Children’s Museum is open from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. On Thursday, morning students will walk the Ravenel Bridge and then head back to Summerton, SC.


2016 Librarian of the Year selected as Charleston County Public Library’s new executive director

Nicolle DaviesNicolle Davies, a nationally recognized library leader who was named Library Journal magazine’s 2016 Librarian of the Year, will be Charleston County Public Library’s new executive director, the library’s Board of Trustees announced. “Charleston is blessed to have a library leader of Nicolle’s stature to steer our system in the transformational years ahead of us,” said Andy Brack, chair of the library’s Board of Trustees. “A world-class city attracts world-class talent. With energy, drive and vision, Nicolle will help guide our professional staff through exciting changes with new buildings and programs that will truly make our libraries become lifelong learning centers." Davies will step down as director of the Arapahoe Library District, a system in the greater Denver area with eight branch libraries and a $30 million annual budget. She will start her new position in Charleston by October. "I am thrilled to have been chosen as the next executive director of the Charleston County Public Library,” Davies said. “It is an exciting time for public libraries, and I am happy to join a community that invests in their libraries. “During my interview, I was impressed with the warmth and passion that the staff and board have for this work,” she added. “My hope is to serve even more patrons and members of the community as our libraries change and expand." Library Journal, a national professional publication, praised Davies for improving library services to district residents. Specifically, the magazine recognized her efforts to make the library an essential community service and hub for residents by providing access to the latest, cutting-edge technologies and continually striving to ensure open communication with district residents and library staff. Davies was one of three finalists selected by the board and interviewed earlier this month after a national search by an executive recruitment firm that specializes in locating the best and brightest from the world of libraries. More than 100 applications were received for the position. The new director will lead the system’s continuing efforts to grow virtual services, overhaul technologies, create innovative content and build sustainable partnerships with businesses and community organizations. One key focus on the horizon for Davies will be the library’s voter-approved $108.5 million Building and Renovation Program, which includes constructing five new libraries (two new branches and three replacements), renovating 13 existing branches and relocating support staff out of the Main Library to free up space for public use. While in Colorado, she has supervised or worked on several multi-million projects to build new branches or renovate existing ones. The starting salary for the position will be $151,250. Davies, 40, started with the Arapahoe Library District in 2005 as director of communications and worked her up through several positions until being named executive director in 2012. Prior to that she worked in public relations and broadcast television. While at the district, Davies implemented new staffing models, received voter support in 2015 for a tax levy that increased the library's budget by 25 percent and worked to oversee the construction or renovation of several branch libraries. Currently, Davies is president of the Rotary Club of Centennial, Colo., and is active on several committees for the American Library Association, the Public Library Association and the Colorado Association for Libraries. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Via: Charleston County Public Library