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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.


CERF+ increases amount of emergency financial assistance for artists

On October 1, CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) increased the amount of its emergency financial assistance grants and loans for eligible craft artists. CERF+’s Emergency Grants now provide up to $5,000 in immediate help to eligible craft artists after career-threatening emergencies. CERF+’s no-interest Emergency Recovery Loans now provide up to $8,500 to help craft artists re-establish, improve, or possibly expand the artist’s business after an emergency. CERF+ regards a career-threatening emergency as a recent, unforeseen or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected your ability to produce your work. Financial distress that results from the normal uncertainties of doing business is not considered an emergency for CERF+ eligibility purposes. “Thanks to the fantastic response of our generous donors to The Campaign for CERF+’s Future, we are very pleased to be able to increase the amounts of both our grants and no-interest loans. These funds provide such critical support to artists recovering and rebuilding after disasters,” notes CERF+ Executive Director Cornelia Carey. More information about eligibility and how to apply can be found on the CERF+ website. The website also has numerous other resources for artists. Via: CERF+


Trustus Theatre announces new staff and board members

Trustus Theatre in Columbia, S.C., recently added three new staff positions. Debbie Cohn has been hired as director of development to help launch The Trustus Preservation Society capital campaign.  Cohn, a veteran fund raiser, has worked previously at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, The Family Shelter, SCADVASA (The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault), and the South Carolina Philharmonic, as well as serving on many nonprofit boards. Along with Cohn, Jeremy Polley has been hired as audio/projection director and resident musician and Charles Felsberg as the Trustus Company liaison.  Additionally, Chad Henderson has been named co-artistic director for this season, sharing the position with former Artistic Director Dewey-Scott Wiley. Additionally, four new board members have joined the organization for the 2014-15 season including Marjorie Huntington, Lucy Grey McIver, Len Marini and Stewart Rawson.  Executive officers for this season include President Harrison Saunders, Vice President Lynn Stokes-Murray, Secretary Thomas Black, Treasurer Jason Richardson and Members-at-Large Stewart Rawson and Susan Levi-Wallach. Trustus is Columbia’s professional theatre celebrating its 30th anniversary this season.  For more information, visit About Trustus Theatre Trustus Theatre is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Trustus Theatre is dedicated to high-quality productions that speak to today’s most important issues. We are a safe place for exploration and expression of the political, the personal, and all things human. Our theatre is your theatre! Via:, Trustus Theatre


Get your community on the same page! Big Read grants available

The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Funding ranges from $2,500 to $20,000. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected to read, discuss, and celebrate with their communities one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. In addition, The Big Read provides comprehensive information about the authors and their works in the Books & Guides section of The Big Read website. A new title has been added to The Big Read catalog this year: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat. The author grew up in Haiti, raised by her uncle, then moved to the United States with parents and siblings she hardly knew. This poignant memoir explores the contrasting lives of her uncle in Haiti and her father in America, and delves deep into themes of family, home and tradition. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2015 by 4 p.m. Central Standard Time. Find the complete guidelines and application instructions online. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at (612) 238-8010 or email Follow @NEABigRead on Twitter for all the latest info and news. Via: Arts Midwest


Review: Young pianist impresses with Grieg Concerto

Review by Paul Hyde, The Greenville News:

Caleb Borick has a talent to be reckoned with. The Charleston-based pianist, all of 11 years old, clearly possesses the technical chops to take on a formidable piece like Grieg's Piano Concerto. Caleb offered an incisive account of the concerto, one of the most popular in the repertoire, in a performance with the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra at the Younts Center Saturday night. Also included on the program, under the direction of Gwen Starling, were works by Bernstein and John Williams. Caleb brought a crisp articulation to the Grieg concerto, delivering the third movement folk dance with clarity and flair. He demonstrated a musicality well beyond his years, meanwhile, in the sensitively phrased lyrical passages of the second and third movements. His assured reading of the concerto's dazzling cadenza was marvelous. Caleb obviously has a future ahead of him as a solo pianist. With maturity should come greater strength, command and dynamic variation. The Fountain Inn Symphony, despite some intonation problems, provided solid support in the concerto. Starling opened the concert with a robust interpretation of John Williams' "Summon The Heroes," a piece the popular film score composer wrote for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The orchestra's strings were underpowered, primarily because they were few in number. "Summon the Heroes" spotlighted some fine work by the orchestra's principal trumpet player Evan Duke. Also included in the concert was a pleasing, often boisterous suite of selections from Bernstein's "West Side Story." Despite some intonation problems, the Fountain Inn Symphony cannot be faulted for lacking in gusto. For the latest in local arts news and reviews, follow Paul Hyde on Facebook and Twitter: @PaulHyde7.
Via: The Greenville News


Don’t delay! Final week to submit Fellowship applications and Verner Award nominations

November 3 is the deadline for Individual Fellowship applications and the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts nominations. Submissions for both programs must be hand-delivered or postmarked by Monday, Nov. 3. Nomination letters for the Verner Award are also accepted via e-mail or fax. Artists working in visual arts, craft, music composition and music performance are eligible to apply for $5,000 Fellowships, which are designed to recognize the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. (Artistic disciplines rotate each year.) Fellowships applications are reviewed anonymously by out-of-state panelists, and awards are based solely on artistic excellence. The South Carolina Arts Commission Board of Commissioners reviews panel recommendations and makes the final awards. Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina and are the highest honor the state gives in the arts. These awards honor South Carolina arts organizations, patrons, artists, educators, members of the business community, and government entities who maximize their roles as innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts. A selection committee of arts professionals, educators, and business, government, and community representatives reviews the nomination letters and make recommendations to the South Carolina Arts Commission Board of Commissioners, who make the final awards. Detailed guidelines and submission instructions for the Fellowship program and the Verner Awards are available online. For more information about either program, call (803) 734-8696.


National Artist Teacher Fellowships for public arts school teachers

Letters of Intent due Nov. 19. The Center for Arts in Education invites arts teachers from public arts high schools and Title 1 high schools and middle schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its National Artist Teacher Fellowship program. Join us in celebrating 15 years of the NATF program, which offers arts teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices. Catherine Cassell, 2012 NATF Fellow, The Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC Catherine Cassell, 2012 NATF Fellow, The Fine Arts Center, Greenville, S.C. (Teachers from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County are past recipients of this Fellowship.) The purpose of this Fellowship is to expand and/or rejuvenate the applicant’s artistic range and abilities in their artistic practice. Teachers will be expected to design a fellowship program that provides opportunities to enhance their understanding of current techniques, activity, and thinking in their artistic domain(s). It may include: study in arts courses; attendance at advanced art-making workshops, festivals or institutes; residencies at artists’ colonies; formal mentor relationships with recognized professional artists; independent study towards the completion of an artistic project (which includes interaction with other professionals), or other artistic entities. Please see our Meet a Fellow page for examples of previous fellowship projects. Feel free to explore and create other options. Up to 20 awards of $5,500 each will be made, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the Fellow’s school to support post-fellowship activities. The fellowship award is for the Fellow to use towards the completion of their project experience. It may be used to defray the cost of tuition and other fees, room and board, travel, purchase of materials and/or equipment for personal art-making, childcare, mentor fees, and other relevant expenses. The post-fellowship funds are to be used at the discretion of the Fellow for the benefit of their students, school and classroom. All arts disciplines are eligible: visual arts, photography, theatre, stage design (sound, lighting, set design), music, dance, film, video, multidiscipline, architecture and creative writing. Proposals which will not be considered include: participation in educational conferences; art therapy; development of pedagogy; academic research or graduate study; curriculum building; learning of new skills solely towards the development of new courses; or accreditation. Who's eligible?

  • Schools must:*
    • Be a public arts high school, magnet school, or charter school with the primary mission of fostering the development of artistic talent; or a Title 1 middle or high school with a sequential arts program.
    • Offer sequential arts courses as a requirement for graduation
    • Employ artists as teachers
  • Arts teachers must:
    • Be permanently assigned full- or part-time faculty (teaching a minimum of six hrs/week in an arts discipline)
    • Be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts at the high school or middle school level (middle school educators must be from a Title 1 schools)
Previous NATF and Surdna Fellows (Rounds 1-14) are ineligible to apply for 2015 NATF program. *The 2015 NATF program includes arts teachers at Title 1 schools that have demonstrated a commitment to using the arts to improve student engagement and achievement. Please be in touch with Adriane Brayton, Program Coordinator, for more information. Please note that teachers from high schools that are not arts-specialty schools are not eligible to apply at this time even if those schools have an arts concentration (unless they have Title 1 status). If this is the case, please be in touch with Program Coordinator for further information. The NATF application process has two steps: Step 1: Letter of Intent (LOI) - due Nov. 19. Applicants visit our website to submit LOIs online along with an attached resume or curriculum vitae (please do not include work samples.) Step 2: Final Applications Following a review of the Letters of Intent, a select number of candidates will be invited to submit a final application. Finalists will be asked to submit a full project description, project budget and all available supporting materials (including notification of venue acceptances and mentor letters). For more information, contact Adriane Brayton, program coordinator, or (617) 635-6470 ext. 312.


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