Citizen input to help form new long-range S.C. arts plan

In public meetings and survey, SCAC queries arts’ direction


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is fanning out across the state this fall and winter, gathering public input to help it form the next long-range plan for arts and culture in South Carolina. Every 10 years, dating back to 1980, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) conducts the Canvass of the People in public and private forums and through an anonymous online survey to gather South Carolinians’ impressions of the successes and challenges for the arts and culture scene in the state. They are also asked to look ahead and weigh in on what the next steps should be. Results culled from the Canvass of the People help the SCAC form its Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina. “Public input is the cornerstone of this process. As we ask, ‘Where do we go from here?’ we need for our reach to be as far and wide as possible. There are several Canvass forums scheduled and more being planned, each chosen strategically for geographic diversity and, we hope, diversity of opinion and experience. The goal is to generate discussion about the arts to understand what South Carolinians envision for their communities,” SCAC Executive Director David Platts said. At present, seven public forums are on the calendar at locations throughout South Carolina. One occurred in mid-October, but the rest take place from November through February and more are in the planning stages. Two private forums have occurred, and more of those are expected as well, taking place during meetings of affinity groups in the state who work in or support the arts. The public forums on the calendar at this moment will take place in:
  • Rock Hill (Nov. 13, 2019)
  • Greenwood (Nov. 21, 2019)
  • Myrtle Beach (Dec. 9, 2019)
  • Pickens (Dec. 10, 2019)
  • Orangeburg (Dec. 12, 2019)
  • Sumter (Jan. 9, 2020)
  • Beaufort (Jan. 23, 2020)
  • Columbia (Feb. 12, 2020)
Updated listings and the link to take the anonymous survey can be found at SouthCarolinaArts.com/Canvass/. The SCAC is planning for the Canvass of the People to finish in March so work on the Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina may begin. An estimated release of the plan is fall 2020.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key 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 SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

Really? Vandal or vandals damage mural in Columbia park

Juveniles suspected by police


From The State this morning: confused man Yeah, we don't get it.

“The mural was apparently damaged Sunday night. Columbia police have watched surveillance video from the parking lot, but so far no arrests have been made.

Park workers removed the graffiti Monday and Tuesday. However, the chemicals used also marred parts of the painting.

“'They did a decent job of getting the tag (graffiti) off, but it did some damage to the paint on the mural,' said Lee Snelgrove, executive director of One Columbia for Arts and Culture. 'It will require (the artist) to come back and touch up the areas.'”

Read the full story here. (Subscription might be required.) The mural in question is in Riverfront Park along the flood-damaged Columbia Canal.

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Applications open for 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Application deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest 2018, by Zan Maddox/Social Design House


Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which opens in conjunction with the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1,250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award:
  • Best in Show ($1000),
  • Outstanding Merit ($500),
  • and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).
The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11-month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features 10 acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children's play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

Meet the Juror

The juror for the 2020/21 exhibition is Daniel T. Beck. Beck was first exposed to public sculpture as a child through his family's business, Tatti Conservation. He has worked with his family since 1990 on conservation projects such as the collection at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York. In 2018, Daniel was a juror for the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture competition in Boone, North Carolina. Daniel is currently the Iron Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft near Asheville, where he has worked since 2011, facilitating blacksmithing, fabrication, foundry, and sculpture workshops. He maintains a studio practice at his shop in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, and is about to start his third year teaching incarcerated artists through the AMCI/Penland Prison Arts Partnership.

About the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

The 15th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display April 29, 2020 through March 21, 202, at North Charleston Riverfront Park (1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston). A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

Tuning Up: On place… who’s here and why

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


With art and advocacy, Native American women in SC are saying, 'We are still here' "Its goal, said commission CEO Terence Lilly Little Water, was to show people that Native American women exist here in South Carolina. And — like other indigenous women around the country — they’re fighting to raise awareness of issues that disproportionately affect their communities.

'We have some extraordinarily talented artists who deserve to have their voices heard,” she said. “Art is a form of using your voice.'" (Read Emily Williams' full story in the Charleston Post & Courier here.)

Along the same lines, "Tuning Up" also presents this story about Americans thriving where they are and not moving all over like we did in the 1980's and 1990's:

Americans have stopped moving, and it could dramatically affect society

"This narrative that Americans are constantly moving within the country is no longer true.

Over the last 35 years, the number of Americans who have moved—within their county, state, or out of state—has steadily declined to nearly half of their previous levels... Rootedness has many positive outcomes, such as greater attachment to place and more meaningful social and community connections. These connections to place may then serve to provide social and economic support during periods of economic uncertainty." (Read Thomas Cooke's full story in Quartz here.)

Not to add to Cooke's report, but the S.C. Arts Commission's program Art of Community: Rural SC is showing that rural communities, often the biggest victims of migration to larger towns and (usually) cities (and their suburbs and exurbs) are rallying. Leading the charge are often artists, who are proving more and more by the day that they can remain in place and be successful themselves while helping lead revitalization.

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Dec. 9

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. Because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays* with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.


This week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

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Rock Hill Symphony expands hometown as ‘cultural asset’

A new story from WFAE 90.7 FM gave a great look yesterday at the role "South Carolina's newest orchestra" is playing in expanding the cultural offerings of Rock Hill (which boasts one of the charter South Carolina Cultural Districts).  According to the story: "as the city carves a more distinct identity – i.e., as something other than a suburb of Charlotte – the push to expand Rock Hill’s musical culture scene is a major component." The orchestra started in 2018 after its founders realized Rock Hill was the largest South Carolina city without an orchestra. The story goes on to detail the orchestra's quick growth to a larger concert space and its hopes for a home of its own. Click here to read more on the station's website.

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Call for Artists + Photographers: Innovate Grants

Application deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020


Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Winter Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.
  • Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
  • Deadline: February 11, 2020
  • Region: International
  • Awards: $550.00 Grants

How to Apply

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org.

Innovate Grant Winners

Christine Atkinson Los Angeles, CA Fall Grant Recipient – Art Brendon Kahn Dallas, TX Fall Grant Recipient – Photography Joe Hedges Pullman, WA Summer Grant Recipient – Art Leafy Yeh Los Angeles, CA Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Margaret Jacobs Enfield, NH Spring Grant Recipient – Art Ceaphas Stubbs Newark, NJ Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Taylor O. Thomas Tampa, FL Winter Grant Recipient – Art Shane Lavalette Syracuse, NY Winter Grant Recipient – PhotographyInnovat
Apply online today: https://innovateartistgntras.org

Richland Library wants fresh AiR for Spring 2020

Be library's artist-in-residence

Application deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019
Richland Library is taking applications for its Spring 2020 artist-in-residence position. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2019. If you, or someone you know, is an artist, please consider this unique opportunity. The library is looking for:
  • experienced painters,
  • dancers,
  • sculptors,
  • musicians,
  • filmmakers,
  • photographers,
  • woodworkers,
  • or fine artists
who are ready to share their craft and passion with the Midlands. Created in 2015, the residency program gives artists, performers and makers of all types and disciplines the ability to work freely in their own studio space, share their works and artistic process with the community and provide learning opportunities and programs for library customers.
The selected artist will receive more than a title. You get:
  • Dedicated studio space. You’ll have full access to your own studio space as well as the Media and Fine Arts Studios and Woodshop at Richland Library Main.
  • A monthly stipend (and programming supplies)
  • To exhibit. Inspire, engage and enrich our customers with an exhibition of your work in The Gallery.
  • Staff support. Work closely with the library’s arts coordinator, marketing and digital strategy and community relations teams to create and promote programming.
In exchange, you are expected to give:
  • Studio time. Hold 20 open office hours/month and work in your studio as often as possible
  • Learning opportunities:
    • Collaborate with library staff on arts programming for the public and lead art programs.
    • Lead workshops for the public and/or staff.

If you’re interested in becoming an artist-in-residence, please fill out an application here: https://richlandlibrary.com/services/become-artist-residence The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday, Dec. 15.

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Midlands Arts Conservatory receives $10,000 grant

Lipscomb Family Foundation grant supports pianos

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The Lipscomb Family Foundation just awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) to help fund the purchase of a piano lab for the school. The total cost for the piano lab, which includes one teacher piano and 15 electronic student pianos, is $34,882. Rice Music House has already donated $7,681 towards the project and has also loaned MAC the Lab for this academic year. In order to fully fund the Lab, MAC still needs to raise about $17,000 from local donors and other foundations. The Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) is a free public charter school in Columbia with a focus on visual arts, theater, dance, and music. The mission is to prepare students for academic and personal success in an environment that promotes intellectual curiosity, cultural literacy, and a deep appreciation of the arts. MAC currently consists of students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and it will continue to add one new grade every year until it is a full 6-12th grade school. Students at MAC receive three hours of academic instruction each day and three hours of instruction in their art area. Daily music instruction at MAC includes Suzuki strings (violin, viola, cello), as well as music theory, ear training, music history, piano and choir. For more information, contact Head of Schools Brad Tillman at brad.tillman@midlandsartsconservatory.org or visit the MAC website at http://midlandsartsconservatory.org. MAC is located at 3806 North Main St. in Columbia.
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Traveling Gullah Geechee art exhibit to debut in Hampton

The Hampton County Arts Council announced that the Stanley Arts Building will be the first venue to exhibit the private art collection of Gullah native Victoria A. Smalls. A formal gala will mark the opening of this prestigious exhibit, which will then run through the month of February. The public is invited to come enjoy art featuring notable and emerging artists, entertainment, silent auction and authentic Gullah cuisine at the 7 p.m. Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at the Stanley Arts Building in Hampton. Read more about the art collection from the The Charleston Chronicle here. Smalls is connected to the S.C. Arts Commission through its program the Art of Community: Rural SC, which walks residents of rural communities through reimagining their communities through an arts and culture lens and use those to address long-standing problems. In the process, fresh leaders are identified as new voices bring their own energies to the table and foster greater community involvement.  

2020 ‘Voices in American Art’ speaker announced

Spartanburg, Wofford to welcome Dr. Evie Terrono


Dr. Evie Terrono, professor of art history and affiliate faculty in women’s studies at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, will deliver the keynote address at the seventh annual Voices in American Art lecture Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The year 2020 marks important political and cultural milestones in the history of the United States, including the ratification of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women's constitutional right to vote as well as the two-hundredth anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth in 1820. A highly-regarded scholar on understandings of gender, race, and politics, Dr. Terrono has titled her upcoming lecture "Creativity, Collaborations, and Communal Uplift: The Careers of Southern Women Artists." You can read more about Dr. Terrono here. The event, which is open to the public without charge, will take place in the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre at Wofford College's Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20.
Established in 2014, Voices in American Art brings distinguished arts leaders from important national institutions to Spartanburg for annual presentations. Previous VIAA speakers include Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art/BostonSylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017); Jane Panetta, associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Jan Postma, a Spartanburg native and chief financial officer of the Museum of Modern Art (2016); Elizabeth Pochoda, editor of The Magazine Antiques (2015); and Sarah Cash, associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art and former Bechhoefer Curator of American Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2014).