Fellowships for visual arts, craft, media production and screenwriting

Application deadline is November 1. The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting applications for the next round of Individual Artist Fellowships. South Carolina artists working in visual arts, craft, media: production or media: screenwriting are invited to apply for the 2018 awards. Each Fellow receives $5,000. Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process by out-of-state panelists and are based on artistic excellence only. The awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. Fellowships are awarded in four disciplines each year. The application is now an online process. Find complete guidelines and application instructions online. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2016. Related: Who won the most recent round of fellowships?

Grants available for visual artists impacted by natural or man-made disasters

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community. The Foundation provides cash grants of up to $6,000 with a quick turn around and simple application process. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature, such as Hurricane Matthew, can apply to the Foundation for funding. Visit the Foundation's Emergency Grant Program web page for additional information and application instructions. Via: The Joan Mitchell Foundation

Spartanburg School District One offers dance for the first time

Spartanburg One's New Prospect Elementary and Holly Springs Motlow Elementary are Arts in the Basic Curriculum sites. ABC sites receive South Carolina Arts Commission grants to help integrate the arts into basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction. From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Second grade students at New Prospect Elementary School (pictured above) are dancing their way through the water cycle during a Science lesson, as a part of the newly implemented Dance pilot program in Spartanburg School District One. All District One elementary students in grades 2-5 now have the opportunity to participate in the first ever Dance program offered by the district. Mrs. Kellianne Floyd, who has taught dance in school at all levels over the last 12 years, will rotate between each elementary school in the district throughout the year, allowing students the opportunity to audition for Dance. Mrs. Floyd sees her auditioned groups every day during their Academic Arts time, and finds creative ways to integrate arts into the core curriculum through STEAM activities. In addition to working with her audition groups, Mrs. Floyd also works with entire grade levels teaching arts integration lessons, such as how to use poetry to choreograph a dance in AB form and using opposite words to create a dance sequence. Social Studies lessons have been transformed as students have had the opportunity to experience Native American dances, African folk dances, and even the Carolina Shag! Through this program, students have the ability to learn critical thinking skills by observing each other's performances and analyzing the skills implemented in each piece of choreography. Students can make connections between dance and academic subjects such as English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and have the opportunity to learn in a completely new way. All students who participate in the Dance program will have the opportunity to choreograph and perform dances in their schools and community. In April, a group of Dance students have been invited to perform at Operation: Stand Down, an organization for homeless veterans. Mrs. Floyd received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from Winthrop University in 2003 and holds a Masters of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis on Recreational Therapy from Clemson University. In addition, Mrs. Floyd holds an Ed. S. in School Administration from Converse College. She has had opportunities to study with master teachers from around the world including Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett, Radio City Rockettes alumnae, So You Think You Can Dance alumnae Kathryn McCormick and Robert Roldan, and has also performed as a dancer in the 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta, GA.

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

New titles added; apply by January 26, 2017. logocarouselslidecolorNEA Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2017 and June 2018. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. A Big Read is a month-long series of programs centered around one NEA Big Read book. Programs should include a kickoff, a keynote, book discussions, and other artistic events to foster engagement with the selected title and encourage reading. Thirteen new titles have been added to this year's Big Read list. Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. Visit the online application guidelines for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email neabigread@artsmidwest.org.

Artist entrepreneurs: apply for an Artists’ Venture Initiatives grant

Letters of intent due Jan. 11, 2017 The South Carolina Arts Commission invites artists to apply for the next round of S.C. Artists’ Ventures Initiative grants. AVI grants encourage and enable the creation of new artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for S.C. artists. S.C. artists (individuals and collaboratives) may use AVI funding to help launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture. A one-time project/single purchase may be awarded up to $3,500. An ongoing business venture may be awarded up to $5,000. The AVI grant program is a two-part process, with letters of intent due Jan. 11, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to develop a full grant proposal. Read the complete guidelines online.

The show must go on – Charleston’s Colour of Music Festival to open as scheduled

Note: The Colour of Music Festival receives a General Operating Support grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Adieu, Matthew. Charleston's five-day Colour of Music Festival will open as scheduled Oct. 19, despite Hurricane Matthew's visit and the aftermath. The 2016 festival runs through October 23 at various venues throughout historic Charleston. “This is the second year the festival has opened two weeks after a tropical storm or hurricane, and our organizers, the City of Charleston’s Office of the Mayor, Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston Area Visitor and Convention Bureau and Gaillard Center management are notifying locals and visitors alike that Charleston is ready to welcome them – we are very appreciative of how everyone is helping us get the word out,” says Lee Pringle, festival founder and producer. Now in its fourth year, the Colour of Music Festival presents a musical kaleidoscope of black classical composers, performers, and artists from across the globe and offers symposiums, organ and piano recitals, vocal recitals, a chamber series, an evening Masterworks series and a gala. Acclaimed black chamber ensemble players and artists from Canada, France, Britain, Colombia, the Caribbean and other locations form the Masterwork Series’ Colour of Music Festival Orchestra. Internationally renowned conductor Marlon Daniel will again serve as festival music director with leading black maestros serving as guest conductors to lead the orchestra. The festival's motif, All Things French (Toutes Les Choses Françaises) is highlighted with the début of African-French composer Chevalier de Saint Georges’ only discovered opera, The Anonymous Lover, featuring Magali Léger, native of Saint Georges' birthplace, the Isle of Guadeloupe. Find the complete schedule and ticket information online. About the Colour of Music Festival Based in Charleston, South Carolina and organized in 2013, the Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences throughout the Lowcountry, regionally and nationally. www.colourofmusic.org

SC Humanities offers literary programming grants

South Carolina Humanities offers Fast Track Literary Grants to support new or existing public literary programs such as (but not limited to) writers series, festivals, conferences, workshops, or writer’s residencies at schools. Awards are $3,000 or less. For the fiscal year 2017, applications will be accepted quarterly on the following deadlines: Monday, November 14, 2016 Monday, February 13, 2017 Monday, May 15, 2017 Monday, August 14, 2017 The grant application is available online. The Fast Track Literary Grant also receives support from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Artists invited to participate in 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest design competition

Submission deadline: December 15 North Charleston Arts Fest design 2016 Lisa Shimko, Air and Water, 2016 design winner The City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the festival, taking place May 3-7, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and have the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted: acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com by December 15. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition. There is no entry fee. Previous Arts Festival Design Competition winners include Lisa Shimko of Charleston (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston (2015), Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton (2014), Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant (2013), Elena Barna of North Charleston (2012), and Pedro Rodriguez of Hanahan (2011). For more information, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. Via: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Dr. Leo Twiggs’ Requiem for Mother Emanuel featured on ESPN

Leo Twiggs ESPNIn August, captains and coaches from the Carolina Panthers football team visited the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg to view the exhibition of Leo Twiggs' Requiem for Mother Emanuel series. The visit served as a springboard for ongoing conversations about race and reconciliation -- not only in the Panthers' locker room, but in communities across the region. In the wake of recent racial unrest in the Panthers' hometown of Charlotte, the dialogue took on even deeper meaning and relevance. As a follow-up to their coverage of the summer story, ESPN crews traveled to Charlotte and Spartanburg to interview the Panthers and Dr. Twiggs. In describing the complex emotions reflected in the nine Requiem paintings, Dr. Twiggs, a lifelong educator, reminds us all that "works of art are repositories of human experiences." View the ESPN video, which aired Oct. 10: On view at TJC Gallery in downtown Spartanburg through October 28, Requiem for Mother Emanuel takes viewers on an emotional and aesthetic journey from the horror of the church shootings through the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds to the forgiveness extended by members of the Mother Emanuel congregation. The exhibition will be the foundation of an educational symposium October 11th in Spartanburg. Sponsored by the Johnson Collection. “Requiem for Mother Emanuel: An Exploration of Paint, Poetry, Race & Grace” will examine and expand upon the themes—human, artistic, cultural, and universal—presented in the series. Keynote speakers include Dr. Twiggs, South Carolina poet Nikky Finney, and Jane Panetta, associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The symposium will take place at 7 p.m., October 11 at Chapman Cultural Center; the event is free and open to the public. Via: The Johnson Collection

S.C. State Library call for art and literature: #SCStronger

The South Carolina State Library is seeking artwork and literature depicting the historic October 2015 floods for a display commemorating the disaster. The library will accept submissions of prose, poetry, photographs and digital art from the general public for #SCStronger, a special library gallery. The display will honor those who responded to the flood event and examine the impact it had on the Midlands region. Up to five works per person can be submitted until noon Oct. 24. The works will be selected for display by a committee of S.C. State Library staff. Complete submission guidelines and instructions are available online. For more information, contact Sean Gruber, 803.734.0462. About the South Carolina State Library The South Carolina State Library develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. The Library serves the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. It is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources.  For more information, please visit www.statelibrary.sc.gov or call 803-734-8666.

Winthrop grad touts “fantastic” public arts plan for Rock Hill roundabout

From the Rock Hill Herald Article by David Thackham

brandyscholl Brandy Scholl In truth, Brandy Scholl got her inspiration from a real-life case of #ThrowbackThursday.
Inspired by a photograph of an old buggy car and a visit to a renovated fabrics manufacturer, the recent Winthrop University graduate brainstormed and designed an intricate public arts project that may adorn the city’s new roundabout by next summer. “It’s a little surreal,” said Scholl, who designed the top concept of her class earlier this spring. “I’m still wrapping my head around the idea that I came up with this out of my head, and now it’s actually being built into this community. Being welcomed... as an artist, it’s the most gratifying thing you could possibly imagine.” Scholl, who now works as a self-employed artist in Greenville, laid out her plan in front of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday afternoon. The idea is to create what she calls a “sensory experience” by decorating the four outside edges of the roundabout circle with flowers and plants which would be adapted to each season. The effect uses the entire space and gives drivers a better visual experience as they make their way around to their exit, says Scholl. The art is funded through a portion of a $50,000 grant the city received last summer from the National Endowment for the Arts. The design drew rave reviews from David Lawrence, project manager for the Knowledge Park project, which lies close to the incoming roundabout. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Lawrence. “It’s a new gateway entering that direction, with everything heading into Knowledge Park. It’s a unique idea, and I hope it’s as colorful as her images.” Scholl’s design includes use of 10 3x3 concrete discs, carved with themes around the city, which will be placed in the ground for pedestrians to step on in between the plants. Construction on the roundabout is going smoothly, says Lawrence, and the site should be open again within the next six months. Once that starts, workers will be able to start laying in Scholl’s design. She’ll present her concept in front of the Rock Hill City Council next month for final approval. It took Scholl nearly three months to fully draw out her plans and put together her concept, which was deemed the best in her class at a board review. She was most inspired by a trip to the Springs Creative textile building on Chatham Ave., where she saw huge rolls of fabric in the warehouse. She also drew parallels from an old archive photo of a vintage Anderson motor buggy from the Rock Hill Buggy Company. “I had three posters of this traffic design hanging up all over my space alone, and I kept seeing a spinning, central part of it,” said Scholl. “That’s where the creation came from.” Although it’ll likely be about 8 to 9 months before she’s able to see the fruits of her labor, Scholl said she’s proud to see that her work has been appreciated. “The more you research, the more you know what you have,” she said. “Just getting to learn about Rock Hill’s history, that I didn’t know about, that was great.”