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Add your event to Arts Daily!

The South Carolina Arts Commission's arts calendar, Arts Daily, has joined forces with The Hub. Now you can visit one place to view or submit arts news AND events! Long-time Arts Daily users will notice that the revamped event submission process is simpler. You can also add your arts venue (if you haven't already) to The Hub's venue list through the Arts Daily submission process. Online readers of Arts Daily can search and sort events to find activities based on location, art form or type of event. Is your event or opportunity right for Arts Daily? If it's arts-related, open to the public, and of interest to people in South Carolina, then yes! Event types include auditions, calls for entries & contests, classes, conferences, exhibitions, fellowships & residencies, openings, book signings, performances, screenings and more. You'll choose the type when you submit your event or opportunity. To submit arts events to Arts Daily, use the Submit Events button. (Be sure to submit your event at least one month in advance.) If your event has an interesting news element, you can also send it to The Hub through the Submit Story button. Arts events submitted at least one month in advance will appear on the Arts Daily website, and some will be recorded for radio.

How to decide what to submit where

Submit Event to Arts Daily: Arts Daily listings and radio announcements are limited to the key details and a brief description of your event and will direct readers to your website or organization for a lengthier description. Arts events submitted at least one month before the event will be posted to the online Arts Daily calendar. Not all events are recorded for the radio. The earlier you submit, the longer it will appear on the Arts Daily site for readers to find and the better chance the event will be recorded for radio. You can even submit an entire season at once! Submit Story to The Hub: If your event has a news component, you can also submit a lengthier article or news release through The Hub's Submit Story button. Story submissions, if accepted, appear as articles on The Hub's main page and "roll off" the page as other articles are posted -- the lifespan of a Hub article is much shorter than an Arts Daily entry. Hub articles will direct readers to your website or organization for more information. What makes an event newsworthy? A few questions to ask: Does the event relate to a larger purpose (e.g., an artist's studio or gallery opening is a result of the arts reviving a downtown, a celebrity S.C. artist is participating to raise awareness and/or funds, a student exhibition illustrates the benefit of arts education, etc.)? Is this a first time for the event, or a milestone anniversary? Did the project break an attendance or fundraising record? Sometimes the news element occurs after an event when you're ready to share results and photos. Bottom line: Submit ALL arts events to Arts Daily, at least one month in advance. Submit more info about your event to The Hub ONLY if there is an extra news element. Remember, you may also use the Submit Story button to send your feature articles, blog posts, stories, etc. about arts topics other than events.

Writing your Arts Daily Event Description

Arts Daily web listings and radio announcements are designed to provide the most vital pieces of information about your event or opportunity and refer users to ArtsDaily.org and/or to your website or organization for details. We encourage you to use your Event Description space to provide a self-contained, factual summary of your event or opportunity. ONLY the text in the Event Description field will be used in your radio announcement, should your submission be chosen for broadcast. What to include in the Event Description:
  • The name of the event or opportunity and a brief description of it
  • Who is responsible for it (hosting or presenting organization)
  • Where (venue and city)
  • When (date and time)
  • Cost to participate
  • Deadline for the public to participate (e.g., registration, submission), if applicable. (Note: This is not a deadline for posting on Arts Daily.)
What not to include in the Event Description:
  • Contact information. Radio announcements will direct listeners to the Arts Daily website where you have entered this information.
  • Superlatives (such as “the best,” “beautiful,” “a great achievement,” etc.) will be excluded from the final listing.
Want a template? Try this: (Name of the presenting or host organization) presents (name of the event), (event date) at (event time), at (event venue) in (city, and state if not South Carolina). (Provide a description of the event, so that Arts Daily users will understand what it is and whether or not they would like to attend.) Tickets are (cost). (Provide registration and/or submission requirements and/or deadline, if applicable.) Questions? We're happy to help. Contact us here. About Arts Daily Arts Daily is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina ETV Radio, and the College of Charleston.

Jobs

Aiken Center for the Arts seeks special events & facility rentals manager

The Aiken Center for the Arts seeks a dynamic, experienced and creative special events professional to design and implement special events that support the advancement, artistic, and enterprise goals of the institution, deepen visitor loyalty and drive attendance. The ACA's facility rental program, and internally produced events are growing; the successful candidate is a goal-oriented, driven individual with a desire to optimize this growth. At the direction of the executive director, the special events & facility rentals manager will produce and manage all special events, including opening celebrations, donor cultivation events, fundraising events, special performances, community receptions, and other friend-making/brand-building opportunities, as well as manage all external facility rentals from initial engagement to post-rental follow up. The successful manager will be able to meet or exceed budget revenue goals and to ensure that the user experience is positive resulting in repeat rentals. This position requires supervision of all after hour events. Special Events/In-House Events • Conceptualize, plan, implement and manage all special events. Use creativity to execute the vision of events, while meeting attendance goals and remaining within given budget parameters. • Book talent, including musicians, performing arts groups, and speakers. • Coordinate event logistics, including registration and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support and pre- and post-event evaluations. • Collaborate with the volunteer coordinator to secure and oversee volunteer support for special events. • Assist with managing on-site production and clean up for events as necessary. Facility Rentals • Manage the ACA’s facility rental program; respond to inquiries, provide customer service, maintain rental agreements, and track payment. • Research, develop and maintain current and competitive policies, procedures and rates for the use of ACA spaces by individuals and organizations. • Achieve annual revenue targets for facility rental sales. • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with rental clients, and actively seek out new clients through participation in professional associations and tourism-focused organizations and businesses (i.e. meeting, convention and event planners), cold calls, attending trade shows and conventions, etc. • Provide facility tours and negotiate contracts with potential clients. • Serve as ACA representative and point person for all facility rentals, ensuring a positive rental experience, and increasing repeat business, and be available for client as the point of contact throughout the event. Respond to concerns and enforce space usage guidelines and policies. • Facilitate rental customer’s needs and communicate with staff and volunteers to ensure that ACA event and program set-up needs are met (AV equipment, supplies, etc.); support furnishing set-up/tear down and communicate janitorial needs to facilities technician. Administration • Ensure special events calendar is current and accurate. Coordinate with other departments to ensure that there are no schedule conflicts; site is prepared for events/rentals, etc. • Develop and maintain event and volunteer databases. • With cooperation of the executive director, create and distribute marketing materials to ensure revenue goals are met for special events and group rentals. • Develop and manage individual event budgets as well as the special events and facility rentals annual budgets, and monitor actual results against approved budget. • Report monthly goals to the executive director, including event expense projections and forecasts. • Secure all vendors, permits, insurance, contracts, process all invoices and track all expenses related to events. • Keep inventory of projectors, computers, and other display materials. • Research and analysis of past events, using them as a benchmark for recommendations and improvements for future use. • This list of essential duties, tasks and responsibilities is not all-inclusive; individual will perform other related duties as assigned. REQUIRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE: • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, communications, hospitality, marketing or similar discipline or related work experience, preferably with a nonprofit organization, may substitute. • Minimum of one year experience in planning special events in a business or nonprofit organization (preferably in museum, hotel or restaurant management). • Demonstrated ability to assume a leadership role and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, volunteers, and members of the public; to exercise tact and diplomacy at all times, and to demonstrate an understanding of protocol and sensitivity to cultural diversity issues. • The ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with people at all levels of an organization, including board members, donors, students and staff. • Exemplary customer service skills and a strong sales focus. • Excellent negotiation skills. • Demonstrated professional and calm demeanor in high-pressure situations. • Demonstrated problem-solving ability and decision making abilities. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. • Excellent demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail. • Proactive; Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and to prioritize while working independently. • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and ability to learn new database quickly. • Comfortable and competent working with numbers. Ability to calculate figures and amounts and the ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. PREFERRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE: • Cold call sales experience and customer relationship building experience is highly desirable. • Knowledge and experience in donor management software is a plus. • Knowledge of and experience in non-profit organizations a plus. • Experience in broad range of event planning, including but not limited to museum events, corporate functions, weddings, non-profits, etc or can demonstrate equivalent experience. • Experience in training, supervising and motivating staff and/or volunteers. ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS • Work is in a combination of office and “on the floor” environments. Will involve a combination of time behind a desk and in front of a computer and time in the front of the house with visitors and staff. • Ability to lift objects up to 30 lbs on occasion. • Must be able to set up and tear down equipment, such as tables, chairs, decorations. Physical abilities to reach, twist, bend, lift and climb stairs. • Some travel required. To apply: Submit cover letter and resume by email to Jobs@AikenCenterfortheArts.org, by fax to (803) 641-2009 or by mail to: ACA Personnel Committee Aiken Center for the Arts 122 Laurens St. SW Aiken, SC 29801 Review of applicants will begin on November 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Aiken Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, handicap or national origin. Via: Aiken Center for the Arts

News

Converse College’s School of the Arts offers immersion experience for prospective students

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal:
Prospective arts students and their parents will get to see what Converse College's School of the Arts has to offer during a two-day showcase later this month.
The School of the Arts, which includes visual arts, theater and dance and the Petrie School of Music, is celebrating its fifth year as a combined program, said college spokeswoman Beth Lancaster. The Petrie School of Music and other arts programs at Converse were long established, but the college decided to combine them into one school to better serve students, encourage more collaboration between the arts disciplines and create an arts hub for the Spartanburg community. The School for the Arts offers 14 undergraduate major and minor programs in music, seven in art and design, and two in theater and dance, plus four graduate level degrees. The school has 18 music faculty, eight visual arts professors and five for theater and dance, in addition to several more adjunct professors. The two-day showcase, Oct. 24-25, will give prospective students the opportunity to attend informative sessions on career opportunities in the arts; application, portfolio or audition procedures; and Converse's degree programs in the arts. “We've never done this as one event before,” Lancaster said. “This will be a different kind of immersion experience.” Prospective music, musical theater and theater and dance students will be able to have a private lesson with faculty, rehearse and perform with current students and sample music theory, history and theater classes. The workshop will also be a chance for students to prepare for regional/all-state band, chorus and orchestra auditions. “Hopefully by the end of the weekend, we'll (faculty, students and prospective students) make some theater together,” said theater professor Boone Hopkins. “The students will learn what we offer and we (faculty) will get to know them. We love for the parents to come. We want to show that we're going to teach your child how to build a career in the arts.” Music faculty will also perform during the showcase. Those interested in visual arts will learn from faculty how to put together a portfolio, attend a workshop to prepare for the visual arts scholarship auditions and take classes in the Milliken Fine Arts Building. The first 30 registrants for the showcase will be able to spend the night on campus and tour Converse with current students. Faculty see the showcase as an important opportunity to demonstrate to parents that there are viable careers in the arts, said interior design professor Ruth Beals. “We've been very successful — there has been extremely strong job placement for our graduates,” Beals said of her department. Interior design students complete an internship and have numerous opportunities to work in companies outside of the classroom before they graduate, and art therapy majors complete clinicals, Beals said. Right now, there are 120 visual arts majors, 90 in music and 42 in theater in the School of the Arts. Converse arts graduates typically attend graduate school in their disciplines. They teach in their fields, have shown their work in major galleries, joined orchestras and received contracts in opera or theater, said School of the Arts dean Richard Higgs. “They learn a lot of business skills, how nonprofits work, how they produce their own music, land a job as a designer or how to get into a professional gallery,” he said. The showcase is open to female high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, for a fee. For more information, call (864) 596-9040 or visit www.converse.edu/showcase.

Grantee Spotlight

Artisphere marks 10th anniversary with $5.5 million in economic impact

Greenville, S.C. – Artisphere, presented by TD Bank, recorded a stellar year for its 10th anniversary festival with participating artists reporting average sales of $6,800 (up from $6,200 in 2013) and patron questionnaires revealing a $5.5 million economic impact. The annual event, celebrated this year May 9-11, brought tens of thousands of residents and visitors downtown for the three-day celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. Despite brief showers on Saturday, crowds bustled with buying energy that pushed art sales just shy of $1,000,000, according to artist surveys. Second-time exhibitor Amber Marshall (glass) was thrilled with sales and spoke highly of the show stating that “the people are so kind, it’s well organized and attended, can’t ask for a better combo!” Now ranked a Top 10 Fine Art Show in the country three times (2013, 2012 and 2009), Artisphere once again conducted patron interviews to assess economic impact on the community. An estimated 70,000 people attended the event and pumped approximately $5.5 million into the local economy. “TD Bank feels that supporting the arts maintains an attractive quality of life in the community, while also benefiting the business community through economic development of our area,” said David Lominack, market president in the Upstate for TD Bank. “TD strives to support organizations that create a better place to live and work, including Artisphere’s important work to create a strong arts community in the Upstate.” In addition, Artisphere contributed a total of $20,000 to its Arts Partners for their volunteer assistance during the weekend of the festival. Arts Partners for 2014 included Carolina Ballet Theatre, Chicora Voices, Greenville Concert Band, Greenville in Harmony, S.C. Children’s Theatre, S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, and Pride of Greenville Men’s Chorus. Artisphere has donated $165,000 total to its Arts Partners since 2006. Programing enhancements such as the “Artisphere After Hours” main stage concert series, the addition of craft beer to the wine tasting experience, the expansion of the silent auction gallery, and a commuter-friendly bike valet were also very well received by artists and patrons alike. “Ten Artispheres,” the sculpture created by John T. Acorn and dedicated to the City of Greenville, was temporarily taken down to install a 6-foot base but is now back in place. Lighting and landscaping finishing touches are scheduled to be complete in the coming weeks.

Plans for the 2015 festival, scheduled for May 8-10, are already in progress. For more information about Artisphere visit www.artisphere.us.

About Artisphere Artisphere is a highlight of Greenville’s cultural calendar and a nationally ranked fine art festival. The event features a juried Visual Artist Row; Artists of the Upstate, a juried exhibition of local artists; outdoor stages with performances by local and national artists; hands-on Kidsphere children’s art activities; the Culinary Arts Café that highlights local restaurants; and Special Festival Art Projects that enliven the streets of Greenville with street musicians, acrobats, sidewalk artists, and more. Artisphere is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. For information visit www.artisphere.us. Via: Artisphere

Grants

Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for pre-college or summer arts programs

The Anthony Quinn Foundation announces the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2015. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program. Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s board of directors. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. Winners are selected based on a list of criteria, carefully researched and developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity. The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need. Winners will be notified by April 1. To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit www.anthonyquinnfoundation.org

Grantee Spotlight

South Carolina Jazz Festival kicks off ninth year

CHERAW, S.C. — Music lovers from across the Carolinas are getting jazzed up for the 2014 South Carolina Jazz Festival, which is set to begin Friday with a performance from the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet. “Each year, we try to make it bigger and better. One thing we’re all really excited about this year is the fact of who our main-event artists are on Friday evening and Saturday evening,” said David Sides, director of tourism and community development for the town of Cheraw. “If you’re into jazz at all, you’ve heard that Marsalis name. They’re synonymous with jazz.” Following the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet’s show will be a performance from James Tormé, son of legendary singer and songwriter Mel Tormé on Saturday. “We’ve always had some incredible artists for the main events, but these guys are more nationally known,” Sides said. The three-day festival is in its ninth year. Supported by the S.C. Arts Commission and the the National Endowment for the Arts the South Carolina Jazz Festival blends art and music, featuring musicians and artists from throughout the area. More than 25 jazz performances are planned at venues including Centennial Park and the Theater on the Green as well as several local restaurants and businesses. The festival will also feature performances from area school groups, events for children and more. “It continues to grow a little bit more,” Sides said, “and to me, to get a little bit better.” The festival will include a number of events celebrating locally born jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. At the festival, Gillespie will be portrayed by another native son of Cheraw, Joshua Campbell. “(Joshua is) a product of Cheraw,” said sides. “He’s a graduate of Cheraw High School (and) he’s now at Harvard. I think he’s in his junior year.” Many of the festival’s events are free to the public, but tickets for the main events are available now. Jazz fans can purchase tickets and see a full schedule of events by visiting www.scjazzfestval.com or by calling 843 -537-8421, extension 12.

News

ArtFields increases prize money for 2015 festival; submissions due Nov. 14

ArtFields has announced an additional $10,000 in prizes for the 2015 festival in Lake City. The prize, sponsored by The Citizens Bank, will be divided into 10 honorable mention prizes of $1,000, enabling additional artists to receive recognition for their works. A total of $110,000 in prizes will be awarded. Submissions close Nov. 14 at 11:59 p.m. Find more information on the ArtFields website. More from the Associated Press:

LAKE CITY, S.C. — The ArtFields arts festival in the old tobacco town of Lake City has opened the submission period for its third festival with a record amount of prize money. Next season, the event, which organizers call the largest arts competition in the Southeast, is offering $110,000 in prizes. During the festival held each spring, hundreds of works by artists from across the Southeast are on display in stores, restaurants, businesses and galleries. Artists from 12 states in the region are being invited to submit works to be considered for display at next spring's festival, which runs from April 24 through May 2. A jury of artists selects the works that go on display during Artfields. The deadline for submitting an entry is midnight, Nov. 14.
Via: ArtFields, The Associated Press

Grants

Did you miss our ArtPlace America grants workshop?

Unable to join us for the grant workshops presented by ArtPlace America? Here's a link to the presentation: ArtPlace Presentation (PDF) Also, be sure to check out the ArtPlace website for guidelines about their next round of grants. You must register as an applicant by Oct. 31, and Letters of Intent are due Nov. 3. Your South Carolina Arts Commission coordinator can also provide assistance.

Events

Paul Taylor Dance Company visit an “infusion of choreography, master classes, and performance”

Paul Taylor Dance Company dancers will offer master classes and lecture demonstrations to dance students at USC, as well as to students from area middle and high schools. Paul Taylor Paul Taylor The University of South Carolina dance program will host the internationally acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company for a one-night-only performance, Wednesday, October 22 at the Koger Center for the Arts. The performance is sponsored by the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences, the USC Department of Theatre and Dance and Richland One School District. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for 2nd Balcony seating, $35 for Grand Tier seating and $40 for Orchestra seating. Tickets can be reserved by calling (803) 777-5112 or by purchasing online at capitoltickets.com. One of the towering icons of modern dance, Paul Taylor has been a prominent dance artist since the mid 1950s and is considered by many to be America’s greatest living choreographer. Since its founding, Paul Taylor Dance Company has traveled the world, performing in 540 cities in 64 countries, reinforcing its historic role as one of the early touring companies of American modern dance. The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor Dance Company as “one of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world.” The company’s Koger Center program will include performances of popular masterworks from the Paul Taylor repertoire, including Diggity, The Word, and Esplanade. “The dances we’re performing showcase the brilliance of Paul Taylor in a variety of dance styles and themes,” said John Tomlinson, executive director of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. “These dances – a combination of classics and recent masterworks – are a marriage of some of the world’s greatest choreography – performed by some of the world’s finest dancers.” For USC Dance founder and Artistic Director Susan Anderson, the chance to bring the renowned company to the University stage was one she couldn’t pass up. She says she has been in love with the choreographer’s work since her early days as a dancer in Irvine, California. “I was one of those ‘bunhead’ ballerinas growing up,” Anderson says with a laugh. “When I first saw the company in the early 1970s in Los Angeles, it was the first time I’d seen modern dance and I absolutely fell in love with Paul Taylor’s style. He’s extremely inventive and creative -- he breaks all of the rules and regulations of ballet.” This visit to Columbia will bring more than just a dynamic performance to the Midlands. During their stay, PTDC dancers will offer master classes and lecture demonstrations to dance students at the University, as well as to students from area middle and high schools. For University dance majors, the Paul Taylor connection has informed much of the Fall semester’s studies, as they rehearse Taylor’s famous Company B with former PTDC dancer Cathy Buck. Company B is scheduled for performance during the USC Dance Company’s 20th Century Masterpieces concert, which will be performed at the Koger Center November 6 and 7. Current PTDC performers will be present for a public critique of the student’s progress on Company B on October 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the USC Dance Studios at 324 Sumter St. The rehearsal and critique are open to the public. Study of the Paul Taylor canon will continue for majors in USC’s Dance Education track, who will be creating educational packets detailing Taylor’s distinctive style, which they will distribute to area schools. “Having this infusion of Paul Taylor choreography, master classes, lecture demonstrations and performances is an outstanding way for our students to become very familiar with this very influential style of dance,” said Anderson. “We are truly grateful to Dean Mary Anne Fitzpatrick from the College of Arts and Sciences for making this performance possible, and for her vision for the arts at USC to be an integral part of the community.” For more information about the PTDC Koger performance or the dance program at the University of South Carolina, contact Kevin Bush, bushk@mailbox.sc.edu or (803) 777-9353. Via: University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance

Events

Free grantwriting workshop and book talk for artists

Andrew Simonet from Artists U will be in Charleston for the Alliance of Artist Communities conference, and he's offering free events for artists:

Tuesday October 21, 6-9 p.m. Grant Writing for Artists The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Charleston SC 29424 From Andrew: I didn't sign up to be a grantwriter. I wanted to be a choreographer. I discovered that, to make my work, I needed to find support. So I embarked on a painful learning process of trial and error, making every possible grant writing mistake. I secured grants from funders like Creative Capital, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Rockefeller Foundation. I will share with you everything I've learned. Based on 20 years of grant writing and art making, I will introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants. No bull, no fancy powerpoints, just real-world tools for being an artist who writes grants.

RSVP here.

Wednesday October 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Book Talk: "Making Your Life as an Artist" The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Charleston SC 29424 Andrew will talk about the challenges artists face, and the creativity and resourcefulness we use to over come them. How can we build balanced, productive, sustainable artist lives?

Via: Artists U

News

Remembering Marion Draine

mariondraineThe South Carolina Arts Commission family is mourning the loss of our friend and colleague Marion Draine, who passed away Oct. 10. Marion retired from the Arts Commission in 2006 after working 26 years with the agency. Her hand prints are all over many of the programs we operate today. She was a forceful presence during an exciting period of growth for this agency and the arts across the state. From Legacy.com:

CHARLESTON - Marion Gerard Draine, an ardent advocate for the arts in South Carolina who spent more than two decades in the front ranks of the S.C. Arts Commission, died Friday morning at her home in Charleston with members of her family by her side. After early careers as an elementary school teacher, television personality, and journalist, it was the visual and performing arts that became her passion. Marion joined the Arts Commission in 1980 and became known around the state, particularly in the Lowcountry, for her dynamic personality and enthusiastic work on behalf of her arts constituents. For 26 years she was a charmingly persistent, dedicated, compassionate member of the Arts Commission staff, which held her in the highest regard. As a Regional Arts Coordinator, her multiple duties included directing such programs as Cultural Visions in Rural Communities, the Writers Forum, Arts in Motion, Artists in Schools, Visiting Artists, and the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts. She was the host director of two national conferences that received high praise from arts administrators from around the country. When she retired, her colleagues pooled their personal resources to honor her with "The Week of Marion." The imaginative events culminated on her last day on the job with a "rose parade." The staff lined a 75-foot hallway leading to the conference room, each presenting her with a rose as she walked down a pathway covered in rose petals. As one staff member put it: "It was an exit fit for a queen." Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 11, 1932 to Jule McDonald Gerard and Gerard Joseph Gerard, Marion moved to Charleston when she was a teenager. A graduate of Bishop England High School and the College of Charleston, she became a television personality known as "Miss Marion" of the syndicated "Romper Room" children's program. She performed first in Charleston and traveled with the program nationwide for a year. She also worked for several years as a features reporter for the Charleston News and Courier. But her primary focus in earlier years was public school education. She taught in elementary schools including the U.S. Air Force Dependent School system in Wiesbaden, Germany; as well as schools in Charleston and Columbia, Hempstead Township in New York, and Chicago. Her 37 years of state service included community coordinator for the University of South Carolina's Department of Education Model Schools Project. Her civic involvement in Columbia encompassed service on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Lyric Opera, the Columbia Women's Symphony Association, and as a volunteer at Town Theater. Her passion for the arts remained undiminished after she retired. When art galleries had openings, when plays and concerts were performed, and when St. Michael's church bells rang in the opening of Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, she was there. And when her three granddaughters played their violins, their number one fan was almost always in the audience. Several years ago, Marion and her husband of 54 years, retired attorney Francis T. Draine, moved back to Charleston. Marion's determined support of the arts continued to hold fast even after she was diagnosed with breast-cancer and until shortly before her death. In addition to her husband, Marion is survived by two daughters, Lisa Marie Draine (Joel Schectman) of Charlottesville, VA and Jennifer Draine Gable (Wayne) of Mount Pleasant, SC; two sons, Kevin Gerard Draine (Ann) of New York City, NY and Paul Joseph Draine of Bucks County, PA. Survivors also include four grandchildren, Rebecca and Sophie Schectman and Elaina and William Gable. Her parents and her sister, Jane, predeceased her. Marion's life will be celebrated at St. Johannes Lutheran Church, 48 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at noon. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. October 18, 2014 in the church's Gatch Hall, 43 Anson Street, before the service. Burial will be private. Donations in memory of Marion may be made to the arts organization of your choice or to the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph; P.O. Box 1541; Charlottesville, VA 22902. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.