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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.

Recognition

Orangeburg contest brings children’s artwork to store windows

From the Orangeburg Times and Democrat Article by Gene Zaleski, photos by Larry Hardy

Paint a Good Word contestEdisto High School junior Hannah Fanning, 17, has loved art for a long time. "I don't know where it came from," Fanning said. "I remember myself in kindergarten begging for more painting materials. Art and drawing have always been a passion." Her love propelled Fanning to submit an entry into the Paint A Good Word project. Paint A Good Word is an art contest for children in grades K-12. Area children were asked to paint their interpretation of “good words,” including many of the Orangeburg County Community of Character traits as well words such as peace, joy, family, love, laugh and more. The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center, which helped initiate the program, received 326 entries. Of those, 50 were selected and posted in windows of downtown merchants the first week in April. Some art is also displayed in vacant buildings. (Visit http://www.ocfac.net/ for a list of selected artists and locations.) For her piece, Fanning chose the word “dance.” "I chose it because when you dance, you move and it is all emotional,” Fanning said. “I move and put my emotions into my artwork." Fanning's art is located in Orangeburg Furniture Exchange on Middleton Street. It consists of silhouettes of a man and woman dancing over the letters of the word dance. About 18 schools are represented among the top 50. Fifth-grade Holly Hill Elementary School student Cierra Randolph drew about the word “inspire.” The 11-year-old’s artwork is in Smoak's Hardware on the 1100 block of Russell Street. "My grandmother always tells me she wants me to inspire people,” Randolph said. Randolph used colored pencils, markers, highlighters and a “little bit of crayon” to create her work over a five-day period. Holly Hill fifth-grader Cumauri Boyd chose the word “freedom.” The 11-year-old’s artwork is displayed at the Chamber of Commerce office on Riverside Drive. "In school I learned a lot about slavery and I started to think about slavery and how they got treated," Boyd said. "I thought how the Civil War ended slavery and they then had their freedom." Boyd's artwork shows a person's hand wrapped with broken chains. "I have been drawing for a long while," Boyd said. "The thing I like most about drawing is showing everyone what you have accomplished." Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association Executive Director Jennifer Hoesing said merchants report that people are coming in to vote for their favorites. "Part of the purpose of the program is to get more people downtown, and into businesses where they haven't been in a while,” she said. Orangeburg Furniture Exchange President Sandy Bryant said the program has been positive. "We have had several people come in and sign up," Bryant said. When asked if the program has increased foot traffic in the store, Bryant said many people have come in strictly for the Paint a Good Word project. But anything organizers can do to help is good, he said. The Paint A Good Word project was created to showcase the talents of Orangeburg's children and youth, Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center Executive Director Beth Thomas said. All the entries submitted will be on display at the center for the entire month of November. "It is also to bring attention to the Fine Arts Center, DORA and the Chamber that really exist for the betterment of the community," Thomas said. "it is about creating an awareness and getting children, teachers and parents involved in the same project." The Fine Arts Center, DORA, Chamber of Commerce, Community of Character, Orangeburg County Development Commission, city of Orangeburg and The Times and Democrat worked together on the project. Organizers also thanked Williamson Printing, Office Max Orangeburg, Emery Marketing, WORG-FM, Major Graphics and Sun Printing. The public is asked to vote for their favorite in each grade category by visiting participating merchants. The winners in each category will receive a new iPad Mini 2. The categories are from kindergarten to 5th grade, 6th grade to 8th grade and 9th grade to 12th grade. Ballots are available at all participating Paint A Good Word merchants. A complete list of the merchants and artists can be found on the Chamber of Commerce website at orangeburgchamber.com, DORA's website at orangeburgdora.com and the Fine Arts Center website at ocfac.net. To be counted, a ballot must include the voter’s name and contact information. A person may vote more than once but can only vote one time at each participating location. The artwork will be on display through June 1 with the final vote occurring shortly after that date.

Training

How criticism can help artists grow

From The Beaufort Gazette Column by Lisa Annelouise Rentz

USC Beaufort studentsWhile the azalea blossom peaked, sculpture students wearing safety glasses chiseled their stones on the porch of the Sea Islands Center Gallery. The gallery is on Bellamy Curve with rustling palm trees, a wide view of the tidal river, and a little cafè where people ate outside under umbrellas and watched the students, one of whom was sitting on a joggling board and sketching. This gallery is part of the studio arts department of the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, and Kim Keats is the new gallery director. "I'm the gallery girl," she quipped. She also teaches studio arts for non-majors at the university's Bluffton campus. "Learning the foundations of design will help them in their careers, in how they present themselves" she said. "All my years of arts integration have come full circle. It's been my lifelong dream to teach in higher education." In her career, Keats has taught thousands of public school students, run the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and woven collectible art -- baskets unlike any preconceived notion of the useful object. She titles her works with words like "relic" and "armor" and "reliquary," indications of how the pieces transcend their simple function. I've come across her work in private collections, in the Contemporary Carolina Collection in Charleston, and even in promotion materials from festivals trying to lure crowds. "A liberal arts degree means that you can think on your feet, and take criticism," said Brian Glaze, a sculptor and assistant professor whose office is on the second floor of the Sea Islands gallery. His office is full of vintage metal objects into which he integrates technology. His newest piece combines a crumpled crab pot with casts of osage oranges, the softball-sized fruits from a nearby tree. Reclaiming objects for art is a lot like the old house these artists are working in -- the Conant House. It was built around 1870, and has been an ice house, a bed and breakfast, an antique store, and the chamber's visitor center. Inside it's bigger than it looks. In addition to the gallery and reception space, it includes a classroom, offices, and studio spaces that are sprouting installations created by the students. The students were preparing for a juried show, the 18th Annual Student Exhibition. Their work was judged by Jeremy Moorshead, a former professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Judge and jury can be harsh terms. However this annual show is an easy way for young artists to learn how to handle rejection, because from Bay Street to London "No" is often the reply as artists compete for collectors and space on gallery walls. "There's a way out of mistakes," Keats said, citing corporations that use theater games and improv to help employees move on gracefully. Composure, then, is a tool, too. Liberal arts students can acquire it through critiques. "Criticism is the test," Glaze said. In this case, criticism takes the form of a group discussion, both for a grade and for communicating and absorbing that whole "constructive" thing. New student-artists are put on the spot, like a young man having to present his work first on the first day of class. "He was gun shy," Glaze said, "but he learned." "I have a lesson on the empathetic art criticism process, all the vocabulary and foundations," Keats said. "It's visual arts literacy." Speaking the same language as your colleagues is almost as important as knowing what it's like to bruise your knuckles while carving stones. Class time and the annual exhibition are not the only opportunities the students have for critiques. Glaze is working with Hank Herring who owns Salt Gallery on Bay Street. Herring has invited students to fill the display window. They will rotate installations between First Friday events. For April, it's a video mapping project on the theme of texture and time lapse. "It puts video into the place," Glaze said. "rather than a square on the wall. These students are learning the ways of the materials and getting a broader sense of tools, technique and subject matter-- why we're using those mechanisms, why we're bringing them together. It's not only a concept." Lisa Annelouise Rentz lives in Beaufort

Recognition

Southeastern Conference honors USC pianist with Faculty Achievement Award

MarinaLomazovThe Southeastern Conference has named University of South Carolina pianist and professor of music Marina Lomazov a winner of a 2015 Faculty Achievement Award. The annual awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship. “I am very humbled to be recognized along with wonderful colleagues throughout the SEC,” said Lomazov, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and the Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Music. “USC has been an ideal place to grow as a teacher and scholar, and it is a privilege to be able to develop my career in an environment with such outstanding students, faculty and staff.” Each award winner will represent their university for the 2015 SEC Professor of the Year Award and will receive a $5,000 honorarium from the athletic conference. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Awards Dinner in May and the SEC Symposium in September. “Professor Lomazov has long been recognized as a shining star at Carolina. Her performances draw large, adoring audiences everywhere she goes, said university president Harris Pastides. “It’s very satisfying to know that our world class athletic conference has recognized a world class pianist from USC.” Critics have said Lomazov is “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), and “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland). She has been recognized as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today, earning prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Lomazov has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Most recently she’s performed extensively in China. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” Bravo television network and WNYC’s “Young Artist Showcase. Lomazov is the founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival, which each summer transforms the University of South Carolina into a major cultural destination that draws audiences and young pianists from across the United States.

News

New Conway group hopes to build downtown arts scene, boost economy

From The Sun News: Article by Charles D. Perry

When local officials talk about economic development, the discussion tends to focus on how tax breaks and other incentives can be used to entice industry. Dennis Stevens wants to shift that conversation to the arts. Stevens, along with Barbara and Ed Streeter, recently formed the Conway Cultural Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to spurring economic growth by creating a vibrant arts scene. Four years after the Horry Arts and Cultural Council disbanded, the nonprofit hopes to fill that void, not just in Conway but also in Myrtle Beach and other parts of the county. “The fact that there’s no county arts council places Horry County at a disadvantage in terms of these questions about art and culture as they relate to economic development,” Stevens said. “Somebody has to lead that and somebody has to have expertise in that in order for those things to happen.” So what exactly would the CCDC do? The founders envision the organization working with local municipalities’ planning departments to include space for the arts in development projects. The initiatives would use both public and private funding. One idea the CCDC supports is the creation of a Waccamaw Art & Design Center-MakerSpace, a cooperative gallery and studio in Conway that would allow members to use a shared space with tools and equipment, including a 3D printer, a laser cutter and industrial sewing machines. Additionally, the nonprofit hopes to set up a rental studio to recruit and launch design- and art-based companies. CCDC’s leaders also support projects that encourage community participation. Consider “Play Me, I’m Yours,” an international exhibit that places pianos in public areas for anyone to use. The program recently arrived in Florence. “It’s a good example of what art can do to make a place more culturally vibrant and livable,” Stevens said, adding that these projects “encourage people to go into public space and have them interact with each other in new ways, to form some basis of community and imagine new possibilities for themselves.” Stevens is a visual artist who was active in the local arts scene in the late 1990s. He then moved to California, attended graduate school in New York and returned the area a few years ago. The Streeters run Conway Glass on Laurel Street. All three are involved with CREATE! Conway, a membership organization that promotes the arts in the Rivertown. The difference between the CCDC and past arts advocacy groups, Stevens said, is the nonprofit’s focus on collaborating with city planners. “That’s where they fell short,” he said. “They lost sight of the municipalities’ strategic plans and the goals that are outlined in there.” This week, the group plans to meet with Conway City Administrator Bill Graham. CCDC representatives already have been in talks with Mayor Alys Lawson and Planning Director Adam Emrick. Lawson said she told the group that Conway leaders want to hear their proposals. “Anything that has the benefit of attracting additional people to your community has a spillover effect,” Lawson said. “Whether or not they are just spending money for the day or if they decide it’s a community where they want to live, I think the more that a community has to offer, the more vital that community’s going to be.” Eventually, the CCDC plans to approach Conway City Council with a proposal to establish a “cultural district” in the city. The designation was created last year by state lawmakers who wanted to highlight communities with certain artsy features. “It really provides an official state recognition that a town has a significant concentration of what we’re calling arts and cultural assets,” said Rusty Sox with the S.C. Arts Commission, which determines if the “cultural district” title is merited. “There are opportunities for either visitors or residents to have direct arts and cultural experiences right in the community where they live or where they visit.” “Assets” could include galleries, theaters, studios, concert halls, museums and businesses that provide spaces for creative pursuits. Sox said 15 other states have similar programs. “In general,” he said,” what they’ve found is that having this type of designation can really be a tool that a city or a town can use in helping to attract visitors, improve downtown engage in economic and downtown development activities using the arts as sort of a focal point to drive interest.” That’s exactly what the new group wants to do. “There are so many needs,” Barbara Streeter said. “But we need a place — and a vibrancy.”
Image: Conway Glass

Recognition

Furman music professor wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Leslie HickenLeslie W. Hicken, professor of music at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., has been awarded a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) organization. SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of its 20 member schools with the teaching awards. Each recipient is given a $3,000 professional development grant and honored at a special dinner. Hicken joined Furman in 1993 as director of bands and supervisor of instrumental music education. Outside of Furman, he is the artistic director for the Carolina Youth Symphony and the Furman “Music by the Lake” Summer Concert Series. Beginning his musical career as a clarinetist in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, Hicken holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music; the Teachers College, Columbia University; and Indiana University. Hicken’s band pedagogy articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist and The Music Director’s Cookbook, among other publications. He has presented clinics and adjudicated competitions at regional and national events throughout the nation. In 2000, Hicken completed a residency with the public schools in Brazil. The South Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Mu awarded him both the Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award and the Outstanding Contributor Award. In 2002, he was elected into the American Bandmasters Association. He is a past president of the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division, and is currently the president of the South Carolina Band Directors Association. Under Hicken’s direction, the Furman Wind Ensemble has performed as a featured ensemble at numerous state and national venues including the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall, the American Bandmasters Association National Convention, and the Chicago International Music Festival at Symphony Hall. President Elizabeth Davis praises Hicken’s career for “enriching the musical life of the Upstate and for mentoring many of the leading band directors in the state.” For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at (864) 294-3107 or visit the SCICU website, www.scicu.org.

Grants

Arts education project grants – deadline extended!

The deadline for arts education project grants has been extended to May 15. Eligible applicants include public, private, charter or parochial schools; a group of schools; school districts; colleges and universities; state and local government; and nonprofit community-based organizations. The South Carolina Arts Commission invites applications for a new arts education grant created to fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students.  Arts Education Projects (AEP) grants are designed to support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations). Grants of up to $15,000 are available. Grantees must match their grant 1:1. This grant program was developed based on the work by the 2014 Arts Education Task Force, which was created to respond to new research and a new climate for education and arts education reform in South Carolina. The task force identified several opportunities, including new arts education funding and joining with new community partners and afterschool/summer program providers to extend the reach of arts education funding. Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • After school classes
  • Workshops
  • Camps
  • Artist residencies
  • Public art projects
  • Performances
  • Exhibitions
  • Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
  • Program planning
  • Professional development for instructors, artists and/or administrators
Eligible applicants include public, private, charter or parochial schools; a group of schools; school districts; colleges and universities; state and local government; and nonprofit community-based organizations. ABC sites are not eligible. Individual artists wishing to implement K-12 arts projects should partner with an eligible school or organization that will serve as the applicant and project administrator. Application deadline is May 15, 2015. Read the complete guidelines and application instructions online. Your county coordinator is available to answer additional questions. Image: Winthrop University’s ST-ARTS program

Recognition

Artist Mary Jackson and Sen. Robert “Wes” Hayes to receive Winthrop University’s Medal of Honor in the Arts

Winthrop University’s 12th annual Medal of Honor in the Arts ceremony on April 24 will recognize a rising comedic star, an arts-minded state senator, a celebrated sweetgrass basket weaver and an influential musician involved in civil rights struggles. The 8 p.m. event includes an evening of performances by faculty and students, and a reception in Johnson Hall to honor this year's recipients: Medal of Honor in the Arts- Fortune Feimster - A stand-up comedian from North Carolina who wrote and appeared on E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately” show and is now working on a sitcom produced by Tina Fey. - S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes - A Rock Hill legislator who is one of the most faithful and effective advocates for the arts in the General Assembly. - Mary Jackson - A Charleston master fiber artist whose intricately coiled vessels preserve the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry. - Si Kahn - A Charlotte, North Carolina, resident who has spent 45 years working as a musician and in civil rights, labor and as a community organizer. Winthrop’s Medal of Honor in the Arts event has acknowledged individuals and groups since 2001 who have made a significant contribution to the arts, as well as those who have positively impacted the quality of the cultural life in communities across the Carolinas. Tickets for the April 24 event are $50 each and can be purchased online. A portion of Medal of Honor event proceeds goes to a scholarship fund which helps support talented students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the visual arts, dance, music or theatre at Winthrop. The Medal of Honor scholarship will be presented during the evening to Leianne Nicole Johnson, a junior choral music education major from Gaston, South Carolina. More on the honorees: FORTUNE FEIMSTER * Fortune Feimster is a Belmont, North Carolina, native and Peace College graduate who taught English for a year in Sevilla, Spain, and then headed in 2003 to Los Angeles. She worked as an entertainment journalist for the syndicated newspaper column Beck/Smith. By 2005 Feimster was taking improv and sketch classes at the Groundlings Theatre to meet people. After four years of intense training, she was selected to be in the Groundlings’ prestigious Sunday Company and performed a new sketch show every week for a year-and-a-half. Feimster made her national TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where she finished as a semi-finalist. She auditioned twice in front of Lorne Michaels for “Saturday Night Live,” but she got her lucky break from Chelsea Handler who hired her as full-time writer and performer on the E! Network’s popular show, “Chelsea Lately.” Feimster has opened for Chelsea at Caesar’s Palace in Windsor and performed in front of 15,000 people as part of Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchord’s “Oddball Fest.” Her standup was also featured on HBO Canada’s “Funny As Hell.” She’ll be appearing in an upcoming episode of Comedy Central’s storytelling show “This Is Not Happening” and can currently be seen in the Jim Belushi movie, “The Secret Lives of Dorks.” Feimster also has made recent guest appearances on current television shows, such as “Glee” and “Two Broke Girls.” WES HAYES * Robert Wesley (Wes) Hayes Jr. has represented District 15 in the S.C. Senate since 1991, and previously served from 1985-91 in the S.C. House of Representatives. He now chairs the Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committee. Born in 1952 in Rock Hill, Hayes attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was elected president of his class and served as a battalion commander. After graduating in 1975, he was stationed at Fort Bragg from 1976-80 as a master parachutist and ranger, and received the Legion of Merit Award. Upon leaving active service, Hayes became a member of the S.C. Army National Guard from 1980-2005, in which he held the rank of colonel. A University of South Carolina School of Law graduate, he first practiced at Harrelson, Hayes and Guyton, and later founded his own firm in Rock Hill. Hayes has been very active volunteering with his church and organizations in York County, particularly with the Boy Scouts of America. The S.C. Arts Commission considers him a champion for the arts because of his tireless dedication and support, his collaboration with arts leadership, and his push for art budget increases and sponsorship of arts legislation. MARY JACKSON * A descendent of the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina, Mary Jackson was born in 1945 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She learned the art of making baskets at the age of four from her mother and grandmother, a skill brought to the United States by their West African ancestors. She did not take up basketmaking as an adult until 1973 when she began producing baskets full time, and has since taught her daughter the art form. Jackson’s work is exhibited widely in national juried shows and is represented in galleries, museums, and public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. A 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius award,” she has been recognized with many other awards such as the Lifetime Achievement in Craft Arts award from the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the S.C. Arts Commission’s Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award in 2011. Jackson is a founding member of the Mount Pleasant Sweet Grass Basket Makers Association. She is a leader in efforts to protect threatened sweetgrass habitats, thus ensuring that there will be access to these resources for future generations of basket makers. SI KAHN *Si Kahn’s family and his own work history are lively and extensive. He has relatives who have been soldiers in the Czar’s army, shoe factory workers, gas station operators, rabbis, civil rights leaders, pick and shovel laborers on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Jewish faith healers, illegal immigrants, bootleggers, World War I soldiers, Talmudic scholars and a driver for Al Capone. Kahn has spent 40 years as a composer, lyricist and book writer for musical theater. As a musician, he has performed at concerts and festivals in Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Canada and the U.S. He has toured with Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and John McCutcheon, and has shared festival and workshop stages with artists ranging from Ani DiFranco to the Fairfield Four. His musical body of work includes 16 albums of original songs; a CD of original songs for children, Good Times and Bedtimes; and a collection of traditional labor and civil rights songs recorded with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp. One of Kahn’s favorite musical experiences was being asked by publisher Harper-Collins to set to music and record the classic children’s books “Runaway Bunny” and “Goodnight Moon.” He has composed original music and lyrics for half a dozen films and videos, including labor videos. During the civil rights era, Kahn began his organizing career in 1965 in Arkansas with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, more popularly known as SNCC, the student wing of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Kahn also served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam era (1965-71). As a member of the 317th Military History Detachment, he co-wrote the official U.S. Army histories of Fort McPherson, Georgia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and of the XVIII Airborne Corps in World War II. He received his A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1965 and in 1995, received his Ph.D. in American studies with a specialization in cultural studies from The Graduate College for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences of The Union Institute. Medal of Honor medallion: Plural Studios is a design collaboration between husband and wife team Michael Gayk and Winthrop faculty member Courtney Starrett. They create unique wearable and sculptural objects inspired by nature and architecture on a micro-level, with a focus on transitions, connections, intersections and details. Starrett, who joined the Winthrop faculty in 2006, is now on sabbatical as an associate professor of jewelry and metals. Gayk now teaches metals/digital design and fabrication at SUNY New Paltz. For more information about Medal of Honor in the Arts contact Amanda Kibiloski at 803/323-2399 or e-mail her at woolwinea@winthrop.edu. Via: Winthrop University

Events

Reserve your tickets for the arts party of the year!

Reserve your tickets today for the annual  South Carolina Arts Gala, taking place May 13! The South Carolina Arts Foundation invites you to celebrate the South Carolina Arts Awards beginning with a special pre-gala concert that kicks off May 13 at 6:15 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 702 Whaley St. in Columbia. The concert recognizes recipients of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards and features performances by Folk Heritage Award recipients. The concert also includes the presentation of the McNair Award to Senator Robert "Wes" Hayes of Rock Hill. The gala and an art sale — featuring  fabulous art and food — begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall of 701 Whaley (701 Whaley St.). The art sale features original one-of-a-kind artworks by some of South Carolina’s finest contemporary artists, including functional and non-functional craft, paintings and sculpture. Seasoned and beginning collectors alike will find “must have” works and enjoy meeting artists. The South Carolina Arts Foundation designates gala proceeds to help support arts education, artist development and other programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Don’t miss the arts party of the year! Tickets are $75 each. Reserve your ticket(s) today!

Recognition

Senator Robert “Wes” Hayes to receive McNair Award

Senator Wes HayesThe South Carolina Arts Foundation is honoring Senator Robert Wesley "Wes" Hayes of Rock Hill with the McNair Award for his dedication to the arts. The award will be presented at a special pre-gala concert showcasing the South Carolina Arts Awards, which honor recipients of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The concert takes place in Columbia May 13, beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 702 Whaley St., with the South Carolina Arts Gala following at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley. Tickets are available online or by calling (803) 734-8696.

As founder and co-chair of South Carolina's Senate Arts Caucus, Sen. Hayes confers annually with arts leadership in the state to develop a legislative agenda for the arts, providing key insights and counsel about issues and opportunities. As a pro-arts legislator, he speaks regularly at Arts Advocacy Day events and statewide meetings and consistently advocates among his colleagues to support the South Carolina Arts Commission and statewide arts initiatives.

“For 30 years, Senator Hayes has been one of the most dedicated and effective advocates for the arts serving in South Carolina's General Assembly,” says Childs Cantey Thrasher, president of the S.C. Arts Foundation. “He understands the role of public support for the arts in improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians and in enhancing the economic well-being of the state. The members of the S.C. Arts Foundation join me in honoring Senator Hayes for his consistent leadership in ensuring that the arts continue to play a vital role in our state’s schools and communities." “Senator Hayes is one of the great champions for public support of the arts in South Carolina,” said Betty Plumb, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance. “Whether the issue is education policy or the state budget, he is always there to stand up and speak out to make sure that all citizens have a chance to benefit from the arts. He is one of the most respected members of the Senate, and we are very lucky that he is willing, time and again, to use his influence to support and defend the arts for the people of our state.” Sen. Hayes is also a 2015 recipient of Winthrop University’s Medal of Honor in the Arts, and in 2013, he received the national Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership from Americans for the Arts and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Established in 2007, the McNair Award is named for the late Governor Robert E. McNair, who signed legislation to create the Arts Commission in 1967 to “ensure that the arts continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experiences of our citizens." The South Carolina Arts Gala includes an art sale of original artworks by some of the state’s most recognized artists. Reserve tickets to the gala online or by calling (803) 734-8696. About the South Carolina Arts Foundation Established in 1972, the S.C. Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and supporting the art and artists of South Carolina. Throughout its history, the SCAF has pursued creative ways to help the business community and private citizens contribute to a thriving arts community across the state. The organization is led by a diverse board of directors comprised of statewide business and civic leaders, artists, educators and others interested in supporting the rich variety of artistic expression found in the Palmetto State.

Recognition

Cancer patients chronicle journeys through 20 years of Healing Icons

From ColaDaily.com:

Article by Rachel Ham Physicians around the globe are researching drugs to fight cancer and beat the disease that’s claimed so many lives. A local artist is using simpler tools like paper and pastels to bring healing, hope and renewal. Healing Icons Participants use word association to express feelings of anxiety and joy. (photo by Rachel Ham) Heidi Darr-Hope held her first art class for cancer patients 20 years ago. As the sole instructor and executive director of Healing Icons, she’s impacted hundreds of survivors one session at time. “We are all artists, I like to say,” she said. About 20 participants gather at a meeting room at Lexington Medical Center for the monthly Lunch & Learn. Some are in remission, others come straight from a doctor’s appointment in another area of the hospital. Some have received their frightening diagnosis just days before joining the group. Healing Icons uses creativity to confront fears, reduce stress and form a community of cancer survivors. Darr-Hope teaches participants during those monthly Lunch & Learn sessions to put away their reservations, to not be afraid to make mistakes and to express their feelings through various mediums. “(Healing Icons classes) got me on a path to doing better,” said Linda DeLeonardis, a breast cancer survivor. Research has shown patients who attend support groups like Healing Icons have reduced “tension, anxiety and tiredness … (and a) lower … risk of depression,” according to the American Cancer Society. DeLeonardis said past projects like collages gave her an avenue to share her story with others. Many of her finished works now hang in her home. “They were that important to me,” she said. “It’s beautiful what comes out of the group,” Darr-Hope said. Darr-Hope said the classes aren’t meant to be a distraction from treatment but instead a place to identify and address things that are causing anxiety. When instructing on mandalas, a “sacred circle” used to unearth wisdom, she asked last week’s group to write down words they “see.” Words like “hope,” “peace,” “road” and even “stress” were revealed in the curves and colors of the mandalas they drew. “Don’t judge the words that come,” Darr-Hope said. “Let go and see what comes … There’s no right or wrong way to do this.” Darr-Hope also challenged artists to let happy memories surface as they created new shapes inside their mandalas. Past participants have published compilations of their “icons,” or self-portraits of their survival stories using numerous materials. They say Healing Icons gave them a respite from thinking about their illness that but classes are far from a “no cancer talk” zone. People are encouraged to share their fears and breakthroughs by talking with fellow classmates about what they’ve created. DeLeonardis said the open-armed community helped her process not only her own diagnosis but also the death of her husband, who also had cancer. Healing Icons Heidi Darr-Hope gives patients the tools and techniques to get started on a journey of expression. (photo by Rachel Ham) “It’s easy to talk to people with the same experience,” she said. “It’s good to see people open up.” Caregivers often are sitting around the table with their paintbrushes and pencils, too. Evelyn Anderson first came with her daughter Jill, who was diagnosed with colon cancer. “It helped both of us and was a real inspiration,” Anderson said. Leaning on the Healing Icons community and having a creative outlet at her fingertips allowed Anderson to work through her grief when Jill passed away. “It gets to be like a real family,” she said. Darr-Hope said she thinks her brother’s death at a young age from brain cancer propelled her towards the arts and to one day found a nonprofit to help others through art. She has been recognized for her work with Healing Icons with the 2011 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award from South Carolina Arts Commission and the 2011 Twin (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award in Health and Wellness from the Palmetto Center for Women. Joining Darr-Hope in keeping Healing Icons’ mission going is a board of directors and volunteer ambassadors. Darr-Hope asks those who’ve been through the process and are several years into remission to serve as ambassadors and be the welcoming committee for visitors. “It’s good to have them around for the newly diagnosed … They provide a comforting presence,” she said. Healing Icons is developing an e-course for cancer patients who aren’t able to come in person. The e-course will allow them to work through projects with family and friends. A series of quarterly retreats is another new addition to Healing Icons. Darr-Hope has organized a spring, summer, autumn and winter retreat lasting from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Saturday. All supplies are provided, but registration is required. Healing Icons is supported by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and the Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC but relies heavily on private donors. The nonprofit is one of the 252 organizations participating in 2015 Midlands Gives on May 5. More information about Healing Icons is available here. The next Lunch & Learn is scheduled for noon May 6.