Time to make hay

The first weekend in June is just days away, and that means it’s time for another arts festival in South Carolina. More low-key than its larger brethren, the Ag + Art Tour (Ag and Art Tour) continues to grow and in 2018 is spread throughout 12 counties. Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of designated farms in South Carolina featuring local artisans and farmer's markets.  During this tour you will have the opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. It’s the largest free farm and art tour in the nation with more 30,000 visitors participating since it began in 2012. And it’s ready to, ahem, make hay for the next four weekends in the counties of:

  1. Chesterfield County (June 2-3)
  2. Darlington County
  3. Florence County
  4. Horry County
  5. Kershaw County
  6. Chester County (June 9-10)
  7. Lancaster County
  8. York County
  9. Fairfield County (June 16-17)
  10. Newberry County (June 23-24)
  11. Union County
  12. Spartanburg County
2018 Tour Times
  • Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays 1-5 p.m.
Once again, yes, admission is free, but there will likely be a charge to purchase food, beverages and a farmer’s and/or artisan’s products. Some activities may also have a cost. Head to the Ag + Art Tour website to begin plotting the course that works for you. (And do them a solid: don’t forget to use the hashtag #agandarttour in your social media posts.)

Announcing the 2018 S.C. Novel Prize winner

      LEAD MEDIA CONTACT: Kate McMullen, Hub City Press 864.577.9349|  kate@hubcity.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 June 2018 Winner announced for biennial South Carolina Novel Prize SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press, the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina State Library are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 South Carolina Novel Prize is Scott Sharpe for his manuscript “Whispering into the Wind.” Scott Sharpe was born and raised in the Sandhills of central South Carolina and graduated from the University of SC with a degree in business. He lives in Eastover, SC, and currently works for the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office. When not helping SC rebuild its rural communities or writing, he practices the art of fly-fishing and paddles any body of water big enough to launch his canoe. He has written countless short stories and is currently working on his second novel and a collection of short fiction.  “Whispering into the Wind” follows protagonist Jack Parker’s struggle to find some purpose to his life-long strained relationship with his father and his father’s peculiar actions just before his death. The very issues that separated them in life ultimately lead to understanding and a quiet peace as Jack reluctantly follows in his father’s footsteps. Sharpe’s winning manuscript will be published in 2019 by Hub City Press of Spartanburg. Jill McCorkle, author of 10 books including “Life After Life” was the judge of the biennial prize this year. The South Carolina Novel Prize is funded by the following partner organizations:

  • The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances.
  • Hub City Press was founded in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1995 and since then has emerged as one of the South's premier independent presses.
  • The College of Charleston is home not only to a cadre of nationally and internationally recognized writing faculty, but also houses one of the country’s premiere literary journals, Crazyhorse, published since 1960 and consistently ranked as among the top publishing venues in the nation. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program provides students an immersion in a world of prose and poetry and the practical aspects of establishing a career in the arts.
  • 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.
  • South Carolina Humanities is the state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a founding partner of the South Carolina Novel Prize.
For more information about the Novel Competition, visit or call:
  • SouthCarolinaArts.com / 803.734.8696;
  • or HubCity.org / 864.577.9349.
 

Free ‘SC.FELLOWS Part II” lunch and learn sessions resume Wednesday

Heidi Darr-Hope, Goddess Series-Pathway Last week's premiere lunch and learn session for the SC.FELLOWS Part II exhibition saw good turnout, and more is expected Wednesday for round two. Fellowship recipient Paula Smith (2004) gave a talk to around 20 eager arts lovers. Nick Boismenu from the S.C. Arts Commission facilitated. This Wednesday is the second of the three-talk series. Make plans to visit the Ponder Gallery at Benedict College (1600 Harden St., Columbia) to hear more from 1982 fellow Heidi Darr-Hope and facilitator Wendell Brown, who is the gallery director. The talk starts at 12:30 p.m., is free, and you're encouraged to bring lunch. Reservations are required. UPDATE 19 June, 13:45: We're disappointed to announce that this event is canceled and will not be rescheduled. Please plan to join fellow Bob Lyon and Harriett Green from SCAC for the final session June 26th from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Get more information from this Hub post announcing the series.


SC.FELLOWS Part II is a joint project of the Ponder Gallery, 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the South Carolina Arts Commission. For hours and more information about Part II at 701 CCA, please visit www.701cca.org.

So, what would you say you do here?

"The Bobs" from Office Space, 1999 by Twentieth Century Fox and Cubicle, Inc. There's not a quick answer to that question, but let's start with this: The South Carolina Arts Commission does three things:

  • artist development,
  • community arts development,
  • and arts education
through four means:
  • direct programs,
  • staff assistance,
  • partnerships,
  • and grants.

The Hub serves as… a hub for the promotion of news items related to all those things. (The “Arts Daily” section serves as a centralized - what’s the word? - hub for promoting statewide arts events.) On a given week, you can see posts that serve to promote any number of those things. It’s critical for this outlet to do that because if you’re a tax-paying South Carolinian, your income comes to Columbia through the Department of Revenue and can return to your community from our agency by those four means. For the current fiscal year that ends in two weeks, we’ve helped provide one, some, or all the three things we do to all 46 counties. Barbara Streeter In short, we use The Hub to tell you how we’re attempting to be good stewards for your money. It’s not an election-year gimmick, but it’s here every year, on as many days as workload allows. The programs, artists, and ventures are not just lofty ones perched on the peak of Mount Olympus. No, we’re also using arts and culture to make Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties feel like they have a slice of the peak as new perspectives converge to address old problems. We help schools integrate the arts (top, right) into their curricula to foster creativity and critical thinking in new generations. We also enable artists to contribute to a $9.7 billion sector of the state economy by helping them not only further, but monetize their skills (bottom, right) to provide themselves sustainable income. That’s where your money goes, and it’s important for you to know that all the time, not just when differing opinions on funding collide - because it’s your money, entrusted to our professionals to impact all South Carolinians.
Two things you might have noticed here and/or our social media outlets lately are renewed emphasis on a) promoting what “SC Artists” are doing (spoiler alert: they are a wildly successful lot) and b) how “SCAC Grants At Work” are being put to work. Here is today’s example, which happens to encompass both. The grantee artists used an S.C. Arts Commission grant to take an art form often assumed to be reserved for Olympus right to Main Street: Here’s to seeing plenty more of this, all the time.

SCAC grant supports Claflin campers’ ‘Aladdin Jr.’ performance

Here's a brief grantee spotlight from The Times & Democrat:

Claflin University is hosting an intensive residential camp designed to provide high-level artistic instruction to youth entering grades six through 10 in a college environment. It is funded through a S.C. Arts Commission arts education grant.

The camp will conclude on Saturday, June 16 with a musical theater production of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”

Claflin University Intensive (CUSAI) Residential Camp participants are taking classes led by college professors in acting, art (graphic design and jewelry making), dance, music and video production while preparing for the culminating musical theatre production featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, and book by Chad Beguelin.

Participants are also mentored by college students majoring in one of the artistic disciplines.

Go here to read the full story!

Greenville Center for Creative Arts issues call for instructors

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is currently seeking proposals from teaching artists for fall 2018 class sessions. They are looking for artists doing interesting work who are also excellent teachers. GCCA instructors include both working artists and professional educators who possess a willingness to communicate technique and process, strong technical skills, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to teach classes that are open to a range of skill levels, from intermediate to advanced. Proposals can range from six-week classes to one-day, two-day and three-day workshops. Interested? GCCA suggests taking a look at the 2018/2019 class session schedule and their upcoming deadlines for instructor proposals (below). For more information and/or to submit a proposal, click here. Director your questions to Art School Director Liz Rundorff Smith at liz@artcentergreenville.org or call 864.735.3948.


FALL 2018
  • Instructor Proposals Deadline: June 21, 2018
  • Fall Session I: Sept. 10 - Oct. 21, 2018 | Fall Session II: Oct. 29 - Dec. 8, 2018
WINTER 2019
  • Instructor Proposals Deadline: Oct. 18, 2018 
  • Winter Session I: Jan. 7 - Feb. 17, 2019 | Winter Session II: Feb. 25 - April 7, 2019
SPRING 2019
  • Instructor Proposals Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Spring Session: April 16 - May 25, 2018

Tuning Up: Arts funding update + Google grants opportunity for Midlands

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


Increases possible for federal, state arts funding. No, really. Yesterday in Washington, a Senate committee concurred with the House that the NEA should be funded at $155 million for FY19. That's a $2 million increase from FY18. The Senate Appropriations Committee should vote on the measure Thursday. Across the street from us at the State House, a conference committee is to reconvene next week to reconcile differences between House and Senate budget versions. Both bodies already approved a $350,000 funding increase for the S.C. Arts Commission, but an additional $100,000 in Education Improvement Act funds recommended by the Senate will need conference committee approval to progress to Gov. McMaster's desk. Midlands arts nonprofits: want a $50,000 grant? Four nonprofits from Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties will receive $50,000 in grant funding and training from Google thanks to Google Impact Challenge Columbia. All nonprofits are invited to submit proposals for their creative and innovative ideas to grow economic opportunity in their communities. A local panel will select four winners, and then the public votes on which of those will receive an additional $50,000. The SCAC can't urge you strongly enough to make a run at getting one of these. Be one of the... top dogs! The deadline is July 11. See a story from WIS here. Best of luck!

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Arts charter school to open in Columbia this fall

The Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) is pleased to announce our new school facility at 3806 North Main St. in Columbia. The school will open in fall 2018 with a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music. MAC’s principal is Ms. Shannon Hickey, an educator with 20 years experience working as a principal, senior school administrator, assistant principal, and fine arts and athletics departments director as well as a music teacher, band director, chorus director, and classroom teacher. The school will hold informational meetings for parents and the community at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in June at 3806 North Main St., the former Imagine building. MAC will provide a free, public education that effectively combines arts and academics. The school will open in the fall of 2018 with 6th and 7th grades, and will add a grade level each year until 12th grade opens in 2023. The Midlands Arts Conservatory will be free for any South Carolina resident student in the appropriate grade level who has an interest in the arts and is willing to meet the high academic expectations of the school. The school will be staffed with highly qualified arts and academic instructors in an environment that provides training, exposure and practical application in the arts and the integration of arts into the academics of the school. The student-teacher ratio in classes will be no higher than 20 to 1 and lower in specialized arts areas. MAC will have small group and individualized instruction in the arts with a wide spectrum of academic support available. The MAC Planning Committee members understand the importance of a high-quality arts education for young people. They want to ensure that every child in the Midlands has the opportunity to experience the power of creative self-expression. For more information:

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CAE exhibit features artist Kimara London

A new art exhibit featuring local artist Kimara London is now on display at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). "We’re especially excited about this exhibit as Kimara is a member of our CAE team and works as a ticket agent with United Airlines. Travelers can view her artwork located in the connector between the main lobby and the departure gates," a CAE spokesperson said. As a professional portrait artist, painter, and ceramist, Kimara has provided the Carolinas with her “gift” of creating life-like designs through her business Kimara London Fine Art. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's in studio art. Her murals can be seen at local businesses in Columbia, and she's also completed several commissioned murals. Specializing in portrait art, Kimara creates realistic drawings from personal sittings as well as from photos. She expresses her creativity in media such as oil, acrylic and charcoal and connects her subject matter to the canvas in a way that brings it alive and captures viewers’ attention. Kimara believes that everyone has a God-given gift and "it’s just a matter of discovering it."

Tuning Up: Spartanburg grants + veterans ‘Paint & Jazz’ in Columbia

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


Grants ceremony in Spartanburg. Chapman Cultural Center, the leading arts agency in Spartanburg County, will award 20 arts and cultural organizations and 7 artists a total of $621,200 during a public ceremony on June 12. The ceremony will take place inside the theater at the Chapman Cultural Center at 3:30 p.m. and will acknowledge grantees and the impact they make in the Upstate community. Free. RSVP and get more details here. A little Saturday morning "Paint & Jazz." Our partner Arts Access South Carolina and the Richland County Recreation Commission are presenting an art event tailored for veterans and their adult family members to become actively engaged through the arts and jazz! Enjoy a Saturday morning of painting and jazz with Columbia area artist Keith Tolen in this "Year of the Veteran" on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Register (required) here before it fills up! (We'll remind you again closer to the event.) ICYMI... The SCAC exhibition SC.FELLOWS Part II is offering three, free lunchtime talks starting next week at the Ponder Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia.  

SC.FELLOWS Part II lunchtime talk series to debut at Benedict College

The S.C. Arts Commission and the Ponder Gallery at Benedict College will host a series of lunch time talks on SC.FELLOWS Part II at the Ponder Gallery.  SC.FELLOWS Part II is the second installment of a two-part exhibition featuring the work of 78 artists who received S.C. Arts Commission Visual Arts & Craft Fellowships since the inception of the program in 1976. Featured during the talks are three artists who received fellowships. The artists will provide insight about their work during their fellowships, how their work has evolved, and share how their fellowships impacted their careers. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Please call 803.734.8696 or email hgreen@arts.sc.gov.  Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Lunchtime Talks Schedule

  • 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
  • Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Thursday, June 14

  • Paula Smith, 2004 Fellow
  • Nick Boismenu, visual arts assistant, S.C. Arts Commission and facilitator

Wednesday, June 20

  • Heidi Darr-Hope, 1982 Fellow
  • Wendell Brown, director of the Ponder Gallery and facilitator

Tuesday, June 26

  • Bob Lyon, 2014 Fellow
  • Harriett Green, visual arts director, S.C. Arts Commission and facilitator

Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College

  • 1600 Harden St.
  • Columbia, SC  29204
  • Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Parking available in the campus garage

The fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic merit only. Throughout its history, recipients of the visual arts and craft awards have been selected by a panel of out-of-state jurors including: art curators, art critics, artists, arts educators, and arts administrators with expertise in contemporary art. SC.FELLOWS Part II is a joint project of the Ponder Gallery, 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the South Carolina Arts Commission. For hours and more information about Part II at 701 CCA, please visit www.701cca.org.