Call for proposals – Statewide Arts Conference

Save the date! The South Carolina Arts Commission invites session proposals for the 2017 Statewide Arts Conference scheduled for Sept. 14 - 15 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. The conference, a featured event on the Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary calendar, kicks off Thursday, Sept. 14 with an evening plenary and reception and continues Friday, Sept. 15 with a full day of sessions. Conference registration opens in July. Call for proposals Theme: No Time Like the Future Fifty years? Where did the time go? Half a century can fly by when you’re busy making your state a thriving place for the arts. Reminiscing upon the past can be a pleasant diversion, but preparing for the future requires action. So after celebrating our accomplishments, it’s time to move forward…focused. It’s time for our next 50 years. Do you have knowledge or expertise to share with South Carolina's network of arts leaders, educators, artists, and supporters around these broad categories?

  • FORWARD – Have you overhauled an older arts program, restructured your governance, or redesigned your website with an eye toward moving your organization forward?
  • FOCUSED – Are you focused on harnessing today’s rapid pace of technology and/or change to impact your organization or community through the arts?
  • FUTURE – Are you already out there, gearing up for the Next Big Thing in the Arts, waiting for the rest of us to arrive?
Potential audiences
  • Arts educators
  • Artists
  • Arts leaders/executives
  • Board members
  • Community members
Possible topics
  • Board development/governance
  • Communications and promotion
  • Creating a thriving arts environment
  • Creative placemaking
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive transition and succession planning
  • Future trends
  • New business models
  • Next generation of emerging arts leaders
  • Participation
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Rural arts
  • Strategic planning
  • Technology
Proposals will be evaluated according to these guidelines:
  • Proposals submitted by Friday, June 16, 2017 will be given priority consideration. Final deadline is Friday June 30, 2017.
  • Proposal reflects the theme of the conference and should serve to advance the mission of S.C. Arts Commission.
  • Proposal is fully developed with the subject, format, and substance of the discussion, workshop, or presentation.
  • Proposal offers innovative modes of thinking, diverse and broad perspectives, and a concrete demonstration of the benefits to participants.
  • Proposal is not commercial in nature.
  • Qualifications of presenter(s).
Find out more and submit your proposal online.

Hub City Press announces $10,000 Short Story Book Prize

Hub City Press announces the establishment of the $10,000 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, made possible by an anonymous contribution from a South Carolina donor. The contest includes book publication and will be judged in its first year by Lee K. Abbott, author of seven collections of short stories. Submissions open on August 1, 2017 and close January 1, 2018. The first winning book will be published in spring 2019. The new prize is open to emerging writers in 13 Southern states. Submitters must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, and must have no previously published books. Hub City Press Founder and Publisher Betsy Teter says of the new prize, “We are thrilled to announce one of the most substantial short story prizes in North America and to honor C. Michael Curtis, who has been a great friend to Hub City Press over the years.” The prize is named in honor of C. Michael Curtis, who has served as an editor of The Atlantic since 1963 and as fiction editor since 1982. Curtis has discovered or edited some of the finest short story writers of the modern era, including Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Anne Beattie. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including Contemporary New England Stories, God: Stories, and Faith: Stories. Curtis moved to Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006 and has taught as a professor at both Wofford and Converse Colleges, in addition to serving on the editorial board of Hub City Press. Review the complete submission guidelines online. Founded in 1995 in Spartanburg, Hub City Press is an award-winning publisher committed to well-crafted and high-quality works by new and established authors from the American South. Its books are distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West.

ABC Project seeks project fields services specialist

Application deadline: June 15 The Arts in Basic Curriculum Project is seeking a project field services specialist. This is a grant-funded position. Reports to: ABC Project director, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) The ABC Project field services specialist is responsible for providing educational expertise to schools and districts to help them develop and sustain quality, comprehensive, standards-based arts education, and for working extensively with Arts in Basic Curriculum Project director to coordinate all activities of the ABC Project, including ABC task forces, ABC Steering Committee meetings, workshops, presentations and other educational events provided by the ABC Project. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Working extensively with ABC director to administer the ABC Project throughout the state.
  • Working with the SCAC, the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University, and the S.C State Department of Education (SCDE), to administer the ABC Project throughout the state.
  • Facilitating arts education strategic planning for schools and districts.
  • Coordinating and documenting ABC meetings, conferences, workshops and the Summer Arts Institutes.
  • Preparing reports and collecting statistics.
  • Providing assistance to schools and districts, including arts and arts integration curriculum development, grant writing/information, etc.
  • Serving as liaison to SCAC and SCDE and notifying them of ABC Project participation in conferences, workshops, Summer Arts Institutes, school/district meetings and other ABC activities.
  • Monitoring and identifying new research, policies and initiatives in the arts or that impact the arts.
  • Assisting with Arts Education Leadership Institute (and other ABC Project activities, as needed.)
  • Attending designated conferences to develop professional knowledge and skills.
  • Administrative duties as designated.
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree and teaching or administrative experience with K-12 arts education
  • Understanding of arts integration, classroom instruction, lesson planning
  • Familiarity with National and/or SC Visual and Performing Arts Standards
  • Grant writing experience
  • Excellent time management, research and organization skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with teachers, parents, district staff, community, and all other groups involved in the activities of the job
  • Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to document meetings and events and complete, process, and maintain required records.
  • Working knowledge of computers and websites
  • Ability to identify effective arts education strategies
  • An ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed
Employment conditions: This is a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded, salaried position. Salary: approx. $40K commensurate with skills and experience, plus benefits. Position availability: August 1, 2017 Application deadline: June 15, 2017 How to apply: A letter of interest; current curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of five professional references should be sent to: Ms. Christine Fisher 105 McLaurin Hall Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC 29733; E-mail: fisherc@winthrop.edu Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

South Arts seeks finance and operations director

South Arts, a nonprofit regional organization based in Atlanta, seeks a finance and operations director. This position serves as chief financial officer and oversees the administrative operations of the organization, which serves a nine-state region and is a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. The finance and operations director plays a critical role in collaborating with senior management in strategic decision-making and operations, as South Arts continues to enhance its quality programming. This position is an opportunity for an experienced financial professional to bring their skills and expertise to a unique arts organization which serves the nine states of the Southeast, works in all arts disciplines (film/media, literature, performing arts, visual arts, craft, experimental), and is launching into a new strategic plan focused on the arts and culture of the South. Candidates seeking a position with autonomy, the chance to broaden their skillset and impact, with the opportunity to work with a creative team, and with the ability to use their variety of financial, administrative and communication skills, are encouraged to apply. This position was opened on May 15 and is open until filled; the full job description is here. Please email your resumé, cover letter, salary requirements, preference (contract or full-time employee) and three references to HR@southarts.org. For more information on South Arts, visit www.southarts.org. South Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Music Foundation of Spartanburg seeks development director

The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is seeking a development director to develop, implement, administer, evaluate, and monitor an aggressive fundraising program. This is a 30-hour per week position requiring some nights and weekends.  Salary commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Primary responsibilities will be to develop and secure funds to reach/surpass fundraising goals through a variety of financial development vehicles including:  1) individual gifts and individual donor upgrading, 2) corporate gifts and sponsorships, 3) foundation support for specific programs and projects, 4) advertisement solicitation, and 5.) special events. Duties and responsibilities

  • Major and planned giving: Expanding the number of leadership gift-level ($2,500+) and planned gift supporters. Developing goals and strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each donor. Engaging in face-to-face solicitations with donors and prospects and securing leadership-level gifts. Conducting prospect research and actively leading the identification of major gift prospects to bring new supporters into the organization.
  • Annual support: Implementing strategies to most effectively renew and increase gifts from annual support donors (gift capacities of less than $2,500). Solicits donations and cultivates relationships with donors in order to develop, secure, and maintain new income sources for present and long term financial support.
  • Corporate sponsorship and ads: Identify, solicit and cultivate new and existing corporate sponsors and advertisers to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  • Grants: Leading and expanding the foundation grants program. Cultivating relationships with local foundations as strategically appropriate.
  • Events: Planning and executing strategic cultivation and stewardship events, as applicable.
  • Database: Maintaining confidential fundraising information in our database (eTapestry). Ensuring the accuracy of donor records. Creating and running relevant reports (including donor activity, revenue projections, and development program performance) and sharing them with the Executive Director, finance staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Communications: Ensures that all communication to and from donors and potential donors (individual and corporate) are handled in an accurate, timely, and professional manner.
  • Goals: Working with the Executive Director, creates financial development goals, monitors progress, and develops strategies to ensure fundraising goals are attained.
  • Other duties as necessary.
Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, marketing or a related field with specialized training in fundraising management highly desirable.
  2. Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising and fundraising management, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities, project management and meeting deadlines with strong planning and organizational skills.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to music@spartanarts.org. Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2017, for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. About The Music Foundation of Spartanburg The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is the largest professional performing arts organization in Spartanburg with roots reaching back to the 1880s.  Our mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high quality music.  The numerous mission based programs include: the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (including a Classics Series and Espresso Series), Music Sandwiched In, SPO on the Square, Spartanburg Music Trail, Link Up, Peanut Butter & Jam, and, the most recent addition, the Bluegrass Concert Series.

Sumter County seeking executive director for Patriot Hall and Cultural Center

Patriot HallSumter County is seeking an executive director for Patriot Hall and Cultural Center to work closely with the Sumter County Cultural Commission to promote cultural activities and coordinate cultural efforts for the benefit of the community. Examples of duties:

  • Manages the operations and programming of Patriot Hall and the County Cultural Center
  • Coordinates and implements annual festival(s), and event(s)
  • Coordinates the County artists-in-residency program with local school district personnel.
  • Maintains a calendar of cultural events; prints and distributes monthly schedules.
  • Distributes cultural information to arts organizations, individuals and the general public.
  • Oversees the use of Patriot Hall and the Cultural Center by other organizations; prepares billing invoices.
  • Oversees the preparation of the annual department budget; controls department expenditures and oversees capital improvements.
  • Administers quarterly grant program, including writing grants and monitoring expenditures.
  • Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, communications, art, or business management, supplemented by three to five years of management, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Salary: $40,000. Position is open until filled. A complete job description and application are available online.  

Making Money III: Marketing, Development, and Audience Surveying with Purpose

Making Money III is May 19 - register today!

The South Carolina Arts Commission is again partnering with USC’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management to offer Making Money III.  Effective organizations need information to make sound decisions. Designing and executing solid survey projects is just one part of a larger puzzle. This workshop will teach arts leaders how to gather and maximize information in ways that lead to making money. Participants will walk away with new approaches to this often challenging work.

This three-part seminar will featuring guest experts and hands-on learning around these topics: Part 1: Driving organizational success and financial stability. Best practices from an award-winning arts leader. Part 2: Making your social media work for you!  Strategies and tips to better engage your patrons and followers. Part 3: Surveying with purpose. This 3.5-hour session with a working lunch will help organizations to design and execute solid survey projects. Participants will learn simple ways to approach this often challenging work in order to design surveys that result in useful information. Who should attend? Making Money III is designed for non-profit and for-profit arts and entertainment executive directors, board members, and marketing and development staff. Making Money III: Audience Surveying with Purpose May 19 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Russell House University Union University of South Carolina—Columbia Campus Registration is $89 per person and includes refreshments, boxed lunch and conference materials. Space is limited – find out more and register today! Speakers: Surale Phillips, President and Lead Consultant at Decision Support Partners, Inc. surale_phillipsSurale Phillips has provided research and consulting services to the arts for 25 years. Her work has been the foundation of projects supported by the NEA, Wallace Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation, and other national and local grant makers. Her more than 150 clients have included arts service organizations, municipalities, and nonprofit arts organizations of every discipline in nearly every state. She is a regular coach and presenter at the Americans for the Arts national convention and the National Arts Marketing Project conference. Her most recent workshops were hosted by Convening Culture for the State of Florida, Raleigh Office of Arts, and ArtsMemphis. Jennifer Clark Evins, President/CEO, Chapman Cultural Center, Inc., and 2007 Verner Award Winner evins_jenniferAs President/CEO, Evins heads the 4th largest and oldest local arts agency in South Carolina, leading a conglomerate of seven nonprofit collaborative partners that “co-locate” at the Chapman Cultural Center. Evins joined CCC in August 2010 as Senior Development Director and assumed the duties of the President/CEO in June 2011. Evins’ experience in the nonprofit sector was as a volunteer leader in Spartanburg for nearly 24 years. Most notably, she spearheaded the capital campaign that built the Chapman Cultural Center, raising more than $42 million, and later raising $10 million for a new Spartanburg YMCA. Evins has lead numerous creative placemaking projects including winning the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Prior to joining the nonprofit field in 2010, Evins had an extensive professional career in marketing and public relations. Armen Shaomian, DMA, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sport and Entertainment Management armenDr. Shaomian is the producer and creator of the highly acclaimed Making Money series. He has an extensive background in performing arts, education and project management consulting. He is the founder and CEO of Armenize, Inc., an arts consulting agency specializing in non-profit arts management and foundational strategies. Prior work includes programs manager / associate producer for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and its signature YoungArts program. In his role as their associate producer, Dr. Shaomian oversaw live performance logistics as well as strategic relations with the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as the United States Department of Education and the United States Presidential Scholars program. His work with the NFAA included cost analysis and contract negotiations, allowing the Foundation to save fiscally while raising the quality of its programming. In 2016, he was nominated for the University of South Carolina’s Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. Dr. Shaomian currently serves on the board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).

Free grants writing workshop in Allendale April 20

South Carolina Humanities, in partnership with USC Salkehatchie, the South Carolina State Library, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, is hosting a free grants writing workshop and invites staff and volunteers of S.C. cultural organizations and nonprofit agencies to attend. Admission to the workshop is free, but pre-registration is REQUIRED. This workshop is especially targeted to the six-county Promise Zone region (Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper). The workshop will be held April 20, from 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at the Conference Room in the Education Building of USC Salkehatchie’s West Campus in Allendale (address: USC Building #849, 266 Spruce Street, Allendale, SC). Staff, officers, and board members of SC Humanities, South Carolina State Library, and the South Carolina Arts Commission will lead participants in a general grants writing overview, will highlight funding opportunities for cultural projects and other cultural resources, and can offer feedback on project ideas and application drafts, time permitting. This workshop offers a unique learning opportunity for cultural organizations of all sizes and provides the opportunity for partnership building between local organizations with similar missions. REGISTRATION for the Grants Writing Workshop for Community Cultural Projects is REQUIRED. Please REGISTER HERE. Schedule: 10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Overview of General Grants Writing Techniques 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Overview of Resources and Grants for Community Cultural Projects South Carolina Arts Commission – Susan DuPlessis, Program Director South Carolina State Library – Dawn Mullin; Reference Librarian SC Humanities – T.J. Wallace, Assistant Director 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Questions, Networking, and Partnership Building 12:45 p.m. – Adjourn For more information, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or tjwallace@schumanities.org. Special thanks to USC Salkehatchie for hosting the workshop!

Call for submissions: Fall Lines – a literary convergence

Submission deadline is March 31. The Jasper Project invites submissions of previously unpublished poetry, essays, short fiction, and flash fiction for Fall Lines -- a literary convergence. Publication in Fall Lines will be determined by a panel of judges. Accepted authors will be notified by May 30, with a publication date in July 2017. Two $250 cash prizes, sponsored by the Richland Library Friends, will be awarded: The Saluda River Prize for Poetry and the Broad River Prize for Prose. Fall Lines is presented by The Jasper Project in partnership with Muddy Ford Press, Richland Library, and One Columbia for Arts and History. Submissions are due March 31, 2017. Find complete submission instructions online.

Hilton Head Island seeks culture and arts network director

Apply by March 22 GreenTownLogo-72R-5inThe Town of Hilton Head Island is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to become its first culture and arts network director. The new director will lead the process to create and implement a civic plan for enhancing the Island’s existing entertainment, arts, culture and heritage (EACH) assets and for identifying new assets for development. Working with other stakeholders, the director will elevate the marketing of these assets in a way that showcases them as successfully as other Island amenities, with a focus on new ways to reach both residents and visitors. This position is the first of its kind in Beaufort County and will offer the successful candidate a challenging and rewarding opportunity to steer the town’s future in these important areas. The successful candidate will be able to interact effectively with multiple audiences, quickly grasp the current situation and determine possibilities for enhancement and development. The ability to communicate with the following constituents is required: leaders of various EACH organizations, Island residents and visitors, Town government and the Island’s marketing entities (Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and its Visitors and Convention Bureau). The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills or abilities in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, facilitation, group presentations, use of social media platforms and technology resources, and administrative management. Currently the Island has a world-class symphony, a vibrant theater scene, a rich music community, nationally recognized artistic talent, and a storied but under-told heritage. We are seeking a candidate who can showcase these assets (and others) to expand their reach and broaden our Island’s appeal to both residents and visitors. Application deadline is March 22. Complete details and application instructions are online.