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100 bucks for 100 words

New contest from Sunspot Literary Journal

Submission deadline: June 30, 2020
A contribution from Sunspot Literary Journal: Microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay... if it's 100 words or less, it might be worth $100. No restrictions on theme or category. In addition to receiving the cash prize, the winner will be published. Select finalists will have the chance to be published. Sunspot asks for first rights only; all rights revert to the contributor after publication. Works accepted for publication include bylines and biographies. These are published in the next quarterly digital edition an average of one month after contest completion. All the published pieces will be considered for inclusion in the annual fall print edition. Enter as many times as you like. One piece per submission. Pieces must be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Work can have won other awards without being disqualified.

Cash award of $100 Entry fee: $5 Open April 1, 2020 Closes June 30, 2020

Link here to submit: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit/164031/100-for-100-words-2020

Jason Rapp

Hub follow-up: Artists U ‘shifts’ to Zoom

Free artist working groups start tomorrow

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Artists U is starting SHIFT/South Carolina to get artists talking and working together in a time of crisis so they're ready when the crisis is over. Last week The Hub promoted the informational sessions. (Miss those? Catch up with a recorded version.) With the preliminary stuff completed, Artists U is diving in, and SHIFT/South Carolina starts tomorrow at noon with "Artists in a Time of Crisis."
You can do SHIFT on your own. You can form a working group in your community. You can request to join an existing working group (there’s a place on the signup form for that.) However you choose to participate, Artists U does ask that you sign up for the community and dialogue. There is no cost to participate.
Registered participants get:
  • access to 10 weekly Zoom workshops (live and recorded) on different topics
  • the in-the-works SHIFT workbook
  • regular updates on local and national resources for artists
"I know you will get a lot from our conversations and have ideas and resources to contribute," Andrew Simonet of Artists U said. "And please spread the word. SHIFT is for all South Carolina artists, not just Artists U alums."

Session dates

All live sessions begin at noon on the following dates:
  • April 8, 2020
  • April 15, 2020
  • April 22, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • May 6, 2020
  • May 13, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
  • May 27, 2020
  • June 3, 2020
  • June 10, 2020
Did we mention it's free? Here's that sign-up link again.
The South Carolina Arts Commission partners with Artists U on its artist development work and provides operating support to it via grant funding.

Jason Rapp

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of April 6

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. Because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays* with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.


Ed. note: As information becomes available on possible grants for COVID-19 emergency relief, that information will be posted here on The Hub, the SCAC's Facebook page, and distributed via email (sign up here).


This week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

  • n/a

Next week

  • n/a

Next 30(ish)

Rolling Deadlines

These S.C. Arts Commission rolling deadline grant programs are temporarily suspended to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Accessibility Grant applications are no longer being accepted for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020). For projects occurring in FY21 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) the application will be available in mid-April.

Important Notes

David Platts

Constituent updates on arts relief aid

The CARES Act and the arts


Additional details have been released on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2 trillion bill signed into law last Friday. It offers benefits to South Carolina’s artists and arts organizations, and I want to update you on those. First, though, it is imperative that we get your help by asking you to complete the five-minute Americans for the Arts survey if you have not already done so. The survey aggregates data for each state on the real loss that cancelations and closings will have on arts and culture. South Carolina needs more input to be accurately reflective. Please, no matter your size or reach, stop now and take the survey. You may also update numbers previously submitted. Back to the CARES Act. I am happy to report it includes access to loans, grants and unemployment benefits previously unavailable to many independent artists or arts organizations. In case you missed it, this act also provides $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. State arts agencies like the S.C. Arts Commission will receive 40% of these funds to distribute. We do not yet know when we will receive these funds or have the details of how this grant will be distributed, but we will share details as soon as we know them. The other 60% will be distributed as direct grants from the NEA to local arts organizations and  can be used for operational support. Other aspects of the relief package relevant to the arts sector are loans through the Small Business Administration. Non-profit organizations, sole-proprietorships, and independent contractors are eligible to apply beginning today, Friday, April 3. Some of these loans are “forgivable” to encourage retaining workers and function more like grants. If you are interested in securing one, check  to see whether or not your bank is part of this network or find a list of SBA-approved participating lenders here. Our partner the South Carolina Arts Alliance has comprehensive information available about Small Business Administration loans and grants and unemployment benefits for artists and arts organizations. To learn more or to become involved in further advocacy, visit the South Carolina Arts Alliance website. Artists and other creative workers are eligible for federal unemployment benefits offered to those who are part of the gig economy. The new benefits cover the weeks ending April 4 through July 31. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce administers unemployment insurance in South Carolina. Applications will be made through that agency. For all these things, please keep in mind that patience may be necessary as federal guidelines are interpreted and implemented. Our pledge is to point you in the right direction for assistance. We will continue to collaborate with the South Carolina Arts Alliance to give you timely information.
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NEA replaces Challenge America grants for 2020

From an NEA dispatch today... As many of you likely know, the Arts Endowment received $75 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds are intended to help nonprofit arts organizations across the country survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19. So that the Arts Endowment can effectively gear up to distribute this funding (which constitutes more than half of the agency’s annual grantmaking), the 2020 application deadline for Challenge America grants is cancelled. We recognize this is an inconvenience for those organizations planning to apply under this opportunity. However, those applicants should instead apply to the Grants for Arts Projects opportunity, with a deadline of July 9, 2020. The Grants for Arts Projects funding program awards grants to organizations of all sizes and includes projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. The July 9 deadline is for projects that begin on or after June 1, 2021; please visit our website for more information. Please note that applications submitted under Challenge America will not be transferred; a new Grants for Arts Projects application must be submitted by July 9. Please see below for some technical assistance resources that may be helpful in preparing a Grants for Arts Projects application. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. Please know that the Arts Endowment is doing all we can to serve the arts community that has been so profoundly impacted by this national crisis. We invite you to visit the Arts Endowment’s COVID-19 page for more information including FAQs for applicants and grantees and links to government resources and nationwide resources for artists and arts organizations. Through the government resources link, you will find funding opportunities at other federal agencies (such as the Small Business Administration) that may be a good fit for your organization.


Preparing a Grants for Arts Projects application

  • Guidelines presentation for Challenge America applicants interested in applying to Grants for Arts Projects: Read more
  • Presentation on the Grants for Arts Projects guidelines featuring an overview of the funding category and tips for applicants: Read more
  • Grants for Arts Projects Staff Contacts: Read more

Jason Rapp

Rep. Joe Wilson makes call for art from young artists

Submission deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 (in Aiken or Columbia offices for Second District residents)


The deadline for this year's Congressional Art Competition is approaching. Rep. Wilson is encouraging all high school artists in the Second District to participate:

With most students in the Second District currently learning from home, this competition is a great use of spare time. This competition is a way to recognize the talent of young artists here in the Second District and across the nation.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, and one winner is selected to represent each participating district. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with art from other participating districts around the country. The winning artist from each district will win a trip to Washington and a $3,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. South Carolinians in other Congressional districts: find out if your district is participating by visiting your House member's website. UPDATE: The initial post listed the deadline as Friday, May 1. The deadline was changed shortly after publication and this post was updated after receiving notification.

Theme and accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork

Artwork must be two-dimensional and represent this year's theme, The Palmetto State: Capturing the Spirit of South Carolina. Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece it must be framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs
  • Entries must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must be entered in the original medium (i.e. not a scan or copy of original work).
Find the competition rules and regulations here. Second District residents who need any additional information or have any questions about the Congressional Art Competition, please contact Sam Orr in the Midlands office at 803.939.0041 or email him at sam.orr@mail.house.gov.
Rep. Wilson congratulates Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School in Columbia, selected the 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winner. "Her winning piece titled “Entangled” is a remarkable and tasteful representation of the talent we have in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. A special thank you goes to her parents, Jennifer and Patrick Rayfield, and her art teacher, Ms. Jennifer Gorlewski." Painting by Dreher High School artist Julia Rayfield, the 2019 Second District of S.C. winner "Entagled" from Julia Rayfield of Dreher High School, the Second Congressional District of South Carolina’s Congressional Art Competition Winner
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Jason Rapp

Artists U introducing new working groups for artists

Addressing shifts by shifting together


Artists U is launching a new platform for artists during this ongoing crisis: SHIFT Working Groups. These launch first in South Carolina with two SHIFT Intros this week. During a one-hour Zoom conversation, Artists U will introduce the program and answer questions. First, here's a bit more from Artists U about this new initiative and how it can help artists.

SHIFT Working Groups: artists working together in a time of crisis

Our world is shifting rapidly. We need to shift. We at Artists U want to work through these shifts together. We want to build positive, rigorous conversations about surviving and thriving during—and beyond—this time of uncertainty. Standing together allows us to share resources and ideas, but is not merely transactional; it is transformational. It is a model for how to live once this pandemic passes. Artists have so much to contribute at this moment of crisis. By stabilizing our lives, we can activate our skills as artists to create things in our community and our world: new art, structures, connections, and futures. Let us do what artists have always done: use what we have to build what we need.

What is a SHIFT Working Group?

A SHIFT working group is a group of 2-12 artists who commit to meeting online once a week and attending weekly online SHIFT workshops. You organize your group; Artists U provides the structure, prompts, and workshops. Together, we build solutions and support to stabilize the present and create what is next. We will:
  • Stabilize our physical health, mental health, and financial health, and the health of those around us. This is our first priority. We cannot create or contribute well until we are stable.
  • Clarify and strengthen our roles in our communities and culture. Once we are secure, we can make things, build things. In this crisis, that could take many forms: art that comforts or heals or pushes or fights, collective structures for resource and care, practices to grieve and mourn, tools for staying connected and nourished.
  • Imagine, plan, and build the new and needed structures, ways of working, economies, and paradigms. This moment is full of possibility. Artists can help conceptualize and create what is next in our communities, art worlds, and economies.

What is the commitment?

  • form a group of 2-12 artists
  • meet weekly online with your group
  • attend online one-hour workshops once a week with the larger SHIFT community (you can attend these live or recorded)
  • do the writing prompts
  • listen generously and sharing openly

Register here to learn more

Interested? Here are the dates and times of the information sessions (on Zoom):

Jason Rapp

NEA announces relief aid for arts orgs

$75 million included in CARES Act


In recognition of the arts’ $877 billion contribution to the U.S. economy and a source of 5.1 million American jobs, the National Endowment for the Arts will distribute $75 million in funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill was enacted into law Friday. The Arts Endowment will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19. “In this time of great economic uncertainty, I am grateful to the members of Congress and the president for recognizing the contributions of the arts to our nation and our economy and the devastation and job loss that this virus has wreaked upon the arts community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “With the agency’s experience in disaster recovery, economic crises mitigation, and distributing relief funds, the Arts Endowment will deliver assistance to help retain as many jobs as possible and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities.” As stated in the legislation, the $75 million is intended to assist nonprofit arts organizations “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.” The legislation allows funds to be used for general operating expenses, a departure from the Arts Endowment’s requirement of supporting project-based funding and an acknowledgment of the dire situation facing the arts community. In addition, arts organizations do not have to provide matching funds to receive their grant. As regards to the distribution of the funds, the standard distinction remains of 40 percent awarded to state and regional arts organizations and 60 percent to be awarded by the Arts Endowment directly to applicant organizations. Details regarding timing and applications are being developed and will be announced as soon as they are available. Please check arts.gov in the coming days for more information. “On behalf of America’s taxpayers, we fully understand and welcome the responsibility which has been entrusted to the Arts Endowment,” said Chairman Carter. “America needs the arts and these jobs as part of our economy, our communities, and our lives and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to doing its part.” Economic Data According to data recently released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, arts and culture contributed $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017. That same year, there were over five million wage‐and‐salary workers employed in the arts and cultural sector, earning $405 billion. Today, as in 2017, most nonprofit arts organizations operate with lean budgets so the loss of earned income can have an outsized impact. This leads to fewer jobs with the organizations themselves as well as the businesses that supply them, from dry cleaners to parking attendants. Economic Crises The Arts Endowment has experience in recovery efforts. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress appropriated $50 million to the Arts Endowment to support the preservation of jobs in the nonprofit arts sector. The agency obligated $48.575 million in grant funds in 20 weeks, using less than one percent of its allocation to cover increased administrative costs. The Arts Endowment was the first federal agency to get all its money out the door, funds that helped preserve over 7,000 jobs. Disaster Recovery In addition, the Arts Endowment has responded to natural and man-made disasters, using the arts to support physical rebuilding and promote healing. Two examples: after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the agency led design charrettes to create a memorial honoring victims of the attack. In 2017, the Arts Endowment awarded emergency funding to the state arts agencies in the areas affected by Hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria to re-grant to their artists and organizations. The NEA also sits on the steering committees of coalitions such as the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

Jason Rapp

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of March 30

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. Because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays* with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.


Ed. note: Last week's Roundup incorrectly listed the April 1 deadlines as "Next 30(ish)" instead of "Next week." The Hub apologizes for the error.

As information becomes available on possible grants for COVID-19 emergency relief, that information will be posted here on The Hub, the SCAC's Facebook page, and distributed via email (sign up here).


This week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

Next week

  • n/a

Next 30(ish)

Rolling Deadlines

These S.C. Arts Commission rolling deadline grant programs are temporarily suspended to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Accessibility Grant applications are no longer being accepted for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020). For projects occurring in FY21 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) the application will be available in mid-April.

Important Notes

David Platts

Platts updates constituents on virus response

Advocacy, policy, and funding updates from the SCAC


The South Carolina Arts Commission is working hard to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 landscape and continue providing excellent service during these challenging times. Despite working remotely, our team remains in frequent contact, collaborating to ensure your concerns receive the prompt attention they deserve. On a larger scale, we are striving to ensure that South Carolina’s arts and culture sector retains access to the latest resources and information it needs both to survive now and to thrive once we emerge on the other side of this situation. To that end, I write to share some recent updates we have made that warrant your attention. By now, I hope you’re aware of the ever-evolving COVID-19 response page on SouthCarolinaArts.com. New to the page are two sections of critical importance:

Advocacy Efforts and Policy Concerns

Our partners in the South Carolina Arts Alliance are actively communicating with federal and state policy makers to ensure the arts and cultural community is included in any kind of recovery relief programs. To learn more about these efforts or to become involved in them, visit the South Carolina Arts Alliance website.

Further, Americans for the Arts is aggregating data on the real loss COVID-19 closings will have on arts and culture. Please fill out the five-minute survey linked here. This will help them acquire important data that best positions arts and culture for a seat at the relief table.

Funding

We are working with state and national partners to stay up to date on opportunities for emergency relief and will continue to communicate often via the “Artists and Arts Organizations” and “Arts Education” tabs on the COVID-19 response page.

At this time we do not have access to emergency assistance funds, but we are communicating with the General Assembly regarding the potential for state disaster funds to be allocated for artists and arts organizations. Along with our partners at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, we are monitoring possible arts and culture emergency relief included for the National Endowment for the Arts in the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill just passed by the U.S. Congress.

The S.C. Arts Commission team understands you are likely to be experiencing high levels of anxiety and worry right now. Your physical and emotional well-being matter to us as much as does the economic impact. Please know we are making every effort to provide you with valuable information as soon as it becomes readily available. Stay home, stay clean, and stay healthy. We are here for you.