Literary and theatre artists invited to apply for fellowships

Application deadline is November 1. The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting applications for the next round of Individual Artist Fellowships. South Carolina artists working in prose, poetry, acting or playwriting are invited to apply for the 2019 awards. Each fellow receives an unrestricted $5,000 award. Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process by out-of-state panelists and are based on artistic excellence only. The awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. Fellowships are awarded in four disciplines each year. Find complete guidelines and application instructions online. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2017. Related: Who won the most recent round of fellowships?

Reserve your space at the Statewide Arts Conference!

Guided by the theme "No Time Like The Future," we’re gearing up for an outstanding Statewide Arts Conference September 14 and 15 at the State Museum in Columbia. The conference features two national keynote speakers and top-notch sessions, the opening reception for the new State Art Collection exhibition, Eclipsing 50, AND customized museum experiences created just for our conference. We've also added a pre-conference session that is included in your registration fee of $75 ($65 for two or more people who register at the same time.) Register today to reserve your space. Conference highlights:

  • Two national keynote speakers - we welcome two highly regarded keynote speakers, Dr. Jane Chu, (left) Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, and Elizabeth Merritt, (right) Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums and Vice President for Strategic Foresight, American Alliance of Museums. Merritt will also lead a session during the conference.
  • Opening reception for new exhibition -  Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection 1967 - 2017 was created to celebrate the Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary and includes more than 80 pieces from the collection. The exhibition focuses on the spirit of dynamism and leaps of artistic faith of our state’s changing art landscape and spans work from the last five decades. The State Art Collection was established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission.
  • Pre-conference session - Join the S.C. Arts Commission staff Thursday, Sept. 14 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the State Library, 1500 Senate St., to find out about the Arts Commission's new and updated programs, opportunities and grants, including The Art of Community:Rural SC, ArtsGrowSC (a new loan program for artists) and our new grant application platform.
  • Conference location - we're taking advantage of our unique venue by designing museum experiences for you - our conference attendees. Choose from several options created and presented by museum staff.
  • The Vista Cultural District - explore Columbia's only state-designated cultural district during lunch on your own. Numerous restaurants and arts venues are a quick walk from the State Museum.
Conference schedule overview (Except for Thursday's pre-conference, all sessions -- including registration -- take place at the State Museum.) Thursday, September 14
  • 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Session (State Library)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration (State Museum)
  • 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.  Opening keynote address - Elizabeth Merritt
  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception for the 50th Anniversary State Art Collection - Eclipsing 50
Friday, September 15
  • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Networking & coffee
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions, Round One
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions, Round Two
  • 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own in The Vista
  • 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Keynote address - Jane Chu
  • 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. Museum experiences
A sample of sessions and speakers
  • Peering Into the Financial Future
  • South Carolina’s Creative Cluster - the Arts and Economic Development
  • Transformation: Creating Asset-Based Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
  • NASCAR, Improv and Advocacy?
  • Building Your Arts Community (for artists)
  • Combating Resistance in Your Art Practice (for artists)
  • Recycle and Renew: Hands-On Art Making
  • Moonshot! Exploring the State Art Collection in Eclipsing 50
  • Have Exhibition, Will Travel
  • Over the Moon - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Museums
  • Planetarium Potpourri
Area hotels are offering special rates  for conference attendees. Find out more and register today! Wells FargoThank you to Wells Fargo, our Statewide Arts Conference sponsor.

Chapman Cultural Center seeking corporate giving manager

Apply by August 11. Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg is seeking a corporate giving manager who loves Spartanburg and the arts. He/she must thrive on connecting people with great causes. Making calls and meeting strangers in local businesses is a must. Chapman Cultural Center is a fun and exciting work environment that produces meaningful work for the entire community. Corporate giving manager is responsible for assisting with the fundraising of the United Arts Annual Fund Campaign and works closely with the senior development staff in creating and implementing an annual fundraising and stewardship plan with goals, objectives, and strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporate gifts. Description of work/primary job factors: Fundraising

  • Actively cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate donors in the Upstate region looking for revenue growth and increased corporate donor investment
  • Collaborate with the development staff to design and execute United Arts Fund campaign collateral including brochure, online giving campaigns, and direct mail solicitations, etc.
  • Assist in managing ROIs of direct mail solicitations and recommend potential opportunities for additional direct mail campaigns
  • Manage donor recognition and stewardship program to retain donors and encourage increased engagement in the arts
  • Work with the development staff and marketing and communications director to convey our mission, value, and relevance in a manner that is highly compelling in all of our communications and marketing materials
  • Lead organization to increase donor retention with special emphasis on first-time corporate donors and lapsed corporate donors
  • Assist with the development committee of the board of trustees to successfully implement United Arts Fund annual campaign, stewardship activities, and events
Special events
  • Assist development team with Cultural Champions luncheon, Peggy Gignilliat reception, and other donor recognition events
  • Attend community cultural events and represent United Arts Fund Campaign at festivals and community events
Annual giving campaign administration
  • Utilize Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software and target analytics to support strategic donor cultivation and solicitation; and to prepare campaign management reports, campaign forecasting, prospect tracking, etc.
  • Work with development associate to insure accurate and timely gift record-keeping, management of database, and all records, files, gift processing, pledge reminder and donor acknowledgements
  • Provide support for the president, development staff, and campaign chairs, committee members and other campaign leadership as well as the board of trustees. Attend development committee related meetings, scheduled board meetings and monthly executive committee meetings
Salary range: $30,000 - $40,000 depending upon experience. Find more details and application instructions online.

SC Humanities invites applications to host Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Eligible host sites include small museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural centers and other community venues in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents. SC Humanities announces a special South Carolina tour of Crossroads: Change in Rural America, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Developed as part of the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program, this exhibit is designed especially for small cultural organizations and rural audiences that lack regular access to traveling exhibitions due to space and cost limitations. The exhibit will tour six South Carolina communities from September 2018 – June 2019. Eligible host sites include small museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural centers and other community venues in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents. Applications are due by September 1, 2017. Host sites receive free exhibit rental, a grant to support local community programming, opportunities for professional development, and more. Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to envision their futures by exploring the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred. Dr. Randy Akers, executive director of SC Humanities, is pleased to be bringing Crossroads to South Carolina: “SC Humanities is one of the first three states to host this new Smithsonian exhibit, joining Illinois and Florida.  I grew up in a farming village of 600 people in rural Illinois and have seen the devastating changes as small farms collapse, industry moves out, young people move to the city, and schools close. South Carolina is such a rural state, and its numerous small communities have suffered the past decades. Yet there are people, values, and cultural and historical assets that offer hope.  The exhibit and programs which accompany it will challenge us to think about the future. What can we do to bring new life to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in our state? This is a timely and extremely important exhibit addressing one of the most pressing social issues of this century.” Crossroads: Change in Rural America has been made possible in South Carolina by SC Humanities. Crossroads is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Find the application online. For more information about Crossroads: Change in Rural America in South Carolina, contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or tjwallace@schumanities.org.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County seeking executive director

Application deadline: August 21 The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, located in historic Camden, S.C., is a 501-c-3 nonprofit performing arts center serving Kershaw County as a cultural center for entertainment and education in the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1974, the campus has three main buildings: The Bassett Building with a 284-seat auditorium and smaller black box, performing arts wing; The Daniels Education Building (studios, classrooms); and the historic Douglas-Reed House. The executive director provides overall artistic and administrative leadership and is responsible for achieving the Center’s goals for artistic excellence, audience development, fundraising, sponsorship and business relations development, financial sustainability, and community engagement. The director sets the artistic vision, including the selection of performances, artists, and other creative and educational programming. The position is a full-time, salaried position with a competitive compensation package. The director’s duties include, but are not limited to, hiring and managing employees and contractors, fundraising and development strategies and implementation, and budget management, as well as developing the season of performances and programs. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communications, interpersonal and customer service skills, and a strong ability to multi-task with organizational skills, as well as knowledge and proficiency in computer and social media skills. He/she should be able to exhibit strategic thinking, diplomacy, flexibility, and creativity. Applicants should submit resume/vita to include qualifications and experience. Apply by e-mail or by mail:

  • fackcsearch@gmail.com (application must be received by 11:59 pm August 21)
  • The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County E.D. Search 1201 Lyttleton Street Camden SC 29021 (mailed applications must be postmarked by August 21.)
Position will remain open until filled.

SC Arts Commission seeking communications director

Application deadline: September 18 The South Carolina Arts Commission seeks an energetic, creative and resourceful communications director with a successful record of managing public relations and communications programs and a commitment to public service for the citizens of South Carolina. The communications director must be willing to take the initiative to accomplish tasks, manage projects and programs and solve problems. Our ideal candidate will share our mission and values, have a love of the arts and be excited to help lead the agency's efforts to communicate our programs, services and activities to a range of audiences. Duties:

  • Plans, directs and manages communication strategies for the agency's public relations, marketing and advertising efforts designed to promote and publicize agency goals, objectives and activities.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive communications plan that elevates public awareness and visibility of the agency statewide, regionally and nationally.
  • Directs the planning, development, editorial content, production and evaluation of educational, informational and promotional communications tactics through print, internet, social media, traditional media and other channels.
  • Produces communications products and resources that promote, market, and support agency programs and services.
  • Manages media relations and develops and disseminates news releases and other information to appropriate media outlets.
  • Manages the agency's websites and social media channels, working collaboratively with staff to produce content.
  • Assists executive management in coordination of long-range and strategic planning processes.
  • Assists and advises Arts Commission board, executive management and other staff in developing and presenting information and representing the agency to the public.
  • Manages the agency's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and develops policies and procedures for releasing agency information.
  • Responds to requests for information from public, media and staff.
  • Delivers speeches and presents programs to various organizations.
  • Develops and manages the public information budget.
  • Attends legislative, public and advocacy group meetings as appropriate.
  • Advises agency constituents on communications issues as appropriate.
View the complete list of requirements and find out how to apply.

SC Arts Commission seeking Poetry Out Loud coordinator

Application deadline is Aug. 14. The South Carolina Arts Commission is hiring a part-time Poetry Out Loud coordinator to manage and implement the statewide Poetry Out Loud (POL) program and assist with arts education programs. Working under the supervision of the Arts Education Program Director, the POL coordinator plays a vital role in working with national, state, and regional partners, teachers, and students. Duties include not be limited to:

  • Work extensively with Arts Education Program Director, regional, and state partners to administer the Poetry Out Loud program throughout the state;
  • Work with Arts Education Program Director to develop new Poetry Out Loud partnerships;
  • Increase awareness of and participation in the Poetry Out Loud program, specifically in school districts that have not participated in the past three years;
  • Research and implement alternative participation opportunities for students whose schools do not participate in the Poetry Out Loud program;
  • Serve as liaison for participating Poetry Out Loud teachers and notify them of important information related to regional competitions, state finals, national finals, and future dates;
  • Supervise regional partners in the organization and execution of three Poetry Out Loud regional competitions; work with regional partners to ensure all regional partner responsibilities, expectations, and programmatic goals are met; collect final reports from regional partners;
  • Work with Poetry Out Loud fiscal agent to ensure payment is delivered on time to regional partners;
  • Coordinate arts education events, including but not limited to Poetry Out Loud state final competition;
  • Work with Communications Director to develop a Poetry Out Loud marketing plan; write and distribute press releases for events;
  • Manage social media engagement for Poetry Out Loud program;
  • Work with Arts Education Program Director, Communications Director, and Grants Office staff to create grant and program webinars;
  • Coordinate with SCAC Project Team for administrative and/or project assistance in a timely manner;
  • Coordinate with Poetry Out Loud state champion and her/his teacher to ensure s/he registers for National Competition;
  • Coordinate coaching opportunities for Poetry Out Loud regional finalists in preparation for the state finals competition and for state finalist in preparation for the national finals competition;
  • Attend Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC as SCAC representative;
  • Prepare required Poetry Out Loud Final Descriptive Report for National Endowment for the Arts;
  • Work with Arts Education Program Director to execute arts education special projects;
  • Other Poetry Out Loud and arts education administrative duties as assigned.
Find the complete application and apply online.

City of North Charleston Seeking 2017/18 Artist-in-Residence

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking a visual artist to serve as the Artist-in-Residence for fiscal year 2017/18. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by July 21. At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2017/18 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2017 through January 2018. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May. Past artists who served in the position include Caroline M. Self (2016/17), Daryle Halbert (2015/16), Alexandra Roberts (2014/15), Charlynn Knight (2013/14), Kristy Bishop (2012/13), Lori Starnes Isom (2011/12), Deborah Meyer (2010/11), and Robert Maniscalco (2009/10). Rate of pay for this part-time, contracted position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2017 through June 2018. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017. Application materials may be emailed to kyeadon@northcharleston.org or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016. For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org or call 843-740-5854.

Aiken County Public Schools seeks fine arts coordinator

Aiken County Public Schools is seeking a fine arts coordinator to provide leadership in developing, achieving, and maintaining strong fine arts programs and special projects. Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinates, facilitates, implements, and evaluates the summer acGateway program, including, but not limited to the following tasks:
    • Assists the Department of Federal Programs with the annual update to the District’s Gifted and Talented Artistic Plan
    • Visits schools to create an awareness and interest in the program
    • Works with school-level coordinators in the application process
    • Sets up the program calendar in accordance with State regulations, including audition and acceptance dates
    • Updates a brochure to inform students and parents of the program
    • Reviews, revises, and updates all application forms
    • Submits all acGateway information to be posted on the District’s website
    • Receives, reviews, and evaluates all student application
    • Sets up audition schedule and secures judges according to the recommendations in the State Regulations and Best Practices Manual
    • Conducts auditions and works with Evaluation and Placement Team to qualify students
    • Notifies students and parents of auditions, acceptance/non-acceptance and program details
    • Interviews and hires teachers
    • Coordinates dates and times of program with acGateway site principal
    • Evaluates the program
    • Submits timesheet/payroll documentation to the acGateway coordinator at conclusion of Program
    • Submits all student information to the Office of Federal Programs for SCDE data submission
    • Meets with Department of Federal Program staff at the conclusion of the acGateway program to debrief concerning program strengths and challenges
  • Assists in the implementation of quality instructional programs throughout the district
  • Determines in-service needs for personnel and assists in organizing professional development
  • Arranges and conducts professional development sessions, as needed
  • Reviews and develops materials to aid in instruction
  • Maintains and supervises an inventory of fine arts materials and equipment and assists in reviewing needs for the district and schools
  • Stays abreast of current curricular and methodology changes in instruction through research and study
  • Meets with department heads, grade chairpersons, or other designated staff members to ensure continuous communication, information distribution, and feedback concerning assigned curriculum responsibility
  • Actively participates in fine arts and special project programs held within the district
  • Actively participates in and facilitates curriculum updates and trainings
  • Assists with the implementation of a community-wide Arts Festival
  • Serves on the District Arts Committee
  • Works with department heads and grade chairpersons to conduct orientation sessions for new fine arts teachers to familiarize them with district guidelines and responsibilities
  • Works collaboratively with Department of Communications to advertise district and school-level special projects and events
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Federal Programs
Education and/or experience: Valid teaching certificate, Masters Degree, five years experience Find the complete list of qualifications and application instructions online.

Redux Contemporary Art Center seeks executive director

Application review begins July 26; position open until filled Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux), a not-for-profit 501-c-3 arts organization established in 2002, seeks an exceptional, business-savvy leader with an arts or arts administration background for its full-time executive director position. Redux is committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences. Redux recently relocated to a newly refurbished building at 1056 King Street in Charleston, which has garnered widespread praise from artists and Redux members and supporters alike. Redux is governed by a nine-member board of directors. Chief Duties The executive director is expected to provide artistic vision, competent leadership and overall direction for day-to-day operations in furtherance of Redux’s mission, consistent with board-established goals and policies. To this end, the executive director has the following chief duties: Business Planning and Program Development

  • Develop and cultivate an artistic vision for Redux and its programming.
  • Implement that vision through programmatic efforts, including but not limited to creating and maintaining a supportive environment for studio artists, planning and managing exhibitions, coordinating arrangements with visiting artists, and developing and overseeing community classes, kids camps, and other learning experiences.
  • Share knowledge and support for the board’s strategic planning process.
  • Develop and execute a sound business plan that aligns Redux’s mission with a strategy to grow revenues and develop long-term sustainability.
  • Assess needs, identify available assets and resources, coordinate and collaborate with others where feasible, and develop and implement programs to achieve the mission.
  • Marshal necessary human, financial, and material resources needed to operate programs.
  • Design evaluation methodologies to assess program performance. Based on evaluation results, implement changes and improvements as necessary.
Fundraising/Resource Development
  • Refine and grow the membership program.
  • Conduct research on grants and other funding opportunities with foundations and other not-for- profit organizations, public sector agencies, corporations, and civic groups.
  • Cultivate relationships with prospective funders. Prepare and submit letters of intent, concept papers, full proposals, and other requests for funding. Complete grant reports.
  • Plan and implement activities to cultivate and solicit individual contributions, particularly from high net worth individuals residing in the Lowcountry.
  • Coordinate special fundraising events.
  • Identify potential sources for in-kind donations of goods and services. Prepare and submit requests as needed.
  • Oversee the acknowledgment of all gifts, grants, and donations in a timely manner and the maintenance of accurate and complete donor mailing lists and files.
Financial Management
  • Oversee and ensure the integrity of day-to-day financial operations and transactions.
  • Develop and revise as needed an annual budget to track revenues, guide spending, and assure performance of mission and strategic goals.
  • Create and update as needed an accounting/financial policies and procedures manual that establishes strong internal controls.
  • Produce financial reports and supporting documentation to the Board of Directors and third parties.
  • Ensure the timely preparation and submission of payroll taxes, annual reports, information returns, and other government filings.
Personnel Management
  • Develop and maintain a personnel policies and procedures manual that complies with all applicable state and federal labor laws.
  • Develop and maintain position descriptions for all staff and key volunteer positions.
  • Hire staff, and ensure proper orientation, training, supervision, and performance evaluation of the team.
  • Create an environment where staff is encouraged and heard – discipline and terminate staff as needed.
  • Assess training needs, identify sources of training, and ensure that staff and volunteers receive adequate training to perform their duties.
Property Management and Asset Protection
  • Develop and implement a prudent business plan for use of Redux’s physical plant, including but not limited to leasing studio space to artists, hosting exhibitions, and renting meeting space to community groups.
  • Ensure that the facility and grounds are properly maintained, clean, safe, and secure.
  • Maintain all necessary insurance coverage and other risk management measures to provide reasonable protection for the agency’s assets, artists, staff and volunteers, equipment, etc.
  • Oversee the organization and safekeeping of agency documents, records, files, art, etc.
Marketing and Communications
  • Assess marketing needs of the agency and develop appropriate activities and vehicles to meet those needs. Develop and promote Redux’s brand to the wider community.
  • Oversee the development of an agency website, newsletter, brochures, fact sheets, annual reports, and other promotional literature.
  • Prepare articles, press releases, public service announcements and advertisements for radio, TV, newspapers, and other media outlets.
  • Conduct speaking engagements to inform the community of Redux’s mission, accomplishments, and ongoing needs for support.
Board and Committee Support
  • Provide support, upon request, for the operations and communications of the board of directors, officers, and board committees.
  • Prepare reports to the board as directed or established in board policies.
  • Inform the board of directors when an important, critical, or controversial internal or external issue or action has occurred or is about to occur.
  • Serve as a resource and advisor to the board in assessing agency needs, understanding industry trends and practices, and developing and updating Board policies pertaining to management and operations.
Qualifications Redux seeks a dynamic individual with an arts or administration background and a strong track in fundraising and/or revenue generation. Education or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required for this position, though a master’s degree is preferred. A background in art history or techniques will be a plus. In addition to the above qualifications, Redux desires candidates with strong interpersonal skills, experience in managing/supervising staff and volunteers, excellent writing skills, and strong proficiency with technology. We are looking for an energetic, likeable person who is able to manage people and programs in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism with diverse constituencies. Location The position is located in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether an applicant has local ties or not, she or he must possess the skills and abilities to assimilate with the artistic and cultural milieu of Charleston and the wider nonprofit and philanthropic community of the Lowcountry. Redux’s executive director must reside in Charleston or a neighboring community while employed in this position. Instructions for applicants Those interested in applying for this position are instructed to send an email to the Redux Search Committee at reduxedsearch@gmail.com, and attach a current resume and a cover letter that includes applicant’s salary requirements. Review of applicants will begin on July 26, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered letters and resumes will not be accepted.