Finale of ‘Communal Pen’ writing workshop series set for Dillon

The S.C. Arts Commission and S.C. Humanities are excited to announce that the finale of Communal Pen, a creative writing workshop that helps participants write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community will occur in Dillon on Saturday, June 8. They have two questions:

  1. What are the memories, stories and traditions that make our community home?
  2. What landmarks, customs, sights and sounds connect us with family, friends and neighbors, while highlighting our unique experience and identity?
Sometimes, you’ve just got to write it down! Co-facilitators EBONI RAMM and MICHELLE ROSS will lead the workshop as you write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community. Often, it is in our written words that memory lives. The writing process can itself help us to awaken and preserve thoughts and traditions, offering insight, understanding and respect to present and future generations. This three-and-a-half-hour writing workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dillon County Library Main Branch (600 East Main St., Dillon). It draws inspiration from the Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America as a springboard for igniting our own stories, giving voice to our shared and individual experience of place. Space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in registration is welcome as long as space permits. Share it with your friends on Facebook! NOTE: marking yourself as "Going" on Facebook DOES NOT register you for Communal Pen. No previous experience necessary! We invite participants to view the exhibit before the workshop, and to pay special attention to those images and ideas that are most relatable you. On the day of the workshop, please bring a photo and/or object that has special meaning for you. This item will be used during a writing exercise.
The Communal Pen writing workshop is offered in conjunction with the traveling Smithsonian exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America. Crossroads is presented through the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. MoMS provides access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming. Communal Pen is developed through the S.C. Arts Commission’s place-based initiative, Art of Community: Rural SC, a new framework for engagement, learning, and action in rural communities. The writing workshops are coordinated through the SCAC’s Folklife & Traditional Arts and Community Arts Development programs, with generous support from the S.C. Humanities Council. Enjoy Crossroads at Dillon County Theatre Associaion in Dillon from May 18 through June 29, 2019. The image at the top of this page is Old Sheldon by Varnville, S.C. artist Ment Nelson, who's no stranger to The Hub. Nelson celebrates his family, culture, and home community through his artwork. He is a Young Voice of the Art of Community-Rural SC initiative, and coordinator of the Creative Connectors, for the Create Rural SC project. On being an artist he says, “You never know who might be intrigued by your story.”
Deeply rooted in South Carolina, Communal Pen co-facilitator Eboni Ramm fell in love with the arts at a young age and was encouraged throughout her youth to express herself. Today, she is a gifted vocalist known for her special blend of timeless jazz classics with a pinch of poetry. Ramm resides in Columbia, where she conducts jazz poetry workshops in schools, libraries, and various learning centers. She serves her community as Richland Library's literary resident and as a teaching artist with ARTS ACCESS South Carolina and Youth Corps. She is a featured musician on SCETV’s education web portal, knowitall.org. Her publication Within His Star: The Story of Levi Pearson celebrates the ancestor who added strength to the unprecedented Brown vs. The Board of Education case. Learn more at www.EboniRamm.com. Communal Pen co-facilitator Michelle Ross is a folklorist and adjunct faculty in anthropology at the University of South Carolina Sumter. She holds a master's from the Folk Studies and Anthropology Department at Western Kentucky University. Ross embraces stories of all kinds. She helped establish the S.C. Center for Oral Narrative, through which she has co-created several writing workshops. Ross also works with the Mothers of Angels in telling and writing about grief from the death of a child, and has worked with veterans in telling and writing their stories. Her work has been published in The North Carolina Folklore Journal and an anthology of mother-in-law essays titled His Mother!; her poetry has appeared in Sandhill and The Petigru Review. For the past five years, she has been working on telling her Pontian Greek family’s refugee story, her most important project to date. Communal Pen coordinator Laura Marcus Green is Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, where she manages several grant and award programs, and at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, where she develops programming in conjunction with folklife exhibitions. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and an M.A. in Folklore/Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Selected prior positions include Community Engagement Coordinator for the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience, and work as a folklife fieldworker and researcher, writer, curator and consultant for the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Iowa Arts Council, New Mexico Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, among others.

Summer learning for artists from Artists U

Grant writing, basic financial skills, and more


Artists U is the S.C. Arts Commission's partner to serve #SCartists in providing training to make sustainable careers out of your artistic pursuits.  A lot of times, a career as an artist requires skills that don't get covered in school: grant writing, financial basics, etc. Rather than go it alone, the SCAC/Artists U partnership provides in-depth training for no cost: Artists U teaches, and SCAC funding covers the tuition as part of ArtsGrowSC. This June, Artists U has three great workshops scheduled. The courses fill up fast, so don't hesitate—register today!
Grant Writing for Artists
  • Friday, June 14
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • Charleston
Presenting Your Art
  • Saturday, June 15
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Charleston
  • Note: Enrollment for this workshop is limited and by application!
Finances for Artists: Basics and Beyond
  • Sunday, June 16
  • 2-6 p.m.
  • Columbia
  • Note: Limited enrollment
Click here to learn more and register/apply for these workshops.

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Recent acquisitions star in new McKissick Museum exhibit

Thank You, Love McKissick opens today

Features dozens of new acquisitions


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum is proud to announce its next major exhibition, Thank You, Love McKissick, to run from May 20 to Dec. 7, 2019. Organized as an exploration of recent acquisitions, this new exhibition allows the public a glimpse of what, why, and how the museum builds its permanent collection. Thank You, Love McKissick is a celebration of the efforts of our donors, visitors, and institutional partners who help the museum tell the story of Southern life. McKissick Museum is excited to highlight new additions of art, silver, textiles, minerals, pottery, political memorabilia and objects related to the history of the University of South Carolina. Over 120 objects, including McKissick’s most recent gift of amethyst, smoky quartz, and mica crystals from Ron Koning will be on display for the first time. According to Curator of Collections Christian Cicimurri, “Thank You, Love McKissick serves as our way of sharing McKissick’s collections with the public and thanking all the donors who make this happen. We couldn’t possibly tell the story of Southern life without them.” Donors and the public are invited to the opening reception on May 28, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This free reception will also include a gallery talk from our Curator of Collections, beginning at 6 p.m. Light refreshments to be served. Other exhibit-related events include:
  • Under the Dome: McKissick Museum’s Behind-the-Scenes Tours
    • July 11, 2019 – 5:30-7 p.m.
    • 14, 2019 – 5:30-7 p.m.

Join McKissick Museum’s Curator of Collections Christian Cicimurri and Curator of Collections Management Mark Smith for a glimpse ‘under the dome’. At McKissick Museum, less than 2% of its objects are on display at any one time, so this is your chance to see what you might have missed on your last visit. Visitors will get a behind the scenes look at the museum’s storage areas and a variety of objects not on display. Don’t miss this unique experience to learn more about the University of South Carolina’s museum and its expansive collections.

  • Lunch & Learn: Object Care for Collectors
    • Sept. 12, 2019 – 12-1 p.m.

McKissick’s Lunch & Learn series explores object care with Curator of Collections Christian Cicimurri. Bring your lunch and learn as she shares on how to care for your treasures based on museum standards. Lunch & Learn programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited.


About McKissick Museum

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum tells the story of southern life: community, culture, and the environment. The museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and university holidays. For more information, please call at 803.777.7251 or visit http://www.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum.

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Greenville church seeking sopranos

Two paid staff singer positions available

Two positions available for soprano staff singers at Christ Church Episcopal in downtown Greenville, S.C. The Parish Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights and sings at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. worship service, August through June. Other rehearsals and services may be scheduled throughout the year, but prior notice is given. Staff singers may be eligible for tour to England-Scotland in July 2020. Singers are paid a competitive stipend per call. Contact Director of Music and Liturgy, Donald Duncan with questions or to arrange an audition:

SCAC staffer named to role in Ga. + arts job opening

Change remains among life's constants*


Ask anybody who works in the arts and they'll tell you: the faces change a lot. That leads to a fair bit of upward mobility as the deck is reshuffled, and is definitely one of many benefits of working in the sector. For the second time in 2019, the South Carolina Arts Commission is losing a valued staff member to an arts leadership role in another state. Oconee (Ga.) Cultural Arts Foundation just named La Ruchala Murphy its new executive director. Murphy serves on the SCAC grants team and is a county coordinator for Abbeville, Calhoun, Cherokee, Greenwood, McCormick, and Newberry counties. She also stepped in to lead SCAC artist development initiatives earlier this year when Joy Young became executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (Fla.). The Winthrop alumna is also an artist and an absolute treat with whom to work. She is completely deserving of this promotion, will do an amazing job, and will be sorely missed. Your SCAC team is proud of and happy for you!
Application deadline: May 30, 2019 The Arts Center of Clemson (ed. note: the town, not school) is searching for its next clay technician coordinator—the person who will run its clay studio and clay programs. Please note it is a 10-hour/week position. Does this, ahem, fire you up? Read more and apply via this link.
* With full self-awareness we acknowledge this might be the SCAC's unofficial theme of 2019, but we're being up-front about it.

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Spartanburg Fringe Festival seeks artwork for ‘Out of the Box’

New festival seeks "the odd, the strange"

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 15
Spartanburg Fringe Festival is calling all artists to submit artwork to its “Out of the Box” exhibit that will run for the month of June 2019 at West Main Artists Co-op. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. “Spartanburg Fringe Festival has taken off amazingly well,” Festival Founder and Director Sandy Staggs said. “We have booked some truly wonderful shows, and now we want to include visual arts as well. The month-long exhibit ‘Out of the Box,’ is open to any established artist who wants to apply and submit work that is not mainstream. We are looking for the unusual, the odd, the highly creative, the strange—any paintings, sculptures, or other visual creations that might be considered on the fringe of creativity.” The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15. Decisions on acceptance will be made by Wednesday, May 22. All art and related materials must be delivered to West Main Artists Co-op (578 West Main St., Spartanburg) by individual appointment during the week of May 20-24. The exhibit will open Saturday, June 1, and will close Saturday, June 29. Even though the Festival is opening the door to creativity as wide as possible, its management reserves the right to reject submissions that are hateful, in bad taste, truly offensive and without merit, or otherwise unacceptable by even the most liberal evaluation. Before submitting work for inclusion in “Out of the Box,” please visit the Festival’s website, SpartanburgFringeFestival.com, for a more complete understanding. To apply and submit work for the exhibit, contact Staggs via email at Festival@SpartanburgFringeFestival.com or Steve Wong at Just4Wong@Gmail.com. You may also call 864-316-6559.  In the email, please include basic information about yourself as an artist and a photograph of the art you wish to submit.
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Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Forseeable Future

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. And 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 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.
Ed. Note: Good morning! This is the last "Roundup" for a bit as there aren't any grants with hard deadlines on the horizon. The Arts Commission does offer several different grants with rolling deadlines that might/might not be applicable to you. Those are listed below.  

Rolling Deadlines

Important Notes

  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC grants page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult your county coordinator if you are an artist or represent local organizations, a business, or an educational institution.

Two job openings at Redux Contemporary Art Center

Is Charleston calling you?

  Redux Contemporary Art Center Redux Contemporary Art Center Redux Contemporary Art Center submitted the following open positions to The Hub.

Barnwell next host of ‘Communal Pen’ writing workshop series

The S.C. Arts Commission and S.C. Humanities are excited to take Communal Pen, a creative writing workshop, to Barnwell on Saturday, May 11 to help you write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community. They have two questions:

  1. What are the memories, stories and traditions that make our community home?
  2. What landmarks, customs, sights and sounds connect us with family, friends and neighbors, while highlighting our unique experience and identity?
Sometimes, you’ve just got to write it down! Co-facilitators EBONI RAMM and MICHELLE ROSS will lead the workshop as you write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community. Often, it is in our written words that memory lives. The writing process can itself help us to awaken and preserve thoughts and traditions, offering insight, understanding and respect to present and future generations. This three-hour writing workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barnwell County Public Library (40 Burr St., Barnwell). It draws inspiration from the Smithsonian exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America as a springboard for igniting our own stories, giving voice to our shared and individual experience of place. Space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in registration is welcome as long as space permits. Share it with your friends on Facebook! NOTE: marking yourself as "Going" on Facebook DOES NOT register you for Communal Pen. No previous experience necessary! We invite participants to view the exhibit before the workshop, and to pay special attention to those images and ideas that are most relatable you. On the day of the workshop, please bring a photo and/or object that has special meaning for you. This item will be used during a writing exercise.
The Communal Pen writing workshop is offered in conjunction with the traveling Smithsonian exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America. Crossroads is presented through the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. MoMS provides access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming. Communal Pen is developed through the S.C. Arts Commission’s place-based initiative, Art of Community: Rural SC, a new framework for engagement, learning, and action in rural communities. The writing workshops are coordinated through the SCAC’s Folklife & Traditional Arts and Community Arts Development programs, with generous support from the S.C. Humanities Council. Enjoy Crossroads at Barnwell County Library in Barnwell from March 30 through May 12, 2019. The image at the top of this page is Old Sheldon by Varnville, S.C. artist Ment Nelson, who's no stranger to The Hub. Nelson celebrates his family, culture, and home community through his artwork. He is a Young Voice of the Art of Community-Rural SC initiative, and coordinator of the Creative Connectors, for the Create Rural SC project. On being an artist he says, “You never know who might be intrigued by your story.”
Deeply rooted in South Carolina, Communal Pen co-facilitator Eboni Ramm fell in love with the arts at a young age and was encouraged throughout her youth to express herself. Today, she is a gifted vocalist known for her special blend of timeless jazz classics with a pinch of poetry. Ramm resides in Columbia, where she conducts jazz poetry workshops in schools, libraries, and various learning centers. She serves her community as Richland Library's literary resident and as a teaching artist with ARTS ACCESS South Carolina and Youth Corps. She is a featured musician on SCETV’s education web portal, knowitall.org. Her publication Within His Star: The Story of Levi Pearson celebrates the ancestor who added strength to the unprecedented Brown vs. The Board of Education case. Learn more at www.EboniRamm.com. Communal Pen co-facilitator Michelle Ross is a folklorist and adjunct faculty in anthropology at the University of South Carolina Sumter. She holds a master's from the Folk Studies and Anthropology Department at Western Kentucky University. Ross embraces stories of all kinds. She helped establish the S.C. Center for Oral Narrative, through which she has co-created several writing workshops. Ross also works with the Mothers of Angels in telling and writing about grief from the death of a child, and has worked with veterans in telling and writing their stories. Her work has been published in The North Carolina Folklore Journal and an anthology of mother-in-law essays titled His Mother!; her poetry has appeared in Sandhill and The Petigru Review. For the past five years, she has been working on telling her Pontian Greek family’s refugee story, her most important project to date. Communal Pen coordinator Laura Marcus Green is Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director at the South Carolina Arts Commission, where she manages several grant and award programs, and at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, where she develops programming in conjunction with folklife exhibitions. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and an M.A. in Folklore/Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Selected prior positions include Community Engagement Coordinator for the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience, and work as a folklife fieldworker and researcher, writer, curator and consultant for the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Iowa Arts Council, New Mexico Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, among others.

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of April 15

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. And 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 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.


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 your county or discipline coordinator with questions.

Next week

  • n/a

Next 30(ish)

  • n/a

Rolling Deadlines

Important Notes

  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC grants page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult your county coordinator if you are an artist or represent local organizations, a business, or an educational institution.