Artists U offers artist learning opportunities this March
Hey there, #SCartists. Our friends and frequent collaborators at Artists U have two great FREE learning opportunities in Columbia next month. Both will take place in the centrally-located Congaree Vista in the centrally-located city. Here's info on each. - Ed.
Grant Writing For Artists (FREE workshop)
Friday, March 20, 6-9 p.m.
If Art Gallery | 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia (29201)
Based on 25 years of grant writing and art making, Artists U's Andrew Simonet will introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants. You'll read some short proposals and act as a panel, scoring and discussing them.
No bull, no fancy powerpoints, just real-world tools for artists who write (or want to write) grants.
Get more info and register for "Grant Writing for Artists" here.
Presenting Your Art
ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED AND BY APPLICATION
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If Art Gallery | 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia (29201)
In this workshop, we will take a hands-on look at each artist’s toolkit: work samples, artist statement, elevator pitch, and presentations. We will build a positive and rigorous conversation around the challenge of representing our art.
In Artists U, we have sat on many panels and juries, and we will tell you: Most artists fail to convey the power of their work in their applications. Too many artists submit muddled images and convoluted writing and fail to connect the two. A huge barrier to getting new opportunities is how we represent our work in words and images. We owe it to our work to represent it well in images and language.
Get more info and register for "Presenting Your Art" here.
- Each artist will prepare a four-minute presentation about their work.
- Artists in this workshop must also attend Grant Writing for Artists workshop on Friday, March 20 (see above).
SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts accepting fall 2019 clients
The Nonprofit Organizations Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Law, which provides free legal assistance to nonprofit organizations of all types, is accepting clients for the fall 2019 semester.
Students provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations, under the supervision of Professor Jaclyn Cherry, in transactional matters that include incorporation, preparation of by-laws, preparation and filing of 501(c)(3) applications, contract review, preparation and negotiation, real estate, intellectual property and land use issues. Students may attend board meetings, provide advice on various legal matters, and provide legal assistance to start up organizations or organizations that are merging, converting or spinning off new ventures.
The number of clients that can be assisted is limited and once capacity is reached a waiting list will be created.
If you are interested in becoming a client, please contact Professor Cherry as soon as possible at Cherryja@law.sc.edu or 803.777.3394
Take 2: Want ‘A Stronger Bottom Line’ for your org?
The S.C. Arts Alliance can help
Application deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019
Yes, we help provide arts education opportunities. Yes, we help artists make sustainable arts careers. And yes, we also serve as a resource to strengthen community arts groups: your local theatre, dance company, orchestra, and the like.
To that end, the S.C. Arts Commission is partnering with the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
and the South Carolina Arts Alliance
(which advocates for all the things mentioned above, and more, in the halls of power in Columbia and Washington) to present the second iteration of "A Stronger Bottom Line," a small-group cohort of small arts organizations getting unparalleled, tailored financial management training specific to the arts.
The idea is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization's financial operations. But don't take our word for it. Here's what some participants from the first cohort had to say:
“What a productive and informative program. I learned a great deal and am extremely confident that I can now provide a more thorough and necessary financial oversight and guidance for my organization. This program is immensely insightful. I wish everyone could have this opportunity.” - Footlight Players
“The SC Arts Alliance benefited greatly from this training. Our staff and board feel more confident in our ability to tell our financial story in a way that is transparent, meaningful, and useful. We highly recommend this training.” - S.C. Arts Alliance
This training is conducted by FMA Consultants
. Here's who is eligible:
- Only nonprofit grantees of the Donnelley Foundation and/or the S.C. Arts Commission.
- Budget size < $750k
- Attendance by the executive director, plus lead finance staff or appropriate board member is required for each session. Commitment must be made with application.
Find out more and apply by going here.
HUB101: Submission Guidelines and Hints
Classes are back in session across South Carolina, and that means a new season of arts and cultural events is about to start as well.
The Hub and its popular "subsidiary" Arts Daily are here to make you aware of all the great South Carolina arts news and events. While S.C. Arts Commission staff curate both, content is also largely driven by reader submissions – particularly as it relates to events on Arts Daily.
Those of us who work in the arts sector tend to fall into one of two categories. You're either A) a "lifer" with 10 or more years experience at, often the same but sometimes, two or three arts organizations or you're B) brand spankin' new. (Look, we know there's middle ground because B's can't turn into A's overnight, but this isn't philosophy or logic and we ask that you go with it for now.) As you might have noticed with the recent spate of arts job postings on The Hub, there are several who fall into the latter category. Regardless, everyone needs a periodic refresher. Class is in session, and we welcome you to HUB101.
Got news? Submit Story.
"We’re looking for news and stories about the arts in South Carolina. Have you had a great arts experience? Do you have a story idea about how the arts made a difference? Have you received an arts award? Has your organization issued a call for artists? Share your news with us, and we may share it with our readers!"
Put your important news releases here: Hirings, milestone seasons, significant guest artists, prizes or awards given or received, and the like. We also take calls for art, calls for artists, calls for submissions,
calls for pizza,
calls for applications, job postings, and on and on. Got a new twist on something familiar? Doing something groundbreaking? Let's have it.
The common thread here is newsworthiness. We're a news aggregator for the arts in South Carolina. That said, believe us: we exercise editorial discretion on the regular. Not everything makes it (and there can be many reasons for that, to include lack of newsworthiness, our workload, etc.), but that doesn't mean don't try. If your try is newsworthy and well written, there's a good chance we'll help you amplify across the state and beyond. And did we mention newsworthiness?
Got events? Submit Event.
"Art is happening every day. Here's how to find it. A partnership between the S.C. Arts Commission, South Carolina Public Radio and the College of Charleston. ... Please submit at least one month in advance and allow up to 10 working days for your listing to appear."
Arts Daily is the events calendar arm of The Hub. Many, many people are familiar with it because of its unique, statewide radio promotion component through the years on South Carolina Public Radio with host Jeanette Guinn. No event is too big or too small. Sure, it needs to have an arts connection, but here are the two biggest things you need to know:
- Please make it concise (brief!) and well written. An actual, live person reviews and edits every. single. submission. Real talk: Guess which submissions get approved?
- And once more, with feeling: Please submit at least one month in advance and allow up to 10 working days for your listing to appear. This is the big one. You planned ahead for your event. Plan ahead for promotion. In order to make it to S.C. Public Radio, your event needs to be submitted at least one (1) month in advance, if not before. And because of the approval process, particularly this time of year when everyone's season starts in the same six-week window and artists and organizations are submitting all their events, we need 10 business days to get them posted.
Editorial discretion can come into play with Arts Daily, but less so than The Hub. The vast majority of submissions are approved. Answer the five W's (and one H)
, slap a link and phone number on there, and give us a JPG at no greater than 1400px x 500px saved for web at at least 72dpi quality, and you're in a good position to get your event in front of a statewide audience on the web and radio.
Got a new spot? Submit Venue.
After four years, venue submissions are less and less common. It's not often that new venues crop up. But it happens, and in order for an event there to be posted, we need to know about your venue
Resources for disaster preparedness and recovery
Being prepared for any type of emergency, whether it's a storm, a fire, or a manmade disaster, means having a plan BEFORE a crisis strikes. With an active hurricane season upon us, it's possible to be in preparedness mode and recovery mode at the same time. Use these preparedness and recovery resources to create a disaster plan that will help you or your organization function during an emergency and recover afterwards.
Free workshop in Conway – Connecting Resources for a Connected Community
The South Carolina Arts Commission is teaming up with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission to offer a free workshop in Conway: Connecting Resources for a Connected Community, Friday, October 7, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conway Library, 801 Main Street. The workshop is open to anyone, but the content will be specific to the Conway area.
Join us to learn about resources offered by these state agencies and the kinds of services available to help make your community more livable using the arts, culture, equal opportunity and access. The workshop will also offer a forum to discuss how these resources, which include community relations workshops, anti-discrimination services, grant funding and cultural planning, are open to all community members.
The workshop is free, but you must register online to reserve your seat.
Alternate ROOTS’ Partners in Action supports cultural equity, social justice efforts
Proposals due Sept. 2.
Alternate ROOTS is accepting applications for Partners in Action, a program that supports progressive activist artists working in grassroots communities throughout ROOTS’ 14-state region. ROOTS seeks applications from artists and their community partners in urban, suburban, and rural areas who together have identified specific actions, issues, challenges, activities, or opportunities that, with more support -- both human and material -- are ready to be activated. ROOTS' interest is to partner with cultural organizing projects in order to support efforts of cultural equity and social justice. Partners in Action projects receive various kinds of support, including technical assistance. Financial support ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 may be a component; not all projects selected will receive direct financial support.
ROOTS offers several resources during the proposal development process, including conversations of intent, technical assistance calls, and proposal coaching.
Preliminary proposals, which are reviewed by proposal coaches, are optional, but highly encouraged. Preliminary proposals are due Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. Final applications are due Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.
Visit the Alternate ROOTS website for program details and information about the three-phase application process.
Related : Two Charleston organizations selected for 2015 Partners in Action cohort.
About Alternate ROOTS
Alternate ROOTS, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.
Tell us what you think about the Roster of Approved Artists!
The South Carolina Roster of Approved Artists was originally created as a list of artists qualified to offer school residencies. The Roster has been around a long time, and we think it's time for a reboot. Our goal is to create an even stronger resource to help connect artists, schools and communities.
Help us revamp the Roster by taking a quick survey. We want to hear from artists, arts organizations, non-arts organizations, businesses, educators and anyone interested in an online arts directory - whether or not you've ever used the Roster.
The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. (Note: All questions are required. If you encounter a question for which you have no answer, please enter N/A or check "Never" if that's an option.)
We appreciate your feedback!
Take the Roster survey.
Image: Roster artists Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle
Converse College premiere of “Troiades” pushes boundaries of traditional opera
A Converse College School of the Arts collaboration is pushing the limits of traditional opera through the use of innovative technologies.
Converse musicology and composition professor Dr. David Berry, an accomplished composer, and co-creator Dr. Ronald Boudreaux, former director of Converse Opera Theatre, will premiere their opera-oratorio "Troiades" at Converse Jan. 23-25, 2015. For info and tickets, visit culture.converse.edu.
Scenery for the production is created with projection mapping, and performers are accompanied by digital orchestration. “These are fairly new and somewhat controversial concepts in the world of opera, but these technologies open up new possibilities for use of space and selection of venue,” said Berry. “In many ways, Troiades is like a laboratory for Converse to explore some approaches that are not being done elsewhere in our state or region.”
The setting has a graphic novel (comic book) style. While the term “projection mapping” is not widely recognized by the general public, it will be familiar from its use in such events as the Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, and for Carrie Underwood's costume on stage at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Graphics for the opera's set and action scenes were created by Converse freshman art major Hannah Stewart, who attended the Governor's School for the Arts in Greenville, S.C. prior to coming to Converse. Stewart adapted set designs created by Converse interior design students as a class project.
Combined, these technologies push the boundaries of traditional opera and expand the limitations typically dictated by a venue. “Daniel Recital Hall is an intimate setting for an opera, and that would not be possible without the use of these technologies,” said Berry. “This is about exploring new ways to make art and impact the experience of our audiences.”
The story of "Troiades" is told through the viewpoint of women who lived through the Trojan War. The female perspective is rarely captured in accounts of early historical times, and Berry was drawn to that angle as a way to honor Converse's mission as a women's college. He blends historical accuracy of the Bronze Age with 21st century twists, like the graphic novel design and a contemporary narrator who provides commentary on the action. “Everything that is happening to the Trojans in this story is happening in our world right now – it is mirrored by today’s news headlines,” said Berry. “That is why the mix between the Bronze Age and 21st century was an important focus for me.”
Several notable Converse music alumni will perform alongside students, and the production is directed by Elizabeth Margolius, a 1990 Converse alumna and professional director from Chicago.
The production demonstrates how colleges can expand into new arts areas to meet the needs of today's students – a priority for the Converse School of the Arts. “It provides students with a broader range of experiences as they prepare to explore career paths and make their mark as artists," said Berry.