Expanding arts in Appalachian communities

NEA to offer new workshop for Appalachian Gateway Communities

This is an opportunity for communities in the Upstate S.C. counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg. Deadline to apply is May 31. Since 2007, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, have helped Appalachian "gateway" communities – those that are entry points or adjacent to Appalachia's national and state parks and forests – expand tourism, arts, and other community and economic development opportunities. With programming that has included targeted technical assistance, community tourism assessments, tourism planning workshops, and small grants for project implementation, the Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative (AGCI) has touched more than 1,000 communities and 100 counties. In August 2018, The Conservation Fund will host the inaugural Advanced Project Implementation Workshop for Appalachian Gateway Communities in Shepherdstown, W.Va. This 3-day workshop is designed for teams from gateway communities that have previously participated in AGCI activities or are ready to implement new or ongoing community projects. In addition to hearing from both national and regional experts, a main feature of the workshop will be to reassess and build capacity for community projects and planning efforts, as well as receive technical assistance on various topics to develop an action-oriented roadmap for implementation. The full team application materials can be found on the Course Web Page. The team application deadline is May 31st. Please contact Katie Allen (304.876.7925, kallen@conservationfund.org) or Kendra Briechle (703.908.5817, kbriechle@conservationfund.org) to learn more about this opportunity!

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

The South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative: Helping artists build sustainable careers.A FREE WORKSHOP FROM ARTISTS U/South Carolina

  • Why artists are poor and why we shouldn’t be
  • Tools artists have used to make things easier
  • How to build a life that is balanced, productive, and sustainable
Based on 12 years of work with artists locally and nationally, artist leaders Andrew Simonet, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Rodney Lee Rogers will offer tools for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and making it all sustainable. We will focus on strategic planning, financial thinking, artist mission statements, and time management.

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

  • Friday, May 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • I.P. Stanback Museum, South Carolina State University
  • 300 College Ave., Orangeburg, S.C. 29115
How much does it cost? It’s free... but the class size is limited. Who is it for? Practicing South Carolina artists. Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes. Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday. How do I register? You can sign up here.

What Artists Say About the Workshop

“Our local art sphere is changing with these workshops. People are talking about things differently and feeling more empowered. The impact is deep.” Visual artist   "I have been working full-time as a self-supporting artist for 10 years, yet there was not a single idea or observation that arose today that did not make an impact on me. I have also sat through many, many strategic planning meetings, charrettes, and professional development seminars in different fields, and this by far was the most fruitful, efficient, and enjoyable. This weekend will not only make a difference in my artistic and professional life, but also in the creative life of my beloved city." Dance artist   "This intensive was exactly what I needed - concrete reminders that I use both sides of my brain; the guided direction to jump start my career goals that lay dormant; and defining motivation to move forward to accomplish those goals." Visual artist
This project is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

SCAC, Midlands Tech offer new course to help creatives start a business

Announcing a new FastTrac® class geared especially for creatives! This spring, you can learn how to evaluate your ideas, position your businesses around target customers, refine your venture based on personal and professional goals and ultimately, launch your business. Attend all sessions, write a business plan, and pitch it – you could win up to $500! Through an immersive online course, participants have access to planning tips and exercises, including lessons on how to:

  • Discover how your business concept matches your personal vision.
  • Align your business concept with a real market opportunity.
  • Find your target market and discover your competitive advantage.
  • Determine the unique features and benefits of your product/ service.
  • Set realistic financial goals for your business.
  • Define your company’s brand and marketing.
  • Manage business functions and develop an organizational culture.
  • Determine the steps to profitability.
  • Identify potential sources of funding for your business.
  • Launch your business.
The course faculty are themselves artists of various disciplines, educators, and professionals representing law, finance, higher education, and business leaders who have hands-on expertise to share.  FastTrac® is facilitated by seasoned facilitator Tom Ledbetter, associate vice president, Center for Entrepreneurial Success and Community Engagement at Midlands Technical College.
  • WHEN: Every Monday from April 16-June 23, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
  • WHERE: Anywhere you can connect via web and video teleconference
  • WHO:
    • Visual artist and entrepreneur Mary Gilkerson
    • Graphic designer, photographer, and entrepreneur Dalvin Spann
    • Performing artist, author, and entrepreneur David Cutler of USC
    • Performing artist and entrepreneur Armen Shaomian of USC
  • COST: $75.00 (this is a significantly discounted rate from $150, and you can earn 3 CEU’s).
  • REGISTER: Click here to register with Midlands Technical College
The SCAC is partnering with Midlands Technical College Corporate and Continuing Education to host this class. Applicants must sign a commitment letter. Two face-to-face gatherings are tentatively planned for April 16 and May 14 from 6-9 p.m. Graduation will take place Saturday June 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Face-to-face gatherings take place in Columbia at the Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus. Contact Joy Young, jyoung@arts.sc.gov to learn more.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Creative skills can be developed into a viable business. Working for yourself, either as your only job or as a second source of income, requires planning and preparation.  You can do this if you are willing to learn, put in the time, and commit to a track of entrepreneurship. Section 1: IDEATE Assess your entrepreneurial traits and personal priorities to better understand how your business goals might be affected by your strengths or weaknesses and your personal vision. Section 2: POSITION Any good idea will remain just that — an idea — unless it finds a place in the market and earns customers. In this section, you’ll figure out just who your customers (and competitors) are and where to find them. You’ll design your business model and think about the key factors that will help you transform your idea into a business. You will learn about legal structures that are best suited to your business, and you’ll start to think about how you’ll exit your business when the time comes. Section 3: COMMIT A business isn’t real unless it is reaching paying customers and generating revenue. In this step, you’ll focus on your brand, your distribution and your sales strategy. Finally, you’ll learn how to protect your intellectual property, your business and protect yourself from legal risks. Section 4: REFINE Now that you’ve sold and distributed your product/service, you have valuable information about the assumptions you made about your customer and your market. Now is the time to refine your business before you publicly launch. In this section, you’ll measure and analyze your financial results against your previous predictions. You’ll consider what people might be needed, and you’ll think about how to protect the assets of your business. You’ll learn what advisors and boards might do to help you as you work to launch. You will think about how you might fund your business. Finally, you’ll learn how to build and communicate the plan for your business with potential funders and others. Section 5: LAUNCH You’re ready to launch your business. In this section, you’ll learn strategies for launching, leading and developing processes that will allow your business to grow. You’ll learn how to draw attention to your new business. You’ll think about your leadership style, your company’s culture and how to manage the exciting challenges of growing a business. You’ll learn about best practices in process management and identify the success metrics that make sense for your business. You’ll forecast the financial future for your company and think about how to set yourself up for success. A professional faculty includes representatives from:
  • Accounting - Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA
  • Sales and Marketing - McKay Consulting Group, LLC
  • Law - McNair Law Firm

About Kauffman FastTrac® Kauffman FastTrac® aims to lower the barriers to entrepreneurship by providing practical learning materials, delivered online and via teaching partners, to entrepreneurs. In doing so, FastTrac® encourages and equips more people to start businesses, contributing to increased startup activity nationwide.

Free workshop, lunch coming soon for coastal S.C. artisans

Have you ever wondered what resources are available to help you start, sustain, or grow your business? Is your business in the creative or cultural heritage industries? Are you an entrepreneur whose business intersects with, or has the potential to intersect with the tourism industry? Are you an artist looking to start a business? This is the meeting you must attend…lunch is included! Seating is limited to 40, so register today.

  • DATE:            Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • TIME:            9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:      901-905 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
  • COST:            None. (That’s right. Free!)
Meet representatives from the Arts Commission, City of Georgetown Economic Development, CommunityWorks, Conway Innovation Center, Georgetown Innovation Center, and SCORE, along with other organizations that provide resources for small business and entrepreneurs. Network! Ask questions, provide input, and participate in planning to access business resources that can help your business grow. Click here to take a business / entrepreneur needs assessment survey that will help us help you before, during and after the meeting. This meeting is open to entrepreneurs located in Georgetown and Horry counties, but also includes the contiguous counties of Berkeley, Charleston, Dillon, Marion, and Williamsburg. We really want to see artist entrepreneurs!

What else?

Registration is required; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Limit 2 registrants per business/organization. A registration-ticket will be sent 3 days prior to the meeting via the e-mail address you provide. Register now: Click here to register for this meeting. Registration closes April 9, 2018. This meeting is being facilitated by the SC Arts Commission. Sponsors of the meeting include the SC African American Heritage Commission, creator of the Greenbook of SC; Georgetown Innovation Center; Cultural Council of Georgetown County; Coastal Carolina University; and the City of Georgetown Economic Development Office.
For more information contact Joy Young, SCAC program director for Artists Ventures Initiative and ArtsGrowSC, at jyoung@arts.sc.gov.

New course to coach creatives on starting a business

Today's lunchtime read about creativity posted by the S.C. Arts Alliance on Facebook was nothing if not well-timed: we've got a teaser for creatives today. The Arts Commission and Midlands Technical College will be partnering soon to present a 10-week FastTrac course on channeling your creativity into a business that you run! YOU can be the boss of you. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone in the arts or creative industries (arts, history, heritage, tourism, etc.). More information coming soon. PS: It will only cost $75. And you could win $500. PPS: It’s online, and provides CEU credits.

Interested? Reach out to the SCAC’s Joy Young for more: jyoung@arts.sc.gov.

New funding partner for potential arts businesses

  • Central Carolina Community Foundation to help develop Midlands arts-based businesses
  • Joins statewide initiative begun by S.C. Arts Commission and CommunityWorks of Greenville
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Midlands artisans hoping to turn a passion into a business in the New Year now have help from Central Carolina Community Foundation as it joins an S.C. Arts Commission initiative. Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF) joins ArtsGrowSC, a new program that combines the strengths of the S.C. Arts Commission and Greenville-based CommunityWorks, a community development finance institution, to offer qualifying artists resources – including a savings program, micro-loans, business venture loans, matching grants, personalized coaching, and workshops – that will help develop and grow arts-based business ventures. ArtsGrowSC is being implemented to allow arts-based businesses to further contribute to the $9.2 billion generated by South Carolina’s core creative industries. Involvement by CCCF will increase the number of artisans who can open Individual Development Accounts (IDA’s), specifically in its 11-county service area. CommunityWorks serves as a statewide IDA funding partner for the matched savings program. Artists who use an IDA to save would see a 2:1 match, so a savings of $1,000 would be matched by $1,000 from one of the participating funders, based on artist location, and another $1,000 from the Arts Commission. Additional avenues of support from ArtsGrowSC include personal development and business coaching workshops that lead to the next-step Artists Ventures Initiative (AVI) grant program. AVI provides one-time grants to encourage the creation of artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for S.C. artists. Grants can be used to launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture. A one-time project could receive up to $3,500, and on-going business ventures can get up to $5,000. The deadline to submit a letter of intent to seek an AVI grant is Jan. 18. AVI grantees may then qualify for the Business Builder Loan program, wherein CommunityWorks could lend qualifying artists up to $15,000 to expand their ventures. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com, email Joy Young at jyoung@arts.sc.gov, or call 803.734.8203.
ABOUT THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three areas:
  • arts education,
  • community arts development,
  • and artist development.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

Free grants writing workshop in Allendale April 20

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

South Arts’ Launchpad offers resources for new presenting professionals

Becoming a presenter for the first time can be daunting. Where can I find the best artists for my community? How do I apply my marketing and management skills to a new position? How do I negotiate contracts to be fair to my organization and the artist? Who can I call for advice? PAE-2015-Juried-Showcase-313 Philadanco performing at 2015 PAE Juried Showcases – Photograph by Bruce France South Arts' program, Launchpad, is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in South Arts' nine-state region. Launchpad offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2017 juried showcase artists. Up to 10 presenters will be selected in the second cohort. The goals of this pilot:

  • Provide professional development for new presenting professionals
  • Share resources for identifying high-quality artists
  • Support learning through a peer network group and individual mentoring
Selected applicants will receive:
  • Travel subsidy for attending the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), September 25-28, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. (up to $1,000)
  • Presenting grant to book a 2017 PAE juried showcase artist for the 2018-2019 season (up to $2,500)
  • Support for statewide presenters’ network annual dues/fees (up to $200)
  • Connection to a mentor
Only executive directors, associate directors, or programming directors (i.e., individuals responsible for curating/programming season) that have been in their presenting role for less than two years prior to the Performing Arts Exchange start date are eligible to apply. Previous PAE attendees are not eligible. Complete eligibility requirements and guidelines are available online. Applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes, Program Director, at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) June 1, 2017.

South Arts hosting grants webinar for performing and literary organizations

South Arts invites nonprofit performing arts and literary arts organizations to take part in a free webinar December 7 at 11 a.m. EST to review updated 2017-2018 guidelines for Regional and Literary grant applications. Grant deadlines are in March and May. The webinar will cover these topics:

  • South Arts’ priorities: understand how the scoring works
  • Readiness plans: find out what’s needed and how your REQUIRED plan will be evaluated
  • Accessibility: hear more about South Arts’ expectations
Find out more about South Arts grants and how to join the webinar. Via: South Arts  

Free webinar for artists: find out more about Artists Ventures Initiative Grants

Webinar scheduled for December 2 Barbara Streeter Barbara Streeter of Conway, a previous AVI grant recipient Are you a professional-caliber artist or an artist collaborative with an arts-based business idea? Or, have you launched an arts-based business that needs a bit more lift? The S.C. Artists’ Ventures Initiative (AVI), a broad-reaching project at the South Carolina Arts Commission, may be just right for you. AVI grantees may be awarded up to $3,500 for a one-time project/single purchase in support of an arts-based business. An ongoing arts-based business venture may be awarded up to $5,000. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the grant and the first step in the process, the all-important Letter of Intent, which is due January 11, 2017. (The deadline for AVI Letters of Intent is January 11, 2017. You do not have to participate in the webinar in order to submit a Letter of Intent.) Topics to be covered:

  • Learn about the S.C. Artists Ventures Initiative
  • Walk through the process of completing the online Letter of Intent
  • Hear from recent AVI grant recipient(s)
  • Ask questions
When: December 2, 2016
Time: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Online — you will receive log-in information two days before the webinar. You will need access to the Internet and a telephone to see and hear the presentation.
RSVP: This webinar is free, but you must register online in order to attend and to receive webinar log-in information. The registration password is AVI.
  Questions? Email Joy Young, jyoung@arts.sc.gov.