Good morning, and happy National Arts in Education Week!
We've curated content for The Hub and our social media feeds this week to highlight the work being done in Arts Ed by professionals in South Carolina. Let's get it started with Glenis Redmond in Greenville in this Americans for the Arts video:
All week we'll be sharing infographics like this one on our social media feeds:
The Hub will feature guest posts related to National Arts in Education Week on Tuesday and Thursday.
North Charleston seeks teaching artists for elementary after-school program
Application deadline: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
Thanks to the dedication of Mayor Summey and city council, North Charleston has been committed to providing after school programs in public elementary schools within city limits since 2008. One component of these programs is to provide arts enrichment classes through the city’s cultural arts department. The department provides a multi-disciplined roster of artists to teach these classes and is currently seeking artists to offer instruction in the program for the 2018/19 school year. Local artists in all disciplines with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to instruct elementary age students are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted positions by Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
There is a particular need for teaching artists in dance, music, theatre, and creative writing.
The parameters for the After School Arts Enrichment Program are as follows:
1) Time Commitment: Program dates are Sept. 4, 2018, through June 6, 2019. Teaching artists offer instruction at their assigned site twice a week for two months, which equals 16 days of class activities. Instruction takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Timeframe includes one (1) hour for class activity and 30 minutes prep/clean-up time for a total of 1.5 hours each visit (3 hours total each week). Cultural Arts requests a minimum two-month commitment from participating artists. Artists able to serve longer are rotated to a new site after each two-month term and may serve up to two sites each term, depending on need/availability.
2) Site Details: Eleven elementary schools in North Charleston are identified program sites. Class size will vary at each site. Teaching artists should anticipate working with an average of 30 students at a time. Each site has at least one staff member in the class to assist with the children.
3) Rate of Pay: $20/hour. Cultural Arts provides materials. A limited supply budget is available depending on the needs of the arts discipline. All disciplines are approved for 1.5 hours per day for a total of 3 hours per week.
To ensure the safety of the children, background checks are required for all teaching artists selected to participate in the program. Interested artists should submit samples of their work (images, sound clips, videos, etc.) along with a current résumé or CV by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Application materials may be emailed to email@example.com 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 After School Arts Enrichment program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the city’s website or call 843-740-5854.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Simmons, Deputy Director
City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department
843.740,5854 | firstname.lastname@example.org
So, what would you say you do here?
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There's not a quick answer to that question, but let's start with this:
The South Carolina Arts Commission does three things:
community arts development,
and arts education
through four means:
The Hub serves as… a hub for the promotion of news items related to all those things. (The “Arts Daily” section serves as a centralized - what’s the word? - hub for promoting statewide arts events.) On a given week, you can see posts that serve to promote any number of those things. It’s critical for this outlet to do that because if you’re a tax-paying South Carolinian, your income comes to Columbia through the Department of Revenue and can return to your community from our agency by those four means. For the current fiscal year that ends in two weeks, we’ve helped provide one, some, or all the three things we do to all 46 counties.
In short, we use The Hub to tell you how we’re attempting to be good stewards for your money. It’s not an election-year gimmick, but it’s here every year, on as many days as workload allows.
The programs, artists, and ventures are not just lofty ones perched on the peak of Mount Olympus. No, we’re also using arts and culture to make Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties feel like they have a slice of the peak as new perspectives converge to address old problems. We help schools integrate the arts (top, right) into their curricula to foster creativity and critical thinking in new generations. We also enable artists to contribute to a $9.7 billion sector of the state economy by helping them not only further, but monetize their skills (bottom, right) to provide themselves sustainable income.
That’s where your money goes, and it’s important for you to know that all the time, not just when differing opinions on funding collide - because it’s your money, entrusted to our professionals to impact all South Carolinians.
Two things you might have noticed here and/or our social media outlets lately are renewed emphasis on a) promoting what “SC Artists” are doing (spoiler alert: they are a wildly successful lot) and b) how “SCAC Grants At Work” are being put to work. Here is today’s example, which happens to encompass both. The grantee artists used an S.C. Arts Commission grant to take an art form often assumed to be reserved for Olympus right to Main Street:
Here’s to seeing plenty more of this, all the time.
Healing and development from… the arts
This afternoon, The Hub would like to draw your attention to the (positive) effects arts participation has on the human body. Exposure is certainly nice, but we focus specifically today on the actual doing. And before going further, these come by way of NASAA – the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
First, dance. Without being overly general, all it takes is a look at a professional dancer to know dance is, at least physically, good for you. But recent data from Australia shows that older adults who participate in dance classes see “increases in physical, cognitive and emotional well-being and as well as a general sense of achievement.” See study here.
Closer to home, those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease can seek symptom relief through participation (there’s that word again) in dance classes from Ballet Spartanburg (right, dancer Charlotte Lanning). The company received the 2018 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts yesterday in part because of offering its community classes like this, which can also help those who have experienced a stroke or disorders like autism, dementia, or multiple sclerosis. Ballet Spartanburg offers the only course of this type in the Upstate, and it's led by Artistic Director Carlos Agudelo.
Winifred Walsh, who leads a Parkinson’s support group in Spartanburg, had this to say about the course in her support letter for the company’s Verner Awards nomination:
To receive a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease at age 53 is a life-changer ... A friend urged me to join Spartanburg’s PD Support Group and the Dance for PD class offered by Ballet Spartanburg. I went and I was horrified at first look. I thought, ‘I am not like those people!’ But curiosity got the better of me and I stayed and have stayed for some nine years now. And guess what? I am exactly like those people, people with Parkinson’s who are not wasting time on self-pity ... Ballet Spartanburg Artistic Director Carlos Agudelo has set the bar high for our teachers who find joy in our attempts, who rejoice with us in our successes, who laugh with us often ... Outreach seems such a simple term for such complex blessings to me and to others who have movement and balance disorders. We offer gratitude to Ballet Spartanburg for improving our lives through dance, and also through love. We are not merely people with Parkinson’s. Ballet Spartanburg has made us dancers.”
Learn more about the additional benefits of this program by clicking here.
Second, music. The National Endowment for the Arts is talking music training, which is how people get ready for … participation (that’s a hat trick). Two recent articles “find that music education not only strengthens creativity but also improves brain functions related to language development, attention, visuospatial perception, planning and other executive functions, and short-term and working memory.”
Music training can be found, almost literally, everywhere. But lessons can be costly, to say nothing of other potential barriers. But four of the professional orchestras the South Carolina Arts Commission helps fund offer the interactive Link Up program from Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute. Link Up partners orchestras with schools (home, private, and public) or school districts to offer an interactive musical curriculum in schools that teach students lessons in theory and can teach them how to use the recorder. The program usually culminates with a trip to see the professionals perform locally, with a twist: during the Link Up concert, the students can play recorders along with the musicians on stage!
The four South Carolina orchestras that offered Link Up concerts during the 2017/2018 school year are the Aiken and Charleston symphonies and South Carolina (Columbia) and Spartanburg philharmonics.
Grant Writing: Tips from a Pro
Arts Education Director Ashley Kerns Brown, a board member for Palmetto State Arts Education, blogged for them about the grant writing process. Can you relate to any of this?I was in graduate school when I wrote my first “big grant” and was so confident I decided to share it with an advisor about 24 hours before it was due. You know, to get a little pat on the back before submitting. So imagine my shock when she called and asked, “Have you submitted this to the University’s Department of Sponsored Research?” Cue record scratch. No. No I had not submitted it to the Department of Sponsored Research. I had no idea what the Department of Sponsored Research was or how it was about to make the next 24 hours one of the biggest learning experiences of my life.
What I soon discovered was that our University’s internal process involved approval by the Department Chair (who was out of town) and the Dean (who was out on medical leave), more paperwork than the actual grant itself (including a waiver for biomedical test subjects), and an average processing time of 2-3 weeks. The University recommended submitting grants to the Department of Sponsored Research a full month before it was due, and I had 24 hours. Over those 24 hours I made a lot of people angry, broke a lot of trust, and learned a lot of lessons.
Now that I am on the other end of grant making I try to share those and other lessons with teachers and arts organizations. I get how frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming grant writing can beand understand the urge to give up. But I also understand that grants can mean a child experiences the magic of theatre for the first time. They can mean an art teacher acquires the supplies to teach print making to a future designer. Grants can help narrow gaps, improve equity, and be the reason a child holds an instrument in their hands and thinks “I can do this.”Click here to read the full post by Ashley!
Arts Education Project (AEP) grants due next week!
Educators: are you finalizing your AEP (Arts Education Project) Grant applications? The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 16.UPDATE: The deadline is extended to Monday, Jan. 22.AEP Grants support well-developed arts education programs and projects in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that use the arts to advance learning (social service, health, community, education or other organizations). Funded projects and programs can take place in school, after school or over the summer. Grants of up to $15,000 are available (grantees must match their grant 1:1).
An AEP Grant would support such programs as:
Public art projects
Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
Professional development for instructors, artists and/or administrators
And others, as the list is not exhaustive. Most S.C. schools, nonprofit organizations (arts and non-arts), colleges and universities, and units of government are eligible to apply. Go here to learn more and 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.
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
Application deadline: June 15
The Arts in Basic Curriculum Project is seeking a project field services specialist. This is a grant-funded position.
Reports to: ABC Project director, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)
The ABC Project field services specialist is responsible for providing educational expertise to schools and districts to help them develop and sustain quality, comprehensive, standards-based arts education, and for working extensively with Arts in Basic Curriculum Project director to coordinate all activities of the ABC Project, including ABC task forces, ABC Steering Committee meetings, workshops, presentations and other educational events provided by the ABC Project.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Working extensively with ABC director to administer the ABC Project throughout the state.
Working with the SCAC, the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University, and the S.C State Department of Education (SCDE), to administer the ABC Project throughout the state.
Facilitating arts education strategic planning for schools and districts.
Coordinating and documenting ABC meetings, conferences, workshops and the Summer Arts Institutes.
Preparing reports and collecting statistics.
Providing assistance to schools and districts, including arts and arts integration curriculum development, grant writing/information, etc.
Serving as liaison to SCAC and SCDE and notifying them of ABC Project participation in conferences, workshops, Summer Arts Institutes, school/district meetings and other ABC activities.
Monitoring and identifying new research, policies and initiatives in the arts or that impact the arts.
Assisting with Arts Education Leadership Institute (and other ABC Project activities, as needed.)
Attending designated conferences to develop professional knowledge and skills.
Administrative duties as designated.
Bachelor’s Degree and teaching or administrative experience with K-12 arts education
Understanding of arts integration, classroom instruction, lesson planning
Familiarity with National and/or SC Visual and Performing Arts Standards
Grant writing experience
Excellent time management, research and organization skills
Proven ability to communicate effectively with teachers, parents, district staff, community, and all other groups involved in the activities of the job
Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to document meetings and events and complete, process, and maintain required records.
Working knowledge of computers and websites
Ability to identify effective arts education strategies
An ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed
Employment conditions: This is a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded, salaried position.
Salary: approx. $40K commensurate with skills and experience, plus benefits.
Position availability: August 1, 2017
Application deadline: June 15, 2017 How to apply: A letter of interest; current curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of five professional references should be sent to: Ms. Christine Fisher 105 McLaurin Hall Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC 29733; E-mail: email@example.com
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The man of steel: Lancaster artist shaping heavy metal and young artistic minds
Bob Doster received the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award in 2006.
From the Rock Hill HeraldArticle by Catherine Muccigrosso; photo by Tracy KimballThis article was originally published in Down Home magazine, a bi-monthly publication of The Herald distributed in some areas of York County.
Walk into Bob Doster’s Lancaster studio and you could see sparks fly.
The 68-year-old artist shapes sheets of steel into furniture and sculptures that can be seen throughout York and Lancaster counties, regionally and around the world.
“I’ve got work in lots of places I’ve never been,” said Doster, listing places like Japan, South America, the Caribbean, Italy and Canada.In the Carolinas, he has permanent installations at city main streets, museums and other places.
“He has lots of his artwork around town, it’s a real source of pride,” said Debbie Jaillette, executive director of Lancaster Arts Council, which is a block away from Doster’s Backstreet Studio on Gay Street. “We all get the benefit of looking at and enjoying his artwork. I think it’s terrific his footprint is all over Lancaster County, but he does tremendous work in our schools.”
Looking out her second-story office window, she sees a huge cube resting on a point.
“It’s really remarkable to be up here and see huge displays of public art designed and painted by kids in our schools,” she said. “Bob coordinated all that.”
His sculptures, she said, also are used as awards for teachers and other businesses and organizations, which is “really meaningful.”
But perhaps his greatest craft is working with children.
The blue jeans and denim shirt clad Doster leads 16 high school students one block from his studio to West Chestnut Street to see what he called a “provocative” piece of his artwork.
“Any questions?” he asks.
“Why is it on fire? a student asks.
Three crosses -- all over 6 feet -- stand before them. The figures on the crosses represent the people who died, he says referring to two crosses made of regular carbon and stainless steel flanking an even larger, plain polished steel cross.
Doster explains. “The flames represent hate, and hate will consume you.”
The center cross, he says, represents the families of the people who died in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Church.
“It represents the purity of faith, and the way they gave forgiveness,” he said. “Faith supports the cross.”
“The two crosses represent the evil of the two men who were crucified with Christ, and the center His purity,” Doster said.
The piece, called Southern Cross, “represents the horrors of Christianity, and the goodness,” he said.
Allen Lowery, 17, was awed by the meaning and symbolism in the crosses -- God, the KKK, slave boats, Native Americans and more.
“Wow, he’s really good,” the 11th-grader said.
Doster said the idea was sparked by the Confederate flag controversy in 1999. While it took 15 years to conceptualize, he said it only took a couple weeks each to shear, cut and fit the crosses. The piece has been accepted in the ArtFields competition and will be displayed April 21-29 in Lake City.
“Art affects people differently,” he said. “You’ll see something in there I won’t have seen and you’ll be right.”
Teresa Fields, art educator at Lancaster High, said learning from an internationally known artist and at his private studio is a motivating lesson.
“The art is in the process that you go through producing that piece,” she said.
Doster has worked with more than 60,000 students across more than 40 years as a visiting artist throughout the Carolinas. Students design and build sculptures in in clay, wood and steel, as well as paint murals and banners.
Doster said “it’s an opportunity for students to see art is not just drawing on paper.”
Back in the studio, Alexis Truesdale, 16 and 10th grader at Lancaster High, looked around the room, pointing out art projects she’d like to try.
“I like the fact that I get to express myself and it’s neat to work with an international artist,” she said.
Ninth-grader Emily Tindal, 15, tried her hand at cutting stainless steel with Doster’s help. Donning a long-sleeved denim shirt backward, a helmet and gloves, with a leather apron dropped over her shoes, she jumped as the blade touched metal and sparks flew. The piece: a cut out of the comedy and tragedy theater masks.
“It was cool. I’ll tell my dad about it tonight,” she said.
Her father, Conner, worked as Doster’s apprentice from age 15 through college, learning to weld, paint cars, and understanding fine art.
“(Doster) was a mentor and second dad,” he said. “He would guide you to make you think about what you’re doing.”
For 20 years, the 44-year-old Conner has been working in historic preservation and restoration. He specializes in masonry, but also in painting -- making the new look old.
“All the things he taught me helped in allowing me to be able to do this,” he said. “He made a pretty good impression on me.”
Fields talked about the pieces every age level has helped create with permanent installations at many area schools from Indian Land and Fort Mil to Clover and, of course, Lancaster.
“He always does a really good job with students and gets their creative abilities out them,” she said.
About the artist
Doster picked up his first blow torch at age 8 with his father, also a sculptor.
The eldest of six with five sisters, Doster said his dad “Always encouraged us to do what we wanted to do. He let us learn and do.”
Doster hasn’t always been a professional artist. In the 1970s, he owned a grocery store. He also was a truck driver, which has come in handy when moving his large sculptures.
In college, majoring in fine arts at University of South Carolina, is when he decided “I want to do this.” After earning a Master of Arts from Clemson University, he launched his career as a professional artist in 1977, he said.
He opened his studio in his hometown, Lancaster, to be near his two sons. Both now live in Raleigh. Doster entered shows, lots of shows. In the 1980s, the S.C. Arts Commission took his pieces to a show in Italy. As his artwork was being seen around the world, he also was an adjunct professor at Newberry College.
The No. 1 rule for success as a professional artist is to not give up -- “be stubborn,” he said.
Even with success, Doster remains humble. He said his wife of 16 years, Cherry Doster, is “a better artist than I am” pointing to her sculptures and paintings in the studio. The couple met when she took his college class.
“She was the best student I ever had,” he said.
He also gives high praise to James Utz, 39, who came to work with Doster 15 years ago, with a print making degree from Winthrop University. Doster designs the pieces, and Utz puts them together.
“He can see better than I can see,” Doster said.
Professionally and personally the duo say their bond is as strong as the steel they work with.
“He gets us into things we might not pursue otherwise,” Utz said. “I’m not going to say I’m a better welder than he is, but I’m a better welder than him. But he gets the big picture.”
Doster takes care of the business end and is the social one, Utz said.
“I would not be able to keep it going as a business and be this successful at it,” Utz said. “He’s gregarious, fun, easy going, messy, very messy, loyal. We’re like family at this point.”
The art studio
The former 1930s brick pool hall is now a 7,000-square-foot studio. The exterior front wall is covered in dinner plates.
The entrance opens to space where Doster’s and other artists’ works are displayed. Studio visitors can take a piece of his artwork home. The price may be anywhere from $5 to $200,000, or more.
There’s a wall lined with newspaper and magazine clippings. The headlines: “Doster named hero of S.C. 2001 Year of Child,” “Keeper of Culture,” “Doster wins state’s top award,” and “Sculptor helps mold students.”
Walk up the ramp on the left side of the bricked wall into a space for working. On any given weekday, there are 12-18 students at work creating their art projects that will be displayed on their city streets.
Out the back door is a garden with more sculptures, including some by his father. A space used for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, weddings, art crawls and other gatherings.
But to the right of the main front door is another door into the welding workshop.
Doster’s rescue dog Muddy, greets visitors, as does Utz’s rescue dog, Bailey, It looks and smells like an auto shop. Lancaster High senior Chasity Ellis, 18, said, “Everything is everywhere.”
But Doster knows where everything goes, showing the class how he cuts and works with the metal to form a heart.
“That’s amazing,” a student says.