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NEA announces grants to S.C. arts orgs

$125,000 is coming to the Palmetto State

[caption id="attachment_12544" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hubbard St. Dance Chicago at Spoleto Festival USA[/caption] With today’s announcement of more than $27 million in grants, the National Endowment for the Arts is continuing its efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts. These fiscal year 2019 grants will reach all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2019 and includes three of the agency’s funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the National Endowment for the Arts supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression. “The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In South Carolina, five groups from Aiken, Charleston, and Columbia will receive part of a total award of $125,000:

Aiken Music Festival (aka Joye in Aiken), $10,000 Challenge America Grant:  To support the Joye in Aiken Performing Arts Festival, featuring public concert performances and related educational activities provided by artists representing the Juilliard School in New York City.

College of Charleston, $30,000 Art Works — Visual Arts:  To support an exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Wen Ma (b. 1973).

Spoleto Festival USA,  $35,000 (Charleston) Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works:  To support artist fees at the Spoleto Festival.

Columbia Film Society, $20,000 Art Works — Media Arts:  To support the Indie Grits Film Festival and associated public programming.

Columbia Museum of Art,  $30,000  Art Works — Museums:  To support Access CMA, an initiative designed to enhance the museum visitor's experience.

Read the full release here.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

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Special exhibit arrives in Richland County during Black History Month

Recognizing outstanding African American illustrators

Exhibit runs Feb. 15 through April 26
Richland Library is partnering with the Columbia Museum of Art to bring the largest collection of Coretta Scott King Illustrator Medal and Honor-winning art ever assembled, starting Feb. 15. Titled Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, the exhibit is celebrating 50 years of upholding the vital importance of children's literature that celebrates African American life and culture. To learn more about the awards, visit richlandlibrary.com/art. Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards features 101 originals and prints, which the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature organizes and tours. Some of the participating illustrators include Jerry Pinkney, R. Gregory Christie, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Michele Wood and Floyd Cooper. View both parts of the exhibit by visiting Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly St.) and the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.). It's free and open to the public. An opening reception is set for 6:30–9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at Richland Library Main. There are a number of events planned around the exhibit as well. For a complete list, visit us online. Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards is on display through April 26. It's made possible, thanks to funding from the Baker and Baker Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and Columbia Museum of Art installation sponsors. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll: 803.587.3637 or estoll@richlandlibrary.com.

About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 12 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

Tuning Up: Jasper Johns at CMA + more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

Jasper Johns gifts on display: The Columbia Museum of Art announced the  exhibition Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA, a varied collection of 35 prints gifted to the CMA by Jasper Johns himself and shown in its entirety for the first time, on view beginning Friday, Nov. 16 through Feb. 24, 2019. With several prints by Johns as well as the work of such postwar heavyweights as Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol, plus archival materials documenting Johns’ time living and establishing his artistic identity in Columbia, this unique exhibition provides insight into the mind of South Carolina’s most famous artistic son. “Artists, critics, and collectors the world over know the name Jasper Johns, but few know that his career began in Columbia where he studied at USC,” says Chief Curator Will South, who organized the exhibition. “And though he became an international art star, he did not forget South Carolina. This is a show documenting the importance of contemporary art to the collection and celebrating the importance of the museum’s patrons like Jasper Johns.” Read more from CMA here. A sculpture of Johns' is included in the State Art Collection, which is maintained and managed by the SCAC Visual Arts Department. "Curious Case" Q&A with Hammes: The SCAC's current prose fellow recently published his first novel, and F. Rutledge Hammes chatted about it with the Post & Courier.  And speaking of fellows...

Evergreen (for now): Time is running out!

  • Applications for $5,000 individual artist fellowships are due Thursday, Nov. 8. Unrestricted awards will honor achievement in visual arts, craft, music composition, and music performance. Don't miss out!
  • Nominations for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts (right) are also due Thursday, Nov. 8. All it takes to start the process of awarding an artist, arts organization, business or foundation, government entity, individual, or arts educator/institution one of these prestigious awards for significant contributions to the arts in South Carolina is one letter. Don't wait. Find out more now! (Noms for the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards are due at the same time. Here's info on those.)

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Tuning Up: Additional ArtsReady resources + arts and justice

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

After the storm. Though we're keenly aware of Hurricane Florence's effects on communities in the Pee Dee and northern Grand Strand, most of South Carolina was spared relative to what was expected when our offices closed on Tuesday last week. In addition to the resources we posted last week, two new ones came to our attention thanks to the S.C. Arts Alliance. While ArtsReady issues are still pretty top of mind, develop a plan now so you don't have to scramble later.
  1. The Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers grants to arts organizations to develop emergency plans and continuity of operations plans. The National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) is taking over the Arts Ready component, and working on a simpler online tool to develop such plans. The PAR website also has recorded webinars that we have been producing on different areas of readiness as well as the grant guidelines.
  2. The NCAPER website is being developed but currently has a webpage on Americans for the Arts' website. You can download a PDF of the Cultural Placekeeping Guide which was published by NCAPER after Hurricane Sandy.

The arts on social justice. We switch gears now to another hot topic: social justice. Here are two arts-related items on the topic in South Carolina:
  1. The Columbia Museum of Art is to hold For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Expression – Arts and Justice, a free event in participation with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. A panel of artistic and legal experts will discuss this First Amendment right from artistic, local, and global perspectives. Serving on the panel are poet, Verner Award winner, and 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney and Trustus Theatre Artistic Director Chad Henderson. For Freedoms is a national platform for greater engagement in the arts and in civil society. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
  2. Photographer Antonio Modesto (right), who received a grant for his work from Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg (an SCAC grantee!), was in the CCC spotlight for his "Faces of the Upstate" project. It provides insights into the lives of Upstate South Carolina's unique and often marginalized residents.

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New mixed media feature at CMA combines art and poetry

The Write Around Series with Ed Madden and Ray McManus, the latest initiative in the Columbia Museum of Art's new Writer-in-Residence program, launches Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. Award-winning poets Madden (left) and McManus (right) open the series with work they have written inspired by the dynamic themes of the newly redesigned collection galleries. “By grouping the art thematically rather than chronologically, the new collection galleries create conversations, not just among the works of art, but also among patrons,” says McManus. “Writing that responds to the artwork—some of it displayed now for the first time—is another kind of conversation across forms of art, and one that can only amplify and extend the conversation created by the new gallery designs.” As writer-in-residence, McManus is charged with creating programs that promote literary art as a way to contemplate and connect with visual art. The Write Around Series is year-long program that invites writers to create and share original poetry and prose inspired by the art in the CMA. An associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina in Sumter, McManus teaches creative writing, Irish literature, and Southern literature. He is the director of the Center for Oral Narrative housed in the Division of Arts and Letters. In 2014, he joined the editorial board for the Palmetto Poetry Series, and he maintains partnerships with the S.C. Arts Commission and local arts agencies. McManus is the founder of Split P Soup, a creative writing outreach program that places writers in schools and communities in South Carolina, and the director of the creative writing program at the Tri-District Arts Consortium. His current project is Re:Verse, a teaching initiative that works with educators and administrators to develop effective strategies to bring more emphasis to creative writing in standard education. Madden is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Ark, a memoir in poetry about helping with his dying father’s hospice care. He is a professor of English and director of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. He has been the inaugural poet laureate for the City of Columbia since 2015. He received the Arts Commission's 2011 prose fellowship. “I’m excited to launch The Write Around Series, and I’m especially excited to launch this program with the poet laureate of Columbia, Ed Madden,” says McManus. “I can’t wait to see what we come up with together!” The event is free with CMA membership or separate admission. The program is supported by South Carolina Humanities. For more information, visit ColumbiaMuseum.org.

New-look CMA reopens today

Today, the CMA collection returns to the galleries with a whole new way of looking at art. [caption id="attachment_1064" align="alignright" width="250"]Columbia Museum of Art Columbia Museum of Art[/caption] The mainstay museum in the state capital is still undertaking an aggressive renovation plan begun in 2016, but Phase 1 is now complete. After being closed completely for the last three weeks to finalize that work, it's back in business today. (Work on Phase 2 continues through 2018.) Each gallery examines a different theme, such as Art and Identity or Vice and Virtue, placing works from all over the globe and all throughout history in conversation with each other. Many of these works will be on view for the first time, and a number have been restored especially for the occasion. Three brand new galleries are devoted to modern and contemporary art. You'll see work from Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol along with works by artists like Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, and Georgia O'Keeffe. You’ll be invited to contemplate, connect, and create with activities sprinkled throughout the galleries. All new brochures and a multimedia TAP tour give you multiple perspectives through which to consider what you see. And lightweight, collapsible stools make it easy to sit and think a while anywhere you’d like in the galleries. Two new exhibitions will open at the same time:

Explore on your own with a companion(s) or join a public tour (offered free with membership or admission every Sunday). CMA is open Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See weekend and other hours here.

Checking in with the Columbia Museum of Art

[caption id="attachment_1064" align="alignright" width="200"]Columbia Museum of Art Columbia Museum of Art[/caption] The Columbia Museum of Art is a cornerstone of the Midlands' cultural scene and has anchored the efforts to revitalize Columbia's Main Street since opening its current space there in 1998. It seeks to "[redefine] the modern museum as the bustling social hub of our community." A multi-year renovation project that's nearing completion is going a long way to that end. The plan calls for the addition of gallery space, adapting unused space for use as high-end event space, and adding a new entrance along Main Street, among other things. This morning, The Hub takes a quick look at some of the recent progress that will be shown off at an exhibition opening later this week.

[caption id="attachment_35188" align="alignright" width="251"] Jane Peterson, American, 1876-1965
Boats on the Nile, Dawn, 1905-1915
Oil on canvas, 19 x 24 ¾ in. (48.3 x 62.9 cm).
Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University; Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 98.49. Photograph by: Kevin Montague.[/caption] Jane Peterson is the quintessential American impressionist — well-schooled in her craft and well-traveled, open to the possibilities of a changing world. Her work reveals the vibrancy of the early 20th century and mirrors the concerns of a rapidly changing art world. "Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad" opens this week at the museum and runs through July 22. (Hours and admission available here.) Peterson explored the innovative painting techniques of her time, and her style moved from impressionist to fauvist, from realism to a modernist abstraction. The variety of works in this exhibition demonstrates Peterson’s artistic journey and offers a glimpse of her private life. Get a sense of the independent woman, artist, and traveler whose works are displayed in museums around the world. With the new exhibition as a backdrop, the museum will christen its new, second-floor event space Thursday night with an opening reception for "At Home and Abroad." ColaDaily.com got a look at the 5,500 square-foot space from Special Events Manager Mario Guevara.

Tuning Up: A compendium of arts in Columbia this week

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

  • CURTAIN CALL ALERT: Artistic Director Edward Arron closes out nine years leading the CMA Chamber Music on Main concert series with a farewell concert of Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Mozart, and more that features pianist (and, coincidentally, wife) Jeewon Park. $35. 6 p.m. happy hour + galleries, 7 p.m. concert.
  • ARTFIELDS WEST?: The new Stormwater Studios (née Vista Studios/Gallery80808), will debut with ArtFields Winners 2013 – 17, its first art show in its brand new home (413 Pendleton St.). Not simply the first show at Stormwater Studios, it's the first time ArtFields has shown its winning works outside of Lake City. The show at Stormwater Studios opens this Friday, 6-9 p.m., and remains through March 31, 2018.
  • COLA-BORATION II: the Southeastern Piano Festival and South Carolina Philharmonic renew their annual collaboration Saturday night at Romantic Chopin. David Hou, 2016 winner of the SEPF's Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition performs Chopin's First Piano Concerto with Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Phil. $17-$47. 7:30 p.m.

Tuning Up: Story Slam season 3, African American Civil war reenactors

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

  • Women's History Month begins Thursday, March 1, and on the same day Story Slam returns to the Columbia Museum of Art in partnership with the #WhatSheSaid Project. SCAC quarterly grant recipient Shannon Ivey is #WhatSheSaid founder and the evening's host. “This is my third Soda City Story Slam at the CMA, and I can tell you, magic happens here,” Ivey says. "I am thrilled to bring these powerful women to the stage at the CMA.” Festivities kick off with a 6-7 p.m. cash bar, and is included with museum admission or membership. NOTE: event recommended for mature audiences only.
  • An event that bridges Black and Women's history months, get ready for a reenactment of African American women during the Civil War era to be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16 at the South Carolina Archives and History Center (8301 Parklane Road, Columbia). The reenactment will be performed by Female Reenactors of Distinction (FREED,) an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. (The event is co-sponsored by SCAC.) It's free, but you must register to attend first.
  • The South Carolina Arts Alliance's work isn't done now that Arts Advocacy Day is in the rearview mirror. Did you know membership is free? They give wonderful advocacy tools and keep you updated on critical legislative activities related to the arts.

Jackie Adams joins Columbia Museum of Art as director of education & engagement

Jackie AdamsJacqueline “Jackie” Adams, former lecturer and gallery director of the Goodall Gallery at Columbia College, has been chosen as the Columbia Museum of Art’s new director of education & engagement, a position previously held by Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby. Adams joined the CMA in mid-February. As director of education & engagement, Adams will oversee educational programming, community outreach, and engagement initiatives for youth, students, schools, families, and adult audiences at the museum. “Joining the innovative team at the CMA as it prepares to undergo major renovations offers the ability to introduce new ideas in the areas of arts education that will shape a premier teaching museum for all,” says Adams. “South Carolina is looking toward the future, and the capacity for the CMA to meet an individual’s lifelong learning needs holds great potential and opportunity – one that I am beyond thrilled to be an integral part of.” Adams brings to the CMA her passion and talent for cultivating the critical connections among artists, arts, and audience. She has an extensive background in arts education with over 20 years’ experience teaching South Carolina students from kindergarten to college. Skilled at outreach and collaboration, Adams has a strong track record of fostering fruitful relationships between students and artists through which the community itself benefits. Through her leadership over the last 11 years, the Goodall Gallery program has grown to become a significant contributor to Columbia’s growing and vibrant arts scene. As creative director of Columbia College’s Georgia O’Keeffe Centennial, Adams facilitated dynamic partnerships among Columbia College, the CMA, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, SC Educational Television, and numerous other organizations and individuals. “The CMA has built an award-winning arts education program and offers many successful engagement opportunities for adult and senior audiences,” says Joelle Ryan-Cook, CMA deputy director and director of external affairs. “I am proud of the work the very talented education and engagement department has achieved and also very excited to include Jackie’s fresh insight into the work we do. We were honored to work closely with Jackie during the Georgia O’Keeffe Centennial in 2015 and knew right away that she was exactly the right leader for this key position as we begin our renovation project this spring.” For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.