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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.

Nine students ready to compete for state Poetry Out Loud championship

Congratulations to the nine high school students advancing to the state finals in the South Carolina Arts Commission's Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The students will compete for South Carolina's spot in the Poetry Out Loud national finals and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. State finals take place March 11, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C. The public is invited to attend.

Finalists:

Region 1: Upstate
  • Jamie Montagne, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg County
  • Simone Rice, Dorman High School, Spartanburg County
  • Livia Salle, NEXT High School, Greenville County
Region 2: Midlands
  • Taylor Wade, Andrew Jackson High School, Lancaster County
  • Emilie Martin, Fox Creek High School, Edgefield County
  • Alyssa Williams, Spring Valley High School, Richland County
Region 3: Lowcountry
  • Janae Claxton, First Baptist Church School, Charleston County
  • Abby Edwards, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston County
  • Julie Crosby, Goose Creek High School, Berkeley County
Nearly 4,000 South Carolina students participated this year, advancing from school-wide competitions to one of three regional competitions held in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. The state champion will compete in the national finals April 24-26 in Washington, D.C. The state champion receives $200, a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books for their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to the national finals. The runner-up receives $100 and a $200 poetry book stipend for their library. [caption id="attachment_29712" align="aligncenter" width="560"]POLcollage2017 Top row, l to r: Alyssa Williams; Region 3 participants. Bottom row, l to r: Region 2 finalists Taylor Wade, Emilie Martin, & Alyssa Williams; Region 1 finalists Jamie Montagne, Livia Salle & Simone Rice; Region 2 judges[/caption] Poetry Out Loud, a program created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 365,000 students nationwide competed. The winner received a $20,000 scholarship. Statewide partners include the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina ETV Radio's “Speaking of Schools” Program with Doug Keel. Regional partners include Hub City Writers Project in Region 1; One Columbia, Richland Library and S.C. Center for Oral Narrative at USC Sumter in Region 2; and the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Region 3.

For more information, contact Frances Kablick Keel at FMKablick@arts.sc.gov.

Columbia Museum of Art taps Lynn Robertson as interim executive director

Lynn RobertsonLynn Robertson, former executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed as the interim executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art as a search is conducted for a permanent, full-time replacement. Robertson will join the CMA in mid-January and will support museum operations, events, and planning through July 31, when a permanent executive director is expected to be named. Robertson has an extensive background in museum management and has been engaged extensively with the Museum Management Program at USC. She served in various capacities at the McKissick Museum from 1988 – 2011 and continues to operate a consulting service for cultural institutions. “We couldn’t be happier to be able to bring in Lynn during this important interim period to keep the momentum going at the Columbia Museum of Art as we search for Karen Brosius’ replacement,” says Scott McClelland, chairman of the board for the CMA.  “Lynn has vast experience in museum management, as well as great relationships throughout the community. She’ll be a natural fit and is eager to help us through this transition period.” “I’m honored to be part of such an important institution in our state. The Columbia Museum of Art has consistently played an important role in our community’s intellectual and economic well being – not to mention its leadership in demonstrating the essential role of the arts in education.” says Robertson. Executive Director Karen Brosius informed board members and staff in November of her acceptance of the president position with Careers through Culinary Arts Program based in New York starting early February 2017. “Lynn and I have been friends for a long time, and she was my top recommendation to the board to take on this role. I feel really good leaving the talented staff of the CMA in Lynn’s hands,” says Brosius. “She has as much love for this community as I do and has been so gracious in talking with us and agreeing to help the board throughout our recruitment and hiring process.” The board of the CMA will issue an RFP for a recruitment firm with arts expertise and anticipates making a selection by mid-February.

Brosius to leave Columbia Museum of Art for new opportunity 

Karen BrosiusColumbia Museum of Art Executive Director Karen Brosius informed board members and staff today of her acceptance of the president position with a national nonprofit organization in early 2017. “It has been wonderful working here in South Carolina and with the talented staff at the CMA,” says Brosius. “I love this museum and this community. Together, our collective team has achieved many great accomplishments, so I leave secure in the incredible future this organization has ahead of it.” Under Brosius’ 12-year leadership, the CMA has transformed into a vibrant, essential institution and a jewel in the cultural life of Columbia and the State of South Carolina. Her vision gave rise to a dramatic increase in landmark exhibitions, signature art works and major collections, family-friendly programming, arts education outreach and innovation, and state and national renown. She stabilized finances early on, more than doubled the museum’s annual budget, and tripled its endowment. This year, the museum received accolades as the recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Arts Award in South Carolina- the only museum to have ever won this award twice- as well as the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, America’s highest honor given to a museum and awarded at the White House in June. “This year’s National Medal recipients show the transforming role of museums and libraries from educational destinations to full-fledged community partners and anchors,” says Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We are proud to recognize the extraordinary institutions that play an essential role in reaching underserved populations and catalyzing new opportunities for active local involvement.” As the CMA’s executive director, Brosius has brought great dynamism to the museum after its relocation to Main Street in 1998 and championed the creativity and vision that are the hallmarks of all of the museum’s activities. She has been widely recognized for her achievements in Columbia including receiving the Chairman’s Award from City Center Partnership, the Excellence in Community Leadership Award from the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Palmetto Center for Women Award for service to the community, and the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of the Congaree, among others, and for her board leadership in civic and cultural organizations across the city and state. Her career at the CMA culminates in the achievement of a successful five-year capital campaign – the first one since the museum moved into its new Main Street location – an important next step for the museum to strengthen its future and fund new initiatives and renovation plans, which will begin in 2017. “As we have reached our campaign objectives with great support from the community, the museum is well-poised for unveiling its next exciting phase, which centers around three main goals: meet the growing demand of our audience through expansion of the galleries and education spaces, transform the museum through strategic projects meant to make a difference for our audience and community, and strengthen our financial core through the crucial growth of our endowment and the stability it provides in perpetuity,” says Brosius. The CMA has flourished into an organization that gives back to its community in many ways and welcomes people from around the state and country as well as from overseas. The museum currently generates more than $23 million in economic activity annually and supports more than 370 jobs in the Columbia area alone, according to findings in its most recent independent impact study. “Karen leaves us with much love and respect for the way she has grown and transformed the CMA into a gem in Columbia and cornerstone of activity and community engagement in the Midlands,” says CMA board chair Scott R. McClelland. “She has made an extraordinary difference in the arts, cultural, and education community in South Carolina. She has achieved amazing things for us here at the CMA and I’m sure will be an incredible asset in her new role.” The CMA board will hire a search firm with expertise in the arts and anticipates selecting a firm and starting the search process in the first quarter of 2017. “We’re going to take the right amount of time to identify the candidate who will lead the next chapter in the CMA’s future and continue to expand our offerings and engage people in loving art and its role in a vibrant, healthy community,” says McClelland. Via: Columbia Museum of Art

Central Carolina Community Foundation awards Connected Communities grants to launch seven innovative projects

Central Carolina Community Foundation has awarded Connected Communities grants to seven nonprofits for new projects designed to enrich the Midlands region:

  • Columbia Museum of Art: “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” – Visitors will peek behind the scenes into the craftsmanship and artistry of cinematic costume design with this international arts and education exhibition, including 43 costumes from 25 well-known films, depicting five centuries of history, drama and comedy. The exhibit, which aims to draw new, cross-generational audiences to the Midlands, will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art from November 18, 2016 to February 19, 2017.
  • Doko Meadows Park Foundation Amphitheatre Project – First-class performances and arts and community events will have a new home within Blythewood’s 25-acre, master-planned Doko Meadows Park, where the Doko Meadows Park Foundation will construct a new amphitheater, welcoming audiences and visitors of all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and abilities.
  • EngenuitySC: What’s Next Midlands – Economic development nonprofit EngenuitySC will launch its second year of What’s Next Midlands, the collaborative crowdsourcing program aimed to gather great ideas for Midlands improvement from residents, and then connect those ideas with the community, capital and volunteers needed to turn them into reality. The program will complete one publicly vetted and approved project per quarter. The first What’s Next Midlands project to be funded has recently added brightly colored, metal patio tables and chairs along Main Street to add social seating during events and peak times (pictured above).
  • Riverbanks Society: Waterfall Junction at Riverbanks Botanical Garden – Waterfall Junction – a new attraction within the Riverbanks Botanical Garden – shelters three acres of ponds, creeks, falls and meadows, inviting visitors of all ages to connect with nature through hands-on exploration, imaginative learning and social offerings. The grant provides funding for public gathering and education sites within the new attraction.
  • South Carolina Philharmonic: Conduct the Phil – The S.C. Philharmonic expands their successful pop-up, interactive experience that allows the public to conduct the orchestra, holding Conduct the Phil sessions in isolated areas of the community to interact with new audiences including the homeless, mentally challenged, incarcerated, physically ill and at-risk youth populations.
  • South Carolina State Museum: RACE: Are We So Different? – The concept of race is scientifically and culturally examined, pondered and challenged at the S.C. State Museum’s new exhibit, which explores three primary themes – the science of human variation, the history of the idea of race and the contemporary experience of race and racism in the U.S. – and explains why we should celebrate our differences. Associated programs complement the exhibit, displayed from June 11 to September 11, 2016.
  • The Jasper Project: Marked by the Water – In commemoration of the first anniversary of the devastating South Carolina flood in October 2015, local artists and community members will collaborate and produce a multi-disciplinary community arts project, featuring visual art, literary elements, music and dance. Funding from the Foundation will support the publication of a book containing collected works from this project.
The grant recipients presented innovative ideas that embrace one or more of the following three focus areas, identified by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup as the three most important elements of an attractive community: Welcoming Community, which promotes and encourages open and inclusive activities and programs; Vibrant Social Offerings, which support the availability of community events, arts and culture opportunities; and Superb Public Spaces, which enhance the beauty and physical setting of the Midlands community. Each selected project encourages citizen involvement and community-wide collaboration. “The projects selected relate directly to our quality of life and enrich our community in meaningful ways,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We look forward to working with these organizations throughout the next year and watching their projects unfold.” In the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Foundation’s first Connected Communities grants funded local programs such as “What’s Next Midlands,” a crowdsourced regional improvement program championed by EngenuitySC; The Nickelodeon Theatre’s “Indie Grits at the River,” enabling the Indie Grits Film Festival to offer free admission for all events for the first time; and educational opportunities in conjunction with the “From Marilyn to Mao – Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces” exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art, bringing the works of the world-famous artist to downtown Columbia, S.C. For more information about Connected Communities grants, visit the Foundation's website or call 803.254.5601. About Central Carolina Community Foundation Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.

Soda City Story Slam gives community an opportunity to open up

From The Free Times Article by David Travis Bland

If Shannon Ivey told you a story, she might tell you about “THAT FACE,” her name for the subtle contortion of a person’s visage when they find out about her divorce. The words created by the embouchure of “THAT FACE” often speak too much about eHarmony and too little about rolling in the sheets. She speculates this latter phenomenon is due to some sort of guilt that kicks in right at the good part.
[caption id="attachment_26870" align="alignright" width="300"]Shannon Ivey and Nancy Marine Shannon Ivey and Nancy Marine, a participant in this week’s Soda City Story Slam[/caption] What: Soda City Story Slam Where: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. When: Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m. Price: $10 ($8 for CMA members) More: 803-799-2810, columbiamuseum.org
“Why do we make THAT FACE at folks?” Ivey notes in a finely crafted essay that the local Southern women’s website Auntie Bellum published in May. “A divorce is an arduous, scary process, and at best, it takes well over a year. I SHOULD be congratulated. I made it out. I made it through. And, I have enough leftover to buy expensive mascara that, thank goodness, is waterproof.” Ivey, an actor, director and “recovering theatre professor,” gives the stage to other story-smiths with the Soda City Story Slam. Taking cues from The Moth, the popular onstage, storytelling podcast, the slam brings together 16 people of diverse backgrounds in front of an audience and allots them each about six minutes to break hearts, bust guts or both. “It’s the human condition in a condensed form, empathy in a bouillon-cube size,” Ivey says. “Extremely powerful for those telling the stories as well as those listening.” The Story Slam grew out of Ivey’s work with forum theatre, a type of performance in which audience members engage with and alter the production. “I wanted to see if Moth-style storytelling could be a way to get to the same thing, giving often ignored or oppressed folks the mic,” she explains. Earning a grant from the SC Arts Commission, she put on together a story slam series last year in Orangeburg where she was a professor at South Carolina State University. Ivey came to Columbia by way of her new career as a trainer in reproductive health and justice and found connections between acting and her latest gig. Through both jobs, she looked for a way to give voice to those often silenced, and in that search galvanized empathetic ties to her new city. She began discussions with the Columbia Museum of Art about an event that could realize this passion. “At first, they wanted a piece of forum theatre,” Ivey says. “When we talked more about how to make the event truly connected to the community, of and by the community, as well as respecting the busyness of folks’ lives, a story slam format was much more accessible.” In many ways, Ivey found Columbia to be a golden town. “When I was offered my current job, I could live anywhere in South Carolina,” she offers. “I chose to come here because of people. Because I’ve seen positive change happen for people, by people.” That inspiration guides the Soda City Story Slam, an event she hopes will become a regular series. “Story is all we have, really, that is ours,” Ivey says. “It’s also our most valuable natural resource when it comes to building community. So a Story Slam is a natural fit for Columbia.” For Ivey, the Soda City Story Slam isn’t her event as much as it belongs to the city. It’s another way for her to bring people together and to help them understand each other, goals she has long actualized. “Columbia has so many people doing great work, meaningful work,” Ivey posits. “This is a moment for folks to have five minutes to be authentic, to revel in what we share as humans, and connect with someone you might have never thought you could connect to. A good story can be many things. As a performer, I encourage my storytellers to prepare it well but write it from the heart.”

Verner Award highlights: City of Greenville and the Columbia Museum of Art

The City of Greenville and the Columbia Museum of Art are front and center in providing quality arts experiences for residents and visitors in their communities.  Read more about these recipients of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts below, and find out more about all of the activities taking place as part of the South Carolina Arts Awards on May 11. The City of Greenville, Government

City of GreenvilleFrom the public art on nearly every corner to the many museums and galleries that call the city home, Greenville is a haven for the arts. However, as recently as the mid-1980s, Greenville was a far cry from its current status as the Upstate region’s cultural epicenter. The city’s Main Street was a four-lane road that bisected a tired downtown district. As business after business along Main Street either closed or fled to the suburbs, demolition crews moved in to raze the vacant buildings left behind. Realizing the future of its urban core was in jeopardy, the city launched an ambitious downtown revitalization project. In addition to narrowing Main Street, planting trees, and establishing commercial anchors, the project emphasized the arts. It was this focused effort to revitalize downtown that fostered the public-private partnership responsible for creating the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1999. Since then, the arts have been thoroughly integrated into multiple facets of the community fostering an environment that, today, abounds with public art installations, performing and visual arts venues, festivals celebrating nearly every arts discipline, and strong community-based arts organizations. Though this booming arts scene is exceptional in and of itself, the crux of the achievement is how the City of Greenville used the arts not only to help reverse the city’s downward trajectory but to nurture its unique sense of place.
The Columbia Museum of Art, Organization
columbiamuseumofartcompositeThe Columbia Museum of Art is a centerpiece of cultural life in downtown Columbia and has played a key role in the revitalization of the city’s Main Street corridor. From its beginnings in the historic Taylor House in 1950 to the move to Main Street in 1998, the museum has transformed from a historic house museum to a major regional art institution serving more than 135,000 patrons each year. These visitors come to experience world-class collections of American, European, Asian and contemporary art exhibited in 20,000 square feet of gallery space and anchor the museum’s contributions to downtown tourism and the city’s economy. The museum has placed education at the core of its mission and programs, with initiatives focused on engaging youth audiences, developing free programs for K-12 educators, college students, families and children. Programs for adults and seniors include opportunities for artistic growth and skill development. The museum has also pioneered programs that place the museum at the center of the city’s social scene with events and activities that entertain while they educate, combining visual and performing arts. The museum's outreach efforts include multiple affiliate groups that focus on unique interests and offer their own range of programs. The Columbia Museum of Art embraces the role of the modern museum as a catalyst for both progress and meaningful conversations with the community it serves.

Columbia Museum of Art wins nation’s highest honor for museum service

IMLS Gold MedalThe Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the Columbia Museum of Art is among the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on June 1. "At the heart of this recognition are the CMA’s arts educational outreach efforts to at-risk, rural, and underserved communities," said Karen Brosius, executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art. "Through these unique programs we are enriching lives and engaging minds in ways that encourage South Carolina students of all ages to connect in creative and innovative ways. Our recognition as a national award winner is as much about the CMA as it is about the generosity and spirit of South Carolina. With dynamic exhibitions and educational programs for every age, the CMA is redefining the modern museum. 'We extend our most heartfelt thanks to each of our community and educational partners, donors, trustees, members, volunteers, friends, and visitors, as well as the City of Columbia, Richland County, and the South Carolina General Assembly. Their visionary leadership and support make all of our work possible." The Columbia Museum of Art is also a recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. "This year’s National Medal recipients show the transforming role of museums and libraries from educational destinations to full-fledged community partners and anchors,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We are proud to recognize the extraordinary institutions that play an essential role in reaching underserved populations and catalyzing new opportunities for active local involvement.” After the June 1 ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit each recipient to document stories from the communities of the winning institutions. The complete list of  2016 National Medal recipients:

  • Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • The Chicago History Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children (Gulfport, Miss.)
  • Madison Public Library (Madison, Wis.)
  • Mid-America Science Museum (Hot Springs, Ark.)
  • North Carolina State University Libraries (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Otis Library (Norwich, Conn.)
  • Santa Ana Public Library (Santa Ana, Calif.)
  • Tomaquag Museum (Exeter, R.I.)
Learn more about the National Medal: https://www.imls.gov/medals.  

2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award recipients announced

vernerstatuescolorCongratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts! The S.C. Arts Commission annually presents the awards, the highest honor the state gives in the arts, to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Awards will be presented May 11 at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Statehouse. This year’s recipients:

"Each of these Verner Award recipients has attracted positive national attention for the Palmetto State," said S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. "Their dedication to the arts greatly benefits South Carolinians and materially enhances our state’s economic vitality. Their contributions regionally and nationally are a source of pride for South Carolinians living anywhere. The Verner Awards recognize service, commitment and passion, and we are honored to have these individuals and organizations working to enhance our state's reputation as a leader in the arts." Also on May 11, the S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. The gala begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St. in Columbia. Gala tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online. The 2016 Verner Awards are sponsored by Colonial Life. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com. 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 www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

Columbia Art Museum, Richland Library among 30 finalists for National Medal Award