SCAC announces $4.4 million in FY20 grants to provide arts access across the state
Funding ‘vital’ for arts experiences, arts education programs[caption id="attachment_41221" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Students participate in a summer STEAM camp in 2018.[/caption]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 August 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina communities will benefit from $4.4 million in fiscal year 2020 grants to their artists, arts organizations, and schools announced today by the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Amounts Awarded to Programs in Primary Grant Categories
Arts in Education: $2,074,476Grants help fund curriculum planning and implementation, artist residencies, performances, professional development for teachers and summer and afterschool arts programs.
- Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement: $899,207 Awarded to 83 schools and school districts that are participating in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which works to ensure every child in South Carolina has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the Arts Commission, the S.C. Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.
- Arts Education Projects: $382,789 Thirty-eight grants funding projects and programs that support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).
- Education Pilot Projects: $480,000 Ten grants initiated by the agency for partners who carry out education initiatives.
- Arts in Basic (ABC) Curriculum: $312,480 Two grants to support management of the ABC Project partnership.
Operating Support: $2,131,603Grants help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state.
- General Operating Support: $1,909,307 One hundred thirty grants for arts organizations.
- Operating Support for Small Organizations: $111,972 Forty-six grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
- Statewide Organizations: $110,324 Nine grants for arts organizations operating statewide.
Folklife and Traditional Arts: $113,033Grants support programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina’s many cultures through documentation and presentation of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities.
- Organization grants: $32,000 Six grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
- Apprenticeships: $10,000 Four grants that support a partnership between a master artist, who will share artistic and cultural knowledge, and a qualified apprentice, who will then continue to pursue the art form.
- Partnerships: $71,033 One grant to support management of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership.
Subgranting: $70,000Seven awards to local arts councils that distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their regions. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
Artists Ventures Initiative: $10,000Three grants to individual artists for projects designed to help them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.
Individual Artist Fellowships: $20,000Four grants to individual artists to recognize and reward their artistic achievements. These were announced in July 2019 after approval by the SCAC Board of Directors.
About the South Carolina Arts CommissionWith a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas:
- arts education,
- community arts development,
- and artist development.