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Grants available for arts programs, professional development and arts classroom supplies

[caption id="attachment_29193" align="alignright" width="250"]Laurens County Community Theatre Laurens County Community Theatre received a quarterly grant for a production of Aladdin Jr.[/caption] February 15 is the next deadline. Quarterly Project Support grants can help fund arts projects and programs or professional development opportunities for artistic and managerial staff. This program also supports arts activities that promote an individual artist’s professional development or career advancement. Examples of funded projects include support for an international artist residency, an online arts calendar and attendance at an arts conference. Teacher Standards Implementation grants help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials and expertise necessary for meeting the 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards. TSI funds may be used to pay for consumable and non-consumable resources and teacher professional development. Examples of funded items include the purchase of string instruments, music books and equipment to teach digital animation. How to apply Quarterly Project Support and TSI grants offer four opportunities to apply each year with these deadlines: May 15, August 15, November 15 and February 15. Quarterly Project Support grants for artists or organizations:

  • First, review this introductory page to find out if you live in a county covered by one of the Arts Commission’s subgranting organizations. If you do, you should apply to that organization for quarterly projects.  (The Arts Commission grants funds to these subgranting organizations for this purpose.)
  • If not, read the quarterly project guidelines for artists or organizations for complete application instructions.
Teacher Standards Implementation grants:
  • Applicants must be public, private, charter, or parochial schools in South Carolina.
  • More than one teacher from a school may apply.
  • Teachers at ABC sites are not eligible.
  • Read the TSI guidelines for complete application instructions.
For both Quarterly and TSI grants, you may contact your county or discipline coordinator to discuss your project before applying or for help during the application process. Be sure to check out currently funded grant awards for more ideas about eligible projects.

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 [caption id="attachment_16931" align="alignright" width="250"]Barbara Streeter Barbara Streeter of Conway, a previous AVI grant recipient[/caption] 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.

Grants available for arts projects, professional development, and classroom resources

November 15 is the next deadline. Quarterly Project Support grants can help fund arts projects and programs or professional development opportunities for artistic and managerial staff. This program also supports arts activities that promote an individual artist’s professional development or career advancement. Examples of funded projects include support for an international artist residency, an online arts calendar and attendance at an arts conference. Teacher Standards Implementation grants help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials and expertise necessary for meeting the 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards. TSI funds may be used to pay for consumable and non-consumable resources and teacher professional development. Examples of funded items include the purchase of string instruments, music books and equipment to teach digital animation. How to apply Quarterly Project Support and TSI grants offer four opportunities to apply each year with these deadlines: May 15, August 15, November 15 and February 15. Quarterly Project Support grants for artists or organizations:

  • First, review this introductory page to find out if you live in a county covered by one of the Arts Commission’s subgranting organizations. If you do, you should apply to that organization for quarterly projects.  (The Arts Commission grants funds to these subgranting organizations for this purpose.)
  • If not, read the quarterly project guidelines for artists or organizations for complete application instructions.
Teacher Standards Implementation grants:
  • Applicants must be public, private, charter, or parochial schools in South Carolina.
  • More than one teacher from a school may apply.
  • Teachers at ABC sites are not eligible.
  • Read the TSI guidelines for complete application instructions.
For both Quarterly and TSI grants, you may contact your county or discipline coordinator to discuss your project before applying or for help during the application process. Be sure to check out currently funded grant awards for more ideas about eligible projects. Image: Brunson Elementary School in Hampton School District One received a TSI grant in 2015 to purchase paint and brushes.

Harbison Theatre offering classes for dancers along the Autism Spectrum

parsonsdanceHarbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College received a South Carolina Arts Commission Accessibility grant to increase sensory-friendly access to dance. The Theatre is partnering with Parsons Dance, The S.C. Autism Society, and Columbia College to offer three dance classes for dancers along the Autism Spectrum. Experienced dance educator Terrance Henderson is leading two of the fun, pressure-free workshops suitable for dancers of any experience - including no experience at all - and the final workshop will be facilitated by dancers from Parsons Dance (pictured right). The next two classes are Oct. 22 and Nov. 16. Participants in one or more of these workshops will be awarded a certificate of participation on stage at the end of the Parsons Dance Relaxed Performance on Nov. 19. Each workshop is only $5 and is open to dancers 7 years and older. Workshops take place in the Godbold Center on the campus of Columbia College. Find out more on Harbison Theatre's website. https://youtu.be/qamoKLha998   Via: Harbison Theatre

Get your community on the same page! NEA Big Read grants available

New titles added; apply by January 26, 2017. logocarouselslidecolorNEA Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2017 and June 2018. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. A Big Read is a month-long series of programs centered around one NEA Big Read book. Programs should include a kickoff, a keynote, book discussions, and other artistic events to foster engagement with the selected title and encourage reading. Thirteen new titles have been added to this year's Big Read list. Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. Visit the online application guidelines for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email neabigread@artsmidwest.org.

Artist entrepreneurs: apply for an Artists Ventures Initiatives grant

Letters of intent due Jan. 11, 2017 The South Carolina Arts Commission invites artists to apply for the next round of S.C. Artists Ventures Initiative grants. AVI grants encourage and enable the creation of new artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for S.C. artists. S.C. artists (individuals and collaboratives) may use AVI funding to help launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture. A one-time project/single purchase may be awarded up to $3,500. An ongoing business venture may be awarded up to $5,000. The AVI grant program is a two-part process, with letters of intent due Jan. 11, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to develop a full grant proposal. Read the complete guidelines online. Image: Artist Kristy Bishop of Charleston received an Artists Ventures Initiative Grant to expand her textile workshops.

American Theatre Wing offers new grant for public school theatre programs

Application deadline is Sept. 30 With the support of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the American Theatre Wing is investing in public schools to help drama teachers get more of the resources needed to provide quality drama instruction in their schools. Through a grant-giving program, funding will be provided directly to under-resourced public schools to provide items such as musical instruments, a dance floor, costumes, a lighting grid, licensing support and other necessary materials to help create new and enhance existing theatre programs. Who can apply? Any individual public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with that public K-12 school. Private/parochial schools, home schools, and pre-schools are not eligible. Parent groups (Parent Teacher Associations, etc.) may apply, but must have an independent EIN and official 501 c (3) status from the IRS. If your group does not have 501 c (3) status, please apply through your school, however, the PTA can still be the point of contact for a proposal. What kinds of project proposals are competitive? Teachers may apply directly for resources they need to nurture young talent in their schools. Grant requests of up to $100,000 will be considered, but the priority will be for requests in the $10,000 to $40,000 range. Grant funding can be used for resources to enhance learning in the areas of theatre and the performing arts, including:

  • Capital costs of equipment and labor required to install that equipment.
  • Costs associated with arts-related events, especially the presentation of plays, musicals, and other theatrical performances.
  • Supplies related to the production of plays, musicals, or other theatrical events.
  • Special trips/events, including student trips or tours in support of drama/theatre education
  • Theatre tickets for students to see professional productions
Timeline
  • September 30 – Deadline to apply
  • November – Review process, selections made by panel of industry experts
  • December – Notification of grants
Find complete guidelines and application instructions online.

USArtists International offers grants for artists performing outside U.S.

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has released revised program guidelines and 2016-2017 application deadlines. Application deadlines:

  • September 7, 2016 for projects taking place between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017.
  • December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018.
  • April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants and include details about changes to the program. July 25:  USArtists International: Am I eligible? 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET  This webinar provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2017 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join. August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET Attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts' website to read the guidelines and eligibility requirements and find out how to attend the webinars. USArtists International will have additional funds available in the 2016-2017 program year to support eligible engagements in Cuba, thanks to additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions about USArtists International? Contact Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org. Image: California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr

SC Arts Commission awards $3.1 million in grants

The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded $3,148,120 in grants to South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations and schools for the 2017 fiscal year as of July 1. See the list of grant recipients by program. See the list of grant recipients by county. (PDF) (Images: No, it's not pasta. Fiber artist Kristy Bishop received an Artists Ventures Initiative grant to teach natural dyeing and weaving workshops to children and adults.) “We are continuing our emphasis on arts education by expanding last year's pilot program to serve low income children through summer arts camps,” said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. “We worked with local school districts, nonprofit partners and the State Department of Education to deliver a high quality arts program designed to combat summer learning loss." In addition, seven new Arts in Basic Curriculum sites have been awarded grants to strategically plan and implement arts education as part of the school day. The push to expand arts education access is the result of recommendations from the 2014 Arts Education Task Force, created to respond to new research and a new climate for education and arts education reform in South Carolina, according to May. “The task force was charged with answering the question, ‘What must South Carolina do to ensure that all of its young people explore, create, learn and grow in and through the arts?’ The answer was, in a nutshell, ‘do more of the good projects you’re already doing and find new approaches and new partners to reach kids, especially in high poverty areas.’ We will continue to support projects in traditional settings such as schools, but we want to work with community partners and afterschool/summer program providers to reach children beyond the school day and school year.” The agency’s support of the broader arts sector has increased as well, with 25 new operating support grantees. "As a result of our work in rural communities and with new alliances around the state, we have attracted additional grant applications for our operating support funds," said May. "These awards help ensure that we support a wide variety of projects in more places, helping to boost the state’s creative economy,” said May. A total of 288 grants were awarded in 37 counties and range from operating grants and project support for organizations to seed money and fellowships for individual artists, ensuring a diversity of relevant arts experiences around the state. Grant categories, programs and amounts awarded: Arts in Education $1,499,645 Grants help fund curriculum planning and implementation, artist residencies, performances, professional development for teachers and summer and afterschool arts programs.

  • Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement $783,310 Awarded to 67 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 $388,536 Twenty-five 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).
  • Arts in the Basic (ABC) Curriculum $302,480 Two grants to support management of the ABC Project Partnership.
  • Youth at Risk Partnerships $22,000 Two grants to provide arts experiences for youth at risk.
  • Teacher Standards Implementation $3,319 (1st quarter only) Five grants to help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, and expertise necessary for meeting the 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards.
Operating Support $1,418,873 Grants help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • General Operating Support $1,336,627 One hundred seventeen grants for arts organizations.
  • Statewide Organizations $37,785 Seven grants for arts organizations operating statewide.
  • Operating Support for Small Organizations $44,461 Thirty grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
Folklife and Traditional Arts $95,502 Grants 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.
  • Partnerships $70,502 One grant to support management of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership.
  • Organization grants $20,000 Five grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
  • Apprenticeships $5,000 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.
Subgranting $66,437
  • Seven 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 $40,000
  • Partnership $20,000 One grant to support management of Artists U, a career development program for artists.
  • Artists $20,000 Four grants to individual artists for projects designed to help them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.
Individual Artist Fellowships $20,000
  • Four grants to individual artists to recognize and reward their artistic achievements.
Quarterly Project Support $7,663 (1st quarter only)
  • Eight grants to support a variety of quality arts projects and programs and/or for professional development opportunities to assist artistic and managerial staff. This category also supports specific arts activities that promote an individual artist's professional development or career advancement. 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.
Additional Quarterly Project Support and Teacher Standards Implementation grants will be awarded later in the year. For a complete list of grant recipients by program or by county, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com/awards. For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696. About the S.C. 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.