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Tuning Up: Unique youth art contest + new exhibitions

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...

  • The U.S. Golf Association and MUSC Children’s Health are conducting an art contest for Charleston (and South Carolina) youth to design the junior tickets for the U.S. Women’s Open that will be played May 27-June 2 in Charleston. Three winners will be chosen. Their designs will be featured on tickets for all juniors who attend the U.S. Women’s Open and will be displayed on site at the Country Club of Charleston during the event. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. (USGA.org)
  • Some new exhibitions that caught The Hub's eyes:
    • A reception to unveil the annual Bailey Gallery Art Exhibition at Presbyterian College will be 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Mary Bailey Vance Suitt Rotunda of the school's Neville Hall. It includes eight artists and a variety of media. (Greenwood Index-Journal)
    • South Carolina's reigning South Arts fellow, Kate Hooray Osmond of Charleston, opened Light Shine Down, an exhibition on display through April 28, 2019 at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. (Link)

Atlantic Stage premieres SCAC playwriting fellow’s production

Maggie has a big decision to make

World Premiere Jan. 31 through Feb. 17 in Myrtle Beach
Last June, the S.C. Arts Commission awarded Kevin D. Ferguson an individual artist fellowship for theatre (playwriting). Fellowships are unrestricted awards that reward artistic merit and provide a financial boost that helps free up creators to create. Ferguson did just that. Early next week, Atlantic Stage in Horry County is giving the world premiere of his The Other Side of The Sky. It features Maggie, a protagonist with some decisions to make, and we're not talking about the yogurt or oatmeal debate at breakfast:

Maggie struggles to deal with love and loss while she searches for her purpose in life. She’s graduating from college and figuring out what comes next. Will she stick with her boyfriend Troy? Will she go to grad school? Will she join the Peace Corps? Or does she hear a higher call? With boyfriend Troy, best friend Adam, and perhaps a heavenly advisor all weighing in, Maggie has a big decision to make.

How do you know what you’re supposed to do?

"The Other Side of the Sky explores faith, friendship, and relationships in the modern world with four young people  asking themselves 'what comes next?'" Ferguson said. That's certainly a relatable theme to many.

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Cancellations, revised dates for Coastal Carolina cultural events

Widespread area flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has resulted in numerous cancellations and rescheduling of cultural arts events at Coastal Carolina University. The following list, categorized by genre, reflects the current status of revisions and may undergo future updates. Dates and times differ from those printed in the Fall 2018 Cultural Arts Calendar. Please visit coastal.edu/culturalarts for more information and for an updated schedule of events. You can also follow @CCUCulturalArts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tickets for all events can be obtained (where applicable) from the Wheelwright Box Office at 108 Spadoni Park Circle on the main Conway campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. View a map of campus here and a parking map here.

Cancelled Events

Tuesday, Sept. 25 Film: Department of Philosophy, “Menashe” Thursday, Sept. 27 Lecture: Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Tuesday, Oct. 2 Music: Department of Music, CCU Jazz Ensemble with Jerald Shynett

Rescheduled Events

  • Thursday, Oct. 11-Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Theatre Admission: $17, with CCU discounts available. All tickets sold for the original dates will be honored. The CCU Department of Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s 2005 Tony Award-nominated hit, “The Pillowman,” directed by Professor Steve Earnest. This Kafkaesque play centers on the interrogation of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state regarding the gruesome content of his haunting short stories. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling, McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative and investigates the delicate balance between the freedom of the individual and the security of the state. Note: This production contains content that is inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised. “A Little Night Music”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24-Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Command performance fundraiser for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Wheelwright Auditorium Admission: $25, with CCU discounts available; special event command performance: $50. Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden and directed by Monica Bell, associate professor of CCU’s Department of Theatre, “A Little Night Music” is a musical celebration of love. Featuring a gorgeous score infused with humor, warmth and the flavor of a waltz, Stephen Sondheim’s most popular work is ripe with possibilities and passion. Discover love, loss and the complexities of human desire in some of Sondheim’s most stunning melodies including “The Glamorous Life,” “A Weekend in the Country,” and “Send in the Clowns.” Performed with an unforgettable cast of characters, this work of enchantment and mischief is a masterwork of musical comedy. Second Stage Series: “In the Blood”
  • Thursday, Nov. 1-Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.
Theatre Arts Production Studio, Burroughs & Chapin Building, Room 210 Admission: Free and open to the public (ticket required). Donations are accepted to benefit a local charity to help families facing the hardships conveyed in the production. In its Second Stage Series, the CCU Department of Theatre joins with the Women’s and Gender Studies program to present Suzan-Lori Parks’ “In the Blood,” directed by students Jala Bennett and Amani Huell. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2000), this intense reimagining of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” follows Hester, an impoverished, homeless and illiterate mother of five, struggling to care for her children. Note: This production contains content that is inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised. DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Guitar Studio Recital
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Recital Hall Admission: $7, with CCU discounts available. The guitar students of Daniel Hull, lecturer in CCU’s Department of Music, present a concert showcasing their master of the instrument. This concert will feature music from the Baroque period through the 21st century and include solos, duets, and a performance from the CCU Guitar Ensemble with selections by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Andrew York, among others. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): A 2018 Centennial Celebration
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Recital Hall Admission: $7, with CCU discounts available. Music faculty from the University of South Carolina join Jeffrey Jones, baritone and associate professor in CCU’s Department of Music, in celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Guest artists include Phillip Bush on piano, Joseph Eller on clarinet, Lynn Kompass on piano, and vocalist Tina Milhorn Stallard (soprano). OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Film screening: “71”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Conway Education Center, 209 Allied Drive, Conway Admission: Free and open to the public This 2014 British historical thriller depicts the story of a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit in Belfast during a 1971 riot at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Open arts jobs in Richland, Horry counties

Town Theatre, set to begin its centennial season in Columbia next month, is looking for help in the technical side of the house. The theatre is seeking a part-time assistant technical director. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of all aspects of technical theatre including set design, construction, lighting and sound. Town Theatre is embarking on its 100th season of operation with a heavy emphasis on musicals. Generally, the theatre produces five main stage shows during the season (September to May), a large summer main stage musical, two to three youth theatre productions as well as various special event shows. The theatre itself is a proscenium stage theatre with a fly system. Sets are built onsite in a workshop and on the stage. Town Theatre values the ability of all staff to work in and promote a harmonious work environment. Preferred skills include, but are not limited to carpentry, overhead rigging, stage electrics, scenic painting and sound/audio tech experience. Application deadline: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. For additional duties and other pertinent information, go here. (Ed. note: The Hub will have more on the theatre's exciting centennial season closer to its first production, which coincides with the application deadline for this posting.)

And Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach is looking for an audience engagement manager. The part time administrative position is responsible for marketing that will create awareness of and promote the Long Bay Symphony and its programs within the Grand Strand community. As a part of community engagement, the position would manage the "Musicians in the Schools" program within the public school districts of Horry and Georgetown Counties. A bachelor's degree is required. At least 1-3 years work related experience and a music and/or education background preferred. An application deadline was not listed. Please go here to find duties and requirements.

Four artists honored with S.C. Arts Commission fellowships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 June 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina artists in Charleston, Horry, Richland and Spartanburg counties representing four arts disciplines received individual artist fellowships after approval by the S.C. Arts Commission board in Columbia. All individual artists working in prose, poetry, and theatre acting and playwriting were invited to apply for awards for fiscal year 2019. The S.C. Arts Commission board approved $5,000 fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select these fellows after  reviewing anonymous work samples:

  • Rutledge Hammes of Charleston County for prose,
  • Stephen Tulloh of Spartanburg County for poetry,
  • Paul Kaufmann of Richland County for theatre acting,
  • and Kevin Ferguson of Horry County for theatre playwriting.
Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. They are awarded through a competitive, anonymous process and based solely on artistic excellence. Recognition from fellowship awards often lends artistic prestige and opens doors to other resources and employment opportunities. “Past fellows are quick to share stories about the transformative difference award dollars make and the positive effect on their spirits and their self-perception,” S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May said. “It can truly be a life-changing experience. South Carolina’s artists are indispensable contributors to quality of life in our communities and make up the core of our creative economy. A fellowship is one of the best ways the people of South Carolina thank them, and our agency is proud to deliver these tokens of gratitude on their behalf.” The panelists who judged each discipline’s nominees work in those disciplines elsewhere. This year’s prose judge was Jamey Hatley of Memphis, Tenn., an author who received a prose fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 2016. The poetry judge was poet Shane McCrae of New York City, an NEA poetry fellow and writing professor at Columbia University. Nancy Rominger of Montgomery, Ala., director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, served as the theatre acting judge. The theatre playwriting judge was Betty Peterson, an English professor at Somerset (Ky.) Community College. Four fellowships per year are awarded to artists who work in rotating disciplines. One artist from each of these fields: visual arts, craft, and music performance or composition, will be honored in fiscal year 2020. To be eligible, artists must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident with permanent residence in the state for two years prior to the application date and throughout the fellowship period. Applications will be accepted later this summer following announcement by the S.C. Arts Commission. For more on discipline rotation, eligibility requirements, and the application process, please visit http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grants/artists/fellowships.shtml.

About the FY2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship Recipients

PROSE F. RUTLEDGE HAMMES | Charleston County “What I write, at its very best, is some illegitimate hybrid of South American magical realism and Southern Gothic I like to think of as Southern Fabulism,” Rutledge Hammes says of the sum of his prose. Hammes, who lives in Charleston, is the writer-in-residence and creative writing teacher for the Charleston County School of the Arts. His students, throughout a 10-year tenure, have accounted for more than 3,500 regional and national writing awards. The city’s 2011 “Best Up-and-Coming Writer” is co-author of two published novels. His first solo novel, A Curious Matter of Men with Wings, is to be published under his name this September. He is the winner of six ADDY Awards for copywriting and winner of the Cypress Dome Fiction Awards. His talent extends to poetry, where he was a finalist for both the Montage Poetry Award and the Paul Laurence Dunbar Award for Poetry. POETRY STEPHEN TULLOH | Spartanburg County Stephen Tulloh received his MFA in creative writing from the University of South Carolina. The Spartanburg resident has spent time as a tutor and instructor on the collegiate level, where he develops and implements subject- and student-centered courses which nurture creativity, empowerment, self-actualization. As a writer, though, Tulloh considers himself versatile and meticulous as he creates essays, books, and articles for traditional or digital publication. He blogs and has three credits to his name: two out-of-print collections of essays, activities, and lectures on communication and writing; and 2009’s Symmetry, described as “retrospective, introspective, emotive, and somewhat innovative, the poems and drawings in Symmetry focus on two siblings' relationships – with nature; with one another; with family, friends and foes.” THEATRE: ACTING PAUL KAUFMANN | Richland County Though an actor for most of his life, Paul Kaufmann is a multi-faceted artist: playwright, songwriter, fiction and copy writer, and a visual artist. A resident of Columbia with a bachelor’s in communications from Florida State University, he is a veteran of the city’s theatre scene, serving as a cast member in stage productions at Trustus Theatre and at USC. His resume includes appearances in productions in New York City, Wales and on screen in Third Reel, a Jason Stokes film. He has been the principal at Kaufmann Forensic Actors for 12 years. His company contracts 20 actors from across the U.S. to provide actors to the FBI, ICE and other federal and state agencies for use in scenario-based training, where they portray victims of myriad crimes. THEATRE: PLAYWRIGHTING KEVIN FERGUSON | Horry County He describes himself as a son, friend, actor, counselor, teacher, mentor, playwright, dramaturg, and a literary manager, but “not always in that order,” says Kevin Ferguson of Little River on his website. He is credited with writing six plays: five original, and an adaptation of Dickens’ famed A Christmas Carol. His work was included in a short play anthology in 2015 and he contributed to a nine-vignette collection of works with other playwrights. Ferguson teaches playwriting and dramaturgy at Coastal Carolina University. He earned an MFA in playwriting with a concentration in dramaturgy from Hollins University. He is playwright-in-residence, literary manager, and resident dramaturg at Atlantic Stage in Myrtle Beach. He is also the resident Dramaturg at the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins.

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 SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

Time to make hay

The first weekend in June is just days away, and that means it’s time for another arts festival in South Carolina. More low-key than its larger brethren, the Ag + Art Tour (Ag and Art Tour) continues to grow and in 2018 is spread throughout 12 counties. Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of designated farms in South Carolina featuring local artisans and farmer's markets.  During this tour you will have the opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. It’s the largest free farm and art tour in the nation with more 30,000 visitors participating since it began in 2012. And it’s ready to, ahem, make hay for the next four weekends in the counties of:

  1. Chesterfield County (June 2-3)
  2. Darlington County
  3. Florence County
  4. Horry County
  5. Kershaw County
  6. Chester County (June 9-10)
  7. Lancaster County
  8. York County
  9. Fairfield County (June 16-17)
  10. Newberry County (June 23-24)
  11. Union County
  12. Spartanburg County
2018 Tour Times
  • Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays 1-5 p.m.
Once again, yes, admission is free, but there will likely be a charge to purchase food, beverages and a farmer’s and/or artisan’s products. Some activities may also have a cost. Head to the Ag + Art Tour website to begin plotting the course that works for you. (And do them a solid: don’t forget to use the hashtag #agandarttour in your social media posts.)

Free workshop, lunch coming soon for coastal S.C. artisans

Have you ever wondered what resources are available to help you start, sustain, or grow your business? Is your business in the creative or cultural heritage industries? Are you an entrepreneur whose business intersects with, or has the potential to intersect with the tourism industry? Are you an artist looking to start a business? This is the meeting you must attend…lunch is included! Seating is limited to 40, so register today.

  • DATE:            Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • TIME:            9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:      901-905 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
  • COST:            None. (That’s right. Free!)
Meet representatives from the Arts Commission, City of Georgetown Economic Development, CommunityWorks, Conway Innovation Center, Georgetown Innovation Center, and SCORE, along with other organizations that provide resources for small business and entrepreneurs. Network! Ask questions, provide input, and participate in planning to access business resources that can help your business grow. Click here to take a business / entrepreneur needs assessment survey that will help us help you before, during and after the meeting. This meeting is open to entrepreneurs located in Georgetown and Horry counties, but also includes the contiguous counties of Berkeley, Charleston, Dillon, Marion, and Williamsburg. We really want to see artist entrepreneurs!

What else?

Registration is required; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Limit 2 registrants per business/organization. A registration-ticket will be sent 3 days prior to the meeting via the e-mail address you provide. Register now: Click here to register for this meeting. Registration closes April 9, 2018. This meeting is being facilitated by the SC Arts Commission. Sponsors of the meeting include the SC African American Heritage Commission, creator of the Greenbook of SC; Georgetown Innovation Center; Cultural Council of Georgetown County; Coastal Carolina University; and the City of Georgetown Economic Development Office.
For more information contact Joy Young, SCAC program director for Artists Ventures Initiative and ArtsGrowSC, at jyoung@arts.sc.gov.

Network and Knowledge workshop in Conway for arts leaders and artists

[caption id="attachment_26731" align="alignright" width="200"]Conway Glass Conway Glass[/caption] The South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with Conway Glass, will host an engaging and interactive gathering for arts leaders and artists of all disciplines on Thursday, June 23, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Conway Glass, 209 Laurel Street in Conway. Join us and offer your ideas about the kinds of support needed for the arts in Horry and Georgetown counties and surrounding communities.  You'll also have opportunities to network and share knowledge with other participants. This gathering is free but space is limited! Please RSVP by June 21, 2016 at this link. For more information, contact Joy Young.

Myrtle Beach’s “kindergarten cop” uses art to connect with city’s children

From The Sun News Article by Maya T. Prabhu; photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan

Mike DamesMike Dame said he’s always had an interest in art. He said he had a teacher when he was in grade school suggest that he pursue art and writing, but Dame decided against it. Now, after serving in the U.S. Navy and being on the Myrtle Beach police force for 18 years, Dame said he’s getting the best of both worlds by volunteering with the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School and Museum’s after-school art program. “I get to be a police officer and a teacher at the same time,” he said. Dame, who is originally from Massachusetts and served as a police officer in North Carolina before joining Myrtle Beach’s police force, said he wasn’t familiar with the school – established as a way to memorialize the city’s first school for black children – before he started volunteering. After getting injured and being assigned to light duty, Dame said City Manager John Pedersen suggested he spend some of his time each week with local children instead of sitting behind a desk. “I designed a sign for the city and John Pedersen suggested I do something with the summer art program,” he said. Fannie Brown, director of the colored school, said she always welcomes volunteers – including more parental involvement – at the school. “And he’s great with kids,” she said. “He’s interested and so helpful. The kids just love him.” Brown said she hopes to get more volunteers at the school, especially parents of the city’s children that are in the programs. “Someone who’s good with kids, has a lot of patience – like Officer Dame,” she said. Dame meets with the children for two hours a week, working on the session’s art project and introducing them to his fellow officers. “I want to get more officers involved and build that bridge that needs to be there,” he said. “I bring in officers that do different stuff to show them all these different things officers do – not just pulling people over who are speeding.” After a successful summer program, Dame decided to stay on for a fall session working with a handful of children on a comic book about the city. “The project is always something to do with the city,” he said. “Like, what do they love about the city? And help them understand they’re the future of the city.”
Brother and sister Jamil Sumpter, 5, and Everette Sumpter, 8, met with Dame last week sketching out traits and costumes for the four characters in the Myrtle Beach super hero and super villain comic book, with villains that throw trash around the city and steal training wheels from the other children learning to ride their bikes. Everette, a third-grader at Myrtle Beach Elementary School, said his favorite part of working with Dame is drawing – something he doesn’t typically spend a lot of time doing when he’s not at the after-school program. “I like drawing the bad guys and good guys,” he said, adding that at school and at home he’s usually more focused on playing sports. Everette said working with Dame is helping him understand what police officers do. “I learned that police is good,” he said, adding that he used to be afraid of them when he saw them sometimes, but now he’s not. “He’s helping me not to be afraid.” Dame, who recently transferred from the gang unit to the juvenile unit, said that’s why it’s so important for him to continue working with Myrtle Beach’s children for as long as the department will allow. “We can all connect with these kids now, be part of their lives,” he said. “Then they know you, they’re comfortable with you, they trust you. And know that we’re one more resource for them.” Image: Dame helps brother and sister Jamil (left) and Everette Sumpter make a comic book with characters based in Myrtle Beach and pulled from their imagination.

Carolina Master Chorale seeks executive director

The Carolina Master Chorale in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is searching for a part-time executive director to oversee the administrative duties of this volunteer nonprofit organization. Applicants should have a background in business administration, as well as a love for the arts, and a willingness to be the public face of the Chorale. Responsibilities include development, marketing and promotion, office management, administrative support, and the ability to cultivate and nurture relationships within the community to provide funding. The executive director will be an independent contractor who receives a monthly compensation based on approximately 15 hours per week. Interested candidates should send a resume and qualifications to Mary Rife, president of the Board of Directors, at bchmimi@aol.com. About the Carolina Master Chorale The mission of the Carolina Master Chorale is to promote the choral art, present exceptional performances of choral music, enhance arts education and enrich the cultural lives of our members, audiences and the coastal Carolina community. Via: Carolina Master Chorale