New SCAC grants make $4 million impact in state’s communities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 September 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is announcing $3,982,012 in grants for South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations, and schools for the 2019 fiscal year as of Sept. 1, 2018.Arts in Basic Curriculum Project sites are being awarded grants to strategically plan and implement arts education as part of the school day, bringing the total to 84 and giving almost 171,000 South Carolina students access to the educational benefits of the arts. Other grants range from operating grants and project support for organizations to seed money and fellowships for individual artists, ensuring an assortment of relevant arts experiences across South Carolina. Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year with potential for impact in all counties: three rounds of Quarterly Project Support grants to benefit projects by artists and arts organizations, and additional Teacher Standards Initiative grants will be awarded to help teachers acquire supplies, materials, and expertise to meet the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. “Ongoing work to create opportunities in rural counties as well as more populated areas is attracting additional grant applications for our operating support funds,” May said. Operating support grants make up 49 percent of the FY19 total, and arts education grants make up 46 percent. In FY18, which finished June 30, the S.C. Arts Commission awarded $4,060,290 and expects to exceed that total by the close of FY19 on June 30, 2019, May said.
Amounts Awarded to Programs in Primary Grant CategoriesArts in Education: $1,822,446 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: $881,023 Awarded to 84 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: $336,193 Thirty-four 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: $292,000
- Teacher Standards Implementation: $750 (1st quarter only) One grant (to date) to help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, and expertise necessary for meeting the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.
- Arts in the Basic (ABC) Curriculum: $312,480 Two grants to support management of the ABC Project Partnership.
- General Operating Support: $1,753,406 One hundred twenty-five grants for arts organizations.
- Operating Support for Small Organizations: $83,016 Thirty-four grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
- Statewide Organizations: $106,158 Seven grants for arts organizations operating statewide.
- Organization grants: $22,500 Five grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
- Apprenticeships: $7,500 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.
About the South Carolina Arts CommissionThe 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.