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UofSC SVAD extends residency deadline

Application deadline: January 5, 2020 January 31, 2020


The School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) at the University of South Carolina is accepting applications for its 2020 Artist Residency Program at Stormwater Studios in Columbia. SVAD hosts an Artist Residency Program through its studio space inside of Stormwater Studios, providing essential studio space for students, faculty members, and visiting artists and community members to develop new work, lead workshops, give educational talks, and host exhibitions. We’ve designed our studio to be an ideal working environment for visual artists to test new ideas and experiment with materials. The program is designed to provide a local or regional artist with the time and space to create new works within an established artist community, and the opportunity to engage with SVAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Columbia community. The participating artist-in-residence will be provided an honorarium of $1,000 to support their work and activity, but housing and transportation are not provided. Participation in Third Thursday Open Studios (March 19, 2020) and with the SVAD and Columbia communities is strongly encouraged. Dates of residency: March 2, 2020 – April 3, 2020

How to apply

Please send the following by email, as one PDF, to svadstrm@mailbox.sc.edu:
  • Digital portfolio (10–20 images)
  • Resume
  • Artist Statement describing the following:
    •  current work
    • proposed project while in residence
    •  how you will engage with SVAD’s students and the local community (workshop, presentation, etc.), a requirement of the residency
SVAD is accepting applications through Jan. 31, 2020. One artist will be chosen by a selection committee and contacted by Feb. 15, 2020. The full details can be found on their website. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Community Programs Coordinator Anna Toptchi, at toptchi@mailbox.sc.edu or 803.777.4184.

Eight NEA grants designated for South Carolina

Federal government to provide $155,000 in funding


Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced today that organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects from the National Endowment for the Arts in this round of fiscal year 2020 funding. Overall, 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million will provide Americans opportunities for arts participation, and this year include projects that celebrate the Women's Suffrage Centennial. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.” This funding announcement includes the Art Works and Challenge America grant programs.
  • Click here for a list of recommended grantees sorted by city and state.
  • Click here for a list of recommended grantees separated by category: Art Works (sorted by artistic discipline/field) and Challenge America.
  • Click here to use the Arts Endowment’s grant search tool to find additional project details for these and other agency-supported grants.
  • Click here for the lists of the panelists that reviewed the applications for this round of funding.
Eight arts organizations in South Carolina from Abbeville, Aiken, Charleston, Richland, and Spartanburg counties are getting a combined $155,000 to present varied arts programming. Examples include high-profile events like Spoleto Festival USA and smaller public performances at Joye in Aiken and the Abbeville Opera House, among others. The former Tapp's Arts Center, now known as Tapp's Outpost, in Columbia (in the news recently for losing its Main Street space) received $40,000—the largest South Carolina grant—for its Cultural Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. "The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is delighted to hear that federal support is coming to these organizations and programming, all of whom are supported this fiscal year by state funding through Arts Commission grants. The combined support will ensure South Carolina citizens have access to and benefit from the highest quality arts experiences," SCAC Executive Director David Platts said.

Art Works

Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Art Works projects this round include:
  • A $30,000 award to Shreveport Regional Arts Council to support the new arts partnership with historically black universities Southern University at Shreveport and Grambling State University, documenting and celebrating the schools' artist alumni, who will be commissioned for artist talks, workshops, and residencies.
  • A $10,000 award to support the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust’s Yup'ik Dance Festival, where singers and dancers from villages in southwest Alaska will gather to exchange songs and dances, celebrating traditional dance in the region. The event will be the subject of a documentary film that will serve as an educational tool for future dancers.
  • A $45,000 award to support the 2020 Open Style Lab Summer Program in Great Neck, New York, which will bring together emerging fashion designers, product designers, engineers, and rehabilitation therapists to co-design adaptive clothing for people with disabilities.
For fiscal year 2020, the Arts Endowment encouraged Art Works applications for artistically excellent projects that honor the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, celebrating women’s voting rights in the United States. Among the many upcoming projects in this area are:
  • A $20,000 award to the Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky to support Metalworks for the Modern Muse. Master artists will offer metalworking and blacksmithing instruction, highlighting its relevance to Appalachian culture. Intended to serve girls ages 12-14, the project will recognize the contributions of women artists to the suffrage movement and the reforms that laid the groundwork for settlement schools in Kentucky.
  • A $15,000 award to the Chautauqua Institution to support Women’s Suffrage Centennial: Claiming a Voice, Claiming a Vote, a week-long summer opera festival that will highlight new works by a female composer-in-residence. The festival will be preceded by school performances addressing the centennial of women’s suffrage. Selected works will illustrate the challenges women have faced and the victories claimed throughout the past 100 years.

Challenge America

Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Each grant is for a fixed amount of $10,000 and requires a minimum $10,000 cost share/match. Challenge America projects approved for funding include:
  • A series of multidisciplinary Latinx cultural heritage arts events at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, a first-time applicant for Arts Endowment funding. Artists will engage with the college’s largely Hispanic district population through workshops, school activities, dance, and music performances. Among the featured guest artists is National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza and a culminating event will include a Dia de los Muertos panel discussion with guest artists.
  • NOMADstudio’s visual art program for incarcerated youth at Florida’s Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Guest artists will work with youth to create a mural and provide instruction on how to produce art independently during studio time. Artworks will be displayed during culminating events at the center and a local art gallery.
  • Theatre for Young America’s production of the play Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America, about the history of Negro League baseball, and corresponding educational activities that include in-school workshops for K-12 students in rural Kansas.
The next funding deadline for applications to the Grants for Arts Projects category is February 13, 2020. Note: Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The next funding deadline for applications to Challenge America is April 9, 2020.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

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Travel abroad through the eyes of a local artist

As we prepare to travel into a new decade, experience a new exhibit that paints the journey of a local artist's travel abroad. Bitácora/Travelogue goes on display today in The Gallery at Richland Library. The exhibit features 40 pieces, which encompass watercolor paintings, high-resolution reproductions and personal travel journals of Alejandro García Lemos. It documents the process of change through travel and movement, offering his impressions of each destination. Lemos is the founder of Palmetto & LUNA, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino arts and cultures in South Carolina. He says, "Traveling becomes a way (if not the best way) of learning, of self-awareness and of internal questioning, and drawing becomes the means to express those feelings of constant flux and change." Join us for an opening reception later that evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our Main location (1431 Assembly St., Columbia) to meet and interact with the artist. The after-hours event is free and open to the public, and it includes a musical performance by Son del Sur. Bitácora/Travelogue runs through Feb. 28, 2020. For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.


About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 12 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

Really? Vandal or vandals damage mural in Columbia park

Juveniles suspected by police


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“The mural was apparently damaged Sunday night. Columbia police have watched surveillance video from the parking lot, but so far no arrests have been made.

Park workers removed the graffiti Monday and Tuesday. However, the chemicals used also marred parts of the painting.

“'They did a decent job of getting the tag (graffiti) off, but it did some damage to the paint on the mural,' said Lee Snelgrove, executive director of One Columbia for Arts and Culture. 'It will require (the artist) to come back and touch up the areas.'”

Read the full story here. (Subscription might be required.) The mural in question is in Riverfront Park along the flood-damaged Columbia Canal.

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Midlands Arts Conservatory receives $10,000 grant

Lipscomb Family Foundation grant supports pianos

black and white piano keyboard
The Lipscomb Family Foundation just awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) to help fund the purchase of a piano lab for the school. The total cost for the piano lab, which includes one teacher piano and 15 electronic student pianos, is $34,882. Rice Music House has already donated $7,681 towards the project and has also loaned MAC the Lab for this academic year. In order to fully fund the Lab, MAC still needs to raise about $17,000 from local donors and other foundations. The Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) is a free public charter school in Columbia with a focus on visual arts, theater, dance, and music. The mission is to prepare students for academic and personal success in an environment that promotes intellectual curiosity, cultural literacy, and a deep appreciation of the arts. MAC currently consists of students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and it will continue to add one new grade every year until it is a full 6-12th grade school. Students at MAC receive three hours of academic instruction each day and three hours of instruction in their art area. Daily music instruction at MAC includes Suzuki strings (violin, viola, cello), as well as music theory, ear training, music history, piano and choir. For more information, contact Head of Schools Brad Tillman at brad.tillman@midlandsartsconservatory.org or visit the MAC website at http://midlandsartsconservatory.org. MAC is located at 3806 North Main St. in Columbia.
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Arts jobs alert! New openings in Columbia, Spartanburg


Columbia | Nickelodeon Theatre

Communications Manager Application deadline: Nov. 30, 2019 The communications manager shapes the [Columbia Film Society] brand and voice and develops strategies to engage members, reach new audiences for the theatre and media education programs and raise the local and regional profile of the Indie Grits Festival. The Manager is responsible for the development, administration, coordination, and implementation of all elements of the marketing, public relations, publications, and advertising functions of the Columbia Film Society. This position requires a strong visual sensibility, excellent writing skills, and works closely with programming staff of the theatre and IG Labs and supervises the marketing coordinator. The communications manager reports to the executive director of the Columbia Film Society. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.
  • Schedule The work is performed in an office setting during regularly scheduled office hours, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. It will require some flexibility and availability for evening activities.
  • Benefits and Wages The Columbia Film Society offers health, vision, dental care and retirement benefits. The salary range is $38,000 to $42,000.
For complete information and application instructions, click here.

Spartanburg| Chapman Cultural Center

Theater Technical Coordinator Application deadline: none provided Chapman Cultural CenterChapman Cultural Center (CCC) is seeking to fill the position of theater technical coordinator (TC). The TC would be responsible for the maintenance, oversight, and technical operations of CCC’s Theater. These responsibilities will include the oversight of the theater’s presentations and projects, all backstage and back of house personnel, equipment, operations, lighting, sound, and coordinating necessary maintenance. During periods when the services of the TC are not required in the theater, their services will be used in the maintenance and usage of technical equipment in other areas of CCC. The TC reports to the theater services manager. Due to the high volume and complexity of the Chapman Cultural Center theater operations and the need to carefully coordinate the activities of both resident partner agencies and outside renters, the TC must demonstrate a significant degree of both technical expertise and diplomatic skills to properly manage the use of the theater on a daily basis and maintain a standard of excellence. TC is responsible for the efficient and safe operation of CCC Theater facilities and equipment.
  • Work Schedule: 25 hours weekly, varies for events
  • Position Status: hourly position
  • Competencies:
    • Associates degree in Theater Production, Sound Engineering, Lighting, or Media Arts
    • Supplementary three to five years of work related experience with training in technical theater and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities
    • Must be able to work flexible hours on nights and weekends
    • Knowledge of technical operations, methods, materials, practices and procedures involved in theater operation
    • Technical Theatre skills: sound, lighting, stagecraft; management of stage crews
    • Knowledge of signal flows, microphone patching, and cable running processes
    • Knowledge/experience devising and implementing technical plans for productions
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse environment
    • Comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theater production
    • Must have a student mentality- open to learning new systems and processes
    • Resourceful and independent but capable of being a good team player
    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to pjones@spartanarts.org.

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Richland Library seeks submissions for upcoming art exhibition

Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019


Richland Library is currently accepting submissions for an exhibition, highlighting works by contemporary South Carolina and regional artists that focus on the importance of inclusion and racial equity in our community. Speaking to the life experiences of marginalized and underserved communities, the exhibition will run from March 4-May 1, 2020 at the Main location (1431 Assembly St.) in tandem with the 2020 TogetherSC Non-Profit Summit on Racial Equity. Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2019. For more information on what to include in the submission and where to send it, please visit richlandlibrary.com/art.
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‘Taking Flight’ in Columbia (but not at CAE)

The resident artists of Stormwater Studios have settled into their studios and taken inspiration from their new surroundings. Earlier this year they were named a Wildlife Habitat Area by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and are drawing on this theme in their new show Taking Flight, which runs from Nov. 20-Dec. 8. There will be an opening reception and Open Studios on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Vista Lights. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments and a cash bar. Stormwater Studios is located at 413 Pendleton St., Columbia.

UofSC SVAD offering artist residency in Columbia

Application deadline: Jan. 5, 2020


The School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) at the University of South Carolina is accepting applications for its 2020 Artist Residency Program at Stormwater Studios in Columbia. SVAD hosts an Artist Residency Program through its studio space inside of Stormwater Studios, providing essential studio space for students, faculty members, and visiting artists and community members to develop new work, lead workshops, give educational talks, and host exhibitions. We’ve designed our studio to be an ideal working environment for visual artists to test new ideas and experiment with materials. The program is designed to provide a local or regional artist with the time and space to create new works within an established artist community, and the opportunity to engage with SVAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Columbia community. The participating artist-in-residence will be provided an honorarium of $1,000 to support their work and activity, but housing and transportation are not provided. Participation in Third Thursday Open Studios (March 19, 2020) and with the SVAD and Columbia communities is strongly encouraged. Dates of residency: March 2, 2020 – April 3, 2020

How to apply

Please send the following by email, as one PDF, to svadstrm@mailbox.sc.edu:
  • Digital portfolio (10 – 20 images)
  • Resume
  • Artist Statement describing the following:
    •  current work
    • proposed project while in residence
    •  how you will engage with SVAD’s students and the local community (workshop, presentation, etc.), a requirement of the residency
SVAD is accepting applications through Jan. 5, 2020. (Look, it's a cliché, but it really will be here before you know it.) Semi-finalists will be interviewed and the final artist chosen by Jan. 31, 2020. The full details can be found on their website. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Community Programs Coordinator Anna Toptchi, at toptchi@mailbox.sc.edu or 803.777.4184.

2nd Act Film Project returns Oct. 30 in Columbia

Two screenings at Trustus Theatre


The 2nd Act Film Project, an endeavor of the Jasper Project, will premier its 6th season of short films on October 30 at Trustus Theater in Columbia’s historic Vista. There will be two screenings, at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15-20 and are available via Eventbrite.com. Ten filmmaking teams, selected from an open call for entries, will each debut an original short film having been provided with the 1st and 3rd acts of a screenplay and tasked with writing the 2nd act and creating the film in its entirety. Teams are provided a small stipend to fund their projects. The 2019 2nd Act Film Project teams are led this year by David Axe, Ian O’Briant, Amy Brower, William Woody, Jennifer Baxley, Sean Parsons, Silas Rowland, Henry Coonrod, Taiyen Stevenson, and Daniel Colella. Wade Sellers is the project director. For more information on the 2nd Act Film Project, go to www.secondactfilmafestival.com.

About the 2nd Act Film Project

The 2nd Act Film Project is a unique take on the film project concept. The goal of the 2nd Act Film Project is to promote the growth of independent filmmaking in Columbia and grow the network of independent filmmakers throughout South Carolina. Founded in 2013, the project has already produced 50 films. The 2nd Act Film Project Is presented by the Jasper Project - a non-profit arts organization based in Columbia (www.JasperProject.org).