Dorothy Allison to address Deckle Edge festival this weekend
Author will also receive festival's Southern Truth Award
In its 4th year as the grassroots answer to the S.C. Book Festival, Deckle Edge Literary Festival announces South Carolina author Dorothy Allison as the keynote speaker for the 2019 festival and the recipient of the second annual Deckle Edge Literary Festival Southern Truth Award.
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Allison will speak at the Booker T. Washington auditorium at the University of South Carolina on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m.
in an engagement sponsored by the USC Women’s and Gender Studies Program. On Saturday, March 23rd at 10 a.m.
, Allison will address the Deckle Edge Literary Festival in a conversation with Bren McClain
, author of One Good Momma Bone
(2017, USC Press) at the Richland Library on Assembly Street in downtown Columbia. (McClain is also a 2005 prose fellowship recipient from the S.C. Arts Commission).
Allison is the author of Trash
(1988), a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories, the multi-award winning Bastard Out of Carolina
(1998), which became a New York Times bestseller, and more. She has written for the Village Voice, Conditions, and New York Native and won several Lambda Awards. Bastard Out of Carolina
was a finalist for the National Book Award, the winner of the Ferro Grumley Prize, was translated into more than a dozen languages and became a bestseller and award winning film directed by Anjelica Huston. Allison is a recent inductee into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Read more about her here
A native of Greenville, Allison’s writings frequently reference the class struggles and social alienation she experienced as a child growing up gay, impoverished, and the first child of a 15-year-old unwed mother in the conservative South Carolina upstate. Bastard Out of Carolina
also details the sexual abuse she endured throughout childhood at the hands of her step-father. The New York Times Book Review calls the book, “As close to flawless as a reader could ask for.”
Allison will be awarded the Deckle Edge Literary Festival Southern Truth Award on Friday evening, March 22nd. The Southern Truth award, whose first recipient in 2018 was Nikky Finney
, is awarded to a Southern author whose body of work exemplifies the complexity of the South’s history, celebrates the gifts of the South’s diverse peoples, and enhances the narrative of the South by focusing on the progress we make and the continued work before us.
The 2019 Deckle Edge Literary Festival includes an exciting roster of authors, panels, and interviews including, among others, printmaker Boyd Saunders
(2002 recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts); Chieftess Queen Quet
who is an elder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation; Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Kathleen Parker
For more information please visit www.DeckleEdgeSC.org
Deckle Edge Literary Festival receives funding support from the S.C. Arts Commission.
Juilliard students help high school singers give voice to their art
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From reporting by the Aiken Standard:
High school students gave youthful voices Wednesday to an early art form that dates back to Italy in the late 1500s.
As part of Joye in Aiken's educational outreach program, students from the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville sang works from early Baroque opera during a master class conducted by students from The Juilliard School's Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts.
Joye in Aiken receives grant support from the S.C. Arts Commission. Read the full story from the Aiken Standard here
Develop young minds using the arts (and get a grant to do it)
Serve tomorrow today with an AEP grant from the SCAC
Application deadline extended: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 (for FY20)
The deadline for Arts Education Projects (AEP) grant has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019.
AEP grants fund projects and programs
that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental, and social needs of South Carolina's K-12 students, whether in-school or otherwise. That's right: these grants are for schools (public or private), community groups, government agencies, faith organizations, and ... well, anybody. The only stipulation is that you have to be using the arts to develop young minds.
So, what does that look like?
Here are two examples of current AEP grantees:
- The famed Gaillard Center in Charleston received $10,500 for teacher professional development in the arts.
- The Sue-Ham Community Development Center in Williamsburg County received $8,900 to help underwrite a community theatre production and some associated workshops.
Two groups. One urban, one rural. One large, one small. One doing teacher training, one putting on a show. They encapsulate the best thing about an AEP grant: no matter who you are or where you are, you have access to grant money to using the arts as you impact the next generation. This year's largest grant was $13,500 and the smallest was about $3,500.
You can use an AEP grant to cover half of your project's expenses.
A panel of arts professionals will review all applications and recommend funding to our board of commissioners. To learn more, visit the grant guidelines
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.
Professional storyteller visits McCormick Learning Center
McCormick County children in the First Steps, Even Start child care center and the Head Start classrooms last Friday had a special visitor last week.
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(Ed. note: The Hub welcomes stories from grantees about how you're using your SCAC grants. Today we offer just such a story from McCormick County. Thanks to Ruth Detrick, executive director of the county's First Steps program.)
With help from S.C. Arts Commission grants to both, professional storyteller Tim Lowry was able to captivate the children, telling animal stories that got them involved by making animal sounds and making movements like the animals.
The children and teachers all laughed at the story of the "Wide Mouth Frog" and the funny ending when he met up with a crocodile! They were horrified when the elephant ate the children in the story of "Unanana And The Elephant," an African Folk Tale. but were relieved when miraculously there was a happy ending. Lowry kept the children interested and engaged (which isn't always easy with pre-school children). After several more stories, the event was over but won't be forgotten, as the children learned several new vocabulary words and experienced a professional storyteller for the first time.
First Steps partnered with the McCormick Library to share the costs of bringing Tim Lowry to McCormick. He entertained the children in the morning and did a wonderful presentation of Dickens' "Christmas Carol" in the evening at the library. Both organizations received generous grants from the S.C. Arts Commission to cover all costs, which made the events possible. The S.C. Arts Commission receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Arts boost quality of life, economy in Fort Lawn
Feel free to share your stories on social media, and tag the S.C. Arts Commission.
Image captured on Facebook by Laurel Posey of SCAC grants office (during non-business hours).
Former SCAC grantee exhibits in Spartanburg
A new exhibition at Wofford College is dedicated to lithographer Jim Creal - one of the first recipients of an Artists Ventures Initiative (AVI) grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission.
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. Grants can be used to launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture.
Another grant, one from the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Artist [sic] Venture Initiative program, allowed him to set up to produce lithographs in his Spartanburg studio and to study under artist and lithographer Lynn Froelich of Charlotte, N.C.
"Lithography is a very twitchy print process, and many of these lithographs would not exist but for the collaborative help of Lynn to print them,” he said in a statement.
Lithographs are “stone prints” created using a large limestone slab on which to draw the desired image with “greasy tools” such as lithographic crayons and utilizes the fact that oil and water do not mix.
Creal created a 25-lithograph collection titled "The South Carolina Coastal Lithographic Project." The new exhibition shows 20 of the lithographs at the Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College. This Thursday at 7 p.m., Creal will give a talk at the museum, and admission is free. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Aug. 4.
So, what would you say you do here?
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There's not a quick answer to that question, but let's start with this:
The South Carolina Arts Commission does three things:
- artist development,
- community arts development,
- and arts education
through four means:
- direct programs,
- staff assistance,
- and grants.
The Hub serves as… a hub for the promotion of news items related to all those things. (The “Arts Daily
” section serves as a centralized - what’s the word? - hub for promoting statewide arts events.) On a given week, you can see posts that serve to promote any number of those things. It’s critical for this outlet to do that because if you’re a tax-paying South Carolinian, your income comes to Columbia through the Department of Revenue and can return to your community from our agency by those four means. For the current fiscal year that ends in two weeks, we’ve helped provide one, some, or all the three things we do to all 46 counties.
In short, we use The Hub to tell you how we’re attempting to be good stewards for your money. It’s not an election-year gimmick, but it’s here every year, on as many days as workload allows.
The programs, artists, and ventures are not just lofty ones perched on the peak of Mount Olympus. No, we’re also using arts and culture to make Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties feel like they have a slice of the peak
as new perspectives converge to address old problems
. We help schools integrate the arts
(top, right) into their curricula to foster creativity and critical thinking in new generations. We also enable artists to contribute to a $9.7 billion sector of the state economy by helping them not only further, but monetize their skills
(bottom, right) to provide themselves sustainable income.
That’s where your money goes, and it’s important for you to know that all the time, not just when differing opinions on funding collide - because it’s your money, entrusted to our professionals to impact all South Carolinians.
Two things you might have noticed here and/or our social media outlets lately are renewed emphasis on a) promoting what “SC Artists
” are doing (spoiler alert: they are a wildly successful lot) and b) how “SCAC Grants At Work
” are being put to work
. Here is today’s example, which happens to encompass both. The grantee artists used an S.C. Arts Commission grant to take an art form often assumed to be reserved for Olympus right to Main Street:
Here’s to seeing plenty more of this, all the time.
SCAC grant supports Claflin campers’ ‘Aladdin Jr.’ performance
Here's a brief grantee spotlight from The Times & Democrat:
Claflin University is hosting an intensive residential camp designed to provide high-level artistic instruction to youth entering grades six through 10 in a college environment. It is funded through a S.C. Arts Commission arts education grant.
The camp will conclude on Saturday, June 16 with a musical theater production of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
Claflin University Intensive (CUSAI) Residential Camp participants are taking classes led by college professors in acting, art (graphic design and jewelry making), dance, music and video production while preparing for the culminating musical theatre production featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, and book by Chad Beguelin.
Participants are also mentored by college students majoring in one of the artistic disciplines.
Go here to read the full story