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S.C. Arts Commission budget request clears hurdles 1 and 2

Additional funding heads to the House floor in March

The FY20 state budget is making its way through state government on schedule, and it includes an increase for the S.C. Arts Commission. When arts advocates from around South Carolina gathered at the Statehouse two weeks ago for Arts Advocacy Day, they were hoping to convince legislators to include additional recurring funding for the S.C. Arts Commission for a total of $865,000, of which $785,000 would head back into the state as grant funding. Specifically, requested funds will:
  • Help keep pace with growth in the statewide network of community arts providers through Operating Support Grants to local arts organizations ($350,000);
  • Maintain and build upon promising new approaches to arts development in rural, high-poverty counties ($110,000);
  • Provide learning and career development opportunities for working arts professionals and artists ($75,000);
  • Respond to increasing demand for expanded arts education in K-12 schools statewide and build upon promising new models for summer learning through the arts that have been piloted in some of the state’s most challenged rural school districts ($250,000)
 Together, these grant funds will help the Arts Commission make significant progress toward the goal of $1 per capita for grants. Currently we have $0.59 per capita, and this new investment would bring that figure to $0.75. An additional $80,000 would help the agency pay an additional staff member. Last week, first the S.C. House Ways and Means education development subcommittee and then the full Ways and Means Committee both approved the SCAC request and sent it to the House floor for deliberations to occur beginning March 11. Monitor The Hub and/or South Carolina Arts Alliance for updates.

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South Carolina’s arts need you!

It's time to rally in support of the arts.

The budget process is getting underway, and advocates are invited to the Statehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to join the SC Arts Alliance in encouraging increased support for the arts. There are 17 new members of the legislature, and new members for almost every committee – and each of them need to hear from constituents about the impact the arts have on our state. Join the SCAA for their annual Arts Advocacy Day on Feb. 13, and come down the day before to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary! And join the SCAA throughout the week of February 11 for Arts Advocacy Week - with daily advocacy actions emailed directly to your inbox and toolkits to raise the profile of the arts in your community. Details are below! GP McLeer Executive Director SC Arts Alliance
The S.C. Arts Alliances invites you to join them for their 40th anniversary and Arts Advocacy Day. Registration for each of the featured Advocacy Week events is now open. Changes for 2019: The first Advocacy Days started with breakfast followed by meetings with legislators and then a rally? The SCAA is going back to those roots in 2019. Arrive in Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an evening reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the S.C. Arts Alliance, and join us Wednesday morning (February 13) for a Legislative Breakfast followed by scheduled meetings with your legislator in their office! End the day with our usual Rally at the Statehouse featuring student performances and lots of excitement! Register today!
40TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION Tuesday, February 12  |  5:30-7:30 p.m. Lula Drake Wine Parlour (Upstairs) 1635 Main St., Columbia Tickets: $40/person Beer/Wine + Light Apps Provided
LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST + STATEHOUSE RALLY Wednesday, February 13 | 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. South Carolina Statehouse 1100 Gervais St., Columbia 7:45-9 a.m.: Annual Meeting Breakfast & Legislative Briefing 9-11 a.m.: Meetings with Legislators (Organized by Regional Captains**) 11 a.m.: Student Performances 11:30 a.m.: Rally in Statehouse Lobby Registration is required. Registration Fee: $30/person* *Contact SCAA for student discounts. **Regional Captains recevie free registration. Click to learn more.

S.C. Arts Alliance announces 2019 Arts Advocacy Week

The S.C. Arts Alliances invites you to join them for their 40th anniversary and Arts Advocacy Day. Registration for each of the featured Advocacy Week events is now open. Changes for 2019: The first Advocacy Days started with breakfast followed by meetings with legislators and then a rally? The SCAA is going back to those roots in 2019. Arrive in Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an evening reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the S.C. Arts Alliance, and join us Wednesday morning (February 13) for a Legislative Breakfast followed by scheduled meetings with your legislator in their office! End the day with our usual Rally at the Statehouse featuring student performances and lots of excitement! Register today!


40TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION Tuesday, February 12  |  5:30-7:30 p.m. Lula Drake Wine Parlour (Upstairs) 1635 Main St., Columbia Tickets: $40/person Beer/Wine + Light Apps Provided
LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST + STATEHOUSE RALLY Wednesday, February 13 | 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. South Carolina Statehouse 1100 Gervais St., Columbia 7:45-9 a.m.: Annual Meeting Breakfast & Legislative Briefing 9-11 a.m.: Meetings with Legislators (Organized by Regional Captains**) 11 a.m.: Student Performances 11:30 a.m.: Rally in Statehouse Lobby Registration is required. Registration Fee: $30/person* *Contact SCAA for student discounts. **Regional Captains recevie free registration. Click to learn more.

S.C. Arts Alliance previews Arts Advocacy Week 2019

Hey planners: this one's for you. Arts Advocacy Week 2019 is going back to its roots, as teased yesterday in their membership email. (Quick aside: did you know membership is free? Become an advocate today!) The festivities will fall Feb. 11-15, 2019. Arrive in Columbia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an evening reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the S.C. Arts Alliance, and/or join Wednesday morning (Feb. 13) for a Legislative Breakfast followed by scheduled meetings with your legislators in their offices! End the day with our usual rally at the Statehouse featuring student performances and lots of excitement. Mark your calendars now! Registration will open up in December.

Tuning Up: Music, money, and more

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...


An exhibition for the birds. "If you're gonna do it, do it right," notable bird sculptor and South Carolina artist Grainger McKoy told the Wilmington Star News ahead of his new solo retrospective at the city's Cameron Art Museum. (You won't believe to what he was referring. - Ed.) Recovery in Flight runs through Feb. 17, 2019. Hours and admission vary. Florence Symphony goes platinum. The orchestra's 70th season begins tonight at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and (Johann) Strauss (II) are on the program. 7:30 p.m. $25-$42. Get jazzed for the weekend. Staying with the music in the Pee Dee theme, more than 20 regional musical artists from the Carolinas will perform in an eclectic collection of venues during the South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw this coming weekend. (Yes, we are gazing ahead longingly.) Dizzy Gillespie's hometown invites you to enjoy a multitude of things, including a parade, 5K, golf tournament, and lots and lots of jazz. Oct. 19-21. Weekend passes for $50. A NASAA nod to the SCAC. And staying with the blowing of horns theme (RIP, Dizzy), the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, gave a shoutout to a new partnership program from the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, S.C. Arts Alliance, and the S.C. Arts Commission you might remember us mentioning this summer: A Stronger Bottom Line. If you don't remember, the first cohort of nonprofit arts organizations from around the state is receiving financial management training as a result of the partnership.

Tuning Up: There’s a lot going on!

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...


Getting down to business. The nine-member S.C. Arts Commission Board of Directors begins a two-day meeting in Spartanburg this afternoon. Members will convene at the Chapman Cultural Center at 2 p.m. today for light business and learning time about the vibrant Spartanburg arts scene. Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. they're all business at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries main branch. "5 Lifetimes of Discovery" opens in North Charleston tomorrow. W.A.M (Women. Artist. Mentors) is a group of five female artists composed of Helen Beacham, Maria Bennett Hock, Kim Minichiello, Debra Keirce, and Carrie Waller. This international artist group develops their practices in different ways and comes together to form a strong and supportive collective. Their exhibition, 5 Lifetimes of Discovery, will focus on their discovery and cumulative experiences as artists living around the world. North Charleston City Gallery (5001 Coliseum Dr.) Free. Opens tomorrow through Oct. 31. Hours vary. South Carolina's creative economy is booming. Thanks to our friends at the S.C. Arts Alliance for putting the data together for each Congressional district. Reminder: in February, SCAC released a report that found the arts and creative sector makes a $9.7 billion impact on the state economy every year. Native American traditions at First Thursday on Main. Head to Columbia Art Center (1227 Taylor St.) from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow as Worlds of Creativity presents "Through Native Eyes: artwork and identity." Enjoy storytelling, pottery, basket demonstrations, drumming group Keepers of the Word. Farther up Main, the USC Concert Choir and University Chorus present their first concerts of the season at Main Street United Methodist Church (1830 Main St.). Both events free. More information here.

Tuning Up: Unique new exhibition + financial management training

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...


A thin blue line ... on canvas? Columbia Police Department employees are showing off their artistic talents in a new exhibition at the Columbia City Hall Art Gallery (from Cola Daily). Work from 15 employees is on display Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1737 Main St. in Columbia through Sept. 26. Free. ICYMI: A Stronger Bottom Line. The S.C. Arts Alliance – with funding help provided by the SCAC and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation – is announcing a new training program to help organizations and their leadership teams become even stronger in financial management. It is open to all SCAC organizational grantees with budgets between $200,000-$750,000. This program will provide participating organizations with tailored assistance to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of financial operations. And while it's valued at $3,500 per organization, thanks to the funding assistance mentioned above it is available for just $200. (Not a typo; we checked. - Ed.) All training takes place in Charleston. It is an exceptional resource for those who need it, and many do. Find out more now!
Arts funding clarification. You might have noticed that on Friday The Hub and SCAC social media outlets ran posts thanking Gov. McMaster and the S.C. General Assembly for the former not issuing vetoes to the latter's increased funding for SCAC grants and arts education initiatives. It was a welcome and energizing, if not pleasantly surprising, break from the norm. You might also have noticed the governor did issue a veto to $500,000 "for" the SCAC that was actually for the S.C. Children's Theatre in Greenville. So how do we reconcile saying we're grateful to have been spared by the veto pen while that $500,000 was vetoed? Because the money in question, which originated in the House, was requested by a legislator on behalf of the theatre. Our agency was simply to be what's known as a "pass-through." House rules allow for legislators to request funds on behalf of private entities. If included in the budget and approved by the Senate and governor, the funds must be sent through a relevant state agency which did not request the funding before being disbursed to the recipient.

Tuning Up: A two-act play about arts funding and bookkeeping

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...


ACT ONE: Arts Funding Update

NEWSREADER (downstage, alone, follow spot only - no stage/house lighting) (serious)

We're getting late word of an arts funding update. (Beat. Touches earpiece as if listening to producer). YES! Yesterday, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a state budget on recommendation from the conference committee. The House voted 84-28 in favor, and the Senate 30-9. The adopted budget includes an additional $350,000 the House included in March and $100,000 the Senate added for arts education. The budget has gone to Governor McMaster to sign, veto, or use his line-item veto power to strike portions he doesn't like.

AUDIENCE, off-stage (gasps)

But his vetoes!

NEWSREADER (reassuring)

Arts leaders are cautiously optimistic that the funding will remain as passed. A decision by the governor is expected next week. He has five business days, excluding Sunday and the July Fourth holiday to respond. (Follow spot fades. Newsreader exits. A spontaneous candlelight vigil begins in audience.)

(Intermission)

ACT TWO: ICYMI: A Stronger Bottom Line.

GP MCLEER (in toga, enthusiastically - a soliloquy)

OYEZ! OYEZ! The S.C. Arts Alliance – with funding help provided by the SCAC and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation – is announcing a new training program to help organizations and their leadership teams become even stronger in financial management. It is open to all SCAC organizational grantees with budgets between $200,000-$750,000. This program will provide participating organizations with tailored assistance to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of financial operations. And while it's valued at $3,500 per organization, thanks to the funding assistance mentioned above it is available (lean in, with emphasis) for just $200. All training takes place in Charleston. It is an exceptional resource for those who need it, and many do. Find out more now!

Tuning Up: Spoleto attendance + grantee bookkeeping workshop

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...


ICMYI: Near-record attendance reported at Spoleto. "Highlighted by four U.S. premiere productions, four world premieres, and several new musical arrangements, the 42nd season of Spoleto Festival USA proved to be another landmark 17-day celebration of the performing arts ... In summary, the 2018 Festival welcomed more than 65,000 ticket holders to 158 performances and events, achieving ticket sales of more than $3.3 million—the second highest in Festival history." Get all the details here. A Stronger Bottom Line. The S.C. Arts Alliance – with funding help provided by the SCAC and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation – is announcing a new training program to help organizations and their leadership teams become even stronger in financial management. It is open to all SCAC organizational grantees with budgets between $200,000-$750,000. This program will provide participating organizations with tailored assistance to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of financial operations. And while it's valued at $3,500 per organization, thanks to the funding assistance mentioned above it is available for just $200. (Not a typo; we checked. - Ed.) All training takes place in Charleston. It is an exceptional resource for those who need it, and many do. Find out more now! Artist talk at 701 CCA. SCAC fellowship recipient Jane Allen Nodine is giving an artist talk Sunday at 3 p.m. in Columbia at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art to close out the SC.FELLOWS Part II exhibition at the gallery. Reservations required. Get more information here.

Tuning Up: Story Slam season 3, African American Civil war reenactors

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...


  • Women's History Month begins Thursday, March 1, and on the same day Story Slam returns to the Columbia Museum of Art in partnership with the #WhatSheSaid Project. SCAC quarterly grant recipient Shannon Ivey is #WhatSheSaid founder and the evening's host. “This is my third Soda City Story Slam at the CMA, and I can tell you, magic happens here,” Ivey says. "I am thrilled to bring these powerful women to the stage at the CMA.” Festivities kick off with a 6-7 p.m. cash bar, and is included with museum admission or membership. NOTE: event recommended for mature audiences only.
  • An event that bridges Black and Women's history months, get ready for a reenactment of African American women during the Civil War era to be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16 at the South Carolina Archives and History Center (8301 Parklane Road, Columbia). The reenactment will be performed by Female Reenactors of Distinction (FREED,) an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. (The event is co-sponsored by SCAC.) It's free, but you must register to attend first.
  • The South Carolina Arts Alliance's work isn't done now that Arts Advocacy Day is in the rearview mirror. Did you know membership is free? They give wonderful advocacy tools and keep you updated on critical legislative activities related to the arts.