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SCAC extends AEP grants deadline

An extra seven days for your arts ed projects


This is a quick note to say that the deadline for the South Carolina Arts Commission's Arts Education Project grants for FY21 has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Just in time for the ho-ho-holidays: Introducing SAM

Low/no-match School Arts Materials Grants debut Jan. 2

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
The South Carolina Arts Commission is in the giving spirit, and the state's arts teachers will benefit to the tune of up to $7,500 in one-time money for materials, supplies, and equipment needed to provide quality arts education. Announcing School Arts Materials (SAM) grants, a new (but limited-time!) grant offering from the S.C. Arts Commission available to K-12 public, private, or charter schools in South Carolina. What's even better? A low, 1:3 match requirement... schools only need to match each dollar of their award with 33¢. Does your public school qualify (qualify, even if you do not receive) Title I funding? There is NO match requirement for you! Priority might be given to certain schools. See the grant guidelines for additional information. This grant will fund projects occurring between Jan. 2-May 1, 2020 (meaning, your project MUST be completed by May 1, 2020). The application will go live Jan. 2, 2020 and remain open through Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Keep the holiday spirit into next spring with a new SAM Grant from the S.C. Arts Commission. Don't miss out!  

SCAC posts position with ‘Art of Community: Rural SC’ program

Apply now for the SCAC's new position

Application deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET
The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is seeking an initiative assistant to execute programs and services related to The Art of Community: Rural SC initiative by coordinating related events and activities, communications, media management, constituent services, and by performing a variety of administrative tasks.  The candidate will provide administrative support for service delivery benefiting the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) in the following ways:
  • performing  clerical services that include but are not limited to: managing priority list of actions; typing, scanning, copying, and assembling documents; answering and directing calls; processing mail; arranging for supplies; preparing documents for meetings; taking meeting minutes; organizing data and files; managing media files; creating reports; maintaining and scheduling meeting rooms; setting-up and breaking-down for meetings; providing assistance at events and receptions; and handling logistics arrangements for travel;
  • attending all-staff meetings and/or weekly initiative meetings, as needed;
  • assisting with follow-up and post-project activities such as evaluations, assessments, acknowledgements, travel and expense reports;
  • communicating with Art of Community: Rural SC initiative constituents;
  • and more.
This position is classified as temporary/part-time, with up to 25 hours of work in a week. Pay is hourly. There is possibility of renewal dependent upon job performance and funding.
Preferred qualifications include a bachelor's degree* in arts, business, or public administration and experience in community development and/or project management (but are not required). Minimum qualifications and additional requirements include:
  • an associate's degree and two (2) years of experience in office administration or administrative support;
  • punctuality, regular attendance, and adherence to daily work schedule are essential. Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is sometimes required, as well as light lifting and long periods of sitting;
  • the employee may be required to operate a state vehicle; must possess and maintain a valid S.C. driver's license;.
  • employment is contingent upon the results of a favorable reference check and a criminal background check, which includes information from the S.C. Law Enforcement Department (SLED).
*Degree must be from an institution of higher learning recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Pay rate and other details may be found by visiting the link below. Punctuality, regular attendance, and adherence to daily work schedule are essential. Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is sometimes required, as well as light lifting and long periods of sitting. The South Carolina Arts Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively committed to ensuring diversity. Please note application deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. View the complete list of requirements and job duties and find out how to apply here.  

Canvassing the people… at least nine times

Once-a-decade survey comes to you, S.C. arts lover


As you probably do, the South Carolina Arts Commission believes the arts are more than simply "nice things." They offer quality of life; promote creativity, understanding, and civility; and are often indicated as points of pride in communities across any map—all while pumping nearly $10 billion into the South Carolina economy. And, and as you probably also do, the SCAC wants to them do even more of those things and do other things we haven't considered. We never said we could do it alone, so that's where you come in. We've already announced Canvass of the People 2020, a once-a-decade checkup on South Carolina arts and culture. Since then, additional public forums have been announced, and we wanted to update you because we really, really request the honor of your presence at one of them. (Not an option for you? Hang tight; we'll get to that.) Here's where the list stands going forward. Two public events have already occurred in Spartanburg and in Rock Hill (which boasted a significant turnout of about 60 informed and involved citizens).
  • Greenwood (Nov. 21, 2019)
  • Myrtle Beach (Dec. 9, 2019)
  • Pickens (Dec. 10, 2019)
  • Orangeburg (Dec. 12, 2019)
  • Sumter (Jan. 9, 2020)
  • Beaufort (Jan. 23, 2020)
  • McCormick (Jan. 27, 2020)
  • Greenville (Feb. 6, 2020)
  • Columbia (Feb. 12, 2020)
  • Aiken (Feb. 20, 2020)
Want more information on one or more of these? Our Facebook events page is serving as (pardon the term here) de facto "hub" for all event information. All current public forums are listed there. Because it's foolish to think everyone who lives in one of these areas and is interested in attending will be available when the forums occur, the SCAC website has an online survey you can take at your leisure and still be involved in this important process! To be frank, even if you can or do attend a public forum you can still take the online survey. We are asking you where we go from here, and we're eager to get to wherever that is with you.

Citizen input to help form new long-range S.C. arts plan

In public meetings and survey, SCAC queries arts’ direction


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is fanning out across the state this fall and winter, gathering public input to help it form the next long-range plan for arts and culture in South Carolina. Every 10 years, dating back to 1980, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) conducts the Canvass of the People in public and private forums and through an anonymous online survey to gather South Carolinians’ impressions of the successes and challenges for the arts and culture scene in the state. They are also asked to look ahead and weigh in on what the next steps should be. Results culled from the Canvass of the People help the SCAC form its Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina. “Public input is the cornerstone of this process. As we ask, ‘Where do we go from here?’ we need for our reach to be as far and wide as possible. There are several Canvass forums scheduled and more being planned, each chosen strategically for geographic diversity and, we hope, diversity of opinion and experience. The goal is to generate discussion about the arts to understand what South Carolinians envision for their communities,” SCAC Executive Director David Platts said. At present, seven public forums are on the calendar at locations throughout South Carolina. One occurred in mid-October, but the rest take place from November through February and more are in the planning stages. Two private forums have occurred, and more of those are expected as well, taking place during meetings of affinity groups in the state who work in or support the arts. The public forums on the calendar at this moment will take place in:
  • Rock Hill (Nov. 13, 2019)
  • Greenwood (Nov. 21, 2019)
  • Myrtle Beach (Dec. 9, 2019)
  • Pickens (Dec. 10, 2019)
  • Orangeburg (Dec. 12, 2019)
  • Sumter (Jan. 9, 2020)
  • Beaufort (Jan. 23, 2020)
  • Columbia (Feb. 12, 2020)
Updated listings and the link to take the anonymous survey can be found at SouthCarolinaArts.com/Canvass/. The SCAC is planning for the Canvass of the People to finish in March so work on the Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina may begin. An estimated release of the plan is fall 2020.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key 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.

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Nominations for the Folk Heritage Awards are due Nov. 8.

Get those Verner Award nominations in soon

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Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Oct. 28

Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main things we do here. Because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.


This week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

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Next week

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Next 30(ish)

Rolling Deadlines

Important Notes

  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC grants page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult the appropriate member of our team if you are an artist or represent local organizations, an educational institution, or a non-arts business or organization offering arts programming.

SCAC opens new arts orgs+ arts ed position

Apply now for the SCAC's new position

Application deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET
The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is seeking a specialist for arts organizations and education (Arts Coordinator II).  The most highly qualified candidate will have experience in K-12 arts education, community arts development, and leadership in the arts.  The candidate must also demonstrate good judgment along with the ability to build and maintain relationships among a broad cross section of local arts council, business, government, arts, education, and community leaders to support S.C. Arts Commission programs and services statewide. The person in this role will:
  • design, manage and implement statewide programs for arts organizations, K-12 schools, and arts education programs,
  • work under supervision of the deputy director, playing a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, educators, artists, teaching artists, organizations, and partner agencies,
  • provide consulting and technical assistance to arts organizations, non-arts organizations, schools, and individuals within assigned programmatic areas.

Preferred qualifications include a bachelor's degree* in arts education, an arts discipline, or arts administration and five (5) years combined professional experience in any of the following:
  • Arts education
  • Arts education programming
  • Community arts development
  • Non-profit administration
  • Certified K-12 classroom teacher
  • Educational administration
The ideal candidate would also have comprehensive understanding of the arts, arts disciplines, and issues related to arts education and youth development through the arts; knowledge of state and national arts and arts education issues; the ability to conduct needs assessments, evaluate programs and propose appropriate solutions, prepare reports; and the ability to speak Spanish. *Degree must be from an institution of higher learning recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Salary and other details may be found by visiting the link below. Punctuality, regular attendance, and adherence to daily work schedule are essential. Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is sometimes required, as well as light lifting and long periods of sitting. The South Carolina Arts Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively committed to ensuring diversity. View the complete list of requirements and job duties and find out how to apply here.  

State Art Collection sets attendance record at S.C. State Fair


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 12-day South Carolina State Fair exhibition of the State Art Collection, which is managed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, set an attendance record for the 50-year-old collection. Volunteers representing the arts commission and South Carolina Arts Foundation counted 20,679 visitors to of Pig Tales, Blackberry Winter, & the Cabinet of Curiosities during the 2019 South Carolina State Fair from Oct. 9-20, 2019. Visual Arts Director Harriett Green said that is, by far, the largest attendance ever for an exhibition of the collection. Green and the S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) visual arts department curated the exhibition to feature artists who exhibited in the State Fair’s annual exhibition dating back to the early 1960’s, works that reflect aspects of fair culture, and other iconic pieces from the State Art Collection, which was established in 1967 and includes 466 works by 288 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition was interactive thanks to a spinning wheel game that encouraged guests to find a work of art, take a selfie with it, and share it to social media. “We are excited that, thanks to this partnership with the State Fair, an exceptionally diverse cross-section of South Carolina citizens was able to enjoy their art collection in record numbers,” Green said. “There were around a third of those who are arts lovers and another third who browse everything because that’s just what they do, so they ducked in and ducked out. But there was also a third who were curious and became engaged and excited to learn of the collection and our artists.” Green said she and fair representatives are exploring future collaborative opportunities because they too were pleased with the exhibition and its attendance. The fair reported 416,320 guests for its 2019 run. “We were thrilled to partner with the South Carolina Arts Commission to showcase this collection during our 150th anniversary fair,” said State Fair General Manager Nancy Smith. “The arts are a big part what makes our state special, and it was great to see the talents of so many state residents on display this year. Our fair was an even richer experience because of this collection.”
About the South Carolina Arts Commission With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key 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.