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NEA announces grants to S.C. arts orgs

$125,000 is coming to the Palmetto State

[caption id="attachment_12544" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hubbard St. Dance Chicago at Spoleto Festival USA[/caption] With today’s announcement of more than $27 million in grants, the National Endowment for the Arts is continuing its efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts. These fiscal year 2019 grants will reach all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2019 and includes three of the agency’s funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the National Endowment for the Arts supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression. “The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In South Carolina, five groups from Aiken, Charleston, and Columbia will receive part of a total award of $125,000:

Aiken Music Festival (aka Joye in Aiken), $10,000 Challenge America Grant:  To support the Joye in Aiken Performing Arts Festival, featuring public concert performances and related educational activities provided by artists representing the Juilliard School in New York City.

College of Charleston, $30,000 Art Works — Visual Arts:  To support an exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Wen Ma (b. 1973).

Spoleto Festival USA,  $35,000 (Charleston) Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works:  To support artist fees at the Spoleto Festival.

Columbia Film Society, $20,000 Art Works — Media Arts:  To support the Indie Grits Film Festival and associated public programming.

Columbia Museum of Art,  $30,000  Art Works — Museums:  To support Access CMA, an initiative designed to enhance the museum visitor's experience.

Read the full release here.

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.

Spoleto Festival USA’s 2019 lineup announced

It's happening.

South Carolina's largest and most famous celebration of the arts is May 24-June 9, and today they announced this year's lineup. String bands, jazz, opera, dance, theatre, and classical music all feature varying degrees of star power, and the event will culminate at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. General public ticket sales begin Wednesday, Jan. 16. Donor pre-sales begin Monday, Jan. 7, if you want to support beyond ticket purchases. We'll see you there. (Full schedule)
Spoleto Festival USA receives operating support funding from the S.C. Arts Commission.
Main page image: Shakespeare's Globe, courtesy of Spoleto Festival USA.

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.

Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto festivals begin today in Charleston

The international arts community turns its attention to South Carolina today as two signature festivals begin at noon. Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival begin with noon opening ceremonies from the city's famed Four Corners of Law intersection (Meeting and Broad streets). If you're not going to make it down, you can livestream the event thanks to the city of Charleston on Facebook. S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May will be among the dignitaries launching the festival. The S.C. Arts Commission is pleased to provide support for both festivals. They, along with ArtFields in Lake City and Artisphere in Greenville, are our state's three signature arts festivals. Both Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto will provide a plethora of performances in all disciplines through June 10. Start making plans to go now!

See you there!

Tuning Up: Basket maker Snype featured in DC publication + Spoleto accolade

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Free Open House at Spoleto June 3!

The South Carolina Arts Commission is turning 50! Visit our Open House at the Charleston Gaillard Center June 3 from 1 – 5 p.m. during the Spoleto Festival USA and join the celebration with family-friendly activities, local arts performances and exhibits. Admission is free. The event will feature a display of the ABC (Arts in Basic Curriculum) Project Umbrellas, which were created by 67 ABC sites around the state, and poetry by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and South Carolina Poetry Out Loud champion Janae Claxton, a student at Charleston’s First Baptist School. Scheduled to perform:

  • Adande African Dance Company
  • Charleston Academy of Music
  • Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School Unichorus
  • Chamber Music Charleston
  • Daniel Island Middle School Theatre Troupe
  • Charleston Jazz
  • Lowcountry Voices
  • Smalls Institute for Music & Youth Leadership
  • Art Pot
  • Janae Claxton
  • Marjory Wentworth
  • D’Jaris Whipper Lewis
Exhibitors and/or children’s activities:
  • Yo Art
  • Smalls Music Lab
  • Engaging Creative Minds
  • Gaillard Education Program
  • S.C. Arts Foundation Zendoodle Coloring Stations
  • Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association
The 50th Anniversary Celebration is a joint project of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Arts Foundation. Find out more about other 50th Anniversary events here.

Spoleto to live-stream and rebroadcast “Porgy and Bess”

From The Post and Courier Article by Adam Parker

[caption id="attachment_26340" align="alignright" width="300"]Porgy and Bess cast Soprano Alyson Cambridge, baritone Lester Lynch and stage director David Herskovits listen as festival and city officials announce Spoleto Festival USA’s production of “Porgy and Bess” will be live-streamed and rebroadcast. ADAM PARKER/STAFF[/caption] Tickets for every performance of Spoleto Festival USA’s production of “Porgy and Bess” sold out within about two weeks, leaving many to hope for a miracle. Would the festival schedule additional performances? Were there blocks of reserved seats that might become available? And there was something else, a gnawing issue that many arts organizations must cope with (or choose to avoid): What about all the people who want to see the show but can’t afford the ticket price in the first place? Spoleto Festival, in cooperation with the Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, came up with a solution. It will live-stream the performance of “Porgy and Bess” on a Jumbotron screen in Marion Square at 7:30 p.m. May 30, then rebroadcast the opera at 7:30 p.m. the next night in the practice field of West Ashley High School. The Marion Square simulcast and West Ashley rebroadcast are made possible in part by the sponsorship of Wells Fargo and are open to the public and free. Festival officials are optimistic about the weather but will devise a contingency plan should the forecast include rain. Mayor John Tecklenburg emphasized the importance of “Porgy and Bess” to Charleston, noting that George Gershwin spent the summer of 1934 in the area soaking in Lowcountry culture. Tecklenburg remembered attending the 1970 production of the folk opera at the old Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. It was the first time “Porgy” had been performed in the city that inspired its story and characters. The show was finally presented here, 35 years after its New York premiere, because the Gershwins had prohibited the presentation of the opera in segregated theaters. “Last year, when I ran for mayor, I said that one of our goals should be to improve our citizens’ quality of life by making the arts more accessible to more residents in more areas of our city,” Tecklenburg said in a statement. “Today, thanks to the Spoleto Festival USA and its sponsors, that vision is now starting to become a reality.” The folk opera by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward currently is in rehearsals at the Gaillard Center. It stars soprano Alyson Cambridge and baritone Lester Lynch. The new production is directed by David Herskovits. “‘Porgy and Bess’ has become part of this city’s history in ways we want to embrace and celebrate,” Herskovits said. “This is a ‘Porgy and Bess’ for you, for the people of Charleston, for all the people of Charleston.” Spoleto Festival General Director Nigel Redden said the opera “evocatively represents the people of the Lowcountry” and it only made sense to make it accessible to local residents. Though she has been in several other productions of “Porgy,” Cambridge is singing the role of Bess for the first time, she said. “No pressure, right?” she joked, adding that members of the cast were familiar with one another and happy to have this chance to perform in the opera. “It’s been a through-line in my operatic career,” she said. Lynch said it is impossible to ignore the rich history of Charleston, in which the opera is steeped. “To be in the place it was created, it’s an amazing feeling, and an honor really,” he said.
 

Spoleto Festival USA holding Porgy and Bess auditions for classically trained African-American singers

Spoleto Festival USA will hold auditions in accordance with the terms established by the Gershwin Estate, for experienced, classically trained African-American singers in all voice categories who seek positions in the opera’s choral ensemble for the 2016 season production of The Gershwins®' Porgy and BessSM. These auditions will take place in Charleston, SC on Friday, February 19 from noon to 5 p.m. Production period: Rehearsals for this production will begin on May 16, 2016. The production will have six performances and the contract period will end no later than June 12, 2016. Auditions: To be considered for an audition, singers should submit a current resume, headshot, and cover letter to Assistant Producer Sara Bennett at the email address provided below. Once your materials are received, we will contact you to set up an audition time. Hard copies of materials may also be sent to the address below: Sara Bennett | Assistant Producer SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA 14 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401 o: 843.720.1107 | e: auditions@spoletousa.org Audition requirements: • Please have two memorized selections to offer; at least one must be an operatic aria, the other should be a selection from the opera Porgy and Bess. • Please bring copies of your headshot and bio during your scheduled audition time. • Prove United States citizenship; permanent residency; or possess, at the time of the audition, legal permission to work in the United States of America during the rehearsal and performance period. Auditions will be held at Second Presbyterian Church Education Building located at 342 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. For more information, please email auditions@spoletousa.org.

Gain hands-on arts administration experience with Spoleto Festival USA’s Apprentice Program

The Spoleto Festival USA Apprentice Program is a short-term, intensive and exciting opportunity to learn about the world of the performing arts and acquire hands-on experience under the guidance of professional arts administrators and technicians in producing an international arts festival. Apprentices work a minimum of 40 hours a week; long workdays and nights as well as weekends are typical. Housing, a small travel allowance, and a living stipend are provided. Apprenticeships serve as an impressive addition to any résume and are available in eight categories:

  • Artist Services
  • Box Office
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Media Relations
  • Orchestra Personnel Management
  • Production
  • Orchestra Operations
Applications will be accepted through Jan. 4, 2016. Spoleto Festival USA takes place in Charleston, S.C., May 27 to June 12, 2016. For complete information or to apply, visit Spoleto’s website. About Spoleto Festival USA For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 150 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in disciplines ranging from opera, theater, music theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music, as well as the visual arts. Called “one of the best arts festivals in this country” by The Washington Post, Spoleto has presented over 100 world premieres and almost as many American premieres since its inception in 1977.

Welcome to South Carolina, Dr. Jane Chu!

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dr. Jane Chu is visiting South Carolina to speak at the South Carolina Arts Alliance annual luncheon May 22 and take part in Spoleto Festival USA.

As the NEA gears up for its 50th anniversary, South Carolina residents are invited to "tell your art story" by submitting a memory, video, poem, photo, etc. to the NEA's website. Dr. Chu explains how to submit your story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKBSxvUx0sc