NEA awards grants to S.C. Arts Commission, others in state
$933,900 coming (back) to South Carolina
$80 million awarded across U.S. by NEA
WASHINGTON—The National Endowment for the Arts announces $80.4 million for 1,114 new awards located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four U.S. jurisdictions.
This is the Art Endowment’s second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2019, and these awards continue the Arts Endowment’s commitment as the only arts funder reaching the entire country. Awards from this round of funding come from four categories: Art Works II, Our Town, state and regional partnerships and Research: Art Works, plus a renewal in NEA Research Labs.
“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”
Grants recommended in this round are listed in two ways
- State/jurisdiction and listed by city/town and
- Funding category (Art Works II, Our Town, state and regional partnerships, and Research: Art Works) and then listed by artistic discipline/field.
In the first funding round of fiscal year 2019 announced on February 13, 2019 the Arts Endowment made 1,145 grants totaling $27 million. Other awards will be made in the coming months through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. All current grants can be viewed through the Arts Endowment’s grants search
SOUTH CAROLINA: 5 awards totaling $933,900
Ken May, S.C. Arts Commission executive director:
- Columbia Film Society, Columbia
$22,500; Art Works - Media Arts
- South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia
$811,400; Partnerships (State & Regional)
- Greenville Symphony Association/Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville
$10,000; Art Works - Music
- City of Rock Hill
$75,000; Our Town - Design
- Hub City Writers Project, Spartanburg
$15,000; Art Works - Literature
“At the Arts Commission, our grant will be put to use serving communities throughout the state. It will fund community arts development initiatives that seek to foster the creativity and unity needed to address the unique issues facing rural South Carolina communities. It will further our goals to provide every South Carolina child with access to an arts-inclusive education. It will also let us help our artists develop their skills to grow businesses that contribute to the state’s $9.7 billion creative economy.”
ART WORKS II: 977 awards totaling $23,983,500
Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s largest category with projects supported in 13 artistic disciplines and fields in this Art Works II group, ranging from arts education to visual arts. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with a median amount of $20,000.
Examples of Art Works-supported projects in this round are:
- A $10,000 award to the Madison Public Library Association in Madison, Wisconsin (a first-time Arts Endowment grantee) to support programming at the Wisconsin Book Festival featuring award-winning authors of genres such as literary fiction, poetry, and science.
- A $10,000 award to Shreveport Opera in Shreveport, Louisiana to support the Shreveport Opera Xpress educational touring program, which offers performances and activities for public school students in central and south Louisiana.
- A $15,000 award to the Pioneer School of Drama in Danville, Kentucky to support Voices Inside: The Northpoint Prison Writing and Performance Project, where theater professionals will conduct workshops for inmates at the Northpoint Training Center.
- A $20,000 award to Cultural Resources in Rockport, Maine to support the Wabanaki Arts Mentorship Program, where accomplished Wabanaki artists will instruct youth in basket-making techniques and cultural knowledge.
- A $30,000 award to the City of Phoenix to support a partnership with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to provide grants for intergenerational arts projects.
OUR TOWN: 57 awards totaling $4,115,000
Our Town is the Arts Endowment’s signature creative placemaking program that supports partnerships of artists, arts organizations, and municipal government that work to revitalize neighborhoods. Two program areas are place-based projects with grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, and knowledge building projects with grant amounts ranging from $25,000-$100,000.
This year’s cohort is remarkable for its diversity. Approximately a third of the recommended grantees are first-time applicants to the Arts Endowment. The types of communities vary widely with 18 recommendations for projects in rural or tribal communities. And project types range from cultural planning to festivals and cross several artistic disciplines.
Examples of Our Town-supported projects are:
- A $25,000 award to the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne in Hogansburg, New York, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe will undertake a project to engage local artists and designers to develop public art and architecture that reflects Akwesasne Mohawk culture.
- A $50,000 award to the City of Granite Falls in Minnesota to establish an artist residency program within local government. The program is the first of its kind in a small, rural setting, and has the potential to serve as a national model for other small communities.
- An $85,000 grant to the Santa Fe Art Institute to re-enliven the shuttered campus of the former Santa Fe College of Art and Design by inventorying the campus’s cultural assets and creating community arts events to build enthusiasm around the campus’s development potential and to advance community goals.
In addition to funding, the Arts Endowment advances creative placemaking through publications and resource development. Those resources are available on the creative placemaking page.
STATE AND REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS: 64 awards totaling $51,456,500
Through partnership agreements, the Arts Endowment translates national leadership into local and regional benefit. Every U.S. state and jurisdiction has its own state arts agency that coordinates cultural policies and invests in arts programming on behalf of, or as part of, state/jurisdiction government. The geographically-defined consortium of state arts agencies known as regional arts organizations are funded to manage programs across state, national, and international borders. Together, these organizations receive 40 percent of the Arts Endowment’s grantmaking funds each year to support their activities and to leverage state and other public and private funds.
Partnership Agreements help support life-long learning in schools and communities, community economic development through creative districts, and arts participation through artist tours, festivals, readings, and exhibits.
Some examples of state and regional programming funded by partnership agreements are:
RESEARCH: ART WORKS: 15 awards totaling $724,000
- The Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware State Parks have been working together since 2008 to offer arts-in-the-park programming that has increased the number and diversity of visitors to state parks.
- Through its Arts and Military Initiative, the Oklahoma Arts Council works with the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs and a local partner to provide arts activities to residents at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Norman.
- Through its Launchpad initiative, South Arts is providing mentorships and other professional development services to presenting organizations beginning or expanding in the South Arts region.
Research: Art Works supports research that investigates the value or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and with other domains of American life.
Some examples of this year’s awardees are:
- A $20,000 award to MINDPOP in Austin, Texas will support a study led by researchers from the Austin Independent School District and the University of Texas at Austin that examines relationships between schools and arts partners participating in a collective impact arts education project.
- An $88,000 award to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio will support a randomized controlled trial examining the arts’ ability to improve health, resilience, and well-being in individuals with chronic health conditions.
Final reports for previously-awarded Research: Art Works grants are posted on the study findings page of the Arts Endowment website
A renewal of an NEA Research Lab
to the University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform for $150,000 will support research that examines the impact on social, emotional and other individual characteristics of elementary school students who participate in field trips to arts institutions.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA 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 NEA 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. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.
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NEA announces grants to S.C. arts orgs
$125,000 is coming to the Palmetto State
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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.
Art house cinema seeks Director of Education
NOW HIRING: DIRECTOR OF MEDIA EDUCATION - Application deadline October 22
Having just opened its new facility in the heart of downtown Columbia, the Nickelodeon is entering a new phase of its 33 year history. Thanks to support from the Ford Foundation, the Nickelodeon is now seeking a highly-motivated Media Education expert to join the staff as they prepare to launch a new slate of education programs in the coming year. Striving to be “more than just a movie theater,” the Nick is developing a wide range of education programs including field trips, after-school programs, workshops, summer camps and more.
• Developing curriculum for elementary school media literacy field trip program
• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with local teachers and school districts
• Developing and directing production-based after-school program for high school students
• Developing summer workshop for Latino teens in the Midlands with community partners
• Recruiting local filmmakers as volunteer instructors for programs
• Assisting with program-related grant writing
The ideal candidate will have:
• A passion for the Nickelodeon, its mission and values; in particular serving Columbia's diverse communities through thought-provoking film, media education opportunities and filmmaker support services
• Strong leadership, problem solving and organization skills
• Experience working with children
• Experience in film/video production
• Proficiency in Final Cut Pro and Photoshop
• A college degree in Media Arts, Education or a related field
This a full time, salaried position with health benefits and free popcorn. Salary will range from $30,000-$40,000 depending on candidate experience.
Please note that candidates may be asked to complete a SLED background check prior to hiring.
The Nickelodeon Theatre is a 501(c)3 art house cinema, that has served Columbia and the state of South Carolina since 1979. With a dedication to leveraging the power of media arts to improve our community, candidates of all races, genders, religions and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 22.