COVID-19 and the arts in South Carolina
A response resource for S.C.’s creative communities
Artists and arts organizations in South Carolina will be affected by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Beyond reminding you to wash your hands (see more about that flier by an #SCartists below), the S.C. Arts Commission is going to leave the science to scientists and public health practitioners, but we can be a resource for the creative communities we serve. Our goal is to provide information that can enable our constituents to be ready for “What if…?” And let’s face it—there’s a lot of that right now.
Ed. note; 13 March 2020, 16:00 ET
The SCAC apologizes for the extra click, but because of the significant need for this content to be “living,” we are now directing you to the COVID-19 resources page on SouthCarolinaArts.com which we are updating frequently.
Calling all S.C. student artists
From now through February 12th, 2021 Lake City’s ArtFields Jr. is accepting art submissions from South Carolina student-artists in grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger.
Submissions are free and almost $3,000 is up for grabs in prize money, with individual prizes up to $200 for lower elementary students, and up to $500 for high schoolers. Prizes also include art supplies and ArtFields merchandise.
Besides the juried awards up for grabs in four grade categories, selected ArtFields Jr. artists will have their work on display during ArtFields and will have the opportunity to win student choice awards voted by fellow students.
Full prizes and rules information can be found at this link:
ArtFields Jr. Submissions Details
- Submission deadline: February 12, 2021
- Students grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger may apply
- Submission cost: Free
- Accepted artists will be notified March 13, 2021
- Accepted art will be displayed April 21 – May 1, 2021
- ArtFields Jr. winners will be announced at the ArtFields Jr. Awards Ceremony on May 1
Nature to inspire next ‘Communal Pen’ workshop
Two-part writing workshop ‘visits’ Congaree National Park
Communal Pen, a creative writing workshop presented by the S.C. Arts Commission and South Carolina Humanities, is back for starting THIS SATURDAY to help you write to celebrate memories, stories, and traditions of place… continuing its reimagined virtual format with a brand-new theme!
What are the memories, stories and traditions that make your community home?
What landmarks, customs, sights and sounds connect us with family, friends and neighbors, while highlighting our unique experience and identity?
Sometimes, you’ve just got to write it down!
Facilitator EBONI RAMM will lead the virtual workshop as you write to celebrate and explore connections to place and community. Often, it is in our written words that memory lives. The writing process can itself help us to awaken and preserve thoughts and traditions, offering insight, understanding and respect to present and future generations.
In conjunction with the traveling exhibit Water/Ways, Congaree National Park and Friends of Congaree Swamp are co-hosts of this two-part writing workshop, which will be conducted over two Saturday mornings next month:
- 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
Space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis online or call 803.734.8680. The new format does not support walk-ins as previous workshops have.
Share it with your friends on Facebook!
NOTE: marking yourself as “Going” on Facebook DOES NOT register you for Communal Pen.
No previous experience necessary! Although Communal Pen is a virtual program, the Water/Ways exhibit will be on display at the South Carolina Maritime Museum from Nov. 13 through Jan. 13, 2021.
The Communal Pen writing workshop draws inspiration from the new Smithsonian exhibit, Water/Ways, which is touring South Carolina with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) Traveling Exhibition Service from June 2020-April 2021. MoMS provides access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming.
Exhibit themes and images are a springboard for igniting our own stories, giving voice to our shared and individual experience of place.
Communal Pen is developed through the S.C. Arts Commission’s place-based initiative, “Art of Community: Rural SC,” a new framework for engagement, learning, and action in rural communities. The writing workshops are coordinated through the SCAC’s Folklife & Traditional Arts and Community Arts Development programs, with generous support from South Carolina Humanities.
Deeply rooted in South Carolina, “Communal Pen” writing workshop creator and facilitator Eboni Ramm fell in love with the arts at a very young age and was encouraged throughout her youth to express herself. Today, an accomplished poet and jazz singer, she invites audiences of all ages to share her passion for combining these art forms, highlighting her belief in the powerful influence of jazz on the American literary experience and aesthetic. She has taught her unique Jazz Poetry Salon at residencies with the Richland County Public Library, Arts Access South Carolina, Youth Corps, Fairfield Middle School, McKissick Museum, and ColaJazz’s partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, among others. Other selected accomplishments include her publication, Within His Star: The Story of Levi Pearson, celebrating Eboni’s ancestor who added strength to the unprecedented Brown vs. The Board of Education case, and the release of her poetry CD, Passion, and her jazz CD, The Look of Love. Learn more about Eboni at www.EboniRamm.com.
“Communal Pen: Water/Ways” coordinator Laura Marcus Green is program specialist for community arts & folklife at the S.C. Arts Commission, where she provides statewide outreach and project coordination through the Art of Community: Rural SC initiative and other projects, while managing folklife grant and award programs. She holds a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University and an M.A. in folklore/anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Selected prior positions include folklife & traditional arts program director at McKissick Museum, community engagement coordinator for the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience, and work as a folklife fieldworker and researcher, writer, curator and consultant for various arts and culture agencies nationwide. Having attended, coordinated, and facilitated diverse workshops, she is a devoted believer in the power of community writing.
Wednesday’s SHIFT/SC features artist Sherae Rimpsey
Artists U SHIFT Wednesday at noon
JUST IN: The Hub got a quick dispatch from Andrew Simonet at Artists U South Carolina this morning.
Multidisciplinary artist Sherae Rimpsey will share her work and process at a Wednesday lunch Zoom session. We’ll talk about her art, working across disciplines and boundaries, and doing it all during lockdown.
- Wednesday, December 2, 12-1 p.m.
- Meeting ID: 868 3687 5903
- Passcode: 156662
- add SHIFT to your calendar
Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Nov. 30
SCAC Deadlines and Coaching Opportunities
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.
*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.
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.
- Tuesday, Dec. 1: Artists’ Ventures Initiative
These grants offer convenient, rolling deadlines, but you are advised to apply at least six weeks before your project for some. Check guidelines for specific instructions.
- Accessibility Grants
- Arts Project Support Grants
- Arts Teacher Support Grants (formerly Teacher Standards Implementation Grants)
These S.C. Arts Commission rolling deadline grant programs are temporarily suspended to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting and Performing Arts Initiative Grants(suspended for all of FY21)
- 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.
Learn the ins and outs of the South Carolina Arts Commission grant application process and how to manage one of our grants from the professionals on the Grants Team! Grants Coaching topical sessions are held the first Thursday of every month.
- Thursday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.: Interim Payment Requests/Direct Deposit
The free topical discussion is held via Zoom. Registration is required. Need to get some assistance with something else? The Grants Team is available to answer your questions about the grants process with 15- or 30-minute sessions, Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the Grants Coaching page for further information and registration links.
OPEN COACHING CALLS FOR ARTIST DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (NEW)
Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts and the SCAC Grants Team are using Zoom to host open coaching calls on artist development grants to better enable artists to make competitive applications for our competitive grants. The sessions are free, but you must register in advance.
- Next call TBA
State Library offers free training for cultural heritage orgs
There’s no time like now to prepare for the next emergency.
From March 2021-June 2021, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is providing free emergency preparedness training for South Carolina cultural heritage organizations sponsored by the South Carolina State Library and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This course is open to individuals associated with South Carolina cultural heritage organizations, county government departments, and offices involved with emergency management and public safety. There is no cost to attend, but you must register to reserve a seat. Seats are limited to 33 registrants per region. For more information and to register, visit the S.C. State Library website now.
A look at SLED’s forensic artists
Bringing descriptions to life
Most of the time, being the subject for a professional artist is an aspiration, if not a treat.
If you are a subject for artists Deborah Goff or Lara Gorick, you’ve made some questionable life choices.
Both are senior special agents with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and both use their artistic skills to help law enforcement find alleged criminals on the lam.
WCBD TV-2 in Charleston aired a fascinating story with the SLED agents last week. It takes a good look at the process of putting a forensic sketch together and the services these unique #SCartists provide:
- composite sketches
- forensic facial reconstructions
- post-mortem images
- and age progressions.
It’s definitely worth a watch: