Are you #ArtsReady for hurricane season?
State EMD offers new readiness tool
South Carolina residents have a new, state-of-the-art resource to help them be better prepared for hurricanes.
Last week, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division officially launched hurricane.sc
, an interactive website that can guide people through the fundamentals of being prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms.
Designed to be a quick, adaptive and flexible online reference, hurricane.sc
is accessible on a desktop computer, a smartphone or a tablet.
“People in potentially vulnerable areas will be able to use this new website along with our other resources to update their emergency plans, know what evacuation zone they’re in and make informed decisions about their personal safety,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said. “Hurricane.sc
is another tool in the toolbox for people to use when becoming their own emergency managers and being personally prepared for hurricanes.”
The new website is a virtual companion to SCEMD’s main website, scemd.org
, the SC Emergency Manager
mobile app and the annual South Carolina Hurricane Guide
. The 2021 edition of the Hurricane Guide was released May 30 to kick off Hurricane Preparedness Week. The State Emergency Response Team has updated the Guide for this year’s hurricane season, including new evacuation zones
for Berkeley County.
The South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be available:
- at all South Carolina Welcome Centers,
- at any Walgreens store statewide,
- and at SCDMV offices in Bamberg, Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Conway, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Kingstree, Ladson, Lake City, Little River, Mullins, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, North Charleston, Saint George and Varnville.
The 2021 Hurricane Guide will also be released via newspaper subscription and rack sales:
- starting Sunday, May 30, in The Beaufort Gazette, the Charleston Post and Courier, the Post and Courier Myrtle Beach, the Hilton Head Island Packet, The State, the Sumter Item, the Florence Morning News, the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, the Myrtle Beach Sun News;
- Wednesday, June 2, in Bluffton Today, the Jasper County Sun Times, and Pee Dee Weekly;
- and Thursday, June 3 in the Dillon Herald.
According to Americans for the Arts (AFTA),
Artists and arts organizations are integral to the health and welfare of neighborhoods, towns, and cities in good times, but especially in times of difficulty. Experience has shown, however, that the arts and culture sector is often not well prepared to respond to and recover from a wide range of natural disasters nor human-caused crises, such as acts of terrorism and, increasingly, civil unrest.
Given our state's geographic location, South Carolinians pay close attention to tropical weather. The SCAC website has a host of up-to-date resources
aimed at helping constituents prepare. And speaking of AFTA, they're among a cadre of arts service organizations and funders who partnered to create NCAPER, the National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response
in 2006. They published a Cultural Placekeeping Guide
that is (well, should be) required reading.
Online intensive planned for Artists U
Sustaining Through + Beyond the Pandemic
The transitions out of lockdown offer big opportunities and challenges for artists.
This online workshop brings the fundamentals of Artists U (planning, finances, time management, mission) to this complex moment. Now is a powerful moment to imagine and plan what is next for our work, our lives, and our communities.
This June, plan to meet on Zoom three Wednesdays in a row.
We will take breaks, we will breathe. We will build a positive, rigorous conversation about building balanced and sustainable lives as artists.
You will get assignments between each session.
Plan on an hour or two each week.
Here’s the schedule:
Who is eligible to participate?
- Wednesday, June 9, 12-1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 16, 12-1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 23, 12-1:30 p.m.
Any South Carolina artist.
Do you have to attend all three sessions?
Yes. And we will give you brief assignments (1-2 hours) for each session.
How much does it cost?
It’s free, thanks to support from the South Carolina Arts Commission.
How do I register? You can sign up here.
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
The show can go on, governor says
S.C. arts venues, festivals cleared to reopen Aug. 3
Artisphere in Greenville, 2016. File Hub photo.
Arts centers and festivals may resume holding public events, albeit within guidelines that call for reduced capacity and social distancing, Gov. Henry McMaster announced yesterday afternoon.
The announcement covers performing arts centers and festivals, but also amphitheaters, concert venues, and theaters of all types, among others. Special requirements pertaining to the arts include mandatory mask usage; capacity of 50% or 250, whichever is less; and the cessation of alcohol sales by 11 p.m., already required of bars and restaurants.
Well, not like this, but you get the idea.
Additional reopening materials for arts and culture
Our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance developed a reopening guideline in June that might help arts leaders walk through reopening. These guidelines are referenced in the Festival/Event guidelines above but are not necessarily part of the "required" guidelines issued by the Governor. Click here to read more
The SCAC is tracking reopening resources on its COVID-19 response page
As with most things in 2020, the situation here is evolving. The intent of the SCAC, and therefore The Hub, is to provide constituents factual information so they can decide their best path through the pandemic for themselves.
Announcing SCAC Arts Emergency Relief grants
Applications open, April 29
Application deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET
This is a critical update with vital information on assisting South Carolina arts and culture organizations and individual artists during, and as we emerge from, this time of crisis.
First, I am happy to announce that as a result of tireless work by our team, South Carolina Arts Commission Arts Emergency Relief grants for organizations and individual artists
will launch next week. The guidelines are available for review on our website now. Simply click here to access them
The application to apply for the Arts Emergency Relief grant will be open from Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 15
. There will be a single user-friendly application which will ask which of the three eligible categories applies to you:
- Arts organizations who ARE current (FY20) operating support grantees (General Operating Support, Operating Support for Small Organizations, and Statewide Operating Support)
- Arts organizations who are NOT current (FY20) operating support grantees
- Individual artists
Funding for organizations will be determined by their budget size. Individual artists are eligible to receive up to $1,000. I would like to express thanks to the South Carolina Arts Foundation and the donors to its South Carolina Artist Relief Fund campaign
, which is helping to support the grants to artists.
The recently-passed CARES Act provides funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and supports aid to arts and culture organizations nationwide. This relief may support salaries and administrative costs to the nonprofit arts sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes salary/fringe, rent/mortgage, and other operating expenses, but you may not duplicate emergency funds (for example, if you have received other emergency funds to cover rent, you may not also use this grant to cover rent).
Again, I invite you to review the guidelines for our new Arts Emergency Relief grants here
Second, the result of work with our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is a free webinar series for South Carolina arts and culture organizations focused on financial best practices for moving beyond COVID-19
. Thanks to our funding partners, leading nonprofit financial consulting firm FMA Consultants will lead these webinars beginning next week. Each 90-minute webinar will be hosted twice, with space limited to allow for manageable groups and Q&A.
Session topics and dates:
Learn more and register for these wonderful opportunities on the South Carolina Arts Alliance website by clicking here.
- Understanding Financial Heath & Planning Ahead in a Time of Uncertainty
Wednesday, April 29 (2:30 p.m.) OR Tuesday, May 5 (2 p.m.)
- Scenario Building & Contingency Planning
Tuesday, May 12 (1 p.m.) OR Friday, May 15 (1 p.m.)
Today’s update marks significant progress toward helping practitioners of arts and culture find themselves as strong as possible when we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. We at the S.C. Arts Commission have been strongly encouraged by your determination and innovation in finding ways to share through technology. As always, we stand ready to assist you as we can.
Video training for arts orgs announced
Getting ready to move beyond COVID-19
The South Carolina Arts Alliance and funding partners the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and S.C. Arts Commission are announcing a free webinar series for arts organizations focused on financial best practices for moving beyond the coronavirus.
As our state begins to slowly turn back “on” local economies, arts organizations are left wondering how they can prioritize fiscal sustainability through the continuing economic crisis, all the way through to being prepared for events that may have similar impacts in the future.
The SCAA engaged FMA Consultants, a leading nonprofit financial consulting firm, to conduct a two-part webinar series for arts groups across the state.
- There is no charge to the organization thanks to the funding partners.
- Each 90-minute webinar will be hosted twice.
- Space will be limited to 50-60 participants per webinar to allow for manageable groups and Q&A.
Details and registration links are below for each webinar.
Session topics and dates
Learn more and register for these opportunities on the South Carolina Arts Alliance website by clicking here.
- Understanding Financial Heath & Planning Ahead in a Time of Uncertainty
- Wednesday, April 29 | 2:30 p.m.
- or Tuesday, May 5 | 2 p.m.
- Scenario Building & Contingency Planning
- Tuesday, May 12 | 1 p.m.
- or Friday, May 15 | 1 p.m.
Platts updates constituents on virus response
Advocacy, policy, and funding updates from the SCAC
The South Carolina Arts Commission is working hard to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 landscape and continue providing excellent service during these challenging times.
Despite working remotely, our team remains in frequent contact, collaborating to ensure your concerns receive the prompt attention they deserve.
On a larger scale, we are striving to ensure that South Carolina’s arts and culture sector retains access to the latest resources and information it needs both to survive now and to thrive once we emerge on the other side of this situation.
To that end, I write to share some recent updates we have made that warrant your attention.
By now, I hope you’re aware of the ever-evolving COVID-19 response page on SouthCarolinaArts.com
. New to the page are two sections of critical importance:
Advocacy Efforts and Policy Concerns
Our partners in the South Carolina Arts Alliance are actively communicating with federal and state policy makers to ensure the arts and cultural community is included in any kind of recovery relief programs. To learn more about these efforts or to become involved in them, visit the South Carolina Arts Alliance website.
Further, Americans for the Arts is aggregating data on the real loss COVID-19 closings will have on arts and culture. Please fill out the five-minute survey linked here. This will help them acquire important data that best positions arts and culture for a seat at the relief table.
We are working with state and national partners to stay up to date on opportunities for emergency relief and will continue to communicate often via the “Artists and Arts Organizations” and “Arts Education” tabs on the COVID-19 response page.
At this time we do not have access to emergency assistance funds, but we are communicating with the General Assembly regarding the potential for state disaster funds to be allocated for artists and arts organizations. Along with our partners at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, we are monitoring possible arts and culture emergency relief included for the National Endowment for the Arts in the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill just passed by the U.S. Congress.
The S.C. Arts Commission team understands you are likely to be experiencing high levels of anxiety and worry right now. Your physical and emotional well-being matter to us as much as does the economic impact. Please know we are making every effort to provide you with valuable information as soon as it becomes readily available. Stay home, stay clean, and stay healthy. We are here for you.
Arts orgs: report your COVID-19 impact to AFTA
Submissions can be updated
Via our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance:
Handwashing art by Amiri Geuka Farris
Americans for the Arts has created an easy survey for all arts groups to submit their expected impact from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please fill this survey out as you are able. You may re-submit as new information is provided or decisions are made for your organization at a later date as well.
This data is VITAL is helping the SCAA, and Americans for the Arts, position the arts to have a stronger seat at the table as local, state, and federal governments work towards solutions and support for the economy.
For arts-centric resources on COVID-19 and the arts, see the S.C. Arts Commission's resources page
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.
COVID-19: Are you ArtsReady?
Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
This content snippet comes from South Arts' invaluable ArtsReady initiative. South Carolina is in a prime location to be affected by natural disasters of the tropical variety, and in the past couple of years had its experience with those... not to mention flooding, whether as a result of tropical systems or a standalone event.
But being ArtsReady isn't just about weather; it can also encompass epidemics/pandemics and geological disasters. Coronavirus is perhaps the hottest topic of the day, so we wanted to share this with our readers. Also, please wash your hands. A lot.
Are you ready for a temporary closure?
In Asia and Europe, public gatherings including performances, museums and festivals have been cancelled and shuttered to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus Outbreak Shutters Italian Museums; Event Cancellations Continue in China and South Korea - Hyperallergic
While the spread and impact of the virus here in the U.S. is not yet known, you should have a plan in the event that, in the interest of public health, your organization needs to delay or cancel events or temporary close.
Read and learn more here
, and sign up for South Arts' Arts Ready emails here