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African American fiber artists sought for North Charleston exhibition

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 1, 2022


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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition at the 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest.

African American artists ages 18 and up, living in the U.S. and working in the medium of fiber, are invited to participate in the 15th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled "From Chaos to Beloved Community: Envisioning Social Justice." The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall, opening on the first day of the Arts Fest, May 4, 2022, and remaining on view until June 17, 2022. A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator of the exhibition. Artwork submitted for consideration does not have to be complete at time of entry. Artists may enter works in progress. The application is available at http://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs.

Challenge to artists

Artists are asked to create a fiber art piece that envisions a society free from the bondage of oppression—both physical and social. True social justice imagines a future void of racist and bigoted thought and the structures that violently oppress minorities and marginalized communities. Visualize a future where better conditions exist for all generations of people through the use of technology, art, music, and literature. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create art that shows what an inclusive future looks like. Some questions to consider are: What does safe housing, transportation equality, accessibility to healthy food, clean water, and the dismantling of systemic racism look like? When a narrative is embedded with those visuals it takes on a more powerful connective tissue. THAT is full social justice. Let your art reflect a future where radicalism is viewed, not as something to be fought, but as a societal good. Read the exhibition parameters carefully. Terms and regulations must be followed exactly or entries will not be accepted. Following the close of the exhibition, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2022/2023 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.
The 15th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition - From Chaos to Beloved Community: Envisioning Social Justice will be on display 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from May 4, June 17, 2022, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall (2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston). Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

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Actor-teachers needed for full-time elementary school roles

Positions available across the state

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Continuous

South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities' Spark! program is seeking a diverse team of full time actor-teachers to bring drama groups and classes to elementary aged children in far flung corners of the state.

Through a literacy-oriented, research-based model, actor-teachers will each cover two elementary schools per year within their geographical hub area (Pee Dee, Midlands, Lowcountry, Piedmont, etc). Actor-teachers will bring co-teaching, arts integration, outside performers, professional learning opportunities, ongoing drama classes and sample lessons, as well as summer intensive drama groups during the Read to Succeed camps. They will have state wide support, curriculum support and full training. Artists and educators with non-traditional backgrounds are welcome to apply. Maturity and organizational skills are a must. Confidence and the ability to work in someone else's space are essential. Applied theatre and creative dramatics knowledge, experience with elementary aged children, storytelling or interactive performances experiences are all very helpful. Submit cover letter, along with CV or resume along with the appropriate state application. Specific job descriptions and state application are posted here on the SCGSAH website. Positions are titled "Project Coordinator" for the lead actor-teacher ($52K), and "Curriculum Coordinator" for the 5 actor-teachers ($42K) for the regional areas. Lead actor-teacher and grant director will visit sites, support efforts and provide training. These are temporary grant funded full-time positions with benefits. They will be based from home and in local schools, but will need to travel at times to population centers for group training and support—those travel expenses are paid and time flexed out. Daily travel between home and assigned schools will not be typically reimbursed. This is primarily weekday work, during school hours, aside from periodic training days. Training and startup will be a combination of in-person and online workshops. COVID protocols for DOE, SCGSAH and local schools will be followed. The lead actor teacher should be prepared to spend part of every week traveling to sites around the state and is likely best based in Columbia or nearby. Theatre people and educators who are self starters, active and organized facilitators, good relationship builders, and playful activists are a good fit. Applicants should send their information to SCGSAH's Human Resources Director LaTomya Doctor. Applications and resumes will be submitted for review once all materials are received in HR. Looking forward to meeting some exciting and energetic applicants!
This expanded Spark! project is a three year grant funded program made possible thanks to Arts Grow SC, which is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Department of Education through American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. There are no costs to partnering schools or school districts for participation in Spark. This work builds on a previous, nationally recognized five year pilot project recently completed. In 2020, Spark’s research methodology was recognized nationally with the Arts School’s Network’s Research Initiative - Institution Award.

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Major art call: 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest

Artists in all disciplines sought to perform or present

APPLICATION DEADLINE: by Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 12 a.m.

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held May 4-8 at various venues throughout North Charleston.

Regional and local artists and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as
  • exhibitions,
  • lectures,
  • demonstrations,
  • workshops,
  • and more.
The application can be accessed at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more acts should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply. Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone, virtually, or in person. The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged. The North Charleston Arts Fest is an annual five-day celebration of the arts, offering an array of events and activities such as concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, and more, throughout the City of North Charleston. The festival was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but was successfully presented as the 38th annual event in 2021. Many of the event adjustments made with patron health and safety in mind in 2021 will carry over to the 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest, including smaller event capacities, a focus on outdoor venues, and virtual options. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843.740.5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org.

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2022 N. Charleston Arts Fest opens poster design contest

The City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition.

The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 4-8, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including posters, billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at Park Circle Gallery during May 2022. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall. The deadline to submit works for the competition is Wednesday, December 15, 2021. There is no entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com by the December 15 deadline. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition. The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights regional and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, music, theatre, visual art, media art, and literature. For more than 37 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting thousands of residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state. Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Christine Bush Roman of Johns Island (2020/2021), Joseph Kameen of Graniteville (2019), Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville (2018), Judy McSween of Charleston (2017), Lisa Shimko of Charleston (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston (2015); Amiri Geuka Farris of Bluffton (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Goose Creek (2011). For more information about the 2022 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. Click image to enlarge

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North Charleston sets Harvest Festival date

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The City of North Charleston announces the 8th Annual Harvest Festival featuring live music, an artist market, costume contests, trick-or-treat on the street, a pop-up pumpkin patch, children’s activities, and more.

The fall festivities will take place in the Olde Village of North Charleston, located on East Montague Avenue near Park Circle, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. East Montague Avenue will close to vehicular traffic from Jenkins Avenue to Virginia Avenue at 2 p.m. and remain closed for the duration of the event. The celebration includes live music by vintage pop rock n’ roll band Rock•Pop•Cult. The Kid’s Zone offers craft activities, carnival games, balloon twisting, roving entertainers, rides, and more. An artist market featuring local artists, crafters, and makers will line two blocks of East Montague Avenue, along with a few festive treat vendors. In addition, many of the restaurants in the Olde Village will offer food and drink specials. Other highlights include:
  • trick-or-treating on the street with free treat bags for kids age 12 and under (4-6 p.m., while supplies last),
  • a pop-up pumpkin patch with on-site decorating stations (cash only; prices of pumpkins vary),
  • a mechanical bull,
  • photo booths,
  • and costume contests with categories for youth, groups, and pets. The contests are free to enter and prizes will be furnished by the City of North Charleston Recreation Department, the Park Circle Business Collective, and Park Pets. Participants for all contests should be prepared to line up for judging at 5:45 p.m. for the contests to begin at 6 p.m.
The annual Harvest Festival is a rain or shine event produced by the City of North Charleston in collaboration with the Park Circle Business Collective. For information on additional programs and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at www.northcharleston.org.

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College of Charleston readies for Simons Center renovation

Multimillion-dollar update begins this month

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The Albert Simons Center for the Arts will be closed for the next two years while the 42-year-old building undergoes an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation.

“This has been a long time coming and we’re delighted,” School of the Arts Dean Edward Hart said. “We are so appreciative of the college’s administration for supporting us. You know, when times are tough, very often the arts take it on the chin. And our administration has shown the foresight to really stand by us with this project, which indicates that the arts really are a priority for the college.” Completed in 1979, the Simons Center, located on St. Philip Street in the heart of the College of Charleston campus, was constructed to serve no more than 800 students. Today the facility serves more than five times that number—and, says Hart, as the hub of the School of the Arts, it’s time to update the classrooms and performance spaces as well as the building’s technology and infrastructure. “The Simons Center has been great, but after 40 years, it needs a little work,” he said. “Better facilities make for a better environment. Everybody wants to be in a place where it looks and feels nice, and where there’s appropriate space.” The project includes renovation of almost 87,400 square feet. Around 10,900 square feet will be demolished, and 22,871 square feet of new building space will be constructed, said Brad Weiland, senior project manager for CofC’s Facilities Management. When the renovation is complete, the updated Simons Center will feature just over 99,000 square feet of classroom and performance space. Upgrades will include:
  • New seminar classrooms, as well as updated and enlarged classroom spaces
  • A new two-story black box theater
  • A state-of-the-art costume shop, scene shop and theater design studio
  • All new sculpture, printmaking and drawing studios
  • A digital lab and gallery/multipurpose room
  • New music practice rooms and revamped dressing room spaces
  • New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and updated technological systems
Crews spent the summer moving everything out of the center in preparation of construction, which is to begin in late September. “It was really a logistical jigsaw puzzle trying to figure out where everything was going to go,” Hart said, noting that moving pianos, studio art equipment along with typical classroom furniture was a lengthy process with some items being sent to other locations on campus and others now in storage. Five locations around campus will house School of the Arts programs and departments during the renovation:
  • Harbor Walk West will host offices, classrooms and event spaces for the Department of Art and Architectural History as well as the Arts Management Program. Some music classes will also take place at this location.
  • 136 St. Philip Street (the former site of Redux Contemporary Art Studio) will house the theater and dance scene shop and the Department of Studio Art’s sculpture studio.
  • The third floor of the Lightsey Center will serve as the Department of Studio Art’s offices and printmaking studio as well as drawing studios, which were already housed there.
  • Calhoun Annex (172 Calhoun St./Chapel Theatre) will house the Department of Theatre and Dance design studio.
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance’s costume shop and classroom/meeting facilities will span three floors of the historic building at 329 King St. (corner of King and George streets).
With the Recital Hall and the Emmett Robinson Theatre, located within the Simons Center, closed for the duration of the renovation, many School of the Arts performances will be held in the college’s Sottile Theatre as well as the Chapel Theatre. The renovation will begin with the demolition of the back portion of the building where the new sculpture studio and scene shops will be located. Weiland says demolition of the section of the building near the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts along St. Philip Street will also begin this fall to make way for the new black box theater. The courtyard on St. Philip Street will also see demolition before the end of the year in preparation for a new front entrance and courtyard. “Construction will run through 2022, and major completion of the building will take place in the spring of 2023 through the summer of 2023. The project is tentatively scheduled to be fully completed and turned over to the College in time for an estimated opening for the fall 2023 semester,” Weiland said. Designed by Liollio Architecture and HGA Design Firm, the reimagined Simons Center will have a bright and colorful ambiance that is inviting to students and visitors. Hart says the colors featured throughout the building are inspired by iconic architectural features found on campus such as the blue-green door of Towell Library and the rich coral color of Randolph Hall. With large windows, a modern façade and carefully chosen brick, Hart says the entrance is meant to subtly grab visitors’ attention as they make their way from the rear of Randolph Hall to St. Philip Street. “It will look brighter, and I think it will be more noticeable from the street.” And the new building will give the School of the Arts the opportunity to visually claim its prominence in the city of Charleston’s vibrant arts scene in lock-step with the school’s new tagline branding itself “The Artistic Heartbeat of Charleston.” “There really isn’t an artistic institution in this town that we aren’t somehow involved with, whether it’s a direct relationship or partnership or whether it’s our graduates that are over there or our faculty members,” Hart said, ticking off the School of the Arts’ connections to Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto, the Charleston Symphony, the Charleston Gaillard Center, the Preservation Society of Charleston as well as area theater and dance companies and art galleries. “We can just go on and on, and I think it’s time for us to claim that. Charleston is an arts city and we’re at the heart of it.”

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CMA posts education + engagement job opening

The Columbia Museum of Art is seeking an education and engagement coordinator to facilitate and support the daily operational, administrative, and programmatic functions of the Education & Engagement Department.

According to the job description, the person in the role serves that department in three primary areas:
  1. support for and work developing education programs and interpretation projects,
  2. general departmental administrative functions, and
  3. assistance with assigned EE program(s).
Major job areas include:
  • 75% Coordinate logistical and technical aspects of CMA’s tours, trainings, and education programs and assist with development of educational and interpretive initiatives, in concert with the Curator of Education
  • 15% Manage general departmental administrative functions
  • 10% Provide support for assigned Education & Engagement program(s)
This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, non-exempt position. Occasional evening and weekend hours required. A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required. For the full job description and other information about the role, please visit this link. (Ed. note: A deadline to apply was not provided.) Please email cover letter and resume to Jeanna Dixon-McCray, at JDixon-McCray@columbiamuseum.org with “Education & Engagement Coordinator Position” in the subject line.

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S.C. Phil puts SCAC grants to work

The South Carolina Philharmonic has been awarded a General Operating Support Grant of $37,013 and an Arts Education Project Grant of $10,000 from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Funds awarded from the General Operating Support grant will go to support the SC Philharmonic’s 2021/2022 season; specifically, production costs and day-to-day operations. Funds awarded from the Arts Education Project Grant will support "Phil the Music," a new education program that will debut in Richland District 1 this year. “Both the general operating support and education grants will enable us to present concerts and programs to those who might otherwise never have the chance to experience live symphonic music,” said Executive Director Rhonda Hunsinger. “We are especially thankful to the Arts Commission for their ongoing support, especially with the challenges we have faced because of the pandemic.”
The SCAC General Operating Support Grant exists to help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities and other organizations throughout the state. The grant provides three years of unrestricted support for basic operations for applicants ranging from emerging to established arts organizations with primary missions involving these artistic functions: producing, service, presenting and/or education. South Carolina Philharmonic’s award of $37,013 will be funded annually for the next three seasons. For 2021/2022, the South Carolina Philharmonic will produce six concerts at the Koger Center in their Masterworks Series including Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony (October 9, 2021), Mozart Symphony No. 40 (November 13, 2021), Beethoven and Blue Jeans (January 15, 2022), American Memories (February 5, 2022), Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (March 19, 2022) and Scheherazade (April 23, 2022). The SC Phil will bring back the extremely popular Halloween Spooktacular to the Koger Center (October 31, 2021), and will return to Harbison Theatre with Holiday and Broadway pops concerts.
The purpose of the SCAC Arts Education Project Grant is to fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students. Arts Education Project grants support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and through other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in students (social service, health, community, education or other organizations). South Carolina Philharmonic’s award of $10,000 will support the SC Phil’s new education program: Phil the Music. Nakahara, wearing a neon yellow Columbia Fireflies jersey, conducts the orchestra at the Fireflies' ballpark at dusk. Nakahara and South Carolina Philharmonic musicians perform to a sold-out concert at the Columbia Fireflies' Segra Park July 3, 2021. Provided photo. Debuting in the 2021/2022 season, the SC Philharmonic’s "Phil the Music" program will partner with middle school music classes in Richland District One. Music educators will have the opportunity to expand their curriculums by offering complimentary audiovisual resources including live recordings of the SC Phil, and virtual interactions with musicians, composers and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara in an “up close and personal” experience. This program was created during the pandemic and specifically designed to offer students a unique environment in which to learn about music, while following COVID guidelines for safety. Season subscriptions are now on sale at SCPhilharmonic.com or patrons can call (803) 771-7937 for more information. Discounts are available for first-year buyers, seniors, students, active-duty and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The South Carolina Philharmonic is committed to performing live symphonic music and providing dynamic educational opportunities in the Midlands. We carry forward a legacy of passion for the music and embrace our responsibility to be a vibrant part of the cultural fabric of our diverse community.
For more information about the South Carolina Philharmonic, please visit SCPhilharmonic.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Communications arts job opens at Winthrop University

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, August 23, 2021


The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University is accepting applications for the Director of Communications position.

Winthrop University logo and wordmarkJob Purpose

Reporting to the Dean, the Director of Communications serves as the coordinator of communications and marketing for various co-curricular and educational programs, special events and community engagement for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at Winthrop University. The Director works with a variety of internal and external constituents to execute and promote projects, events, programs, data collection and reports and encourages interest in the College from prospective students and various public constituencies.

Job Summary

The Director of Communications creates and produces recruiting, marketing and branding communications and materials (digital and print-based) for CVPA programs. Handles media relations and promotions. Provides accurate and timely information to a variety of media outlets and through social media; writes press releases; generates and responds to social media posts. Coordinates and promotes specific college and community events and activities. Supports student recruitment through social media, advertising, and outreach to high schools and community colleges; coordinates open houses with the division of Enrollment Management and Marketing; and supports pre-university and ST-ARTS programs.

Qualifications

Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in design, media, technology or arts-related discipline
  • At least two years of experience in marketing and branding, communications/design, social media, and web development
Preferred
  • Experience in public relations, event promotion, content development/editing (web, video and print), and managing a creative team.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Summary

Candidates for this position will need to possess the following:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly master software programs, including web management systems and data collection and reporting software
  • Knowledge of marketing techniques and best practices
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and develop and maintain appropriate interpersonal relationships
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and the ability to communicate effectively to diverse internal and external audiences
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with various groups, including faculty, staff, students, department chairs, other university units, media outlets and the general public
Use this link to learn more and apply: https://winthrop.peopleadmin.com/postings/8821