Joye in Aiken festival receives SC Arts Commission grant

Joye in Aiken festival receives SC Arts Commission grant

From the Aiken Standard

Article by Stephanie Turner; photo by Cindy Kubovic

The nonprofit that has been bringing acclaimed Juilliard School performers to Aiken for almost a decade has been awarded a grant to help continue its mission.

The South Carolina Arts Commission awarded Joye in Aiken, formerly known as Juilliard in Aiken, $9,612 toward the its 2015-16 fiscal year, according to a press release.

“Joye in Aiken is entirely funded by grants, individual donations and corporate sponsorships,” Dr. Sandra Field, Joye in Aiken board president and festival co-founder, said in a press release. “While we have wonderful community support, we’re also grateful for this funding from the state level. We think it shows that the commissioners recognize the unique role we play in the economic and cultural life, not only of Aiken, but of the surrounding region.”

The money will be used for the organization’s educational outreach, which has impacted around 24,000 students, and presentation of “public performances by world-class students and alumnae from the renowned Juilliard School and other famous performing arts conservatories,” according to a press release.

The main performing arts festival and outreach program will be held from March 5 to 12, with the Allant Trio, a Juilliard-trained chamber ensemble, doing a week-long educational outreach at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School before its performance at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W.

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Image: Part of the $9,612 grant Joye in Aiken (formerly known as Juilliard in Aiken) received from the South Carolina Arts Commission will go toward its educational outreach. Pictured are East Aiken School of the Arts students watching a performance during this past year’s festival.