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.
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:
Tuning Up: Student art call + Carter Boucher, Adrian Rhodes news
“Tuning Up” is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order…
ArtFields Jr. is looking for student art
Submission deadline: February 12, 2021
The ArtFields Jr. Art Competition is open to South Carolina students in grades 1 through 12. All artwork submitted is considered by their review panel. Select pieces will be displayed during the month of April and final judging takes place during ArtFields. Schools and families are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony to support their student artists and developing artists throughout the community. Submissions for the 2021 competition are open through February 12, 2021. For complete details of the ArtFields Jr. competition, click here.
2020 is stopping neither Carter Boucher…
Clarence Carter Boucher, Arts Access South Carolina master teaching artist, is continuing a very successful year. The website/blog https://www.detour-ahead.org/ is featuring three of his paintings and information about his art career, live now here. Plus:
- “Art from the Heart,” a hardback book about art, is going to include his oil portrait, Jesse James, composer.
- Hip Pocket Press is publishing a piece of his flash fiction, Postcard to a Train Conductor.
… nor Adrian Rhodes
The 2020 SCAC visual arts fellow made a book of recent drawings, currently on view at 701 CCA as part of the 701 Prize Finalists exhibition. She is taking preorders for the book on her website through December 3rd.
Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Nov. 23
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.
Ed. note: Last Friday our team made the guidelines live for Accessibility and Arts Project Support grants. These categories were previously suspended to allow our staff the ability to provide constituents with pandemic-related coaching and assistance. Links to these categories are listed below.
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
Charleston arts community loses ‘Big Buddha’
Don Cantwell passes away at 85
The week is closing on a somber note in the Lowcountry.
From Maura Hogan:
Acclaimed for raising the bar of dance throughout his native Charleston and beyond, Cantwell for decades served as the visionary, yet strikingly unassuming leader of Charleston Ballet Theatre, working alongside his wife, dancer and dance instructor Patricia Cantwell, and the company’s choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr.
Known for both his quiet nature and outsize imagination, Cantwell is remembered for cutting a towering, elegant figure. However, even with such stature and presence, the lifelong disciple of dance was said to possess a humility that at times belied the magnitude of his artistry. Those attributes, as well as his twinkling humor, compelled many who knew him to refer to him as “Big Buddha.”
Read Hogan’s full report on the Post & Courier website here. (Subscription might be required.)
Star Wars characters lend hand to Puppetry Arts videos
Force is strong with free interactive video series
“Ownership of Education” digital support videos produced by Puppetry Arts are a COVID 19-Rapid Response Arts in Education outreach program funded by the National Education Association Foundation.
The series includes 15, seven-minute videos, each with a specific topic or vocabulary word featured. They are structured in a Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) format. Infusing puppetry and animation, the videos are taught by teachers Mr. Tim, Miss Arlee, and Mr. Miles, who introduce a specific topic and talk about how they experience that topic and what we can do about it together. Finally, they empower and encourage young audiences to think about and share what they themselves can do about it. Tying into the COVID-19 pandemic, some issues touch on social distancing aiming to help young audiences better understand what is happening and why.
These interactive videos are designed to be seen in order and ask for student replies (through the collaborating teacher) with the top 3 responses shared at the beginning of the next video.
Adding to the fun, cameos by Star Wars characters from the 501st Garrison and Rebel Legions help reinforce the vocabulary with visits from Stormtroopers and even Darth Vader.
Puppetry Arts is making these free videos available to all school and classrooms to help support virtual learning and bridge the gap between the classroom and the student. Email Puppetry Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate and receive links to videos unique to each school or classroom.