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Join the SC Arts Foundation for Once Upon a Time in Aiken!

[caption id="attachment_27595" align="alignleft" width="225"]Magnolia Mare by Nanette Langer Magnolia Mare by Nanette Langer[/caption] Once upon a time, Aiken, South Carolina, was the winter playground of famous folks from the Northeast, who brought their stable of horses down South and enjoyed the mild climate.  On Sunday, October 16, the South Carolina Arts Foundation is hosting an art experience highlighting the city’s illustrious history of famous residents and visitors, equestrian life, world-class historic inns, and private residences and cottages that are part of the Winter Colony. Once Upon a Time begins with a driving tour of Horseplay – Aiken’s 2003 public art project of life-size fiberglass horses painted and embellished by artists from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. A tour of Joye Cottage (pictured above), one of Aiken’s oldest and largest winter retreats, will be led by Steven Naifeh, the owner of Joye Cottage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and co-author of the acclaimed book Van Gogh: The Life. After viewing this magnificent home, guests will be driven to The Willcox for champagne and musings about the hotel’s history and famous guests. The evening ends with a three-course meal with wine pairings, prepared by The Willcox’s Executive Chef Regan Browell.  The setting for the dinner is a secret location -- an elegant private residence built circa 1815 and exclusively available through The Willcox. Southern Valet will transport guests to Aiken from Columbia, departing at 1 p.m. and returning by 9 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person. To reserve a ticket, contact Gwen Boykin, (803) 734-8766. Proceeds from this event benefit the South Carolina Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the education and arts development programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission. For more information about the event, contact Harriett Green, (803) 734-8762.

Juilliard in Aiken to celebrate memory of founder Gregory White Smith

Juilliard in Aiken is ready to “Make Miracles Happen” when its Performing Arts Festival and Outreach Program returns with eight days of performances and a lineup of spectacular young stars from March 7 – 15, 2015. With a theme based on the title of a book written by the late Juilliard in Aiken founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gregory White Smith, the 2015 program promises a seventh year of joy, hope, wonder and excitement. The final Saturday of the festival features a memorial celebration for Smith, who lost his nearly lifelong battle with brain cancer in April 2014. Steve Naifeh, current Juilliard in Aiken chair, says that the vision Smith and Sandra Field (the organization’s president emeritus) had six years ago was to bring Juilliard’s world-class art to as many people in the area as possible, without regard to circumstance or background. “Greg believed as I do, and as The Juilliard School does, that great art is transforming,” Naifeh says. “He wanted everyone, everywhere, to have access to it. That’s why all of our performances are either free or low-cost. And it’s why we have such an extensive outreach program.” Naifeh said the organization’s school outreaches have served more than 20,000 students since Juilliard in Aiken’s founding in 2009. This year the program will reach students from age five to college. Naifeh noted that the success of last year’s festival, which brought 1,000 people to a historically accurate, three-hour production of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, bodes well for the future. “It proved that Aiken audiences truly appreciate the level of quality that characterizes every performance,” he said. “The Juilliard School is one of the most prestigious and highly respected institutions in the world. I think our audience will be pleased that this year’s festival offers so much variety while maintaining Juilliard’s extremely high standards in terms of artistry and talent.” Highlights of the festival include the return of Juilliard Dance -- not seen in Aiken since 2012 -- and a free Juilliard Juniors Dance program for families with children ages 5 - 10. The Allant Trio will offer piano, violin and cello, and Juilliard Jazz will perform a concert at the Etherredge Center and during After Hours at the Willcox. The Showcase Concert on Friday, March 13 features piano duo Anderson & Roe and guest artist baritone Elliott Carlton Hines, who will also perform sacred songs in a worship service open to everyone on March 15 at Second Baptist Church. For the performance and outreach schedules and to purchase tickets, visit www.juilliardinaiken.com. Via: Juilliard in Aiken

Elementary Dance Teacher Vacancy

East Aiken School of the Arts in Aiken, SC is seeking a dance teacher with a dance education degree for the 2014-2015 school year. East Aiken School of the Arts is a fast-growing arts integration school serving students in grades 5k-5th. Apply online through the Aiken County Public School District website (click the "Job Opportunities" tab at the top of the page) or by contacting Heather Driver in Human Resources at 803-641-2463 or applicants@acpsd.net. The salary schedule is also located under the website's Job Opportunities tab.

Juilliard in Aiken Festival celebrates fifth season

[gallery link="file"] More than 40 Juilliard students, faculty and alumni will present public performances, master classes, workshops and in-school performances during the Juilliard in Aiken performing arts festival, scheduled for March 9-15. The 2013 event celebrates the fifth season of this unique partnership with Juilliard, one of the world's premier performing arts conservatories. Aiken is the first and only community in the world with which Juilliard has partnered to create a festival of this magnitude. Highlights of this year's festival include the return of popular artists Paul Jacobs, considered the world's leading organist and a Grammy winner; Charles Yang, a crossover violinist described by the Boston Globe as having the "charisma of a rock star;" and the dynamic piano duo Anderson and Roe. Visit the Juilliard in Aiken website to view the performance schedule and purchase tickets. Several events are free. Images are from the 2012 festival. Via: Juilliard in Aiken Related: Juilliard in Aiken also presents a summer jazz camp for students ages 13-18.