Wednesday’s SHIFT/SC features artist Sherae Rimpsey
Artists U SHIFT Wednesday at noon
JUST IN: The Hub got a quick dispatch from Andrew Simonet at Artists U South Carolina this morning.
Multidisciplinary artist Sherae Rimpsey will share her work and process at a Wednesday lunch Zoom session. We'll talk about her art, working across disciplines and boundaries, and doing it all during lockdown.
You can see some of her video work here
and her most recent film here
This is part of a recurring series
you've read here before
about artists helping artists through the pandemic.
Artists U presents next ‘SHIFT’ session this week
Meet two artists; add to your toolkit
Artists U/South Carolina is again offering SHIFT, monthly artist talks and conversations about sustaining through and beyond the pandemic.
On the first Wednesday of each month:
- two artists will do short presentations about their work and process.
- we’ll share specific Artists U tools and conversations for building sustainability.
Let’s not do this alone. Artists build amazing community, but our networks are often limited. We want to introduce you to two artists making powerful work, and we want to share real talk and real tools for sustaining through uncertainty.
SHIFT/SC: First Wednesday of the month, 12-1 p.m.:
2020: Oct. 7 | Nov. 4 | Dec. 2
2021: Jan. 6 | Feb. 3 | March 3 | April 7 | May 5 | June 2
Click here to get registered now!
- Do I have to attend every month? No. Register and come whenever you like.
- Will you record the sessions in case I can’t be there? Yup.
- How much does it cost? SHIFT is free, thanks to S.C. Arts Commission grant funding
Artists U/South Carolina launches Big Projects Club
Free program for ambitious artists with ambitious projects
Applications deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Big Projects Club provides eight months of support, community, and accountability for South Carolina artists pursuing ambitious goals. It is for artists who want to start (or transition) a major project or venture.
Times of uncertainty and instability can be powerful moments to start something new. Rather than retreating to the familiar, hoping our old ways of working will sustain us, we can be visionary builders of our practice, and our communities, and our future.
Let’s walk together
. Big Projects Club is a community of practice for ambitious artists and ambitious projects. We move our own projects forward, and we actively propel each other’s work with support, brainstorming, and accountability.
Do it on your terms
. We have no opinion on what you should do. You’re an artist; you’re a genius at envisioning and manifesting. Your ambitions and definitions of success are your own. BPC is here to move you forward on your terms.
12 artists, by application (applications due October 1, 2020). Artists will be selected by a panel of AU/SC facilitators.
Eight monthly group sessions (ninety minutes on Zoom) and up to three one-on-ones with an AU/SC facilitator.
+ Attend all eight sessions, no exceptions.
+ Share your insights and ideas to help propel other artists’ projects.
+ Do the work. This is for artists who can devote at least eight hours a week to manifesting their Big Projects.
Read more and apply here!
Hub follow-up: Artists U ‘shifts’ to Zoom
Free artist working groups start tomorrow
Artists U is starting SHIFT/South Carolina to get artists talking and working together in a time of crisis so they're ready when the crisis is over.
Last week The Hub promoted the informational sessions
. (Miss those? Catch up with a recorded version
.) With the preliminary stuff completed, Artists U is diving in, and SHIFT/South Carolina starts tomorrow at noon with "Artists in a Time of Crisis."
You can do SHIFT on your own. You can form a working group in your community. You can request to join an existing working group (there’s a place on the signup form for that.) However you choose to participate, Artists U does ask that you sign up for the community and dialogue
. There is no cost to participate
Registered participants get:
- access to 10 weekly Zoom workshops (live and recorded) on different topics
- the in-the-works SHIFT workbook
- regular updates on local and national resources for artists
"I know you will get a lot from our conversations and have ideas and resources to contribute," Andrew Simonet of Artists U said. "And please spread the word. SHIFT is for all South Carolina artists, not just Artists U alums."
All live sessions begin at noon on the following dates:
- April 8, 2020
- April 15, 2020
- April 22, 2020
- April 29, 2020
- May 6, 2020
- May 13, 2020
- May 20, 2020
- May 27, 2020
- June 3, 2020
- June 10, 2020
Did we mention it's free? Here's that sign-up link again
The South Carolina Arts Commission partners with Artists U on its artist development work and provides operating support to it via grant funding.
Artists U introducing new working groups for artists
Addressing shifts by shifting together
Artists U is launching a new platform for artists during this ongoing crisis: SHIFT Working Groups.
These launch first in South Carolina with two SHIFT Intros this week. During a one-hour Zoom conversation, Artists U will introduce the program and answer questions. First, here's a bit more from Artists U about this new initiative and how it can help artists.
SHIFT Working Groups: artists working together in a time of crisis
Our world is shifting rapidly. We need to shift.
We at Artists U want to work through these shifts together. We want to build positive, rigorous conversations about surviving and thriving during—and beyond—this time of uncertainty. Standing together allows us to share resources and ideas, but is not merely transactional; it is transformational. It is a model for how to live once this pandemic passes.
Artists have so much to contribute at this moment of crisis. By stabilizing our lives, we can activate our skills as artists to create things in our community and our world: new art, structures, connections, and futures.
Let us do what artists have always done: use what we have to build what we need.
What is a SHIFT Working Group?
A SHIFT working group is a group of 2-12 artists who commit to meeting online once a week and attending weekly online SHIFT workshops. You organize your group; Artists U provides the structure, prompts, and workshops. Together, we build solutions and support to stabilize the present and create what is next. We will:
- Stabilize our physical health, mental health, and financial health, and the health of those around us. This is our first priority. We cannot create or contribute well until we are stable.
- Clarify and strengthen our roles in our communities and culture. Once we are secure, we can make things, build things. In this crisis, that could take many forms: art that comforts or heals or pushes or fights, collective structures for resource and care, practices to grieve and mourn, tools for staying connected and nourished.
- Imagine, plan, and build the new and needed structures, ways of working, economies, and paradigms. This moment is full of possibility. Artists can help conceptualize and create what is next in our communities, art worlds, and economies.
What is the commitment?
- form a group of 2-12 artists
- meet weekly online with your group
- attend online one-hour workshops once a week with the larger SHIFT community (you can attend these live or recorded)
- do the writing prompts
- listen generously and sharing openly
Register here to learn more
Interested? Here are the dates and times of the information sessions (on Zoom):
Artists U grantwriting workshop moves online
Still happening. Still free.
Register ASAP; it's this Friday.
You heard about it on The Hub last month. A lot's happened since. Though many things are postponing or canceling, our partner organization is still presenting this invaluable resource for artists. Online. Register today. Made possible by a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Based on 20 years of grant writing and art making, Artists U South Carolina's
Andrew Simonet is set to introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants. You'll read some short proposals and act as a panel, scoring and discussing them.
No bull, no fancy PowerPoints, just real-world tools for artists who write (or want to write) grants.
I didn't sign up to be a grantwriter. I wanted to be a choreographer. I discovered that, to make my work, I needed to find support. So I embarked on a painful learning process of trial and error, making every possible grant writing mistake. Eventually, I secured grants from funders like Creative Capital, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Rockefeller Foundation, and residencies from Yaddo, The Studios of Key West, and Ucross.
I want to share with you everything I've learned. Based on 20 years of grant writing and art making, I will introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
You'll receive a link to the meeting once you register. Do that here.
Artists U offers artist learning opportunities this March
Hey there, #SCartists. Our friends and frequent collaborators at Artists U have two great FREE learning opportunities in Columbia next month. Both will take place in the centrally-located Congaree Vista in the centrally-located city. Here's info on each. - Ed.
Grant Writing For Artists (FREE workshop)
Friday, March 20, 6-9 p.m.
If Art Gallery | 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia (29201)
Based on 25 years of grant writing and art making, Artists U's Andrew Simonet will introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants. You'll read some short proposals and act as a panel, scoring and discussing them.
No bull, no fancy powerpoints, just real-world tools for artists who write (or want to write) grants.
Get more info and register for "Grant Writing for Artists" here.
Presenting Your Art
ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED AND BY APPLICATION
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If Art Gallery | 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia (29201)
In this workshop, we will take a hands-on look at each artist’s toolkit: work samples, artist statement, elevator pitch, and presentations. We will build a positive and rigorous conversation around the challenge of representing our art.
In Artists U, we have sat on many panels and juries, and we will tell you: Most artists fail to convey the power of their work in their applications. Too many artists submit muddled images and convoluted writing and fail to connect the two. A huge barrier to getting new opportunities is how we represent our work in words and images. We owe it to our work to represent it well in images and language.
Get more info and register for "Presenting Your Art" here.
- Each artist will prepare a four-minute presentation about their work.
- Artists in this workshop must also attend Grant Writing for Artists workshop on Friday, March 20 (see above).
Summer learning for artists from Artists U
Grant writing, basic financial skills, and more
Artists U is the S.C. Arts Commission's partner to serve #SCartists in providing training to make sustainable careers out of your artistic pursuits.
A lot of times, a career as an artist requires skills that don't get covered in school: grant writing, financial basics, etc. Rather than go it alone, the SCAC/Artists U partnership provides in-depth training for no cost: Artists U teaches, and SCAC funding covers the tuition as part of ArtsGrowSC.
This June, Artists U has three great workshops scheduled. The courses fill up fast, so don't hesitate—register today!
Grant Writing for Artists
Presenting Your Art
- Friday, June 14
- 6-9 p.m.
Finances for Artists: Basics and Beyond
- Saturday, June 15
- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Note: Enrollment for this workshop is limited and by application!
Click here to learn more and register/apply for these workshops
- Sunday, June 16
- 2-6 p.m.
- Note: Limited enrollment
Tools for a successful career as an artist
Artists U to present free workshop in Anderson
The S.C. Arts Commission is dedicated to helping #SCartists thrive economically using their talents to build a sustainable career.
Our partnership with Artists U helps provide tools to make that happen. This spring, the team from Artists U/South Carolina is heading to Anderson to present a free
Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist
Friday, April 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anderson Arts Center Warehouse
110 Federal Street
Anderson, SC 29625
The S.C. Arts Commission and Artists U/South Carolina work as partners to offer these programs to South Carolina artists.
- How much does it cost? It’s free (but the class size is limited).
- Who is it for? Practicing South Carolina artists.
- Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.
- Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.
- How do I register? Sign up here
What Artists Say About the Workshop
“Our local art sphere is changing with these workshops. People are talking about things differently and feeling more empowered. The impact is deep.”
"I have been working full-time as a self-supporting artist for ten years, yet there was not a single idea or observation that arose today that did not make an impact on me. I have also sat through many, many strategic planning meetings, charrettes, and professional development seminars in different fields, and this by far was the most fruitful, efficient, and enjoyable. This weekend will not only make a difference in my artistic and professional life, but also in the creative life of my beloved city."
"This intensive was exactly what I needed - concrete reminders that I use both sides of my brain; the guided direction to jump start my career goals that lay dormant; and defining motivation to move forward to accomplish those goals."
Theatre thriving in South Carolina
Theatre seems to be jumping across The Hub's radar this week, and for good reason: it's thriving in South Carolina. We thought it was due for a spotlight piece, so take your seats as we begin.
Act I: PURE Theatre
Co-founder and Artistic Director Sharon Graci
(right) is featured here
in a brief video from LowcountryBizSC this morning. PURE, a professional contemporary theatre group
, set records for new and returning audiences during its 15th anniversary last season, and this year gets a new venue: the Cannon Street Arts Center, where they will be anchor tenant. Graci was the S.C. Arts Commission's acting fellow in 2010/2011 and Rodney Lee Rogers
, PURE's other co-founder, was the playwriting fellow the same year. (Coincidentally, the two are married. - Ed.
) PURE receives an operating support grant from SCAC, and Rogers helps the commission administer Artists U in South Carolina
– a training resource that facilitates artist development.
Act II: Screenwriting fellow bringing play to Columbia
, who received the SCAC screenwriting fellowship for 2017/2018, will bring a play she wrote and directs to Columbia. Love Me or Leave Me
focuses on the effects of drug addiction, mental abuse, and domestic violence in three couples' romantic relationships. Look for it Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Tapp's Arts Center. Go here for ticket information
Act III: Drama Lady Theatre Group
Based in the rural Pee Dee region of South Carolina (Marion County, to be exact), the Drama Lady Theatre Group premieres Ntozake Shange’s award winning play: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf
at the FMU Performing Arts Center in Downtown Florence on Saturday, Nov. 17
. The Drama Lady Theatre Group is the brainchild of a collective of artists striving to use live theatrical performances to educate and promote wellness across diverse communities. The group received an FY19 Arts Education Project grant from SCAC.