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Two from S.C. among ’22 South Arts Emerging Leaders of Color

Leaders from Charleston, Greenville included

South Arts announced 18 cultural leaders of color from across its nine-state region have been selected to participate in professional development and networking opportunities.

The second cohort of Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) has been selected, representing the next generation of cultural workers and arts administrators from across our region. These leaders will participate in a free multi-day professional development program specifically for arts administrators of color. This second Southern cohort will build on the success of South Arts’ first cohort and Western States Arts Federation's ELC program, which has been attracting, training, networking and promoting a new generation of diverse arts leaders since 2010. This partnership program between South Arts and colleagues at WESTAF provides tools, continued learning opportunities, and a network to administrators of color who seek to move into leadership positions in the arts and culture sector. Emerging Leaders of Color welcomes Victoria Rae Moore of TINYisPOWERFUL of North Charleston and Vaughn Newman of Vaughn Newman Dance of Greenville. Learn more about the other members of the cohort here. Keep reading for more on Moore and Newman.

Victoria Rae Moore

Victoria Rae Moore is a writer and co-founder of TINYisPOWERFUL — an interracial, intergenerational, grassroots organization and community hub linking artists, cultural workers, youth and tiny business partners to embrace THE ARTS AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ARTS as activators of sustainability; to support and promote TINY BUSINESS in the South as a vital part of neighborhood and commerce; and to build a MENTORSHIP LEGACY awakening in YOUTH a spirit of imagination, entrepreneurship and social engagement. Victoria is the executive director of TINYisPOWERFUL and received a three-year Partners For Change award from Alternate ROOTS and the Surdna Foundation, continuing a long history of art in/with community to affect structural and systemic change. Victoria's role as an arts administrator started in 2018 when she was hired as an assistant quickly advancing to the role of facilitator with an artist-led creative placemaking project - conNECKtedTOO by the Charleston Rhizome Collective - which was the only project in South Carolina supported by an ArtPlace America Award. As a multi-racial Black woman native to Charleston, SC, Victoria is committed to social change through the arts and to amplifying marginalized voices for more true, inclusive representation of the past and the present as we shape a future together. She studied dance at Charleston County School of the Arts and earned a BA in journalism and public relations from the University of South Carolina.

Vaughn Newman

Born in Philadelphia Newman began dancing at William Penn Arts Charter and continued training at Freedom Theater, PHILADANCO, & New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL. While at New World, he began performing with Momentum Dance Company and Brazz Dance Theater until a move to the Upstate in 2009. After choreographing for local theaters, dance studios, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, The Studio–Home of Vaughn Newman Dance(VND) opened its doors in 2018 offering dance instruction to Upstate communities, students, hobbyists, and pre-professional dancers. The Studio is the home of Greenville’s first Afro-American and professional contemporary dance company. Newman also founded ZAKI West African Drum & Dance Ensemble and ADAM Arts as community outreach programs that cross socio-economical barriers by making the arts accessible to the community, especially misaligned and underserved youths. Together, these outreach programs and Vaughn Newman Dance narrow the cultural divide through curated interactive performing arts experiences, Traditional West African drum & dance classes, and workshops.  

Jason Rapp

Four new positions open at SCAC

UPDATE: Arts learning x 2, grants, and something new

APPLICATION DEADLINES EXTENDED: Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (all four)
Updated 30 July 2021 at 13:48 ET.

The S.C. Arts Commission is hiring.

By now you have probably heard that South Carolina is making a massive investment in arts learning. With that will come increased demand for S.C. Arts Commission grants and other services. To ensure constituent service remains at a high level, applications are now being accepted for three positions serving grants and arts learning.

Arts Learning Director

Designs, manages, and implements statewide programs for schools and districts, arts organizations, and arts learning programs.  Working under supervision of the Deputy Director, they play a vital role in working with constituents: grantees, educators, artists, teaching artists, organizations, and partner agencies. Provides consulting and technical assistance to constituents within assigned programmatic areas.

K12 Arts Education Coordinator

Coordinates and implements activities, research, and administrative duties for the Arts Commission’s K-12 initiatives including grants and direct programs. Working under supervision of the Arts Learning Director, they play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, schools, organizations, and partner entities. Provides consulting and technical assistance to constituents within assigned programmatic areas.

Assistant Grants Coordinator

Ensures accurate and efficient processing of grants from application to final report in a cloud-based grants management system. Serves as the initial point of contact for requests for grants information and customer service. Working under supervision of the deputy director, they serve as a member of the Arts Commission’s grants team and play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, schools, organizations, and partner entities. Duties include grants office administration and grants processing.
[caption id="attachment_47529" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Select works from the State Art Collection adorn the walls at the South Carolina Arts Commission.[/caption]

Introducing Arts Industry

The SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Soon, arts industry will be added as a fourth key area.

Arts Industry Director

The agency envisions its first arts industry director as someone who designs, manages, and implements statewide programs for arts organizations, including local arts councils, nonprofits, businesses, and non-arts organizations serving as arts providers. Working under supervision of the deputy director, they play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, organizations, and partner agencies. Provide consulting and technical assistance to arts organizations, arts providers, and arts businesses within assigned programmatic areas. Chair the State Art Collection committee and manages the State Art Collection coordinator.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences. A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on social media.

Jason Rapp

Redux Contemporary Art Center seeks executive director

Application review begins July 26; position open until filled Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux), a not-for-profit 501-c-3 arts organization established in 2002, seeks an exceptional, business-savvy leader with an arts or arts administration background for its full-time executive director position. Redux is committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences. Redux recently relocated to a newly refurbished building at 1056 King Street in Charleston, which has garnered widespread praise from artists and Redux members and supporters alike. Redux is governed by a nine-member board of directors. Chief Duties The executive director is expected to provide artistic vision, competent leadership and overall direction for day-to-day operations in furtherance of Redux’s mission, consistent with board-established goals and policies. To this end, the executive director has the following chief duties: Business Planning and Program Development

  • Develop and cultivate an artistic vision for Redux and its programming.
  • Implement that vision through programmatic efforts, including but not limited to creating and maintaining a supportive environment for studio artists, planning and managing exhibitions, coordinating arrangements with visiting artists, and developing and overseeing community classes, kids camps, and other learning experiences.
  • Share knowledge and support for the board’s strategic planning process.
  • Develop and execute a sound business plan that aligns Redux’s mission with a strategy to grow revenues and develop long-term sustainability.
  • Assess needs, identify available assets and resources, coordinate and collaborate with others where feasible, and develop and implement programs to achieve the mission.
  • Marshal necessary human, financial, and material resources needed to operate programs.
  • Design evaluation methodologies to assess program performance. Based on evaluation results, implement changes and improvements as necessary.
Fundraising/Resource Development
  • Refine and grow the membership program.
  • Conduct research on grants and other funding opportunities with foundations and other not-for- profit organizations, public sector agencies, corporations, and civic groups.
  • Cultivate relationships with prospective funders. Prepare and submit letters of intent, concept papers, full proposals, and other requests for funding. Complete grant reports.
  • Plan and implement activities to cultivate and solicit individual contributions, particularly from high net worth individuals residing in the Lowcountry.
  • Coordinate special fundraising events.
  • Identify potential sources for in-kind donations of goods and services. Prepare and submit requests as needed.
  • Oversee the acknowledgment of all gifts, grants, and donations in a timely manner and the maintenance of accurate and complete donor mailing lists and files.
Financial Management
  • Oversee and ensure the integrity of day-to-day financial operations and transactions.
  • Develop and revise as needed an annual budget to track revenues, guide spending, and assure performance of mission and strategic goals.
  • Create and update as needed an accounting/financial policies and procedures manual that establishes strong internal controls.
  • Produce financial reports and supporting documentation to the Board of Directors and third parties.
  • Ensure the timely preparation and submission of payroll taxes, annual reports, information returns, and other government filings.
Personnel Management
  • Develop and maintain a personnel policies and procedures manual that complies with all applicable state and federal labor laws.
  • Develop and maintain position descriptions for all staff and key volunteer positions.
  • Hire staff, and ensure proper orientation, training, supervision, and performance evaluation of the team.
  • Create an environment where staff is encouraged and heard – discipline and terminate staff as needed.
  • Assess training needs, identify sources of training, and ensure that staff and volunteers receive adequate training to perform their duties.
Property Management and Asset Protection
  • Develop and implement a prudent business plan for use of Redux’s physical plant, including but not limited to leasing studio space to artists, hosting exhibitions, and renting meeting space to community groups.
  • Ensure that the facility and grounds are properly maintained, clean, safe, and secure.
  • Maintain all necessary insurance coverage and other risk management measures to provide reasonable protection for the agency’s assets, artists, staff and volunteers, equipment, etc.
  • Oversee the organization and safekeeping of agency documents, records, files, art, etc.
Marketing and Communications
  • Assess marketing needs of the agency and develop appropriate activities and vehicles to meet those needs. Develop and promote Redux’s brand to the wider community.
  • Oversee the development of an agency website, newsletter, brochures, fact sheets, annual reports, and other promotional literature.
  • Prepare articles, press releases, public service announcements and advertisements for radio, TV, newspapers, and other media outlets.
  • Conduct speaking engagements to inform the community of Redux’s mission, accomplishments, and ongoing needs for support.
Board and Committee Support
  • Provide support, upon request, for the operations and communications of the board of directors, officers, and board committees.
  • Prepare reports to the board as directed or established in board policies.
  • Inform the board of directors when an important, critical, or controversial internal or external issue or action has occurred or is about to occur.
  • Serve as a resource and advisor to the board in assessing agency needs, understanding industry trends and practices, and developing and updating Board policies pertaining to management and operations.
Qualifications Redux seeks a dynamic individual with an arts or administration background and a strong track in fundraising and/or revenue generation. Education or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required for this position, though a master’s degree is preferred. A background in art history or techniques will be a plus. In addition to the above qualifications, Redux desires candidates with strong interpersonal skills, experience in managing/supervising staff and volunteers, excellent writing skills, and strong proficiency with technology. We are looking for an energetic, likeable person who is able to manage people and programs in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism with diverse constituencies. Location The position is located in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether an applicant has local ties or not, she or he must possess the skills and abilities to assimilate with the artistic and cultural milieu of Charleston and the wider nonprofit and philanthropic community of the Lowcountry. Redux’s executive director must reside in Charleston or a neighboring community while employed in this position. Instructions for applicants Those interested in applying for this position are instructed to send an email to the Redux Search Committee at reduxedsearch@gmail.com, and attach a current resume and a cover letter that includes applicant’s salary requirements. Review of applicants will begin on July 26, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered letters and resumes will not be accepted.

SC Arts Commission seeks deputy director

South Carolina Arts CommissionThe South Carolina Arts Commission seeks a passionate, imaginative, and resourceful deputy director with a successful record of arts management, leadership, collaboration, cultural competency, a love of the arts, and a commitment to public service for the citizens of South Carolina. Our ideal candidate will share our mission and values, and be excited to help grow, refine, secure resources, and advocate on behalf of the programs and services that have made the Arts Commission a valuable contributor to the state's economic and educational development. This position will begin just as the agency is preparing to set ambitious new goals for the coming decade, including expanding K-12 arts education, arts entrepreneurship, and community arts services.

The deputy director:
  • Assists the executive director in long-range and strategic planning and implementation of agency goals and objectives.
  • Analyzes, develops and implements policies to accomplish established goals and objectives.
  • Assists in preparing the agency's annual budget request to the governor and the legislature.
  • Monitors, analyzes and addresses the impact of agency programs.
  • Conceives and manages innovative new projects, writes business plans and develops specific plans of action.
  • Serves as partner, liaison and agency representative to a broad constituency at a variety of state, regional, and national convenings.
  • Assists executive director with special grants and total agency budgets.
  • Manages special projects, activities and events assigned by the executive director that are typically complex and highly visible efforts with potential for statewide and national impact. Planning requires a high level of creativity, in-depth research on issues, and working effectively with entities outside the agency, legislators and funders.
The position will remain open until filled. Please read the complete job description, qualifications and application instructions thoroughly prior to calling with questions.  

Greenville’s Artisphere seeks visual arts programs coordinator

Note: Artisphere is no longer accepting applications for this job.  Artisphere is hiring a visual arts programs coordinator, who must have strong project management and communication skills. A working knowledge of the local arts community is beneficial. This role is a full-time position requiring availability during some evenings and the weekend of Artisphere. The visual arts programs coordinator oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing visual arts programming including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. The coordinator is expected to attend all board meetings, some committee meetings, and any festival meetings deemed necessary by the executive director or the board. The coordinator is required to be on the festival site for the duration of the event weekend. Artisphere is a three-day celebration of the arts, visual and performing, that takes place in downtown Greenville every May. 2017 will mark the 13th anniversary of the Artisphere festival that has become a signature event on Greenville’s cultural calendar. Artisphere is consistently ranked a TOP 10 Fine Arts Festival in the Country by notable industry indices. Complete job description and skill requirements are available online. Qualified candidates may send a resume, references and salary requirements to Kerry Murphy at info@artisphere.org.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra seeks executive director

Apply by August 5. Greenville Symphony OrchestraThe Greenville Symphony Orchestra seeks an executive director (ED) to work in partnership with a volunteer board of directors and Music Director Edvard Tchivzhel to develop and implement the strategic plan that both sustains the current level of operations and drives the organization forward, following its long-term strategic plan. Reporting to the president of the board, the ED serves as the COO and is responsible for financial planning and human resources; marketing and fundraising activities; and education and community relations. The ED leads a staff of nine, which includes the directors of marketing, development, operations, orchestra personnel, and education, as well as the controller and office manager. Qualifications include a five-to-10 year track record in cultural or not-for-profit organization management with budgets in excess of $1.5 million. Knowledge of the issues, trends, and development affecting community-support orchestras is preferred, as is experience with contemporary marketing methods, including the use of social media. The GSO is a Group 4 orchestra, with an annual budget of $2.4 million. Send resume, cover letter with salary requirements and references by August 5, 2016 to: Margaret Genovese Senior Partner Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates gvasearch@gmail.com Complete details are available online. Via: Greenville Symphony Orchestra

City of North Charleston seeks arts coordinator

The City of North Charleston's Cultural Arts Department is hiring an arts coordinator to plan, coordinate and implement visual, literary and performing arts programs, activities and events.

Application deadline is July 13.

Find complete details here.

701 Center for Contemporary Art seeking executive director

701cca_logoApplication deadline is June 15. 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is seeking an executive director to provide oversight of the programs and facilities of the Center, a nonprofit institution whose primary mission is originating and presenting museum-quality contemporary art to a diverse audience. The executive director supports the mission of the Center through organizing the day-to-day operation and accessibility of the Center and its programs, overseeing the development of programs and services, building visibility and knowledge of 701 CCA’s mission and activities, and partnering in securing and diversifying financial support. The executive director works closely with the board of directors, a team of committed individuals from different segments of the community. Successful candidates need to demonstrate strong time management and priority setting abilities and must be self-motivated and able to devise as well as follow work plans and schedules. Candidates must be able and enthusiastic about working with diverse individuals and groups of people and comfortable working in an environment that requires a flexible attitude and improvisational skills. They should have a hands-on approach and an enthusiasm for the role of the arts in a thriving environment. Strong writing and speaking skills and an ability to convey the importance of the role of 701 CCA in the community are important. 701 CCA is a volunteer-based organization that strives to not only promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art, but also to advocate for the importance of the creative process and the role of art and artists in daily life. The Center offers thought-provoking exhibitions, an Artist in Residency program, educational programs for adults and youth including workshops, artist-lead gallery tours, open studio events, and exhibition openings, and a series of 701 CCA Plus programs presenting diverse performing, literary and music events. Essential to the Center’s vision is the creation of opportunities where artists and the public can interact in an intimate space and exchange information and ideas about the art of today. The job of executive director is a permanent salary-exempt position. Annual and sick leave are provided and national holidays are observed. The executive director is provided with a stipend to assist with health insurance coverage after a probationary period, as well as memberships to relevant arts and cultural organizations as determined by the board of directors. A full position description is available through e-mail request to director@701cca.org. Interested individuals should submit a full resume, names of four references, and a cover letter demonstrating both why they think they are qualified for the position and what particular skills they can bring to the job. These items must be mailed to Search Committee, 701 CCA, P. O. Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211. 701 CCA is an equal opportunity employer. The deadline for applying is June 15, 2016.

Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts seeking director of operations and resource development

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is seeking a director of operations and resource development. The ideal candidate will have experience in nonprofit development, including fundraising. relationship building, and marketing. The DORD will be adept at managing everything from day-to-day operational tasks to long-term strategy planning. The Arts Alliance works with more than 85 arts nonprofits in the Lowcountry, helping with everything from business development to advocacy to granting. The ideal candidate will be diligent and precise, accurate and reliable, and willing to take on new challenges and initiatives. Outside-the-box thinking is encouraged. At the Arts Alliance, we build on previous successes, but we also look for new and exciting ways to try things. “Because we’ve always done it that way” isn’t the way we do it. A love and passion for the arts is a good thing to have for this position, but it’s also a good thing to have in life, so we’re just going to assume those applying already have that. The DORD will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Alliance and will implement long-term development strategies to build relationships and fundraising avenues. Development duties include marketing, fundraising, and partner building. The DORD will also develop the monthly business development workshops and serve as primary liaison between the Alliance and its members and community partners. Responsibilities: Development

  • Working closely with the executive director, builds and maintains donor relations with corporate, small business, and individual donors
  • Develops workshop sponsorships and partnerships
  • Works with the executive director to plan and implement fundraising campaigns
  • Manages administration of the Alliance office
  • Maintains Alliance databases, including board, donors, sponsors, and potential partners
  • Maintains fiscal sponsorship relationships and accounts
  • Working in tandem with executive director, produces and distributes e-newsletter
  • Coordinates and manages social media platforms and website content and design
  • Oversees www.artscharleston.org calendar and related databases
  • Produces and develops marketing and branding materials
Program management
  • Working with the executive director develops and implements monthly professional development workshops for Alliance member organizations
  • Coordinates and manages annual OPEN Arts Expo
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Mike Gibbons at mike@artscharleston.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Sumter County Gallery of Art seeks exhibition curator/assistant director

The Sumter County Gallery of Art is seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time exhibition curator position who will work closely with the executive director to plan and design a diverse program of rotating exhibitions. Candidates should possess a general knowledge of art history, painting and sculpture, new media (i.e. film, video, or installation art), as well as knowledge of both the national and international contemporary art scene(s) and the historical determinants. Duties and responsibilities: • Packing and unpacking the artwork, preparing, installing, and de-installing the exhibitions, and reclaiming the gallery space. • Light carpentry and miscellaneous construction skills. • Receipt and shipping (or driving to pick up and deliver shows within the region) of exhibits as well as insuring appropriate conditions in the exhibition galleries (temperature, humidity, lighting) while they are on display. • Production of related publications, lecture series and symposia. • Document, care for, develop, and display the existing permanent collection including the Elizabeth White Collection. • Design and maintenance of the SCGA website. • Presentations, tours and talks to individuals and groups about the exhibitions in the galleries. • Teach occasional adult and youth art education classes and workshops. • Some heavy lifting required. Qualifications: • MFA (preferred), or BFA in art history or studio art with at least two years of exhibition/curatorial experience. • Solid computer skills including Photoshop, Filemaker Pro, Word, Excel, iWeb, Wordpress preferred. • Demonstrated technical skills in programming, video, and sound. • Ability to communicate the ambitious and inclusive vision of the Sumter County Gallery of Art to the general public; to be a passionate advocate. • Ability to maintain good relationships with artists, donors, and the public. • Ability to be a “team player” within a small close-knit staff. To apply: Email resume, contact information, and three references to scgadirector@gmail.com or mail to Karen Watson, Director, Sumter County Gallery of Art, P.O. Box 1316, Sumter, SC 29151. Full-time position, paid vacation and sick leave. Call Watson at (803) 775-0543 with any questions. About the Sumter Gallery of Art The Sumter County Gallery of Art, established in 1969, is a nonprofit, community-based institution with a mission to provide visual arts and arts education opportunities to the tri-county area of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, an extensively rural, economically depressed region of the state, geographically isolated from the major art centers in the U.S. SCGA serves as one of the only cultural resources for the visual arts available to the area. Via: Sumter Gallery of Art