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Pop in to SCAC, One Columbia “Midlands Meet-Up”

Refreshments, short performances, networking and more on March 15

Join other Midlands artists, arts organizations, and arts nonprofits to meet members of the South Carolina Arts Commission team Tuesday, March 15 from 2-7 p.m.

Artists and arts groups from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. This indoor-outdoor pop-up has it all, to include refreshments, short performances, and networking time.
There are two components to the event.


Select SCAC staff will be available for one-on-one meetings with individual artists or arts organization staff between 2-5:30 p.m.:
  • Ce Scott-Fitts, Artist Development Director
    • Focus area on support materials, resumes, or how to write a narrative/description on grant applications, for individual artists, across disciplines
  • La Ruchala Murphy, Arts Industry Director
    • Focus area on arts organizations, nonprofit best practices, applying for project/operating support funding, and capacity building
  • Amber Westbrook, Grants Coordinator
    • Focus area on best practices including finding grants that best fit your project, navigating the the grant process application through final report, and grantor/grantee relationships


The outdoor popup begins at 5:30 p.m. and will take place in the backyard featuring refreshments, performances and networking. Staff from the SCAC, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and One Columbia will be on hand to share details about artist resources in the Midlands.
The Midlands Meet-up will take place at the 1013 Co-Op (1013 Duke Ave., Columbia, 29203) on March 15, 2022. Parking is available on Arlington Street just across from the 1013 Co-Op. Registration is required for one-on-ones by going here to register. Registration for the open meet-up is encouraged. Free.
Photo by Mo Abrahim from Pexels

Jason Rapp

SCAC adds to growing team, service areas


COLUMBIA, S.C. – To strengthen constituent service as it expands grant and program offerings, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is announcing the addition of four new members to its team.

Two of the staff members will serve by managing arts learning initiatives in and out of schools throughout the state as a direct result of the SCAC’s $20 million, three-year partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education known as Arts Grow SC. Access to grants will increase because of the additional funding, necessitating a new member to serve in the agency’s grants office. Finally, the SCAC is announcing the addition of arts industry as a strategic new focus area. The fourth team addition will lead those efforts, directing statewide programs for arts organizations, including local arts councils, nonprofits, and businesses. “Each of these exceptional additions to our team represent even better constituent service. They have begun working immediately to help the South Carolina Arts Commission promote equitable arts access and cultivate creativity among and for South Carolinians. Our already strong, dedicated team is now deeper and better able to serve our state,” SCAC Executive Director David Platts said. [caption id="attachment_48718" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Left to right: Kimberly Washburn Motte, Amanda Noyes, Krista Grendze, and La Ruchala Murphy[/caption] Arts Learning Director Kimberly Washburn Motte comes from the Florence County Museum, where she has served as curator of education since 2012. An artist herself, Kimberly is also a former visual art teacher, having taught across the K-12 spectrum in Darlington County. She received her bachelor’s in art education from Francis Marion University. Kimberly’s work at the agency will focus on a continuum of learning in and through the arts— from enrichment with very young learners through creative aging experiences. K-12 Coordinator Amanda Noyes joins after having served as a disability resource coordinator at the University of South Carolina since 2018. She received her bachelor’s in fine art and psychology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and her master’s in art therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In addition to her work at UofSC, Amanda has worked as an art therapist, pre-K teaching assistant, and art instructor. Amanda’s work at the agency will focus on learning in and through the arts in K-12. Assistant Grants Coordinator Krista Grendze is a May 2020 graduate of Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She previously worked for Benefitfocus in Charleston as a fulfillment analyst, coordinating customer relations and editing technical documents. She also has experience working with the volunteerism department at Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art) and with the Indianapolis Fringe Theatre Festival. Krista will work with the grants team to support our applicants and grantees across the state. Arts Industry Director La Ruchala Murphy returns to the SCAC having most recently worked as director of leadership and capacity for the United Way of the Midlands in Columbia. She previously served as executive director of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, Georgia. La Ruchala received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s in arts administration from Winthrop University. She also earned a master’s in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University.
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 four areas: arts learning, community and traditional arts, artist development, and arts industry. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., 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 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for #Arts4SC and #SCartists content.

Jason Rapp