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David Platts

Constituent updates on arts relief aid

The CARES Act and the arts


Additional details have been released on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2 trillion bill signed into law last Friday. It offers benefits to South Carolina’s artists and arts organizations, and I want to update you on those. First, though, it is imperative that we get your help by asking you to complete the five-minute Americans for the Arts survey if you have not already done so. The survey aggregates data for each state on the real loss that cancelations and closings will have on arts and culture. South Carolina needs more input to be accurately reflective. Please, no matter your size or reach, stop now and take the survey. You may also update numbers previously submitted. Back to the CARES Act. I am happy to report it includes access to loans, grants and unemployment benefits previously unavailable to many independent artists or arts organizations. In case you missed it, this act also provides $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. State arts agencies like the S.C. Arts Commission will receive 40% of these funds to distribute. We do not yet know when we will receive these funds or have the details of how this grant will be distributed, but we will share details as soon as we know them. The other 60% will be distributed as direct grants from the NEA to local arts organizations and  can be used for operational support. Other aspects of the relief package relevant to the arts sector are loans through the Small Business Administration. Non-profit organizations, sole-proprietorships, and independent contractors are eligible to apply beginning today, Friday, April 3. Some of these loans are “forgivable” to encourage retaining workers and function more like grants. If you are interested in securing one, check  to see whether or not your bank is part of this network or find a list of SBA-approved participating lenders here. Our partner the South Carolina Arts Alliance has comprehensive information available about Small Business Administration loans and grants and unemployment benefits for artists and arts organizations. To learn more or to become involved in further advocacy, visit the South Carolina Arts Alliance website. Artists and other creative workers are eligible for federal unemployment benefits offered to those who are part of the gig economy. The new benefits cover the weeks ending April 4 through July 31. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce administers unemployment insurance in South Carolina. Applications will be made through that agency. For all these things, please keep in mind that patience may be necessary as federal guidelines are interpreted and implemented. Our pledge is to point you in the right direction for assistance. We will continue to collaborate with the South Carolina Arts Alliance to give you timely information.
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David Platts

Platts updates constituents on virus response

Advocacy, policy, and funding updates from the SCAC


The South Carolina Arts Commission is working hard to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 landscape and continue providing excellent service during these challenging times. Despite working remotely, our team remains in frequent contact, collaborating to ensure your concerns receive the prompt attention they deserve. On a larger scale, we are striving to ensure that South Carolina’s arts and culture sector retains access to the latest resources and information it needs both to survive now and to thrive once we emerge on the other side of this situation. To that end, I write to share some recent updates we have made that warrant your attention. By now, I hope you’re aware of the ever-evolving COVID-19 response page on SouthCarolinaArts.com. New to the page are two sections of critical importance:

Advocacy Efforts and Policy Concerns

Our partners in the South Carolina Arts Alliance are actively communicating with federal and state policy makers to ensure the arts and cultural community is included in any kind of recovery relief programs. To learn more about these efforts or to become involved in them, visit the South Carolina Arts Alliance website.

Further, Americans for the Arts is aggregating data on the real loss COVID-19 closings will have on arts and culture. Please fill out the five-minute survey linked here. This will help them acquire important data that best positions arts and culture for a seat at the relief table.

Funding

We are working with state and national partners to stay up to date on opportunities for emergency relief and will continue to communicate often via the “Artists and Arts Organizations” and “Arts Education” tabs on the COVID-19 response page.

At this time we do not have access to emergency assistance funds, but we are communicating with the General Assembly regarding the potential for state disaster funds to be allocated for artists and arts organizations. Along with our partners at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, we are monitoring possible arts and culture emergency relief included for the National Endowment for the Arts in the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill just passed by the U.S. Congress.

The S.C. Arts Commission team understands you are likely to be experiencing high levels of anxiety and worry right now. Your physical and emotional well-being matter to us as much as does the economic impact. Please know we are making every effort to provide you with valuable information as soon as it becomes readily available. Stay home, stay clean, and stay healthy. We are here for you.

Jason Rapp

Arts orgs: report your COVID-19 impact to AFTA

Submissions can be updated


Via our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance: [caption id="attachment_44582" align="alignright" width="200"]Handwashing art by Amiri Geuka Farris Handwashing art by Amiri Geuka Farris[/caption]

Americans for the Arts has created an easy survey for all arts groups to submit their expected impact from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please fill this survey out as you are able. You may re-submit as new information is provided or decisions are made for your organization at a later date as well.

This data is VITAL is helping the SCAA, and Americans for the Arts, position the arts to have a stronger seat at the table as local, state, and federal governments work towards solutions and support for the economy.

For arts-centric resources on COVID-19 and the arts, see the S.C. Arts Commission's resources page.

Jason Rapp

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.

Click here to access updated resources for creative communities compiled by the SCAC.

Jason Rapp

SCAC announces changes to remaining ‘Canvass’ events

Schedule altered in response to COVID-19


Official Statement from the S.C. Arts Commission on remaining ‘Canvass of the People’ events

[caption id="attachment_44517" align="alignright" width="200"]COVID-19 molecular structure image An image of COVID-19, courtesy of CDC[/caption] To best serve South Carolina citizens and exercise caution considering COVID-19, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the S.C. Arts Commission is announcing changes to two scheduled public forum events.
  1. A “Canvass of the People 2020” public forum on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Hanahan, South Carolina has been canceled. Those planning to attend the event can still participate in the process of forming a new long-range plan for the arts in South Carolina by taking the online survey in English or Spanish on SouthCarolinaArts.com.
  2. A “Canvass of the People 2020” public forum on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina will now take place online via Zoom. Further details on how to access the meeting will be shared on SouthCarolinaArts.com and S.C. Arts Commission social media accounts as they become available.
These changes come from a desire to best serve constituents by taking an abundance of caution as we monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the state. To that end, the agency is canceling non-essential meetings and events in the coming weeks and adjusting the details of essential meetings and events case-by-case.

Related content: COVID-19: Are you ArtsReady?


About the South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts CommissionWith a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission 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, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

Jason Rapp

COVID-19: Are you ArtsReady?

Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus 


This content snippet comes from South Arts' invaluable ArtsReady initiative. South Carolina is in a prime location to be affected by natural disasters of the tropical variety, and in the past couple of years had its experience with those... not to mention flooding, whether as a result of tropical systems or a standalone event. But being ArtsReady isn't just about weather; it can also encompass epidemics/pandemics and geological disasters. Coronavirus is perhaps the hottest topic of the day, so we wanted to share this with our readers. Also, please wash your hands. A lot. 
Are you ready for a temporary closure?  In Asia and Europe, public gatherings including performances, museums and festivals have been cancelled and shuttered to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Coronavirus Outbreak Shutters Italian Museums; Event Cancellations Continue in China and South Korea - Hyperallergic While the spread and impact of the virus here in the U.S. is not yet known, you should have a plan in the event that, in the interest of public health, your organization needs to delay or cancel events or temporary close. Read and learn more here, and sign up for South Arts' Arts Ready emails here.

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Emergency grant apps open to help artists with storm damages

The Joan Mitchell Foundation opened the 2020 application to its Emergency Grants for individual artists. These grants provide up to $6,000 to U.S.-based visual artists who have been impacted by a natural or man-made disaster affecting a region on a broad scale. The Emergency Grant is intended to help artists reestablish a studio practice. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and requests will be considered up to three years following a damaging event. 2020 is the final year they will be accepting applications for artists affected by 2017 events: Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma, and 2017 California Wildfires. For more information and the link to the application, please visit https://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency. This is of particular importance to artists in regions affected by Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael, and Dorian; California wildfires; Puerto Rico earthquakes, or other events of this nature or scale.

One SC Fund awards more than $313,000

More than $4.8 million distributed to nonprofits since fund’s inception

Awards for hurricane relief and disaster preparation


The One SC Fund Committee awarded $313,344 in grants to 11 organizations across South Carolina for disaster relief and recovery projects in the fall 2019 grant cycle. To date, the One SC Fund—established by former Gov. Nikki Haley in November 2015 after the Thousand Year Flood to help South Carolinians who are recovering from a disaster—has awarded more than $4.86 million in grants to nonprofits to support disaster recovery projects across the state and helped more than 2,400 families return home. The fund is housed and administered by Central Carolina Community Foundation. The foundation does not charge fees for this work, ensuring that 100% of monies donated are granted to local nonprofits providing disaster relief and recovery. “The One SC Fund has helped thousands of South Carolinians affected by disaster return home during the past four years,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We’re grateful for the many generous donors who have helped these families and individuals.” No arts organizations were part of this round of awards, but nonprofit arts organizations are eligible to receive funding. Find information about applying for grants at www.yourfoundation.org/OneSCGrants. The next round of applications will be accepted from Feb. 1-29, 2020. There is still much work required to rebuild South Carolina from recent disasters—work that will require funding. Donations to the One SC Fund are being accepted and will help continue the work of serving those impacted by past, current, and future disasters that hit our state. 100% of monies donated will be granted to local nonprofits providing disaster relief and recovery.

How to Donate to the One SC Fund

Those wishing to contribute to the One SC Fund can do so in the following ways:
  • Online: Visit www.onescfund.org/ to make a donation with your credit card.
  • Mail: Send a check made payable to Central Carolina Community Foundation-One SC to: Central Carolina Community Foundation-One SC 2142 Boyce St., Suite 402 Columbia, SC 29201

About Central Carolina Community Foundation

Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands' center for philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the online giving challenge Midlands Gives, On the Table, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, Annual scholarships, and more. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.

Disaster declared for Dorian damage recovery

On Monday, Sept. 30, President Trump declared a disaster for South Carolina related to Hurricane Dorian. Federal public assistance is now available to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in these 11 South Carolina Dorian-affected counties:

  • Beaufort
  • Berkeley
  • Charleston
  • Colleton
  • Dillon
  • Dorchester
  • Georgetown
  • Horry
  • Jasper
  • Marion
  • Williamsburg
Please see SCEMD’s news release, which includes a link to more information about the Public Assistance Program. If you know of government entities or private nonprofit cultural institutions/arts organizations that suffered damage from the storm, please direct them to their county emergency manager. Potential applicants may also contact SCEMD with questions about public assistance by emailing PA@emd.sc.gov or calling 803.367.7756. All areas within the state of South Carolina are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program provides assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

Tuning Up: A new day at SCAC + Florence 3 arts grant

Good morning!  "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...


You're forgiven if you thought this feature was lost to the sands of time. It doesn't look like we've had a "Tuning Up" since June. Time to fix that!
  • IT'S A NEW DAY. Last week brought the news that the S.C. Arts Commission wants to serve constituents now based on what you need rather than by where you're located. Today's the day the new system is in effect. Callers to the agency will get a new menu of options, and visitors to our website can solicit staff assistance in a new way too.
  • FLORENCE 3 GETS GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECT. "The Distinguished Art Program grant is for the project 'Innovate – Creative and Critical Thinking through the Arts.' More than 3,000 students and 238 teachers will benefit from this grant program." Go here for the full story on SCNow.com. The grant comes from the S.C. Dept. of Education.
  • KEEP TURNING, DORIAN. At this writing, Hurricane Dorian's track appears to be continuing its ever-so-gradual shift eastward and away from the S.C. coast. You don't need The Hub to tell you that's good news, but we can tell you word's come in that 2019 Verner Award recipients the Gibbes Museum of Art plus College of Charleston's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art—among many others—are closed as the storm makes its way along the coast. The closings are in response to mandatory coastal evacuations. Be safe out there, and definitely be ArtsReady: visit SouthCarolinaArts.com for resources to help you do just that.