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S.C. museum hires first arts ed director

With funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum is announcing Valencia M. Goodwin as its first arts in education director.

Using the extensive collection of the museum, the director will work with middle and high schools and community organizations to explore the South Carolina history that shaped America. Goodwin, a native of Hopkins, believes that "like life, in art, there are no mistakes, only magic." This is the motto she lives by as a mother, creative visual artist, art instructor, model and owner of her own creative arts company, SoulSweet Avenue. Since the age of 3, Goodwin has been drawing. She can recall in elementary school completing a "When I Grow Up" form. Her top five options were to be the most famous artist in the world, become a fashion model, have her own art school, make art for the rest of her life, and have lots of children. It was during her years as a student at Lower Richland High School, under the instruction of Mr. John Johnson Jr., that she realized the uniqueness of her gift. He influenced her to further her education and pursue a career in the arts. In 2001 she won a Black history poster contest with an illustration titled, "My History," which is one of her most popular pieces to this day. Once her name was called as the winner she knew what was her life's purpose: to tell her truth, her history, our story, share our beauty and culture with the world and leave a legacy.
Located in Orangeburg, the Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum honors a generation of people throughout the Palmetto State, who deserve to be remembered for their unselfish commitments and sacrifices. Together, they destroyed Jim Crow, demanded dignity and justice for all people, changed the Constitution, and inspired mankind. The museum is open for visits by appointment. Now through the latest technology, virtual reality tours also allow an extremely immersive experience for everyone. You may tour the museum virtually at https://www.cecilwilliams.com/virtual-tour.

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Contract position opens at S.C. museum

The Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum is seeking a director of arts education.

The arts education director is to manage the museum’s arts in education programs utilizing arts-based strategies to teach academic content and strengthen social emotional learning skills. This individual will be responsible for:
  • coordinating with teaching artists, schools, and partners to ensure a high standard of program delivery
  • program coordination and documentation, and
  • assisting with the coordination of lesson plan development and events
Individual must have experience with educational program management, arts education and/or working with public schools, be highly organized and self-motivated, have experience managing programs and expertise with software such as Google Suite programs, a background in the field of arts education or in K-12 education, and knowledge of South Carolina’s civil rights history. No deadline or compensation information were provided. -Ed.

Preferred qualifications

- BA or BS degree - Knowledge of South Carolina’s civil rights history and contributions. - Relevant work experience - Excellent program management skills and experience - Expertise with Microsoft Office and Google Suite – Photoshop a plus - Excellent written and verbal communication skills - Highly organized and self-motivated - Experience hosting video meetings (Zoom, Meets, Teams) - Expertise with Microsoft Office and Google Suite – Photoshop a plus This independent contractual arrangement has no fringe benefits and the contract is dependent on availability of grant funding. Eligible candidates should submit a resume to: Jannie Harriot at sccivilrightsmuseum@gmail.com or mail to:

JMH Professional Services PO Box 2675 Hartsville, SC 29551


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