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Summerville Orchestra sees momentum with new staff, partnership

Education and outreach programming see boost

Summerville Orchestra is having itself a month.

Last week, it announced DeAnndra Glenn as the inaugural director and education coordinator for the new Summerville Orchestra Youth Philharmonic (S.O. Youth Philharmonic) and education program, bringing "a wealth of teaching and performing experience to the position," according to a news release. Glenn (right) has taught strings students of all ages in the Charleston area since 2005 and has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the North Charleston POPS! and with Mannheim Steamroller, Michael Bublé and Michael W. Smith among many others. She was conductor of the Charleston County School District Honors Orchestra from 2005 to 2010, and served for seven years as a strings instructor for both the Charleston County School district summer SMAART (Students Mastering the Academic Arts) program and the West Ashley middle and high schools. Glenn founded Charleston Violin Studio, and many of her violin and viola students have gained admission to the Charleston County School District School of the Arts, Rollings School of the Arts, the Lowcountry Region and South Carolina All-State Orchestras and the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Montana and a South Carolina teaching certification in instrumental music. She received her training in the Suzuki method and “Every Child Can!” from East Carolina University. She studied locally under the College of Charleston’s Lee-Chin Siow. Glenn and S.O. staff will work with area school music instructors to identify and audition students for participation. Auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, 6-7 p.m., at Alston Middle School, 500 Bryan St., Summerville. Additional information is available at www.summervilleorchestra.org/youth. The S.O. Youth Philharmonic is being made possible through a $10,000 Term Arts Education Project grant from the SCAC. The mission of the Youth Philharmonic program is to provide an affordable youth orchestra experience to public, private and charter school students as well as home-schooled students in the tri-county. The Youth Philharmonic is scheduled to perform three concerts this year and will also conduct workshops and summer programs that engage students throughout the year.
[caption id="attachment_51010" align="alignright" width="350"]A Summerville Orchestra string quarter performs on an indoor stage. A Summerville Orchestra string quarter performs. Provided photo.[/caption] Additionally, a new partnership the orchestra announced will bring music and art together in a new series featuring the Summerville Orchestra (S.O.) String Quartet at the Public Works Arts Center (PWAC). Titled “A Musical SPARK,” the first of four free Saturday concert/art experiences, or PWAC Strolls, will be held on Sept. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the PWAC at 135 W. Richardson Ave. This performance will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Children’s Album,” the music of PIXAR and more – music inspired by and about our youth – to highlight the featured SPARK exhibition concurrently on display at PWAC. Registration for the launch event is required and is open here on a first-come, first-served basis. S.O.’s PWAC Stroll events will also be held in December, February and May. “Following the overwhelming community support for our Encore Series, we have sought ways to expand the reach of our free performances,” said Andrew Price, S.O.’s executive director. “This collaboration with the Public Works Arts Center allows us to not only increase the number of free concerts, but to expand our offerings to include an interactive, multi-sensory arts experience for attendees.” Reservations will be available on the S.O.’s website beginning approximately two weeks before each PWAC Stroll event. To maximize the number of participants who can participate in this immersive arts experience, there will be three 30-minute attendance slots for this first PWAC Stroll, and registrants will be invited to select one 30-minute window for participation. There will be a cash- or check-only bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase for $5 – state-issued ID required. Additional PWAC Series dates and programs for the 2022/2023 season include the following:
  • Sat., Dec. 17: Strings for the Season. A selection of holiday works by American composers will be paired with the work of artist Kent Ambler, the featured PWAC artist on exhibition.
  • Sat., Feb. 25: Water in Color. This performance will feature works by composers from around the world exploring themes of water, color palettes and the portrayal of daily life, to be paired with the work of featured PWAC artist Andrea Hazel.
  •  Sat., May 6: Abstract Chaos. Ensemble members will perform works by minimalist and Impressionist composers, exploring themes of layer, chaos, order, collage and color palettes to highlight the work of featured studio artists Anna Dean and Kate Ritchie.
All performances will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Registration for PWAC Stroll #1: A Musical SPARK is now open at https://summervilleorchestra.org/pwac-announcement/. To learn about the current gallery exhibits, visit https://www.publicworksartcenter.org/.
The Summerville Orchestra seeks to share its love of music by engaging and enriching the community through the orchestral art form. The 75-member orchestra performs an annual subscription series of five concerts at the Summers Corner Performing Arts Center, along with many free concerts and events during the year including an Encore Series of four chamber music concerts (held at Coastal Coffee Roasters), nine Music Chats with Wojciech (held at the Dorchester County Library), and other free concerts and events throughout the greater Summerville area. For more information about the S.O. or the S.O. Youth Symphony and Education Program, contact office@summervilleorchestra.org or call 843.873.5339.

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Donnelley Foundation posts program director job

  • COMPENSATION: $125,000-$140,000 + benefits

The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation seeks a dynamic and thoughtful leader to direct its work across 11 counties in coastal South Carolina.

The program director serves in a senior leadership role and works collaboratively with other staff to integrate the foundation’s Lowcountry work with its other efforts. The successful candidate will possess a strong combination of critical thinking, interpersonal, communications, and program management skills. This is a fulltime position based in Charleston and reporting to the executive director in Chicago. Extensive travel within South Carolina, to Chicago, and elsewhere is required. Ed. note: The GDDF is a regular partner of the SCAC. To learn more and apply, please visit the GDDF jobs page here.

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Want to be Engaging Creative Minds’ digital marketing manager?

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Not provided, see below
  • COMPENSATION: Not provided

Please email your resume to hello@engagingcreativeminds.org with “Digital Marketing Manager” in the subject line. Position to be filled on or before 10/01/22. Responsibilities
  • Video production and editing
  • Building and supporting ECM’s brand
  • Creating marketing collateral for events and presentations such as fliers, brochures, slides, etc.
  • Capturing and storing photos and videos at ECM events
  • Managing all aspects of ECM social media presence
  • Communicating marketing plans and needs with staff and stakeholders on an ongoing basis
  • Build and maintain ECM’s website
  • Organize the storage of ECM digital assets
  • Managing consistency of messaging of branding and marketing across programs
  • Work with funders on permissions, logo placement, and recognition
  • Generate visual reports for year-end board meetings
  • Ability to work “on-site” all programs as needed to capture digital content
  • Stay abreast of local and national market research to identify trends and make recommendations
  • Drive the marketing campaign by presenting new ideas and a vision for the future
Knowledge & Experience Required
  • 3 or more years of experience working in the field of digital communications
  • Openness to continuing professional learning in the field of digital communication/marketing
  • Ability to work independently in the platforms listed below, and others as needed
  • Fluent in at least the following platforms:
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Canva
  • Procreate
  • MailChimp
  • Survey Monkey
  • Hootsuite and other social media scheduling apps
  • Web design in platforms such as Wix, Word Press, etc.
  • Social media platforms including but not limited to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc.

About Engaging Creative Minds

Engaging Creative Minds is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion. Confidential inquiries, applications, and recommendations are welcome. ECM, a nonprofit based in Charleston, South Carolina, works with school districts, principals, teachers, and the local workforce to identify specific knowledge and skillsets all students should master before graduating high school. We hire and train local artists, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) professionals, and cultural organizations, called ECM Instructors, to work with teachers in grades K-12 to enhance student learning via arts-integrated learning using innovation, ingenuity, and creativity. Our goal is for every student to achieve academically, stay engaged in school and succeed in life while their teachers develop engaging teaching strategies like arts integration and entrepreneurship that foster communication, critical thinking, self-awareness, and future planning. Teachers and students report that ECM is a powerful model of success.

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Gibbes Museum calls for 2023 visiting artists

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The Gibbes Museum of Art is seeking applicants for the 2023 Visiting Artist program.

[caption id="attachment_50744" align="alignright" width="350"] Click image to enlarge.[/caption] The annual program features eight artists whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Applicants can submit now through August 31, 2022. “The Gibbes strives to provide access to contemporary art through the Visiting Artist Series, and we are so excited to see what South Carolina artists bring to the table in 2023,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “The program promotes creativity, introduces new art forms, provides perspective on community issues, encourages freedom of thought and connects us with larger audiences. We are looking for artists that spark a conversation and advance understanding of the larger context that fostered their work.” There are four six-week Visiting Artist sessions scheduled for 2023. The Gibbes extends invitations to both emerging and nationally recognized artists of all backgrounds and is committed to cultivating an experience that is diverse and affirming. Applicants are encouraged to consider the following themes: environmental conservation, social justice, health and wellness and innovation. Their proposal should incorporate one or more of these themes and introduce their current studio practice, artwork content and type of project they would pursue in-residency. Visiting artists receive a weekly honorarium and one-time materials stipend. Following the residency, artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their works in the Ruth and Bill Baker Art Sales Gallery and collaborate on exclusive products to be sold in the Museum Store. There are also opportunities to lead adult workshops and participate in virtual programs. Applications for all sessions are being accepted through Aug. 31, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of Gibbes staff members and diverse arts professionals. To review the eligibility requirements, rules and FAQs, visit https://bit.ly/3c9a7Br. The 2023 Visiting Artist studio sessions are tentatively scheduled for:
  • Feb. 20–April 2, 2023 (Session I)
  • April 17–May 28, 2023 (Session II)
  • Aug. 28–Oct. 8, 2023 (Session III)
  • Oct. 30–Dec. 11, 2023 (Session IV)

Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.

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Exhibition to highlight the healing power of the arts

This Friday, Redux Contemporary Art Center and the MUSC Health Arts in Healing program open Studies Show... an exhibition from MUSC's permanent collection that aims to highlight Redux’s outreach program and raise awareness about MUSC Health’s Arts in Healing program.

The arts are increasingly connected to health care thanks to new research and the development of artistic interventions in health care environments that create activities designed to support patient healing. Studies Show… highlights artworks from the Arts In Healing’s collection alongside medical research to both justify and advocate for the inherent healing powers of the arts. Through a reconsideration of MUSC’s permanent art collection alongside new acquisitions, this exhibition chronicles the advancements of the arts in healing. “We are honored to work with Redux to highlight the healing power of the arts,” said Arts in Healing Manager Kate Hinson Sullivan, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC. "Whether it be antiquated portraits, meditative landscapes, or narrative stories, the artworks in this exhibition challenge us to further consider representations, changing aesthetics, and a visually driven process of healing.” The public is encouraged to take a closer look and help MUSC Health envision a shared future "that radiates outside our hospitals and into the communities we care for," according to a news release. The exhibit is available for viewing by the public from July 29 through Sept. 10. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, July 29 from 5-8 p.m. To learn more about Arts in Healing and its offerings at MUSC Health visit http://MUSChealth.org/arts or email artsinhealing@musc.edu. Studies Show... is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon-3 p.m., and by appointment. Redux Contemporary Art Center is located at 1056 King Street, Charleston. Free.
REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER is a nonprofit organization 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.

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The Halsey Institute at CofC seeking a communications coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is looking for a part-time Communications Coordinator to lead their social media.

This position starts at $15 an hour. Responsibilities
  1. Default social media manager
  2. Can commit to being the default Saturday staff member on-site during exhibition dates. Saturday hours are 10:30am-4:15pm.
Qualifications Some experience with social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, and an interest in growing your skills. Work schedule
  • Maximum of 20 hours per week.
  • May work partially remotely. Saturday hours during exhibition dates must be fulfilled on-site.
How to apply To apply, send your resume, a cover letter, and two professional references to BiswellL@cofc.edu by Sunday, August 21, 2022.
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

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In-person Charleston Literary Festival coming back this November

Word is out. The first release of the leading global talent participating in the Charleston Literary Festival has been revealed.

This fall, a host of world-class creators and thinkers will descend upon the "perennial destination favorite" Charleston, South Carolina to explore today's most pressing ideas with guests from near and far. Running from Nov. 4-13, 2022, the Charleston Literary Festival offers audiences more than the average experience with a choice of purposefully eclectic speakers carefully curated based on literary and artistic excellence, originality, and critical acclaim. In addition, leading topics will include racial injustice, challenges to democracy, generational trauma, and the survival story of a royal family, among many others. Festival subscribers will have the opportunity to visit unique venues set back along historic streets lined with flickering gas lanterns that make the Lowcountry such an appeal for fall travel. "The festival offers a communal experience where all are welcome to share conversations, ideas, arguments, laughter, and tears. Above all, the festival symbolizes the power of books to reconnect us," Artistic Director Diana Reich said.

Confirmed authors at Charleston Literary Festival

  • Sandy Hook, from New York Times writer Elizabeth Williamson, is a landmark investigation of the aftermath of a school shooting, the work of Sandy Hook parents who fought to defend themselves, and the truth of their children’s fate against the frenzied distortions of online deniers and conspiracy theorists.
  • The Palace Papers, Tina Brown, award-winning writer and editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, picks up where The Diana Chronicles left off, revealing how the royal family reinvented itself after the trau­matic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet.
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for Today, Eddie S Glaude Jr., one of the nation's most prominent scholars, is a passionate educator, author, political commentator, and public intellectual who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. Named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, Begin Again is where Glaude finds hope and guidance in James Baldwin as he mixes biography with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment.
  • By Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, Horse is based on the true story of record-breaking 19th-century thoroughbred Lexington, who became America’s greatest stud sire. It is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, the bond between people and animals, and an unfinished reckoning with racial injustice throughout different American history periods.
  • The Latecomer, Jean Hanff Korelitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, touches on grief and guilt, generational trauma, privilege and race, traditions and religion, and family dynamics. It is a profound and witty family story from an accomplished author known for the depth of her character studies, expertly woven storylines, and plot twists.

Charleston Literary Festival details

  • Programming: The festival, running November 4-13, 2022, will offer most of its events live with a small selection of online sessions. Programming revolves around intimate conversations between authors and interlocutors that include an opportunity for audience members to interact.
  • Ticket sales: Details for tickets and the complete programming list and schedule will be released in early September 2022.
  • Announcements: Sign up for the newsletter for up-to-date media alerts and participant lists.
  • Location: Charleston is the home of the festival, with live events presented in notable venues in the historic downtown area. All events will be held within easy walking distance of local amenities such as boutique hotels, great shopping, and plentiful restaurants.
  • Plan your trip: Charleston boasts a thriving art and music scene, award-winning food, pristine beaches, and sensational outdoor activities among its over 2,500 historic buildings.
  • Support the festival: festival donors make it possible to broaden event access to students and others through free and reduced-price tickets while also receiving exclusive access to events and tickets.
Click here for Charleston Literary Festival online.
Charleston Literary Festival was founded in 2017 as a result of an Anglo-American collaboration between the historic Charleston Library Society in the United States and the Charleston Trust in the United Kingdom - the former rural meeting place of the renowned Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists, and intellectuals. The Festival is now an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)3 enterprise that retains a strong transatlantic dimension. It takes place each November in Charleston, South Carolina. The program and activities are carefully curated to share and discuss innovative stories and ideas from recent and classical books and inform, enrich, and entertain.

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North Charleston to present Juneteenth theatre production next week

The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is set to host a special theatre performance in recognition of Juneteenth in North Charleston on Saturday, June 18, with "When I First Remember" presented by Lady in White Productions.

This original ensemble production is an interactive, storytelling journey full of song, dance, and dialogue appropriate for all ages. The play portrays the passage of African slaves to the Lowcountry and provides a unique and authentic insight into the Gullah Geechee and African American culture. Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-i-first-remember-juneteenth-event-north-charleston-cultural-arts-tickets-291785015837. Written by Queen Atterberry and directed by Samelia Adams, "When I First Remember" has been described as educational, poignant, and engaging. The cast features Nina Reinaldo, Rose Eunice Atterberry, Duane Branch, and Samelia Adams. Viewers will witness how enslaved Africans survived, adjusted, and adapted to a foreign environment and harsh circumstances, creating a new culture and identity in the Americas. Audience members will also learn about the origin and significance of the Juneteenth holiday. "When I First Remember" will be presented at Centerpoint Church at Remount, located at 1520 Remount Rd. in North Charleston. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is approximately 1.5 hours long. Tickets are $30 per person. Parking is free. To purchase tickets, order online. Cash will also be accepted at the door. For information on the performance, visit www.facebook.com/WhenIFirstRemember.
For information on other programs and events produced or sponsored by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843.740.5854 or visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, www.northcharleston.org.

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Colour of Music Festival returns next weekend

Octet readies for NYC debut

The Colour of Music Festival will return to Mount Pleasant at I’On Village Chapel, Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. for a special performance showcasing leading Black classical artists.

German-born violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport will be featured as part of an evening of duos and quartets in I’On’s picturesque village community east of the Cooper. The evening will include a duo for violin and viola by John Halvorsen, Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7 and works by two black composers―Valerie Coleman’s Umoja for String Quartet and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s String Quartet No. I “Calvary,"―to honor the many black communities surrounded by the Mount Pleasant and Awendaw communities. Since 2013, the Colour of Music Festival offers a musical kaleidoscope highlighting the impact and historical significance of Black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The Colour of Music Festival began with performances at various venues throughout historic Charleston and has grown to debut at leading collegiate venues and performance halls across the U.S. This summer, it adds New York to its list of stops when the Colour of Music Festival Octet debuts at Carnegie Hall. “Dating back to 2014, the Colour of Music Festival was among several music entities that inaugurated the I’ON Village Concert Series. I am elated to produce what I hope will be many more events in partnership with the I’ON Trust whose mission is to bring the I’ON Village and surrounding communities together through music,” said Lee Pringle, Colour of Music Festival founder, artistic director, and community resident. I’On Chapel Mount Pleasant | Colour of Music Festival Quartet
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
  • 352 North Shelmore Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Tickets: $35 adult; $25 senior; $15 student (general admission seating)
    • Online: www.colourofmusic.org
    • by phone 888.512.9835 Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ET
PLEASE NOTE COVID-19 PATRON ADVISORY: Mask are recommended. If not in the possession of one, patrons will be issued KN95 mask to be worn throughout the performance. The Colour of Music Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Colour of Music Festival

Based in Charleston, South Carolina and organized in 2013, the Colour of Music Festival, Inc. presents a diverse classical repertoire of baroque, classical and 20th century music at the highest of musical standards to diverse audiences throughout the Lowcountry, regionally, and nationally. The festival has also presented performances in Washington; Atlanta; Houston; Nashville; Richmond; Pittsburgh; Sacramento, California; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. www.colourofmusic.org
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