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Monetize your art and creative skills

Workshop offered by city of Columbia


The Artist Entrepreneur - How to Monetize Your Art and Creative Skills

July 21, 2021 | 12-1:30 p.m.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to business vocabulary such as cost of goods sold, profit margin, and inventory
  • Overview of city requirements for doing business including licensure and support systems
  • Business models for artist entrepreneurs
  • Business Model Canvas as a tool for business planning
  • Funding, start-up, grants, sales, and other sources
  • Examples of successful artist ventures for the purpose of learning
Click here to register for this free workshop! Artists do not have to be Columbia residents to attend.

Meet the Presenter

Dr. Kasie Whitener teaches entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina and runs Clemson Road Creative, a shared services company providing operational support to independent consultants. She is the author of Practical Entrepreneurism (Great River Learning, 2021) and co-authored Redesign Work Volume 1: A Beginner’s Guide to Autonomy in 2020. In 2018, she co-founded the Women’s Business Center of South Carolina at Columbia College.

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Office manager arts job open in Columbia

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 31, 2021


One Columbia for Arts and Culture is hiring for the position of office manager.

  • Location: Columbia, SC
  • Employee Type: Full Time
  • Salary Range: $32,000-35,000 based upon experience

Position Scope and Objectives

One Columbia for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)3 organization that promotes collaboration and celebrates the arts and historic preservation community in Columbia, seeks an office manager for a paid, full-time position. The selected candidate will perform administrative duties including email messaging, social media, daily financial and organizational record keeping, event calendar moderation, project administration and volunteer coordination. Other duties may be required as assigned by the executive director. This is a moderately supervised position and supervisor will provide on-the-job training regarding specific duties.

Necessary Skills and Expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree and 2 years of experience, or a high school diploma and 4 years of experience
  • Strong administrative skills including typing, writing, and editing
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the general public and provide positive customer service
  • Excellent verbal presentation, written communication and organizational skills
  • Experience with Microsoft office, including Word and Excel required.
  • Email messaging, social media, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite and Quickbooks experience required
  • Experience in non-profit organizational operations preferred
  • Grant writing and grant administration experience is a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to thoughtfully respond to shifting priorities
  • Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends
  • An understanding of and appreciation for art and history

Application process

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@onecolumbiasc.com by July 31, 2021. One Columbia for Arts and Culture does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.

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Columbia honors remarkable women with new statue

Unveiled today across from the State House

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At a morning press conference at the northwest corner of Main and Gervais Streets today, Columbia thought leaders and Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke at the official “unveiling” of Architecture of Strength, a brand new monument celebrating the historical accomplishments of women in Columbia.

[caption id="attachment_47308" align="alignright" width="204"] Click image to enlarge.[/caption] Designed to inspire inclusion and honor remarkable women, Architecture of Strength will be a permanent monument to celebrate and honor women in Columbia and is an initiative of Columbia City of Women. The position of the monument confronts the lack of women’s representation in the public sphere and speaks truth to power at the physical intersection of the major power in our community: commerce (Main Street) and government (Gervais Street), across from the State House. Architecture of Strength will inspire the community to learn more about and celebrate the historical contributions women have made to our city, to inspire a more hopeful and inclusive vision of our future. “Women deserve to be seen and heard in this city,” said Ann Warner, executive director of WREN (Women’s Rights Empowerment Network), who spoke at the press conference. “This is a lasting monument to women from the past and present who pushed boundaries, stood up for others, and made Columbia a better place.” Architecture of Strength, by Deedee Morrison, is made of 316 polished stainless steel pipes that are laser-cut and welded to create the sculpture. It is also illuminated for night-time viewing in its prominent location. The form begins with the foundation, a circular pillar of strength. The layering of the lives in meaning and the contributions of these women to Columbia, create the form. The sculpture is a form made up of many parts, the parts of the female that are invaluable in every community. Family, vision, courage, strength, integrity, honor, hope, resilience, intelligence, compassion, steadfastness, determination and drive hold our community together. The faceless, nameless nature of this art represents the idea that it takes all kinds of women, all shapes, all sizes, and beliefs, to build a community. The monument’s front faces the South Carolina State House as a direct statement that though there are a wealth of monuments on the State House grounds, and many of them controversial, none of them celebrate women in any meaningful way. “As one of the most traveled intersections in South Carolina’s capital city, this monument is a daily reminder of women’s strength, perseverance and power,” said Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia, who also spoke at the press conference. Historic Columbia, WREN, and Columbia City of Women steering committee thank former First Lady Rachel Hodges for her vision of Columbia City of Women, Central Carolina Community Foundation with support from the Knight Foundation, and Beth Richardson for fundraising support. Additionally, Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters and Mr. Samuel Waters, Jerry Davis in honor of Judy Davis, Sue Doran and Dr. Lilly and Mr. Bruce Filler invested in the creation of Architecture of Strength. One Columbia and the City of Columbia also provided support for this monument, as did Holder Properties and Hood Construction.

Artist's statement

Architecture of Strength sets a new tone to spark curiosity and awareness of our collective history, simultaneously encouraging bold acts of belonging and inclusion of the underrepresented, marginalized and segregated members of our society. How we choose to honor and remember the past, will always direct the pathway into our future. This is the moment of embarkation for Architecture of Strength She is to honor the original City of Women honorees, but she provides inclusion for all. From this fixed luminous point, we incorporate a broader, more encompassing view of our history and move into a new dimension of thought. One of wholeness and unity and fostering a broader expression of justice and equality. Architecture of Strength gracefully stands,17 feet tall on a circular foundation.  What was once many pieces of stainless steel pipe in varying sizes, is now welded back together, her strength being created from the sum of parts. As I created her I reflected on the many and the nameless who have come before us and shown the way through strength and conviction. I have deep gratitude to the City of Women and Columbia to have been a part of this public art journey with you. Deedee Morrison Architecture of Strength 2021 Columbia, S.C.

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Columbia City Ballet posts three job openings

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, July 1, 2021


Columbia City Ballet, located at 1545 Main Street, Columbia, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization presenting productions throughout South Carolina and the United States.

Founded in 1961, Columbia City Ballet is presently celebrating its 60th anniversary year of continuous performance seasons. A fully professional ballet company, Columbia City Ballet presents 4 to 5 mainstage full-length ballets each performance season and 2 productions from our acclaimed Educational Outreach and Engagement Series, along with maintaining an extensive touring calendar. (Source: Columbia City Ballet) The company is a frequent grantee of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Unrelated to that, it is submitting postings for three open positions to The Hub. The applications for each are identical and appear at the end of this post. - Ed.

Marketing Director

The Marketing Director has responsibility for media and advertising purchases and trade negotiations, in addition to advertising production including designing ads for print, digital & static billboards, posters and other marketing pieces. This Director also coordinates special events and fundraising activities such as the annual gala as well as producing printed material such as brochures, dancebills, and other publications related to the organization. The position is a full-time, salaried position.

Experience/qualifications

  • Previous marketing and graphic design experience preferred.
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in graphic design, using software packages including InDesign, Canva, etc.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and other common office software.
  • Basic accounting skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and detail oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively with community partners, the board of directors and staff.

Company Manager

The Company Manager has responsibility for the day-to-day operational functions and supervision of the ballet's company of professional dancers. Duties include:
  • Publishing and maintaining rehearsal schedules.
  • Making travel and meal arrangements for tours.
  • Managing the backstage area at all performances.
  • Being present anytime the company or an ensemble of the company perform in any venue or context.
  • Assisting the executive & artistic director in maintaining the master performance calendar.
  • Acting as liaison between the company and the executive & artistic director.
  • Working closely with the Ballet Mistress and Company Instructors.
  • Coordination of dancer auditions and children’s auditions for child-appropriate roles in selected productions.
  • Coordinating rehearsals, supervision and safety of children appearing as “guests” in Columbia City Ballet productions.
  • Issuing contracts for guest artists, venues, and fee for service clients in collaboration with the executive and finance directors.

Experience/qualifications

  • Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and other common office software.
  • Basic accounting skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and strongly detail oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively with community partners, the board of directors and staff.

Membership Director & Educational Outreach Coordinator

The Membership Director & Educational Outreach Coordinator has responsibility for servicing our Season Members by selling membership packages, fulfilling ticket concierge services including pulling tickets, mailing tickets, making ticket exchanges, etc. In addition, this director operates a VIP Will Call Station at the Koger Center for the Performing Arts for each performance and at selected other venues as required. The membership director also initiates and maintains online ticketing services required for designated venues. This director communicates directly with the membership regarding special events, and other member benefits. Educational Outreach Coordinator duties include direct mail campaigns to promote the Educational Outreach & Engagement Series, registration of participants and collection of associated fees. The coordinator is required to be physically present at all Educational Outreach & Engagement Series productions in every venue.

Experience/qualifications

  • Previous customer service experience strongly preferred.
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and other common office software.
  • Basic accounting skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members, community partners, the board of directors and staff.

Procedure for applying (all positions listed above)

Qualified candidates should e-mail a current resume, together with a cover letter indicating interest in the position and salary requirements, to both Executive Director William Starrett at WStarrett@ColumbiaCityBallet.Com and Finance Director Robert DeBerry at RDeBerry@ColumbiaCityBallet.Com. Deadline for applications is July 1, 2021. For more information about Columbia City Ballet, visit www.ColumbiaCityBallet.Com

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S.C. Phil to party like it’s 2009

Saturday concert to feature pair of 2009 SCAC fellows


A pair of 2009 South Carolina Arts Commission music fellows will have prominent roles in the South Carolina Philharmonic's next concert this Saturday night in Columbia. The orchestra is continuing its year-long celebration of 250 years of Beethoven with his first piano concerto. Out front on the Steinway will be Phillip Bush: music professor at the University of South Carolina, frequent presenter at the Southeastern Piano Festival, well-traveled and highly regarded concert pianist, recording artist and—oh by the way—the S.C. Arts Commission's 2009 music performance fellowship recipient. The Peabody alum has taken the stage across the U.S. and Japan, where he performed some 25 concerts over a 10-year period. His repertoire includes works from the 16th century to the 21st, as he is a devoted advocate for contemporary music. And that is where John Fitz Rogers comes in. He also received an S.C. Arts Commission fellowship in 2009, his for music composition. To start the concert, the orchestra will reprise his The Passing Sun, a work commissioned by the Phil to celebrate its 50th season in 2014/2015. It is an orchestral piece, but Fitz Rogers has composed for works featuring bassoon, guitar, piano, saxophone, and vocal soloists (with orchestras, including chamber ensembles). He holds degrees from Cornell, Yale, and Oberlin and is currently professor of composition at the UofSC, where he founded and, for a time, directed the widely acclaimed Southern Exposure New Music Series. His works have been recorded and released by multiple labels. The concert is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St., Columbia). $16-$50. Click here to learn more.
Learn more about South Carolina Arts Commission fellowship recipients here.  

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Trustus Theatre names Chad Henderson producing artistic director

Trustus Theatre On Monday, the Trustus Theatre board of directors voted to end the organization’s search for a managing director that began in September 2019 and named Artistic Director Chad Henderson as the producing artistic director. Henderson will now serve the organization in an executive capacity to lead artists, staff, board and the community in realizing the theatre’s mission. He is a native of Spartanburg and began working at Trustus Theatre in 2007 as the marketing director after graduating from the University of South Carolina. After an eight-year career as a professional director, he became Trustus' third artistic director at the start of the theatre’s 31st season in 2015. This is Henderson’s fifth season as the artistic leader of the organization, and the South Carolina Theatre Association recognized him with the 2019 Founders Award last season in recognition for his contributions to South Carolina theatre the previous year. The theatre intends to hire an administrative assistant of production in the coming months to assist in the management of productions, contribution programs, and communications.


Sumner Bender, president of Trustus Theatre’s board, is confident in the board’s decision to make Henderson the producing artistic director. “Over the past several years, Trustus Theatre has been in a structural transition,” said Bender. “One of the only constants during that change has been Chad Henderson. The board of directors worked diligently over the past year to assess and evaluate the responsibilities and duties for an organizational leader. Many of those duties were already being performed by Mr. Henderson. A theatre organization is mutable, just like many smaller arts organizations, and it must be able to recognize when that change is needed. Therefore, when hiring an organizational leader, you can only hope for one that understands the mission, is a champion for the vision, and willing to work hard to maintain that integrity. We’re lucky that Mr. Henderson possesses all of those qualities and will continue to serve as a leader for Trustus Theatre.” Henderson is honored by the opportunity to serve Trustus in this new capacity. “Trustus has been my artistic home for over fifteen years,” said Henderson. “Being given the chance to lead the organization in this capacity is humbling, and it is also energizing. I can’t quantify what this theatre has given me since its co-founders Jim and Kay Thigpen hired me right out of college, but I constantly endeavor to give back in whatever way I can. While our strategies may transform on occasion, the organization continues to be a vital cultural institution in South Carolina. My hope is that my service to the organization can position it for continued success in the next 35 years by celebrating artistry, community, and the power of storytelling.”
Trustus Theatre is currently in its 35th season as the Midlands’s contemporary professional theatre. Founded in 1985 by Kay and Jim Thigpen, Trustus Theatre boasts two performing venues with the Thigpen Main Stage seating 132 and the Trustus Side Door Theatre seating 50. The theatre and the Trustus Company endeavor to enrich the lives and deepen the experiences of their artists and patrons by producing works that examine humanity in the 21st century. The theatre’s goal is to select challenging scripts that will start and nurture dialogues that promote discussion within the community with productions that are brought to life through dynamic storytelling and inventive designs.

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Events job opening at Columbia Museum of Art

Title: Special Events Assistant Reports to: Special Events Manager Purpose: To assist in managing and selling the museum’s facilities event rental program. (Ed. note: No application deadline was given.)
Responsibilities Primarily assists with event execution and planning: to include management of assigned events, client relations, and supervision of event staff. Handles administrative tasks including event inquiries, scheduling, contracts, and billing. Provides support for the Special Events Manager. Assists with sales to meet annual revenue goals for venue rentals and corporate memberships. Supervisory Duties

Supervise part-time event staff at specific events, as directed. Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Administration (40% - 16 hours a week)

    • Assist Special Events Manager daily
    • Serve as one of two special event staff who are primary contacts for all event inquiries
    • As assigned, offer facility walkthroughs to potential clients
    • Work with Special Events Manager to plan every two-week work schedule
    • Communicate with clients throughout rental timeline in advance of deadlines for contracts, payments, walkthroughs, floorplans, and insurance documents; manage records on the shareddrive
    • Assist the Special Events Manager with admin and planning for internal events, including submitting check requests, purchase orders, and RFPs
    • Manage rental information forms, prepare for walkthroughs and meetings as necessary
    • Schedule event holds on the CMA master calendar, communicate with clients and update as 2-week hold comes to an end
    • Enter rentals and payments into group sales in database and update as necessary
    • Enter interactions and contacts into database in a timely manner

Events (40% - 16 hours a week)

    • Work a varying 40-hour week to cover day, night, and weekend events
    • Use quick problem solving to address client needs
    • Offer clients excellent customer service in all communications before, during, and after event
    • Manage specific events, including setup and breakdown, coordinate event timelines, and work with vendors and facilities/maintenance staff
    • Supervise part-time event staff and vendors as directed, at specific events or as part of an event managed by the special events manager
    • Work with the special events manager to train part-time event staff as needed
    • Manage inventory (including alcohol) before and after events, and monitor stock of event supplies
    • Record attendance numbers

Promoting, Selling, and Cultivating (20% - 8 hours a week)

    • Provide consistently excellent communication and customer service to clients
    • Attend internal and external meetings as deemed necessary or as assigned, and work as a team with other museum staff
    • Identify, research, and pitch new prospects for rentals and vendor or community partnerships, participate in cultivation and solicitation
    • Consider rental contacts, both inquiries and confirmed, for membership and donor cultivation
    • Meet goals for rental sales, sponsorships and corporate memberships each fiscal year
    • Attend community and networking events as necessary to build relationships and promote the museum

Job Type

This is a full-time, non-exempt position not to exceed 40 hours per week. Schedule varies, requiring flexibility, including an average of 2-4 evenings weekly and 2-3 weekends per month. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs, move furniture and equipment, reach, stand, and walk for extended hours.

Knowledge and Experience

Knowledge of facility operations, event planning, sales management, accounting, marketing, or administration helpful. Experience working as part of a team, strong verbal and written communication and customer service skills, and strong organization required.

Skills and Abilities

Be a positive, confident employee and an advocate for the museum. Interact with people from all backgrounds in a clear, courteous, and respectful way. Be a highly motivated team player who is enthusiastic and proactive, and who thrives in a very fast-paced environment. Should have a passion for the job and the museum, and be creative, innovative, agile, and vibrant. Possess a strong sense of urgency, priority, and follow-through. Maintain a consistently professional appearance. Work independently, anticipate needs, and manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously. Be able to work collegially with staff across departments to achieve common objectives. Discretion and sound judgment are required. Maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.

Applicants are asked to send your resume and cover letter to jdixon-mccray@columbiamuseum.org. (Ed. note: No application deadline was given.)

Really? Vandal or vandals damage mural in Columbia park

Juveniles suspected by police


From The State this morning: [caption id="attachment_43362" align="alignright" width="150"]confused man Yeah, we don't get it.[/caption]

“The mural was apparently damaged Sunday night. Columbia police have watched surveillance video from the parking lot, but so far no arrests have been made.

Park workers removed the graffiti Monday and Tuesday. However, the chemicals used also marred parts of the painting.

“'They did a decent job of getting the tag (graffiti) off, but it did some damage to the paint on the mural,' said Lee Snelgrove, executive director of One Columbia for Arts and Culture. 'It will require (the artist) to come back and touch up the areas.'”

Read the full story here. (Subscription might be required.) The mural in question is in Riverfront Park along the flood-damaged Columbia Canal.

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Columbia poet laureate makes call for poems

Call for poems from South Carolina poets!


[caption id="attachment_17625" align="alignright" width="175"]Ed Madden Photo by Forrest Clonts[/caption] COMPOSED: a hospital poetry project Many of us have taken a moment to collect ourselves before visiting someone in the hospital. We stop and wash our faces, look in the mirror. compose ourselves. Using this moment as the inspiration for our next Prisma Health poetry project, we are looking for poems that fit that moment. We want to use local voices about health, healing, comfort, and courage in spaces where they can make a difference.  

Madden ‘beyond excited’ by new laureate fellowship

Academy of American Poets further validates Ed Madden

He's Columbia's poet laureate (since 2015) and he is a previous S.C. Arts Commission fellow for prose (2010). He is further expanding his influence with a new accolade.
[caption id="attachment_17625" align="alignright" width="200"]Ed Madden Photo by Forrest Clonts[/caption] Ed Madden was just awarded the Academy of America Poets Laureate Fellowship along with 12 other poets laureate of states, cities, and counties across the U.S. receiving a combined, historic $1 million in recognition of their literary merit and to support civic programs, which will take place over the next 12 months.  (See news release here.) “Poets have an important role in our culture and in communities all across the country. By supporting Poets Laureate at the state and local level, we hope to ensure that more people become acquainted with poets and poetry where they live and have an opportunity to benefit from innovative and groundbreaking programming close to home,” said Michael Jacobs, Chairman of the Academy of American Poets. These new fellowships are made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and, in total, are believed to be the largest awards provided to poets in the U.S. at any one time by a charitable organization. They are also in keeping with this spring’s national poetry programming theme of Poetry & Democracy offered by the Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Columbia's Free Times has an interview with Madden, who already has plans to put the $50,000 he received to use in Columbia. According to Free Times, they will fit in with his "other initiatives [that] have put poetry on Main Street banners and coffee sleeves. On April Fool’s Day 2017, random cars were tagged with fake parking tickets, no doubt baffling drivers who found on not an official summons but a few lines of verse. Last year, little free poetry boxes — similar to little free library kiosks — sprang up in yards throughout the city. There’s also been 'rain poetry,' where short local poems, stenciled onto sidewalks with hydrophobic paint, magically appear when it rains."