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GCCA names Kim Fabian its new executive director

Kim Fabian has been named executive director of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) following an extensive local and national search. Fabian brings more than 25 years of experience driving operational excellence, strengthening brand awareness, and strategically engaging boards and teams for success. Fabian comes to GCCA from Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA), where she served as senior vice president since 2012. Fabian received a bachelor's in mass communication from Towson University, where she serves as an officer on the foundation board of directors and is a president emeritus of the alumni association board of directors. GCCA Board Chair Pat Kilburg said, “We are excited to have Kim join the GCCA as we prepare for the launch of the renovation of the Historic Cotton Warehouse and the significant expansion of programs. Her passion for the arts, organizational and business acumen, and love of Greenville will lead us into our next five years and beyond.” Since GCCA opened in 2015, the founders and board of directors of Greenville Center for Creative Arts have made significant progress toward ensuring that a permanent home for the arts is realized in Greenville. In late 2019, GCCA finalized the purchase of the Cloth Building which currently houses all of GCCA’s programs and the Historic Cotton Warehouse, which will be renovated to expand GCCA’s programs in the future. The GCCA Art School has attracted more than 2,300 students for classes and workshops, hundreds of scholarships have enabled students of all ages and income levels to participate in summer camps and classes, and three Brandon Fellows have been selected each year to develop their work as studio artists while pursuing careers in the arts. “It is a privilege to join GCCA in its fifth anniversary year which marks a milestone and celebration for this dynamic studio, classroom, and exhibition space,” Fabian said. "GCCA has become one of upstate South Carolina’s premier destinations for promotion and education of the visual arts and I am honored to play a part in its expansion.” Plans for a significant expansion of GCCA includes renovation of the Historic Cotton Warehouse after years of strategic and deliberate planning by the board of directors. The renovation of the Historic Cotton Warehouse will expand GCCA’s programming by offering classroom studios in three-dimensional mediums. “I am inspired by all that has been achieved by this dedicated group of artists, educators, and community leaders who have brought their vision to life,” said Fabian. “I look forward to taking this vision to the next level and ensuring that GCCA expands its capacity to create an accessible, inclusive place where artists of all ages can thrive.”


Greenville Center for the Creative Arts is located at 101 Abney Street, Greenville. For more information, call 864.735.3948, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, or email info@artcentergreenville.org.

Young artists invited to apply now for S.C.’s tuition-free arts school

S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities accepting applications for 2020/2021

S.C. Governors School for the Arts Humanities students
The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a public, residential high school for artistically talented students, is now accepting applications for the 2020/2021 school year and summer programs. All South Carolina residents in grades 6-11 are eligible to apply online at SCGSAH.org. Located in downtown Greenville, the Governor’s School offers pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and visual arts. Students attend from all over the state to learn from established, practicing artists in an environment that provides the resources needed to hone their artistic abilities including specialized arts studios, state-of-the-art performance halls, a world-class library and dedicated rehearsal spaces. In the tuition-free Residential High School program, students explore and refine their talents in a one-of-a-kind, master-apprentice community while receiving a high school education that has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast and Niche. The Palmetto Gold award-winning high school ranked third in the state for SAT and ACT scores and had a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate for the 2018/2019 school year. The reviews and rankings site, Niche.com, ranked the Governor’s School the third “Best College Prep High School” and the fourth “Best Public High School” in South Carolina. Students who are interested in the Governor’s School’s Residential High School program apply in the 10th grade to attend during their junior and senior years. The dance and music programs also accept exceptional sophomores. While tuition is free, there is a meal plan fee, and financial assistance is available for eligible students. The Governor’s School also offers three summer programs that provide younger students the opportunity to immerse themselves in their artistic passion while learning from practicing artists. These include Arts Odyssey, for rising 8th and 9th-grade students; Academy, for rising 10th-grade students; and Summer Dance, for rising 7th-12th grade students. Students can apply online at www.SCGSAH.org for all programs. The application deadline for the Residential High School, Academy, and Summer Dance programs is Jan. 8, 2020. All applications submitted by Nov. 30, 2019, will receive an application fee waiver. For the Arts Odyssey program, the deadline is Dec. 13, 2019. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Governor’s School is hosting FIRST LOOK, an open house event for prospective students and families who are interested in attending the school’s programs. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about everything the Governor's School has to offer through tours, information sessions, and art area demonstrations. This event is designed for students and families who have not yet visited campus. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m., and sessions begin at noon. Learn more and register at https://www.scgsah.org/firstlook.

About SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the public, residential high school, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th-grade students, and SCGSAH serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. SCGSAH.org

Peace Center reveals Wyche Pavilion plan revisions

Vibrant new (old) space for music, entertainment

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The Peace Center is announcing revisions to its plans for restoration of the Wyche Pavilion and will return to the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board on July 9. The July 9 meeting follows a public hearing in February, where the Design Review Board provided feedback on the proposed project. Based on those recommendations and further meetings with members of the city and Design Review Board, the design was updated to make the expansion more subordinate to the existing Wyche Pavilion, while preserving the elements required to transform the Wyche into a fully functioning music and entertainment venue. The design by Summerour and Associates retains, preserves and emphasizes the 3,578 square foot iconic shell of the Wyche Pavilion. The addition of custom-made windows and doors, wood floors and ceilings, fans, architectural lighting and HVAC will allow for year-round use. The Wyche will be outfitted as a fully functioning performance venue, featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. The open floor plan allows for a variety of performance configurations, from cabaret to concert-style seating, to standing room only club space. The full footprint of the original building (circa 1835) which is much larger than the existing Wyche Pavilion will be utilized for an addition to house the infrastructure required to support the venue. This new structure includes a grand glass entryway, a Green Room for artists, restrooms, storage and equipment rooms, and a catering kitchen. Special features of this project include a large outdoor deck connecting to a walkway which cantilevers from the Wyche along the river, and a large gathering space facing Main Street, all of which may be enjoyed by the public on a regular basis. The landscaping, by Earth Design, will feature lush, environmentally friendly plantings carefully chosen to evolve with each season. Peace Center Board Chairman and CEO of United Community Bank Lynn Harton said “As the Peace Center’s vision has evolved, activity on the campus has expanded as well. In addition to the wonderful Broadway shows and concerts showcased in the Peace Concert Hall, there is continuous activity throughout the campus. The Peace Center hosts songwriters, local performing artists, summer camps, a poetry program for students and adults, music education salons, film, student jazz performances and much more. The board of the Peace Center is excited to see the iconic Wyche Pavilion restored and expanded to become another outstanding performance venue that will benefit the entire community.” The Wyche restoration is the first phase of the Peace Center’s larger master plan, which includes renovation of the Roe Coach Factory and two buildings located on Main Street: the Markley and the Gullick.

About the Peace Center

The Peace Center is a nationally recognized artistic and cultural destination located in Greenville. Situated along the Reedy River in the heart of downtown, its multifaceted, six-acre campus is the region’s center for art, culture, entertainment and engagement. From programs featuring world-class artists in music, theater, and dance to intimate musical performances, to enriching educational experiences and everyday encounters with the arts, the Peace Center hosts hundreds of events every year and welcomes thousands of guests to its riverfront campus every day.

Greenville (S.C.) aims to be the next Portland (Ore.)

Thriving cultural scene rejuvenates Greenville

Everybody who's been there in the last 10 years knows that, but the rest of the U.S. is catching on. None other than the Wall Street Journal checked in last week with a glowing report on Greenville. The city that shares a name with so many others across the nation is aiming to become the East Coast's Portland ... a city that shares its name with so many others across the nation. The WSJ's conclusion is that artists, arts, and culture are the driving factors of the Greenville boom. (Again, you knew that.) From the story:

All of these artists—and hundreds of others—have chosen to live in Greenville, S.C., a Southern city of about 68,000 people that once called itself the Textile Capital of the World. Today, the vibrant arts scene is revitalizing the city itself, attracting other artists, young professionals and families wanting a fun, affordable place to live.

“We came looking for artists,” says Mr. Ambler, who is 47. He and his wife wanted to live somewhere warm, but California was too expensive and they didn’t think Florida was a good fit for his artwork. When a teaching job opened, they moved in 2000 to Seneca, S.C., about 30 miles west of Greenville, and bought a 1,800-square-foot studio for $88,000, selling it seven years later for $210,000.

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Artisphere continues arts festival season in S.C.

Artisphere Arts festival season has hit full-stride in South Carolina. This weekend, it's Greenville and Artisphere in the spotlight with the return of the signature Upstate event, which draws artists, art lovers, and tourists from all over the Southeast. The fun began about an hour ago and runs through Sunday:

  • ArtisphereFriday, May 11: 12-8 p.m.*
  • Saturday, May 12: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.*
  • Sunday, May 13: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*ARTISPHERE AFTER HOURS CONCERTS: the WYFF-4 Main Stage features musical performances from 8-9:45 p.m. There are a host of exhibits, performances (dance and music), and vendors (craft, food, etc.) to take in as you wind your way through downtown Greenville. Artisphere is presented by TD Bank, and receives support from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Verner Award highlights: City of Greenville and the Columbia Museum of Art

The City of Greenville and the Columbia Museum of Art are front and center in providing quality arts experiences for residents and visitors in their communities.  Read more about these recipients of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts below, and find out more about all of the activities taking place as part of the South Carolina Arts Awards on May 11. The City of Greenville, Government

City of GreenvilleFrom the public art on nearly every corner to the many museums and galleries that call the city home, Greenville is a haven for the arts. However, as recently as the mid-1980s, Greenville was a far cry from its current status as the Upstate region’s cultural epicenter. The city’s Main Street was a four-lane road that bisected a tired downtown district. As business after business along Main Street either closed or fled to the suburbs, demolition crews moved in to raze the vacant buildings left behind. Realizing the future of its urban core was in jeopardy, the city launched an ambitious downtown revitalization project. In addition to narrowing Main Street, planting trees, and establishing commercial anchors, the project emphasized the arts. It was this focused effort to revitalize downtown that fostered the public-private partnership responsible for creating the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1999. Since then, the arts have been thoroughly integrated into multiple facets of the community fostering an environment that, today, abounds with public art installations, performing and visual arts venues, festivals celebrating nearly every arts discipline, and strong community-based arts organizations. Though this booming arts scene is exceptional in and of itself, the crux of the achievement is how the City of Greenville used the arts not only to help reverse the city’s downward trajectory but to nurture its unique sense of place.
The Columbia Museum of Art, Organization
columbiamuseumofartcompositeThe Columbia Museum of Art is a centerpiece of cultural life in downtown Columbia and has played a key role in the revitalization of the city’s Main Street corridor. From its beginnings in the historic Taylor House in 1950 to the move to Main Street in 1998, the museum has transformed from a historic house museum to a major regional art institution serving more than 135,000 patrons each year. These visitors come to experience world-class collections of American, European, Asian and contemporary art exhibited in 20,000 square feet of gallery space and anchor the museum’s contributions to downtown tourism and the city’s economy. The museum has placed education at the core of its mission and programs, with initiatives focused on engaging youth audiences, developing free programs for K-12 educators, college students, families and children. Programs for adults and seniors include opportunities for artistic growth and skill development. The museum has also pioneered programs that place the museum at the center of the city’s social scene with events and activities that entertain while they educate, combining visual and performing arts. The museum's outreach efforts include multiple affiliate groups that focus on unique interests and offer their own range of programs. The Columbia Museum of Art embraces the role of the modern museum as a catalyst for both progress and meaningful conversations with the community it serves.

2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award recipients announced

vernerstatuescolorCongratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts! The S.C. Arts Commission annually presents the awards, the highest honor the state gives in the arts, to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Awards will be presented May 11 at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Statehouse. This year’s recipients:

"Each of these Verner Award recipients has attracted positive national attention for the Palmetto State," said S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. "Their dedication to the arts greatly benefits South Carolinians and materially enhances our state’s economic vitality. Their contributions regionally and nationally are a source of pride for South Carolinians living anywhere. The Verner Awards recognize service, commitment and passion, and we are honored to have these individuals and organizations working to enhance our state's reputation as a leader in the arts." Also on May 11, the S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. The gala begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St. in Columbia. Gala tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online. The 2016 Verner Awards are sponsored by Colonial Life. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com. About the South Carolina Arts Commission The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three 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 www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.