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On the passing of Dr. Rose Wilder

S.C. education pioneer, arts learning supporter passed Aug. 30


Official Statement from the S.C. Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission expresses its sadness after learning that Dr. Rose Ann Hilliard-Wilder passed yesterday according to her family. Among her accomplishments, in 1994, Wilder became the first Black female education superintendent in South Carolina since Reconstruction, serving Clarendon County School District 2. She was named Outstanding Superintendent by the South Carolina School Boards Association in 1999 and in the 2013/2014 school year, named Superintendent of the Year for the State of South Carolina. Tough times in the Williamsburg County School District called for just such a leader, and the S.C. Department of Education named her superintendent-designee in spring 2018. Wilder oversaw improvements to district finances, special education services, and academics overall during her time. The South Carolina Senate honored her with a March 2020 resolution, and the Clarendon School District One board renamed a school, formerly St. Paul Elementary School, to instead honor Wilder. The S.C. Arts Commission extends warm and sincere condolences to the surviving members of Wilder's family with gratitude for her achievements and support for arts learning. She was a partner for a summer STEAM camp in Clarendon County and a Spark Read to Succeed camp in Williamsburg County. Her dedication to so many students in rural school districts brought them immense benefit as learners. Wilder's obituary is posted here.
South Carolina Arts Commission News Release, Media Contact: Jason L. Rapp, Communications Director. jrapp@arts.sc.gov or 803.734.8899

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Summerton street painting + big arts ed news

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...


Makeover planned for Summerton streets. The SCAC tries to demonstrate that the arts are alive everywhere in South Carolina. Here's a great snippet from a part of the rural, I-95 corridor. The Town of Summerton 4 MAIN, in collaboration with South Carolina State University Art Department, invites the residents of Summerton and greater Clarendon County to come downtown and help paint the street! This community public arts project is open to all ages and abilities, and you don’t have to be a professional artist or know how to paint either. Just get together with friends and family and help transform one of Summerton’s downtown intersections into an eye-catching, colorful, one-of-a-kind pedestrian walkway. All ages. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Florence 1 plans massive investment in "arts ed." If you're connected with us on Facebook, you might be among the legions who saw our Friday post about Florence District One planning to spend $3 million on arts education initiatives over the next year. Not connected? Give us a like! (And here's to news like this becoming much more common.)

Time is running out

Part I. Nominations for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the arts are due Thursday, Nov. 8. All it takes to start the process of awarding an artist, arts organization, business or foundation, government entity, individual, or arts educator/institution one of these prestigious awards for significant contributions to the arts in South Carolina is one letter. Don't wait. Find out more now! Part II. Did you see this week's Grants Roundup this morning? Those who did already know that applications for $5,000 individual artist fellowships are also due Thursday, Nov. 8. Unrestricted awards will honor achievement in visual arts, craft, music composition, and music performance. Don't miss out!
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