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FY21 S.C. Arts Commission grants to fuel state’s creative sector

$4.1 million to support arts, cultural work in at least 41 counties

[caption id="attachment_45056" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Group picture with big, colorful cutout letters spelling "thank you." The Allendale Rural Arts Team, led by Maven Lottie Lewis, celebrated its Hometown Heroes June 19 with recognition of front line workers in the face of COVID 19; and the unveiling of a community mural by Hampton County artist Sophie Docalavich. Photo credit: Xavier Blake.[/caption]
For Immediate Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is announcing grants totaling $4.1 million awarded in at least 41 South Carolina counties to support arts and culture work in the new fiscal year.

The grants, approved by votes of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) board of directors on June 18, will be distributed during the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 grant period to artists and organizations who applied for grants that support the agency’s work to further arts education, artist development, and community arts development across South Carolina. “This is a significant investment of public funds that will further the work of South Carolina’s creative sector. It will support quality arts education programming for South Carolina students. It will support many of the 115,000 jobs in and supported by our $9.7 billion arts and creative sector. It will also help make arts programming that is more representative and more accessible to all South Carolinians and our visitors,” SCAC Executive Director David Platts said. “The South Carolina Arts Commission is proud and excited to help provide those benefits for the people of South Carolina.”
Individual Artist Fellowship grants, announced earlier this month, and Artist Ventures Initiative grants further the agency’s artist development work by enabling creatives in South Carolina to focus on the creation of art. In the case of the Artist Ventures Initiative, those grants help an artist turn the art into sustainable income as they give artist entrepreneurs seed money to create an arts-based business or strengthen an existing one with needed materials or training. Four grants of each type, totaling just less than $37,000, were awarded. Arts education grants are heading to 76 schools and seven districts across the state, strengthening arts in school curriculum with a combined investment of $896,000. Education Pilot Project grants use $295,000 to help South Carolina organizations provide musical learning, summertime STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camps, and professional development. Grants totaling $85,400 supporting the SCAC’s community arts development work are going to the 15 counties where The Art of Community: Rural SC is addressing local issues with arts and culture. These grants also keep unique South Carolina arts and cultural traditions alive by funding eight Folklife & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships for artists and folklife work done by four organizations. Also funded is the SCAC’s folklife partnership with the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum. Additional grants to be awarded throughout the year offer potential for impact in all counties. Among them are Arts Project Support grants, which offer funding for projects by artists and arts organizations. Both grants have rolling deadlines, and project support grants are designed to be accessible, streamlining the application process to remove barriers often faced by small organizations and individual artists.

Amounts awarded to programs in primary grant categories

Arts in Education: $1,463,832 Grants help fund curriculum planning and implementation, artist residencies, performances, professional development for teachers and summer and afterschool arts programs.
  • Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement: $770,000  Awarded to 83 schools and school districts that are participating in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which works to ensure every child in South Carolina has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the SCAC, the S.C. Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.
  • Education Pilot Projects: $295,000 Grants initiated by the agency for partners who carry out education initiatives.
  • Arts in Basic (ABC) Curriculum: $272,832 One grant to support management of the ABC Project partnership.
Operating Support: $2,040,978 Grants help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • General Operating Support: $1,908,066 One hundred twenty-nine grants for arts organizations.
  • Operating Support for Small Organizations: $111,972 Forty-six grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
  • Statewide Organizations: $20,940 Six grants for arts organizations operating statewide.
The Art of Community: Rural SC: $85,400 Using arts and culture to address issues in rural communities with the help of local partners. Folklife and Traditional Arts: $104,033 Grants support programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina’s many cultures through documentation and presentation of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities.
  • Organization grants: $23,000 Four grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
  • Apprenticeships: $10,000 Eight grants that support a partnership between a master artist, who will share artistic and cultural knowledge, and a qualified apprentice, who will then continue to pursue the art form.
  • Partnerships: $71,033 One grant to support management of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership.
Subgranting: $69,000 Seven awards to local arts councils that distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their regions. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Artists Ventures Initiative: $16,700 Four grants to individual artists for projects designed to help them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.  Individual Artist Fellowships: $20,000 Four grants to individual artists to recognize and reward their artistic achievements. These were announced in July 2020 after approval by the SCAC Board of Directors.
About the South Carolina Arts Commission With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key 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 SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

SCAC announces $4.4 million in FY20 grants to provide arts access across the state

Funding ‘vital’ for arts experiences, arts education programs

[caption id="attachment_41221" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A summer STEAM camp in 2018. Students participate in a summer STEAM camp in 2018.[/caption]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 August 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina communities will benefit from $4.4 million in fiscal year 2020 grants to their artists, arts organizations, and schools announced today by the South Carolina Arts Commission. As they return to classrooms this month, around 170,000 South Carolina students will have access to the educational benefits of the arts as part of the school day thanks to Arts in Basic Curriculum Project grants to 83 schools and districts. Other grants range from operating grants and project support for organizations to seed money and fellowships for individual artists, ensuring an assortment of relevant arts experiences across South Carolina. “This public funding approved by the legislature is vital to those who receive arts commission grants, but public support of the arts represents so much more than monetary support,” South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director David Platts said. “To the children who attended STEAM camps this summer in Allendale, Barnwell, and Clarendon counties, it represents exposure to a new world of possibility and engagement. It represents the lights on or rent paid to the small dance company in Columbia, small choir in Pickens, and the new orchestra in Rock Hill. It represents freedom to create for four fellowship recipients, four traditional arts mentors and their apprentices, and three artist entrepreneurs,” Platts said. “Our agency is immensely proud to help make these things possible in and for South Carolina.” Additional grants to be awarded throughout the year offer potential for impact in all counties. Among them are Arts Project Support grants, which offer funding for projects by artists and arts organizations; and Teacher Standards Initiative grants, which help teachers acquire supplies, materials, and expertise to meet the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. Both grants have rolling deadlines, and project support grants are designed to be accessible, streamlining the application process to remove barriers often faced by small organizations and individual artists. In FY19, which ended June 30, the S.C. Arts Commission for the first time placed a grant in each of the state’s 46 counties in a single year. A total of $4,377,035 was awarded. “That is a major milestone, and is the result of listening to the community, ground-level work, and sincere relationship building on the part of our team,” Platts said.

Amounts Awarded to Programs in Primary Grant Categories

Arts in Education: $2,074,476

Grants help fund curriculum planning and implementation, artist residencies, performances, professional development for teachers and summer and afterschool arts programs.
  • Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement: $899,207  Awarded to 83 schools and school districts that are participating in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which works to ensure every child in South Carolina has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the Arts Commission, the S.C. Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.
  • Arts Education Projects: $382,789 Thirty-eight grants funding projects and programs that support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).
  • Education Pilot Projects: $480,000 Ten grants initiated by the agency for partners who carry out education initiatives.
  • Arts in Basic (ABC) Curriculum: $312,480 Two grants to support management of the ABC Project partnership.

Operating Support: $2,131,603

Grants help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • General Operating Support: $1,909,307 One hundred thirty grants for arts organizations.
  • Operating Support for Small Organizations: $111,972 Forty-six grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
  • Statewide Organizations: $110,324 Nine grants for arts organizations operating statewide.

Folklife and Traditional Arts: $113,033

Grants support programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina’s many cultures through documentation and presentation of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities.
  • Organization grants: $32,000 Six grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
  • Apprenticeships: $10,000 Four grants that support a partnership between a master artist, who will share artistic and cultural knowledge, and a qualified apprentice, who will then continue to pursue the art form.
  • Partnerships: $71,033 One grant to support management of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership.

Subgranting: $70,000

Seven awards to local arts councils that distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their regions. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Artists Ventures Initiative: $10,000

Three grants to individual artists for projects designed to help them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.

Individual Artist Fellowships: $20,000

Four grants to individual artists to recognize and reward their artistic achievements. These were announced in July 2019 after approval by the SCAC Board of Directors.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key 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 SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

New SCAC grants make $4 million impact in state’s communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 September 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is announcing $3,982,012 in grants for South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations, and schools for the 2019 fiscal year as of Sept. 1, 2018.

“Funds appropriated by the legislature help local arts providers offer more than six million arts experiences to citizens and visitors every year,” S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May said. [caption id="attachment_36826" align="alignright" width="200"] Serwah Armah-Koranteng[/caption] “These grants affect wide-ranging organizations and diverse audiences statewide, from Town Theatre in Columbia, starting its centennial season next week, to Wits End Poetry, holding a poetry slam event in Greenville later in the month. They enable our four fellowship recipients from Charleston, Columbia, Little River, and Spartanburg to develop their talents, and provide support for artisans like Serwah Armah-Koranteng to strengthen Africstyle mobile boutique, her arts-based business. And perhaps most importantly, they help the next generation hone creativity and problem-solving skills with funding for arts-based education programs in schools.” Six new Arts in Basic Curriculum Project sites are being awarded grants to strategically plan and implement arts education as part of the school day, bringing the total to 84 and giving almost 171,000 South Carolina students access to the educational benefits of the arts. Other grants range from operating grants and project support for organizations to seed money and fellowships for individual artists, ensuring an assortment of relevant arts experiences across South Carolina. Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year with potential for impact in all counties: three rounds of Quarterly Project Support grants to benefit projects by artists and arts organizations, and additional Teacher Standards Initiative grants will be awarded to help teachers acquire supplies, materials, and expertise to meet the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. “Ongoing work to create opportunities in rural counties as well as more populated areas is attracting additional grant applications for our operating support funds,” May said. Operating support grants make up 49 percent of the FY19 total, and arts education grants make up 46 percent. In FY18, which finished June 30, the S.C. Arts Commission awarded $4,060,290 and expects to exceed that total by the close of FY19 on June 30, 2019, May said.

Amounts Awarded to Programs in Primary Grant Categories

Arts in Education: $1,822,446 Grants help fund curriculum planning and implementation, artist residencies, performances, professional development for teachers and summer and afterschool arts programs.
  • Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement: $881,023  Awarded to 84 schools and school districts that are participating in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which works to ensure every child in South Carolina has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the Arts Commission, the S.C. Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.
  • Arts Education Projects: $336,193 Thirty-four grants funding projects and programs that support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).
  • Education Pilot Projects: $292,000
  • Teacher Standards Implementation: $750 (1st quarter only) One grant (to date) to help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, and expertise necessary for meeting the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.
  • Arts in the Basic (ABC) Curriculum: $312,480 Two grants to support management of the ABC Project Partnership.
Operating Support: $1,942,580 Grants help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • General Operating Support: $1,753,406 One hundred twenty-five grants for arts organizations.
  • Operating Support for Small Organizations: $83,016 Thirty-four grants for arts organizations with annual expense budgets of less than $75,000.
  • Statewide Organizations: $106,158 Seven grants for arts organizations operating statewide.
Folklife and Traditional Arts: $101,033 Grants support programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina’s many cultures through documentation and presentation of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities.
  • Organization grants: $22,500 Five grants to support nonprofit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.
  • Apprenticeships: $7,500 Four grants that support a partnership between a master artist, who will share artistic and cultural knowledge, and a qualified apprentice, who will then continue to pursue the art form.
  • Partnerships: $71,033 One grant to support management of the Folklife and Traditional Arts Partnership.
Subgranting: $66,437 Seven awards to local arts councils that distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their regions. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Artists Ventures Initiative: $15,000 Three grants to individual artists for projects designed to help them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers. Individual Artist Fellowships: $20,000 Four grants to individual artists to recognize and reward their artistic achievements. These were announced in July 2018 after approval by the SCAC Board of Directors. Quarterly Project Support: $5,200 (1st quarter only) Six grants to support a variety of quality arts projects and programs and/or for professional development opportunities to assist artistic and managerial staff. This category also supports specific arts activities that promote an individual artist's professional development or career advancement. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

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 SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696.

New grant to support Arts Commission’s Lowcountry programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26 March 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is announcing a new grant awarded by Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) to support implementation of programs in coastal South Carolina counties. The Expansion Arts Fund of CCF is awarding $25,675. The fund’s goals are to improve the climate for expansion arts, and to encourage initiative and change in expansion arts organizations and artists. Expansion Arts are defined as the works of new and emerging arts groups and artists – especially those from minority, rural or disadvantaged communities – that expand the definition of traditional art. Grants from the fund are intended to support the work of professional artists and arts companies, so projects that focus on arts as a social service or educational program are not eligible for funding. For individuals, eligible projects may include professional development or the production of new work. The grant will enable SCAC to expand programs already in place from March 2018 through June 2019 in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, and Jasper counties. “We’re grateful to have additional support from Coastal Community Foundation that allows us to further our work of providing everyone in South Carolina access to the arts and arts-related programs,” SCAC Executive Director Ken May said. Three key SCAC programs will be assisted by this CCF grant funding:

  • Art of Community: Rural SC: Launched in 2016 with funding assistance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, this program advances the SCAC’s commitment to rural development through arts, culture and creative placemaking. Projects are underway in six counties in southern South Carolina, of which Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper fall under the umbrella of the CCF grant.
  • ArtsGrowSC: A partnership of the SCAC and CommunityWorks, a community development finance institution based in Greenville, this pilot program is designed to increase opportunities for artisans to develop and grow arts-based business ventures. ArtsGrowSC combines the strengths of both organizations to offer resources for qualifying artists, including a savings program, micro-loans, business venture loans, matching grants, personalized coaching and workshops.
  • SCAC Quarterly Grants: Grants are made available each fiscal quarter to individual artists to promote professional development or career advancement and to arts organizations to assist a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs and/or for professional development opportunities assisting artistic and managerial staff.
Information about these programs is available from SCAC Program Director Joy Young: 803.734.8203 or jyoung@arts.sc.gov.
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 l eadership 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 SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

Charleston Co. artists can apply for ‘Lowcountry Artist of the Year’

Charleston artists: time is running out to be considered Lowcountry Artist of the Year by a fund at Coastal Community Foundation of S.C. The Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year award was created in 2003 by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn in order to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents an aspect of our Lowcountry’s unique life, culture or environment – its “look and feel.” The award is supported by The Griffith/Reyburn Visual Arts Fund (“the Fund”), created in 2003 as a component fund of Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.  The Fund's financial award is intended to support the artist during creation of a work of art which will then be the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion. In 2018, one award of $6,000 will be provided to one winning applicant, payable in two equal increments ($3,000 each) during the time that the work of art is being created. Only artists living in Charleston County are eligible. The financial award is intended to support the artist during creation of a work of art which will then be the personal property of the artist, to keep, show or sell at his or her discretion. The application and complete eligibility requirements can be accessed at: http://ccf.spectrumportal.net/Accounts/LogOn.  All applicants must create an account and register as an “Individual Applicant.” Deadline to apply is Sunday, February 4 at midnight.


Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants must be citizens or residents of Charleston County in South Carolina.
  • Applicants must be at least fifteen (15) years of age.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate talent, based on submission of images of their work.
  • In submitting images of past work, the applicant must demonstrate past interest in creating art reflective of “the look and feel of the Lowcountry.”
  • Through a written application, applicants must be able to communicate a vision for the work of art to be produced.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate some degree of financial need for the award, which is intended to provide a living stipend for the winner as  the work of art is being created.
  • The Award is not intended for an artist already popular with the general public. For an artist whose work is not generally known locally, it is intended to give the time and the money to produce art and to become better known to the general public.
  • The proposed work of art may be done in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawing, or a combination of those media, or it may be a work of three-dimensional fine art sculpture; “fine art” is used here to exclude crafts and installation art from 3-D works of sculpture.
  • The applicant must commit to completing the new work of art in a period of three months’ time or less.
  • There are no requirements related to public shows or past awards, so as not to discourage new or under-recognized artists from applying.
Questions? Direct additional questions about the award or application process to Caroline Rakar, program officer at Coastal Community Foundation of S.C. The Hub thanks Caroline for assisting with information for this post.

Coastal Community Foundation seeks Communications Intern

The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, based in Charleston, is hiring a Communications Intern. This part-time, hourly position reports to the Communications Associate and is responsible for assisting with the print and electronic communications and public relation efforts of Coastal Community Foundation. The Communications Intern may assist with researching best practices, tracking the impact of communications efforts and project management of special initiatives and events. Priority will be given to drafting copy for press releases and advertisements, researching and writing stories for publications, creating content for social media accounts and other projects as assigned. In the fall semester, the Communications Intern will be expected to work between 10-15 hours per week, while in the spring semester the time commitment will be 15-20 hours per week. The Communications Intern earns an hourly wage of $10/hour. Communications Responsibilities

  • Contributes content to Foundation social media outlets including but not limited to the Foundation blog, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.
  • Gather and help maintain biographical files for Fund Establishers.
  • Archives earned media mentions, Foundation publications and photographs.
  • Assist in formatting basic layout and production of newsletters, forms, flyers, and other Foundation-related collateral as needed.
  • Assist with special events and community projects as needed.
General Responsibilities
  • Assist donors, Board members, grantees, Professional Advisors, and the general public in a courteous, helpful, and respectful manner.
  • Support the Coastal Community Foundation’s practice of encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
  • Pursue and apply professional and academic knowledge as necessary for the position.
Knowledge, skills, experience, and education needed
  • Must be pursuing a college degree.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, organizational, and communication skills a must with the ability to multi-task.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced production environment with proven success handling overlapping deadlines.
  • Proficiency in social media tools: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, blogs, etc.
  • Video editing capability or Adobe Creative Suite knowledge a plus.
Submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, August 28 at 5 p.m. to Monica@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org. Must be available for in-person interview during the week of August 31. Via: Coastal Community Foundation

Arts Partnership of Spartanburg announces grant awards

The Arts Partnership at Chapman Cultural Center has awarded five grants as a part of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Community Grants (Subgranting) program. These grants are awarded to charitable organizations or units of government from Spartanburg County with a primary mission focused on the arts. The grants awarded for the first quarter of 2014-15 ranged from $500 to $1,000, all benefiting the arts in Spartanburg County. Daniel Zongrone, an Upstate percussionist, was awarded a grant to fund an Artist in Residence in Berlin, Germany. His time in one of the largest cities in the world featuring experimental and electronic music will be spent learning about changes in music technology, collaborating with international music partners, and meeting with producers. He plans to bring all this information back to Spartanburg where he will then encourage others to become involved with new sounds. Crystal Irby, a workshop instructor and organizer, will receive funds to attend a play-writing workshop, “From the Idea to the Stage: Playwriting and Directing Workshop with Steven Kent and Linda Parris Bailey.” This will assist her in developing her play, “I Am Zenga Cole-Henderson.” Irby has been working on this script for several years, along with being an active poet and actor. Her production will tell the story of African-American politics and power in the South, examining race, gender, and politics, in today’s media-driven era. Sister Cities of Greater Spartanburg has received a grant for the start-up of an international partnership with Landshut, Germany. The goal of this organization is to link Spartanburg and Landshut through long-term, artistic and cultural connections. This will include encouraging cultural, educational, artistic, institutional and commercial exchanges. Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association received a grant for the Christmas Past Historic Home Tour, a holiday-themed house tour along with horse drawn carriages, Victorian carolers and music from St. John’s Brass and Jhon Akers. The grant money will help pay for the musical entertainment. St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church was awarded a grant that will allow the Greek Orchestra to play for the Spartanburg Greek Festival. The purpose of the festival is to introduce the Greek culture to citizens of Spartanburg, with the proceeds benefiting their Family Life Center, a new state-of-the-art event venue. The event also strengthens the local economy through the money the church spends locally for the festival materials. All applicants were reviewed by a committee of individuals throughout the Spartanburg County community. For information about future grant opportunities, please email: Grants@SpartanArts.org
Via: Arts Partnership of Spartanburg Note: The South Carolina Arts Commission's subgranting program provides funds to local arts councils for subgranting quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their region. A subgranting applicant must be a South Carolina organization with a primary mission focused on the arts (or an organization that serves as the primary arts provider in its community). The subgranting program is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.