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Sandlapper Singers seeks part-time general manager

Application deadline: open until position is filled The Sandlapper Singers, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., is a semi-professional chorus specializing in American choral music. The general manager is a part-time position supporting chorus operations. The schedule will range from 10-20 hours per week, but workload will vary depending on the season and needs of the organization, with increased hours before concerts, with summer mailings, and other times as needed. This position reports to the board chair and collaborates with the artistic director. Candidates should have excellent communications and organizational ability, problem-solving skills with attention to detail and ability to multitask and meet deadlines. Candidates should be self-motivated and have the ability to work with minimal supervision and possess an entrepreneurial and team spirit that utilizes creative thinking and attention to detail. Candidates should have knowledge or experience with Microsoft Office Suite and desktop publishing software. The general manager must be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, to accommodate organization needs. Familiarity with the operations of a musical organization is preferable. Experience managing an arts group is also preferable. Qualifications

  • Must have an interest in the arts and music.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job description experience, with at least two years of  administrative, marketing, and/or customer service experience preferred.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Development
  • Raise funds through fund raisers and sponsorships
  • Secure interested board members
  • Write effective grants
  • Able to create long-term plans and prepare board members and volunteers on all projects and concerns so that important needs are completed in a timely and efficient basis.
  • Work vigorously and collaboratively on development with the artistic director
  • Timely preparation and content of promotional material for all Singers concerts as approved by the board of directors.
  • Production, content and publication of season brochure and concert programs.
  • Develop concert production timeline in conjunction with artistic director; coordinate all concert preparations including communication with host facility about equipment availability and setup, ticket sales, concert payment distributions and managing volunteers.
  • Work with artistic director to maintain master calendar of rehearsals, concerts, meetings and events.
  • Attend board meetings as an ex-officio member.
  • Oversee volunteers to ensure that all necessary tasks are completed and all deadlines are met.
  • Work with the webmaster to ensure the website stays current by providing board-approved content.
  • Survey audiences and monitor audience demographics for analysis and present statistics and evaluation to the board of directors.
  • Other duties as assigned by board of directors and a close collaboration with the artistic director.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, submit a resume and supporting materials by email to feedback@sandlappersingers.org. About the Sandlapper Singers Founded in 1996, the Sandlapper Singers, South Carolina's premier professional choral ensemble, presents American choral music in a uniquely entertaining and engaging style to audiences throughout the state and beyond. The 30-35 voice auditioned ensemble performs an annual subscription series of three concerts presented twice in acoustically superior venues in the Columbia metro area. Directed and co-founded by Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, the Singers specialize in the works of American composers, past and present, offering a delightful mix of both familiar and new music. In addition to beautiful and inspiring singing, the Sandlapper concerts may include a variety of the other arts, visuals, dance, and insightful commentary. The mission of the Sandlapper Singers is to present American choral music in a uniquely entertaining, inspiring, and engaging style and to provide educational opportunities for young singers.

Midlands residents invited to take part in performance art event

Midlands residents are invited to be a part of a new art performance event to be created for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. Created and facilitated by South Carolina artist Candice Ivy, Crossings will be held on Columbia’s Main Street on the evening of Tues., Feb. 17, closing the official commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. The mission of the performance is to express the collective voice of participants through action and sound, symbolically recalling our inter-connected past with our present experience of local history. During the performance, participants will collaborate with the artist to work symbolically with sound, cloth, water and ash sourced from the remains of two historic homes. The goal will be to collectively create and hold a respectful space that reflects an acknowledgement of history's continual presence within people, place and culture. Anyone, regardless of background, who would like to share their personal story may volunteer to participate. This performance is largely dependent upon the collective and diverse voices of the community to be successful. Narratives can be open in content, but should speak to each individual’s personal experience related to the traces of the Civil War in the South, not excluding stories connected to the range of complexities, sensitivities and divides connected to this shared history. In preparation for the event, volunteers are invited to participate in several activities as a means to share their stories and connect with the artist and each other. In part one of these preparatory meetings, participants are asked to bring any small object that connects them to their story. This performance pays reverential acknowledgement to our collective experiences. All potential participants are asked to bring their stories with openness and respect. Meetings will take place at The Big Apple, located at 1000 Hampton Street in downtown Columbia, S.C., and will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9, 11, 13 and 16. Participants are required to attend both the first and last meetings as well as the performance on the evening of Feb. 17. For more information, email candiceivy@gmail.com. To sign up, visit BurningofColumbia.com. About Columbia Commemorates: Columbia Commemorates is a multi-disciplinary coalition comprised of Midlands and statewide organizations formed to plan and implement a citywide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia. Through lectures; tours; film; visual, literary and performing arts; exhibits; public discussion; and large public gatherings, Columbia Commemorates will explore the events of February 17, 1865, as well as the immediate and long-term ramifications of the burning of South Carolina’s capital city. This commemoration is made possible by The Humanities CouncilSC, South Carolina Arts Commission and Chernoff Newman. For more information about the commemoration and a calendar of events, please visit BurningofColumbia.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Indie Grits Film Festival announces theme, dates and call for visual artists

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits is calling for visual artists whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new call for artists. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” Indie Grits Calls for Visual Artists Indie Grits 2015 will build on the artist-in-residence program sponsored by One Columbia for Arts and History, which began at 2014’s Indie Grits and brought artist Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell and her installation art to the festival. The artist-in-residence program will return to Indie Grits 2015, and thanks to an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the festival seeks proposals from artists inspired by the Future Perfect theme for the festival. Indie Grits seeks installations, sculpture, video, photography, mixed media and any kind of art that speaks to the theme of the festival. Indie Grits will accept 15 – 25 artist applicants for exhibition at the festival. Indie Grits will provide accepted artists and collaborations with modest financial support to facilitate materials, shipping, installation and some other incurred costs, and projects will receive up to $1,000. Projects will be displayed throughout the 2015 festival in various locations downtown Columbia, including Tapp’s Center for the Arts. For more information and the application, visit indiegrits.com/submit/art. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 5, 2014. As always, Indie Grits Film Festival will continue to focus on offering audiences opportunities to see the best new films coming from independent Southern filmmakers with a far-reaching, experimental scope during the festival. Additionally, festivalgoers will enjoy other favorite events like the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, a concert at the Columbia Museum of Art and the Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase. For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook.

Columbia’s Main Street Latin Festival features art, dance and music

Main Street Latin FestivalOn August 24, the 10th annual Main Street Latin Festival in downtown Columbia will share Latin culture through food, art, dance, music and family-oriented fun. This free celebration begins at 11 a.m. on the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Main Street. Enjoy the sights and sounds of salsa, meringue, reggaeton and Bachata music and Folkloric dancers. Entertainers include international recording artists Tito Rijo and Tonny Tun Tun, and vendors will sell Latin-inspired gifts, souvenirs and delicious traditional cuisine. An array of activities, including rides, will be available for children. Since 2003 the Main Street Latin Festival has brought more than 70,000 visitors to the capitol city of Columbia, S.C. and is the largest celebration of Latin American culture in the southeast. Diverse groups of people come to celebrate and share in a cultural exchange founded in a spirit of unity. For more information, visit the Main Street Latin Festival website or contact Tanya Rodriguez Hodges at 803-227-8984 or trh@latinocdc.org. Via: Main Street Latin Festival

Call for entries to Verner art auction and sale

Deadline: March 15

The South Carolina Arts Foundation seeks South Carolina artists to participate in the 2013 Art Auction & Sale. The auction and sale will be held in conjunction with the annual Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts. The 2013 Art Auction & Sale is the centerpiece of the South Carolina Arts Gala, an evening celebration of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The gala will be held in the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley in the historic Olympia Mills neighborhood. The project was originally conceived as a sales opportunity for artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage. Artists included in the 2013 Art Auction & Sale will be selected by a panel composed of members of the South Carolina Arts Foundation and arts professionals. [caption id="attachment_4137" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A guest looks at artwork in the 2012 Verner Art Sale and Auction event A guest looks at artwork in the 2012 Verner Art Sale and Auction event[/caption] Works included in the auction and sale must be original and of high artistic quality; have a broad appeal; be representative of the artist's style and framed with appropriate hanging devices. In general, 2-D work should be in the size range of 24" height and 36" width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system and 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24" x 24." The parameters for dimensions are provided as a guide and should not be interpreted as absolute dimensions. There are some exceptions for accommodation of larger work. In the silent auction, the price provided by the artist will be listed as the minimum bid. If sold, the minimum bid will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). The purchase amount over and above the minimum bid will go to the South Carolina Arts Foundation. In the art sale, the price provided by the artist will be the published price. If sold, the price will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) selected to be included in print and online promotional materials. To be considered for the auction and sale, please submit the following materials by March 15 to: 2013 Art Auction & Sale, South Carolina Arts Foundation, 1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC, 29201:
  • DVD or CD-ROM containing up to ten images in a jpeg format with a maximum resolution at or less than 1024 x 768 pixels of available works.
  • Checklist including title (to correspond with file title on submitted DVD or CD-ROM), date, medium, size (h x w x d), price;
  • Resume or bio;
  • Artist statement (not to exceed 250 words);
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.
If you have any questions, please contact Harriett Green, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201; fax: 803.734.8526; phone 803/734-8762 or e-mail hgreen@arts.sc.gov. Download the Call to Artists as a PDF

Fractured Atlas coming to Columbia

Two staff members from Fractured Atlas - a national organization committed to eliminating barriers to success for the cultural community - will be visiting Columbia and hosting an artists’ happy hour/meet and greet, to hear all about the needs, thoughts, and concerns of the arts community. You're invited to join them February 9 at Hunter Gatherer from 5:30-7:30pm for food, drinks, and conversation; then, if you’re still ready for more, attend the opening night party for the Columbia Jewish Film Festival and a screening of Hava Nagila with friends from The Nickelodeon. Tickets for the party and film screening can be purchased by calling 803-787-2023. Fractured Atlas is proud to be able to say that they have members not just in all 50 states but in every single congressional district, and they’re always looking for fun new ways to get out, meet everyone, and see all of the great art being created every day. In that spirit, they’re adding a new component to their travel this year. Over the course of six months, members of the senior program staff will be going on three, one-week tours to cities across the country historically underrepresented by their visits. The Southern Tour kicked off Monday, February 4 in Jackson, MS. From there they headed to Birmingham, AL (2/5) and Nashville, TN (2/6), with trips planned for Louisville, KY (2/7), Atlanta, GA (2/8), Columbia, SC (2/9), and Charlotte, NC (2/10). All told, seven cities in seven states in seven days. And they'd love to see you! If you’re an artist in or around any of those cities, you can follow Fractured Atlas on Facebook or Twitter for city-specific updates or make sure, via your membership profile, that you are subscribed to the “Announcements” email list. Fractured Atlas is a national organization that supports folks at every level of the cultural ecosystem. Mostly that includes individual artists — performing, visual, literary, design, media, and everything in between — and arts organizations — from one-person outfits to the biggest of the big. Its mission is to empower artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. Services include fiscal sponsorship, insurance, online resources, networking, and more. Via: Fractured Atlas

Columbia Open Studios artists announced

701 Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) has announced the 58 artists participating in Columbia Open Studios, March 23-24, 2013. This free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios will span Richland and Lexington Counties. The participating artists’ studios will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., with the artists on hand to share their personal stories and backgrounds, and demonstrate their tools and techniques. Artists' work will be available for purchase at zero markup. Successful Open Studios events are held across the country, from Greenville, S.C. to San Francisco, C.A. 701 Center for Contemporary Art began hosting Columbia Open Studios as an annual, signature event in 2011, when participating artists’ studios had over 4,000 visits. The 2012 event saw more than a 150 percent increase, with more than 10,000 visits to visual artists' working studios throughout the Midlands. The Participating Artists for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 are:

  • Christy Aitken
  • Hannah Aitken
  • Angel Allen
  • Jeff Amberg
  • Nancy K. Butterworth
  • Heidi Darr-Hope *
  • Mike Donkle
  • Jeff Donovan
  • Clark Ellefson *
  • Betty Evans
  • Nora Floyd/Ruth Bayard
  • Diane Gilbert
  • Mary Gilkerson
  • Bonnie Goldberg
  • Katrina Hampton
  • Lyssa Harvey
  • Mary Ann Haven
  • Ruby Haydock DeLoach
  • Robert W. Hickman
  • Howard Hunt
  • Judy Bolton Jarrett
  • Russell Jeffcoat
  • Michele Kingery
  • Amanda Ladymon
  • Alicia Leeke
  • Whitney LeJeune
  • Sharon Collings Licata
  • Letitia “Tish” Lowe
  • Chappy Manning
  • Barbie Mathis
  • Michel McNinch
  • Regina Moody
  • Julia Moore
  • K. Page Morris
  • Jane Muller
  • One Eared Cow Glass
  • Patrick M. Parise
  • Gretchen Evans Parker
  • Rachel Parker
  • Carol Pittman
  • Shannon Purvis
  • Carolyn Ramsay
  • Mary Robinson
  • Grace Rockafellow
  • Walton Selig
  • J. Spencer Shull
  • Blue Sky *
  • Kevin Smith
  • Marian Soule
  • Laura Spong *
  • Curran Stone
  • Christian Thee *
  • Martha Thomas
  • Nini Ward
  • Carey Weathers
  • Ron Weathers
  • Beth West
  • Ellen Emerson Yaghjian
* Several of the artists participating in 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 have been recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Works by Heidi Darr-Hope, Blue Sky, and Laura Spong are included in the State Art Collection. Heidi Darr-Hope, Clark Ellefson, and Christian Thee have been honored with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts. Clark Ellefson was awarded a Craft Fellowship, and Heidi Darr-Hope received an Artists' Ventures Initiative Grant.
There will be a Preview Party March 21st from 7 to 9pm, at 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, S.C. Entry is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a slideshow preview, and the opportunity to meet the artists. As an added bonus to this year’s event, there will be an exhibition of participating 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios artists. “thehallway:communityart” will be on view from March 17-24 in the first-floor community art gallery at 701 Whaley.  Admission is free and Open Studios maps & program guides will be available. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2011 Photos by Forrest Clonts Studio

S.C. composer wins Guggenheim Award

 University of South Carolina School of Music assistant professor Fang Man is the recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in the 88th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fang Man’s original concert music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles. Her work includes compositions for theatre and film, orchestra and band, chamber and electronics. "It is such an honor to be named one of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows. This fellowship will support me to compose an opera based on a life story of a British-Chinese pianist. I've wanted to do this project for years and feel very grateful to the foundation for its generous support," Fang said. Chinese-born and currently residing in Irmo, Fang holds a doctorate in music composition from Cornell University and a computer music certificate from IRCAM-Paris. Nationally and internationally, she has been awarded numerous commissions, has been invited to new music festivals, and has served as resident composer. She previously held positions as a Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. Fang is a member of the ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the American Music Center. Read the rest of the article. Via: University of South Carolina Photo by Yi Sun

Mosaic tile artists invited to apply for project

The City of Columbia Parking Services invites South Carolina artists to submit proposals for an outdoor mosaic tile project. The deadline has been extended to December 7. Artists must have at least five years experience in designing and constructing outdoor mosaic tile murals. Read the project proposal (PDF) for details: City of Columbia mosiac project For more information, contact Kathy Santandreu, kcsantandreu@columbiasc.net. Via: City of Columbia

Open studios call to Columbia-area artists

Registration deadline: December 1. Early bird rate until November 1. 701 Center for Contemporary Art is having its second year of Columbia Open Studios, a self-guided, weekend long tour of artists’ studios across Richland and Lexington Counties, taking place Saturday, March 23, 2013 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 24, 2013 (noon to 6 p.m.). Each artist will open their studio to the public and share their working practices. The tour is free to the public; all sales proceeds will go directly to the artist. Open to any artist that has their own studio (in their home or somewhere else) in Lexington and Richland Counties. Arts and crafts of all disciplines are accepted, and the event is not juried. Registrations will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 1, 2012. The fee $100 for 701 CCA members and $150 for non-members (who become members upon registration). Early bird special: $25 off if you register before November 1. Participation fees go directly toward marketing the artist roster statewide. With an early December deadline, 701 CCA can ensure that the marketing materials reach all over the state and city. The marketing campaign for this event is huge, with a statewide reach via traditional and new media outreach including 100,000 full-color programs that include maps, images of participating artists’ work, contact information and info about them and their art. A large-scale Preview Party will be held at 701 CCA on Thursday, March 21 as a kickoff for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios. In presenting Columbia Open Studios, 701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks to provide easy access to the wealth of fine artists in Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties; generate excitement about area artists from first-time buyers and seasoned collectors; and further establish Columbia, SC, as a regional cultural tourism destination. In 2012, 10,000 attendees enjoyed the rare opportunity to visit with individual artists in their private, working studios, learning about their cultural backgrounds, their tools and techniques, and how their personal stories impact their art. Once again, the public will have the opportunity to purchase participating artists’ works at zero markup, thus making a long-term investment in our state’s creative economy (which generates $9 billion in statewide revenue each year).  701 CCA would like to thank the event’s major donors, without whom the event would not be possible: The City of Columbia and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art For more information and to register, visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org 701 CCA Open Studios