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MACK rehab project reaches 100 days

New life for historic community arts center

The McCormick Arts Council (MACK)’s building project has now passed the 100 day milestone of Phase I.

The rehabilitation of the existing historic building is intended to ensure continued use as a community arts center. The project seeks to modernize the building in a historically sensitive way: installing new systems and utilities while increasing critical ADA accessibility for patrons. Recent project highlights include the completion of critical abatement and demolition services, the installation of mechanical infrastructure, substantial progress in electrical, plumbing and framing. This project required an investment in the installation of water and sewer lines, which extended into the parking lot and park, are all now complete. Director of Programs and Development Heather McNally briefly summarized the progress. “We are happy to report that while we did discover some problematic items, mainly areas of rotten wood, damaged water lines and electrical challenges, the impact was minimal and solutions have corrected any issues. The project continues to advance on track, on schedule and on budget and we are striving to advance deferred work to include important life safety systems.”
The primary goal with this phase of investment is to provide the critical infrastructure for the historic Keturah Hotel, from which MACK operates:
  • the ground floor accessibility will be substantially improved,
  • gallery lighting and floorspace expanded,
  • a reception area will greatly support the long term needs of the MACK’s organizational plans,
  • and improve entrance and use of space, including accessible restrooms.
The project will feature a rehabilitation of the former lobby and parlor area which will serve to tell the history of our site and organization. A future docent program will assist with this programmatic goal. Renovations will provide highly flexible spaces that will allow the MACK to continue to serve the community and visitors of McCormick County for many years and to enhance its cultural purpose in the community. Future steps include a new exterior egress stair and a new elevator addition for additional life safety and accessibility improvements. Additional programmatic investments  will include a commercial kitchen, youth center, young adult studio, kiln room and event storage. Columbia-based Boudreaux Group and Solid Structures are overseeing the project, made possible through the generosity and leadership of the Yoder Rosenberg Family Foundation, and contributions from community members.
The purpose of the MACK is to stimulate and promote the arts, increase access to the arts and produce arts programming for the benefit of the citizens of McCormick, South Carolina and the surrounding region. Learn more at mccormickarts.org.

Jason Rapp

The show can go on, governor says

S.C. arts venues, festivals cleared to reopen Aug. 3

[caption id="attachment_27031" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Artisphere Artisphere in Greenville, 2016. File Hub photo.[/caption]

Arts centers and festivals may resume holding public events, albeit within guidelines that call for reduced capacity and social distancing, Gov. Henry McMaster announced yesterday afternoon.

The announcement covers performing arts centers and festivals, but also amphitheaters, concert venues, and theaters of all types, among others. Special requirements pertaining to the arts include mandatory mask usage; capacity of 50% or 250, whichever is less; and the cessation of alcohol sales by 11 p.m., already required of bars and restaurants. [caption id="attachment_36942" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Well, not like this, but you get the idea.[/caption]

Additional reopening materials for arts and culture

Our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance developed a reopening guideline in June that might help arts leaders walk through reopening. These guidelines are referenced in the Festival/Event guidelines above but are not necessarily part of the "required" guidelines issued by the Governor. Click here to read more. The SCAC is tracking reopening resources on its COVID-19 response page. As with most things in 2020, the situation here is evolving. The intent of the SCAC, and therefore The Hub, is to provide constituents factual information so they can decide their best path through the pandemic for themselves.

Jason Rapp

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts seeks executive director

RiverCenter Performing ArtsRiverCenter of Columbus, Ga., seeks a Performing Arts Facility professional with a grounding in all aspects of performing arts facility management: diversified programming, community partnerships, fundraising, marketing, concessions, front of house, ticketing, rentals, board relations, and backstage/technical operations. This person will become the face of RiverCenter in the community and will have the managerial skills and facility experience to take RiverCenter to its next level of achievement. RiverCenter is poised to dream big dreams. Desired qualifications:

  • A background in working closely with universities and community user groups and experience in reporting directly to a board of trustees for a 501(c)(3) organization would be assets.
  • A minimum of five to seven years as either a chief executive offer or in a senior leadership role of increasing responsibility in performing arts facilities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of many performing arts forms and all aspects of arts venue management.
  • An industry professional with existing networks within the cultural sector and a personal vision of how the arts and arts education play a role within the life of a community.
  • A graduate degree in arts, arts management, or not-for-profit administration is preferred.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits package. Deadline for applications: April 13, 2015. Visit Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates' website for complete job details and application process..