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Arts Commission grants available for those preserving S.C. cultural traditions

Update, 14 March: The deadline is extended to Thursday, March 22.

For Immediate Release: 1 March 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) welcomes applicants for its Folklife and Traditional Arts Grants, which help ensure the state’s living traditions remain vibrant and visible. Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity gained by one’s belonging to a particular group and could be characterized by family, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious, or ethnic connections, among others. As expressions of a living culture, traditional arts have been handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the group’s shared experiences, aesthetics, or values. (At right: Storage Container with Lid, 1993, by Marguerite Middleton, State Art Collection) The SCAC’s Folklife & Traditional Arts grants – up to $6,000 – support non-profit organizations seeking to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state. Priority for funding is given to projects that provide recognition and support for South Carolina's traditional art forms and their practitioners. The types of work or projects funded can include the presentation or documentation of traditional art or folklife, cultural surveys, conservation projects that seek to keep cultural practices vibrant and visible, and more. The deadline to apply for one of these grants is Thursday, March 15. Information is available at SouthCarolinaArts.com, or from Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director Laura Marcus Green by calling 803.734.8764 or emailing lgreen@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 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.

Entries sought for 7th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition

African-American art quilt artists in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, age 18 and up, are invited to participate in an African American Fiber Art Exhibition, Once Upon a Quilt: Welcome to My Quilted Story Book. The seventh annual juried exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 3-11, 2013. A $25 entry fee allows artists to submit up to two entries; limit four entries per applicant. Applications may be downloaded from the Applications page at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 15, 2013. Emerging quilt artists under the age of 18 may submit quilts for Our Next Generation, a parallel exhibition that will be on display at the Unity Church of Charleston. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, and curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, Once Upon a Quilt offers African-American art quilters a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s show will feature art quilts inspired by beloved stories, whether they begin with, “Once upon a time…,” “In a galaxy far, far away…,” or “In the land that time forgot…” Artists’ muse may be a favorite bedtime story, Aesop’s fable, Gullah ghost story, young adult fiction, or an inspiring biography of an admired s/hero. Artists are asked to reach back onto the storybook shelf of their memory and create an original art quilt that tells a story that has encouraged, inspired, comforted or enchanted. The exhibition will be on display April 30-June 20, 2013, at North Charleston City Hall, with a public reception schedule for Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 6 - 8 p.m. Following the close of the show, up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2013/2014 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. For more information, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Via: North Charleston Arts Festival [caption id="attachment_3792" align="alignleft" width="600"] "Under the Harlem River," fiber art by Kim Hall[/caption]

South Arts offering traditional arts webinar series

Registration is now open for the 2013 South Arts traditional arts webinar series. These webinars are designed for folklife organizations, folklorists, traditional arts advocates, community scholars and other interested participants. The fee is $20 per webinar or $100 for all six webinars for participants residing in these states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. For participants outside of this nine-state region, the cost per webinar is $25 or $125 for all six webinars. Webinar schedule Jan. 24 Out of the Box: Developing Online Radio for Cultural Heritage Organizations Jan. 31 Using Folklore for Community Action< Feb. 7 Folk on the Go - Engaging via Mobile Devices Feb. 14 Hidden in Plain Sight: Digital Folk Arts Education Resources Feb. 21 Intellectual Property in the Digital Age Feb. 28 The New Book Publishing: Democracy, Self Publishing and Print-on-Demand All webinars begin at 10:30 a.m. Visit South Arts' website for details and registration information. Via: South Arts