Hispanic Alliance welcomes arts and education director
The Greenville-based Hispanic Alliance announced Gina Bridges as its arts and education director.Bridges has experience in developing community-based programs, building community relationships and networks, developing strong partnerships within the school district, and creating culturally appropriate education and marketing materials to promote programs. She is an avid art enthusiast and has developed art programs within local schools that provide opportunities for youth to learn about and experience art. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and Spanish from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and has completed graduate coursework and workshops in African American history and urban sociology at Penn State University.
The Hispanic Alliance fosters collaboration and connectivity among people, resources, and cultures to build thriving communities. Learn more at https://www.hispanicalliancesc.com/.
Glow Lyric Theatre seeks technical director
Glow Lyric Theatre is looking to fill the position of technical director for our 2022 season.The season runs June 11-August 3, 2022 at the Kroc Center in Downtown Greenville and includes:
- Elton John’s Aida,
- Classic Broadway: Songs of the Golden Age,
- and Frances Pollock’s new opera Stinney: An American Execution
New leader announced for Greenville visual arts hub
GCCA makes decision after national search
An extensive national search led Greenville Center for Creative Arts to its next CEO, Jess Burgess.Burgess (right) comes to GCCA from Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond, Virginia where she has served as executive director since 2015. Her résumé includes 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration and the performing arts. She will work closely with GCCA’s stakeholders to chart a strategic path forward for continued success. According to the organization's news release, Burgess combines a passion for engaging programming, strong fundraising abilities, and creativity, all of which are essential to being the leader of a thriving arts organization. “I am thrilled to make Greenville, South Carolina my new home and help shape the arts community for years to come. Greenville Center for Creative Arts is in an outstanding place to make a lasting impact on the lives of artists and those who love art, and I am excited to help GCCA excel in the future,” Burgess said. In the announcement, GCCA Board Chair Yvonne Julian said, “... GCCA will have an enthusiastic, energetic, and experienced leader who will maintain the momentum we’ve achieved in our pursuit of sustainability and expanded reach in the Greenville community and beyond.” The center's current CEO, Kim Fabian, announced her retirement last fall. Burgess received a bachelor's in dance and communications from James Madison University, and a professional certificate in fund development from the University of Richmond Institute for Philanthropy. Burgess serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Virginia chapter as well as that of the James Madison University College of Visual and Performing Arts. The public is invited to meet Burgess at GCCA’s 7th birthday celebration to be held at the May 6 First Friday event, which coincides with the opening of a new art exhibition.
About GCCAGreenville Center for Creative Arts is a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. For more information, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, call 864.735.3948, or check out GCCA on Facebook (Greenville Center for Creative Arts) and Instagram (@artcentergvl).
#SCartists: Teach at GCCA this summer
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 24, 2022
If you are an experienced visual arts instructor with a creative idea and a desire to share, we want you to be part of our summer schedule!GCCA is currently seeking proposals for Summer Session I from June 6-July 8 and Summer Session II from July 18-Aug. 19, 2022. We welcome proposals for five-week classes and one-, two-, and three-day workshops. We strive to offer classes in a variety of mediums and techniques and have a special need this summer for instruction in printmaking and jewelry as we anticipate that our new classroom spaces dedicated to those mediums will be up and running very soon! Some examples of what we’re looking for include:
- Introductory level printmaking classes and workshops like monotype/monoprint press printing, collagraph printing, relief printing from linoleum, and drypoint intaglio printing using acrylic plates
- Jewelry workshops, including polymer clay and resin jewelry making, fabricating dimensional metal jewelry, wiring wrapping for beginners, beginner metalsmithing, introduction to enameling, and soldering instruction
- Watercolor classes and workshops
- Instruction in different drawing mediums
Upstate juried exhibition to highlight women of impact
City of Women opens Friday in GreenvilleExhibition runs March 4-April 27
Upstate artists are set to help celebrate impactful Greenville women in an exhibition starting Friday at Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA).GCCA issued a call in late 2021 for art that highlights historical and contemporary women who have made a significant impact in the Greenville community. More than 50 artists submitted for judging by juror Jonel Logan, creative director of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. Areas of recognition include healthcare and well-being, education, economic opportunity, science and technology, civic engagement, and (natch) arts and culture. This effort will culminate in a free public exhibition that will be featured through a virtual gallery on GCCA's website and in a special juried exhibition opening on First Friday, March 4, from 6-9 p.m. and on display through April 27. All appropriate entries will be included in the virtual gallery. Juror selections will be exhibited in GCCA’s Community Gallery and be eligible for $2,000 in prizes. Juror selections can be seen in GCCA’s Community Gallery. To view the virtual gallery and see all submissions, visit https://www.artcentergreenville.org/exhibitions/city-of-women. From March 4-6, the public can vote online for their favorite piece to receive a “People’s Choice” prize package of art supplies. Greenville Center for Creative arts is located at 101 Abney St. in Greenville. Greenville City of Women will run through April 27 on Tuesday-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Provided images below. Click to enlarge. [gallery link="file" ids="49154,49155,49153"]
Eight competitors reach S.C. Poetry Out Loud finals
State finals to be held virtually March 5
for immediate release
COLUMBIA, S.C. – From among statewide submissions, judges selected eight finalists who now have a chance to represent South Carolina this spring in the national finals of Poetry Out Loud—an annual, nationwide recitation contest.The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) coordinates Poetry Out Loud South Carolina (POLSC), partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the competition to the state’s high schools. The program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance. POLSC Coordinator Bonita Peeples once again arranged a 2021/2022 competition with a virtual structure. The first step, now complete, was inviting students in grades 9-12 to submit videos to twin regional competitions, each with its own set of different judges. Both regionals yielded four finalists to compete in the competition’s next step: virtual state finals on Saturday, March 5, 2022. The eight finalists come from four schools in Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Students from Region 1, roughly the lower half of the state, all come from Charleston County School of the Arts. They are:
- Tea Allen
- Kenneth Carrington
- Natalie Holland
- Adam Maierle
- Emily Allison, 2021 state champion (Fine Arts Center of Greenville)
- Harper Scott (Fine Arts Center of Greenville)
- Catherine Wooten (Westgate Christian School of Spartanburg)
- Caleb Xiao, 2021 first runner-up (Spartanburg Day School in Boiling Springs)
About the South Carolina Arts Commission The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences. A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in four areas: arts learning, community and traditional arts, artist development, and arts industry. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for #Arts4SC and #SCartists content.
Two from S.C. among ’22 South Arts Emerging Leaders of Color
Leaders from Charleston, Greenville included
South Arts announced 18 cultural leaders of color from across its nine-state region have been selected to participate in professional development and networking opportunities.The second cohort of Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) has been selected, representing the next generation of cultural workers and arts administrators from across our region. These leaders will participate in a free multi-day professional development program specifically for arts administrators of color. This second Southern cohort will build on the success of South Arts’ first cohort and Western States Arts Federation's ELC program, which has been attracting, training, networking and promoting a new generation of diverse arts leaders since 2010. This partnership program between South Arts and colleagues at WESTAF provides tools, continued learning opportunities, and a network to administrators of color who seek to move into leadership positions in the arts and culture sector. Emerging Leaders of Color welcomes Victoria Rae Moore of TINYisPOWERFUL of North Charleston and Vaughn Newman of Vaughn Newman Dance of Greenville. Learn more about the other members of the cohort here. Keep reading for more on Moore and Newman.
Victoria Rae Moore
Victoria Rae Moore is a writer and co-founder of TINYisPOWERFUL — an interracial, intergenerational, grassroots organization and community hub linking artists, cultural workers, youth and tiny business partners to embrace THE ARTS AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ARTS as activators of sustainability; to support and promote TINY BUSINESS in the South as a vital part of neighborhood and commerce; and to build a MENTORSHIP LEGACY awakening in YOUTH a spirit of imagination, entrepreneurship and social engagement. Victoria is the executive director of TINYisPOWERFUL and received a three-year Partners For Change award from Alternate ROOTS and the Surdna Foundation, continuing a long history of art in/with community to affect structural and systemic change. Victoria's role as an arts administrator started in 2018 when she was hired as an assistant quickly advancing to the role of facilitator with an artist-led creative placemaking project - conNECKtedTOO by the Charleston Rhizome Collective - which was the only project in South Carolina supported by an ArtPlace America Award. As a multi-racial Black woman native to Charleston, SC, Victoria is committed to social change through the arts and to amplifying marginalized voices for more true, inclusive representation of the past and the present as we shape a future together. She studied dance at Charleston County School of the Arts and earned a BA in journalism and public relations from the University of South Carolina.
Vaughn NewmanBorn in Philadelphia Newman began dancing at William Penn Arts Charter and continued training at Freedom Theater, PHILADANCO, & New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL. While at New World, he began performing with Momentum Dance Company and Brazz Dance Theater until a move to the Upstate in 2009. After choreographing for local theaters, dance studios, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, The Studio–Home of Vaughn Newman Dance(VND) opened its doors in 2018 offering dance instruction to Upstate communities, students, hobbyists, and pre-professional dancers. The Studio is the home of Greenville’s first Afro-American and professional contemporary dance company. Newman also founded ZAKI West African Drum & Dance Ensemble and ADAM Arts as community outreach programs that cross socio-economical barriers by making the arts accessible to the community, especially misaligned and underserved youths. Together, these outreach programs and Vaughn Newman Dance narrow the cultural divide through curated interactive performing arts experiences, Traditional West African drum & dance classes, and workshops.
GCCA adds seven to board
This week, Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) announced seven new members elected to its board of directors.According to a news release, they are:
- Earle Furman, GCCA founder and chair, NAI Earle Furman, LLC
- Daniel Hartway, Upstate SC business banking manager/SVP, First Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
- Benjamin Hepner, attorney, Holder Padgett Littlejohn + Prickett
- Blair Knobel, editor-in-chief, TOWN Magazine
- Kate Lacher, artist & creative coordinator, Craig Gaulden Davis
- Rhonda Rawlings, neighborhood engagement director, Mill Village Ministries
- Heather Wheless, senior director of human resources, Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Chair - Yvonne Julian, retired, sales executive, The Dow Chemical Company
- Vice Chair - Bradley Wingate, director of visual & performing arts, Greenville County Schools
- Treasurer - Tony Callander, retired, partner, Ernst & Young LLP
- Secretary - Jim Gorman, studio artist