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Cancellations, revised dates for Coastal Carolina cultural events

Widespread area flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has resulted in numerous cancellations and rescheduling of cultural arts events at Coastal Carolina University. The following list, categorized by genre, reflects the current status of revisions and may undergo future updates. Dates and times differ from those printed in the Fall 2018 Cultural Arts Calendar. Please visit coastal.edu/culturalarts for more information and for an updated schedule of events. You can also follow @CCUCulturalArts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tickets for all events can be obtained (where applicable) from the Wheelwright Box Office at 108 Spadoni Park Circle on the main Conway campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. View a map of campus here and a parking map here.

Cancelled Events

Tuesday, Sept. 25 Film: Department of Philosophy, “Menashe” Thursday, Sept. 27 Lecture: Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Tuesday, Oct. 2 Music: Department of Music, CCU Jazz Ensemble with Jerald Shynett

Rescheduled Events

  • Thursday, Oct. 11-Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Theatre Admission: $17, with CCU discounts available. All tickets sold for the original dates will be honored. The CCU Department of Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s 2005 Tony Award-nominated hit, “The Pillowman,” directed by Professor Steve Earnest. This Kafkaesque play centers on the interrogation of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state regarding the gruesome content of his haunting short stories. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling, McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative and investigates the delicate balance between the freedom of the individual and the security of the state. Note: This production contains content that is inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised. “A Little Night Music”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24-Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Command performance fundraiser for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Wheelwright Auditorium Admission: $25, with CCU discounts available; special event command performance: $50. Set in turn-of-the-century Sweden and directed by Monica Bell, associate professor of CCU’s Department of Theatre, “A Little Night Music” is a musical celebration of love. Featuring a gorgeous score infused with humor, warmth and the flavor of a waltz, Stephen Sondheim’s most popular work is ripe with possibilities and passion. Discover love, loss and the complexities of human desire in some of Sondheim’s most stunning melodies including “The Glamorous Life,” “A Weekend in the Country,” and “Send in the Clowns.” Performed with an unforgettable cast of characters, this work of enchantment and mischief is a masterwork of musical comedy. Second Stage Series: “In the Blood”
  • Thursday, Nov. 1-Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.
Theatre Arts Production Studio, Burroughs & Chapin Building, Room 210 Admission: Free and open to the public (ticket required). Donations are accepted to benefit a local charity to help families facing the hardships conveyed in the production. In its Second Stage Series, the CCU Department of Theatre joins with the Women’s and Gender Studies program to present Suzan-Lori Parks’ “In the Blood,” directed by students Jala Bennett and Amani Huell. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2000), this intense reimagining of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” follows Hester, an impoverished, homeless and illiterate mother of five, struggling to care for her children. Note: This production contains content that is inappropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised. DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Guitar Studio Recital
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Recital Hall Admission: $7, with CCU discounts available. The guitar students of Daniel Hull, lecturer in CCU’s Department of Music, present a concert showcasing their master of the instrument. This concert will feature music from the Baroque period through the 21st century and include solos, duets, and a performance from the CCU Guitar Ensemble with selections by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Andrew York, among others. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): A 2018 Centennial Celebration
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Recital Hall Admission: $7, with CCU discounts available. Music faculty from the University of South Carolina join Jeffrey Jones, baritone and associate professor in CCU’s Department of Music, in celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Guest artists include Phillip Bush on piano, Joseph Eller on clarinet, Lynn Kompass on piano, and vocalist Tina Milhorn Stallard (soprano). OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Film screening: “71”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Conway Education Center, 209 Allied Drive, Conway Admission: Free and open to the public This 2014 British historical thriller depicts the story of a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit in Belfast during a 1971 riot at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict.

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Florence assistance resources

As life continues returning to normal for most in South Carolina, we’re aware that such will happen much later for many in the northeastern corner of our state. Inland floodwaters upstream in both Carolinas are making their way to the coast through areas in South Carolina, and the problems are either getting worse in already affected areas or just beginning for others. The South Carolina Arts Commission is concerned for the well-being of organizations and #SCartists and our staff want to provide whatever assistance we can, starting with connecting to resources (below) that can help begin the recovery process. Staff will continue to monitor and reach out to arts organizations and artists in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions. We have received sporadic reports of damage, and flooding continues to be a significant concern in many communities, with more anxiously watching rising waters. If your organization is dealing with flooding or other related issues, please update your county or discipline coordinator or email or call Communications Director Jason Rapp (jrapp@arts.sc.gov or 803.734.8899) so that we can best assist your organization. We cooperated quickly with a request by FEMA’s Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) office for a list of arts organizations in our state. The HENTF office expects to reach out soon to those in affected counties to provide information on disaster assistance. Through this post on The Hub, we are listing resources that might be of assistance, and the One SC Fund of the Central Carolina Community Foundation continues to be a leading assistance fund for South Carolinians who are victims of a state-declared disaster. (You might wish to share it with your stakeholders.) These resources have relevance to all. We urge those of you not affected by Florence to take advantage of them. The time to get #ArtsReady and prepare for the next Florence is now, not when it's off our coastline. Everyone dealing with the aftermath of Florence remains in our thoughts and prayers.

Federal Resources

Artist Relief

  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+): CERF+ provides emergency grants and loans to craft artists and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery for artists in all disciplines.
  • Studio Protector: A variety of resources for artists including tips on how to obtain assistance from FEMA and the Small Business Administration.
  • Gottlieb Foundation: Funding is available to painters, printmakers, or sculptors, who have been working for at least 10 years, and have recently undergone an unforeseen catastrophic event such as a fire, flood, or medical emergency.

#ArtsReady Emergency Preparedness

  • ArtsReady is a national initiative that is a web-based emergency preparedness resource designed to provide arts organization subscribers with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.
  • The Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers grants to arts organizations to develop emergency plans and continuity of operations plans. The National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) is taking over the Arts Ready component and working on a simpler online tool to develop such plans. The PAR website also has recorded webinars that we have been producing on different areas of readiness as well as the grant guidelines.
  • The NCAPER website is being developed but currently has a webpage on Americans for the Arts’ website. You can download a PDF of the Cultural Placekeeping Guide which was published by NCAPER after Hurricane Sandy.

Grants Roundup Special: Emergency Grant

Though far from the only thing, grants are certainly among the main things we do here. And because of their importance in our work, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the instances of people telling us, "If only we'd known about X grant!" We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

This program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. This program has no deadlines. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. Eligibility To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. Each application will be reviewed by the Directors, who will exercise their discretion in considering it, and will determine the amount of each award. Applicants should note there is a set amount appropriated for these grants each fiscal year; once this budgetary limit has been reached, the Foundation will not be able to judge any additional requests on their merits. Second-party requests are honored only when the applicant is physically unable to communicate with the Foundation. Review procedures for completed applications begin as soon as they are received. Full review generally takes about four weeks from the time an application is complete. Situations with imminent deadlines will receive priority. Please go here for more information and instructions on submitting an application.

This week

These are to serve mainly as final reminders. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult your county or discipline coordinator with questions.
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Important Notes

  • Applications are now being accepted for individual artist fellowships in four disciplines. The deadline for artists in those disciplines to apply for the $5,000 grants is Nov. 8.
  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC deadline page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult:
    • your county coordinator if you represent local organizations, businesses, or educational institutions, or
    • your discipline coordinator if you're an individual artist or serve the statewide population.

Tuning Up: Additional ArtsReady resources + arts and justice

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

After the storm. Though we're keenly aware of Hurricane Florence's effects on communities in the Pee Dee and northern Grand Strand, most of South Carolina was spared relative to what was expected when our offices closed on Tuesday last week. In addition to the resources we posted last week, two new ones came to our attention thanks to the S.C. Arts Alliance. While ArtsReady issues are still pretty top of mind, develop a plan now so you don't have to scramble later.
  1. The Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers grants to arts organizations to develop emergency plans and continuity of operations plans. The National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) is taking over the Arts Ready component, and working on a simpler online tool to develop such plans. The PAR website also has recorded webinars that we have been producing on different areas of readiness as well as the grant guidelines.
  2. The NCAPER website is being developed but currently has a webpage on Americans for the Arts' website. You can download a PDF of the Cultural Placekeeping Guide which was published by NCAPER after Hurricane Sandy.

The arts on social justice. We switch gears now to another hot topic: social justice. Here are two arts-related items on the topic in South Carolina:
  1. The Columbia Museum of Art is to hold For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Expression – Arts and Justice, a free event in participation with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. A panel of artistic and legal experts will discuss this First Amendment right from artistic, local, and global perspectives. Serving on the panel are poet, Verner Award winner, and 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney and Trustus Theatre Artistic Director Chad Henderson. For Freedoms is a national platform for greater engagement in the arts and in civil society. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
  2. Photographer Antonio Modesto (right), who received a grant for his work from Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg (an SCAC grantee!), was in the CCC spotlight for his "Faces of the Upstate" project. It provides insights into the lives of Upstate South Carolina's unique and often marginalized residents.

Are you ArtsReady?

Hurricane Florence is approaching the East Coast and will likely have landfall Thursday or Friday. Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency. Coastal S.C. counties are to begin evacuating at noon Tuesday, and schools as far inland as Lexington County are closing to provide shelters and buses to assist in evacuation procedures. Read more here. While Florence's path remains difficult to predict, artists and arts organizations in South Carolina should anticipate impact and prepare accordingly.

Bonus content: South Carolina Emergency Management Division

If you have an ArtsReady/readiness plan, we hope that triggering it into action provides you with the ability to prepare for the storm. If not, we encourage you to take a few basic steps to prepare your office/venue/studio for the potential impact before departing for your personal preparation - unless you are under an evacuation order, in which case you should follow the instructions of local/state officials immediately. If you aren’t in the hurricane’s path, please use this time to take a look at your own readiness planning in the event of a future emergency. Visit ArtsReady to start or build upon your readiness plan; sign up for free webinars on a variety of readiness and disaster planning offered through the Performing Arts Readiness project; and sign up to get regular information on grants, trainings and programs to improve your organization’s readiness and resiliency (much of this project’s content is relevant to arts organizations and artists of all disciplines).

Be prepared!

Please use and share the following resources to ensure you are ready: HENFT Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Cultural Institutions Cerf+'s Resources for Artists: A few additional tips for arts organizations:
  • Assign a readiness/emergency leader for your organization through whom all communications and information should be relayed. Decide who makes the decision about suspending operations/events, and how those decisions are communicated.
  • Ensure you can carry out banking activity remotely, and that staff can work remotely if your offices/facility are inaccessible.
  • If practical, de-install exhibits that may be threatened by weather or water and remove to a safer location.
  • Secure outdoor sculptures, furniture, bike racks, signage, etc. – anything that can become a projectile in strong winds.
  • Move costumes, scenery, instruments, valuable equipment and collections that are in areas vulnerable to flooding (i.e., the floor, the basement) or susceptible to rain (near windows or under roofs) out of harm’s way.
Weather event resources: If your facility is impacted, there are a number of resources to assist you: https://www.artsready.org/home/public_article/887 And more resources are listed at https://www.lyrasis.org/LYRASIS%20Digital/Pages/Preservation%20Services/Disaster%20Resources/Response-and-Recovery.aspx
Thanks to our colleagues at South Arts for much of the content above.