SCAC leads Arts Industrial Revolution
New grants for arts leadership development, rural libraries
- Emerging Arts Leaders
- Rural Libraries Public Engagement
An Arts Industrial Revolution is in the making in South Carolina.
The SCAC jump-started an Arts Industry
as an area of focus last year when La Ruchala Murphy
(right) returned to the agency to lead those efforts. La Ruchala has experience in a) rural community outreach and b) helping arts organizations build capacity to greater serve their audiences. Additional funding from the state General Assembly in June
was the final widget necessary to get this machine running, and now it's cranking out grants. A full-blown revolution is underway!
It is, most assuredly, devoid of smokestacks. There are no assembly lines or dangerous conditions, either. As before, it will increase capacity and economic activity. But this time people, not products, are the focus—whether building them up or serving them where they are.
Rural libraries, this one's for you
Our (seriously cool) new Rural Libraries Public Engagement grant
is bound to get you dreaming up new ways to engage with your local communities.
This rolling grant of up to $2,500 is intended to nurture partnerships between libraries and artists of all kinds for artistic and cultural activities. With a huge array of options from festivals to performances, workshops to residencies, these grants will add sparkle to your cultural calendar.
As the name suggests, it is open only to public libraries public library authorities, network of public library authorities, or organizations managing a public library authority in select counties. It can be used to fund public engagement activities involving any of the following artforms: dance, music, opera, musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior), crafts, photography, media arts, literature, playwriting/screenwriting, media productions, spoken word/slam poetry, time-based art (installation, sound, experimental film, video art, computer-based technology, or performance art), and/or folklife/traditional arts.
Visit the Rural Libraries Public Engagement grant guidelines for all eligibility details and more info
. The deadline is rolling until March 6, 2023.
Building capacity at arts organizations
Yesterday, the SCAC posted guidelines for a new grant that's goal is to strengthen and nurture emerging arts leaders and their organizations.
The Emerging Art Leaders grant is a leadership-and capacity-building initiative that will provide resources, training, and support for emerging leaders and the boards of arts nonprofits to build sustainability, capacity, equity, and partnerships in South Carolina. It will:
- support professional growth and leadership training in the arts
- strengthen the small organizations’ operational capacity
- develop and strengthen South Carolina’s Arts Industry workforce
This grant is open to non-profit organizations with a budget of $500,000 or less whose executive leader has been in any executive role for less than five (5) years. Special consideration will be given to arts organizations who have experienced ongoing hardship and have been unable to continue their professional development and to organizations in underserved communities.
Those interested in applying must first submit a letter of intent between Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2023. A full application will then be due from those invited to apply based on their letters.
Visit the Emerging Arts Leaders grant guidelines for all details
Pop in to SCAC, One Columbia “Midlands Meet-Up”
Refreshments, short performances, networking and more on March 15
Join other Midlands artists, arts organizations, and arts nonprofits to meet members of the South Carolina Arts Commission team Tuesday, March 15 from 2-7 p.m.
Artists and arts groups from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. This indoor-outdoor pop-up has it all, to include refreshments, short performances, and networking time.
There are two components to the event.
ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS WITH SCAC STAFF
Select SCAC staff will be available for one-on-one meetings with individual artists or arts organization staff
between 2-5:30 p.m.:
- Ce Scott-Fitts, Artist Development Director
- Focus area on support materials, resumes, or how to write a narrative/description on grant applications, for individual artists, across disciplines
- La Ruchala Murphy, Arts Industry Director
- Focus area on arts organizations, nonprofit best practices, applying for project/operating support funding, and capacity building
- Amber Westbrook, Grants Coordinator
- Focus area on best practices including finding grants that best fit your project, navigating the the grant process application through final report, and grantor/grantee relationships
The outdoor popup begins at 5:30 p.m. and will take place in the backyard featuring refreshments, performances and networking
. Staff from the SCAC, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and One Columbia will be on hand to share details about artist resources in the Midlands.
The Midlands Meet-up will take place at the 1013 Co-Op (1013 Duke Ave., Columbia, 29203) on March 15, 2022. Parking is available on Arlington Street just across from the 1013 Co-Op.
Registration is required for one-on-ones by going here to register
. Registration for the open meet-up is encouraged. Free.