Communal Pen celebrates ‘Voices & Votes’ in Laurens County
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Communal Pen: Voices & Votes
Voting. It’s our most cherished form of civic engagement as U.S. citizens.
As the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition Voices and Votes: Democracy in America
winds its way through South Carolina, the Communal Pen writing workshop series wants to know:
- What are the memories, stories and traditions that make our community home?
- What does it mean to participate in the civic life of our community and nation?
- What roles, rights, and responsibilities connect us with our fellow citizens, family, friends, and neighbors?
Let's celebrate and explore our connections to place and community through the lens of our experience of civic life and identity.
Come and learn how to capture those thoughts with Communal Pen, a two-part virtual writing workshop on June 11 and 18, 2022
. No previous experience is necessary, and the workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required and spaces are limited.
Communal Pen is presented by South Carolina Humanities and the South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.
This version of the writing workshop is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America
, on display at the Laurens County Museum from June 4 to July 16.
Communal Pen is returning to its two-part format with Voices & Votes
- June 11, 2022, noon to 2:30 p.m.
- June 18, 2022, noon to 2 p.m.
Space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis online
or call Abby to register on 803.734.8680. This format does not support walk-ins as previous workshops have.
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is developed through the S.C. Arts Commission’s place-based initiative, "Art of Community: Rural SC
," a new framework for engagement, learning, and action in rural communities. The writing workshops are coordinated through the SCAC’s Folklife & Traditional Arts and Community Arts Development programs, with generous support from South Carolina Humanities.
Deeply rooted in South Carolina, "Communal Pen" writing workshop creator and facilitator EboniRamm
fell in love with the arts at a very young age and was encouraged throughout her youth to express herself. Today, an accomplished poet and jazz singer, she invites audiences of all ages to share her passion for combining these art forms, highlighting her belief in the powerful influence of jazz on the American literary experience and aesthetic. She has taught her unique Jazz Poetry Salon at residencies with the Richland County Public Library, Arts Access South Carolina, Youth Corps, Fairfield Middle School, McKissick Museum, and ColaJazz’s partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, among others. Other selected accomplishments include her publication, Within His Star: The Story of Levi Pearson,
celebrating Eboni’s ancestor who added strength to the unprecedented Brown vs. The Board of Education case, and the release of her poetry CD, Passion
, and her jazz CD, The Look of Love
. Learn more about Eboni at www.EboniRamm.com
Workshop coordinator Laura Marcus Green
is program specialist for community arts & folklife at the S.C. Arts Commission, where she provides statewide outreach and project coordination through The Art of Community: Rural SC
initiative and other projects, while managing folklife grant and award programs. She holds a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University and an M.A. in folklore/anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Selected prior positions include folklife & traditional arts program director at McKissick Museum, community engagement coordinator for the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience, and work as a folklife fieldworker and researcher, writer, curator and consultant for various arts and culture agencies nationwide. Having attended, coordinated, and facilitated diverse workshops, she is a devoted believer in the power of community writing.
South Arts announces the 2021/2022 Southern Circuit
S.C. adds a new screening partner venue
Today, South Arts announced the 24 screening partner venues and 10 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2021/2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
This long-running South Arts program connects U.S.-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss the art and process of filmmaking, and engage with audiences about issues impacting their communities.
All films will be screened online for audiences of each screening partner venue, with each screening followed by a pre-recorded 30-minute conversation with the filmmakers discussing their film's subject matter and the filmmaking process. Each film will be available for attendees to view on demand during a four-day window allowing viewers to stop and resume at their leisure. As a precaution for health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmakers will not tour in the Fall. Films will be presented online, though some screening partners may also host in-person screenings for their communities. In-person screenings and discussions with filmmakers in attendance will resume for Spring 2022.
“This year’s selections broach a range of important, timely topics including border and immigration issues, confederate monuments, healthcare justice, and domestic violence,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director. "South Arts has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in all of our programs. We are proud to affirm that commitment in our selection of feature-length documentaries and their creators, with many sharing a direct connection to the subject matter and communities represented.”
Curious about where you can take in the films? South Carolina's screening partner venues are:
- The Arts Center of Clemson; Clemson, SC
- Presbyterian College; Clinton, SC
Here are the films and filmmakers for the new season:
- And So I Stayed – Daniel A. Nelson and Natalie Pattillo, Directors
- At the Ready – Maisie Crow, Director
- Duty Free – Sian-Pierre Regis, Director
- Lily Topples the World – Jeremy Workman, Director
- Los Hermanos/The Brothers – Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Directors
- My Name is Pauli Murray – Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Directors
- Not Going Quietly – Nicholas Bruckman, Director
- The Neutral Ground – CJ Hunt, Director
- Proper Pronouns - Megan Daniels, Director
- Stateless – Michèle Stephenson, Director
Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
South Arts Southern Circuit to screen films across Southeast
Presbyterian College returns as partner venue
South Arts announces the lineup of 16 Screening Partner organizations and 18 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2020-2021 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
During their tours, filmmakers will present screenings of their films with screening partners between September 2020 and April 2021 and participate in post-screening Q&As with audiences to discuss film subjects and the filmmaking process.
To prioritize the wellbeing and flexibility of screening partners, filmmakers, and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 Southern Circuit season will feature a hybrid of in-person and online screenings. Additionally, this season includes a shift to exclusively presenting documentaries, renewing the program’s focus on real-life stories and issues; previous seasons included a mix of documentaries, narrative features, and experimental work.
"Access to independent documentary filmmaking is more important than ever. We have taken steps to ensure that our audiences and filmmakers can share these essential conversations, regardless of the circumstances,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director for Film and Traditional Arts. "Through Southern Circuit, audiences interact with filmmakers directly, learning about the art of filmmaking and engaging with issues relevant to their community through a new lens.”
Earlier this year, screening partners reviewed and selected the films for this season from a roster of invited documentary films. From September 2020 through April 2021, each screening partner will present five films and filmmakers, and many will further engage filmmakers in adjunct activities such as workshops and class visits.
The first event of the series features a screening of Coded Bias
followed by a Q&A discussion with director Shalini Kantayya. The screening and live Q&A will be presented online Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET for all screening partners and their audiences. A recording of the program will be streamed on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. ET.
Presbyterian College in Clinton (Laurens Co.) returns as the partner venue for South Carolina.
Films / Filmmakers
- Big Fur – Dan Wayne, Director
- Cane Fire – Anthony Banua-Simon, Director
- Code of the Freaks – Salome Chasnoff, Director
- Coded Bias – Shalini Kantayya, Director
- Cured – Bennett Singer & Patrick Sammon, Co-Directors
- Fandango at the Wall – Varda Bar-Kar, Director
- Far East Deep South – Larissa Lam, Director
- Hurdle – Michael Rawley, Director
- Mr. Handy’s Blues – Joanne Fish, Director
- Narrowsburg – Martha Shane, Director
- Overland – Elisabeth Haviland James & Revere La Noue, Co-Directors
- Picture a Scientist – Sharon Shattuck & Ian Cheney, Co-Directors
- Picture Character – Martha Shane & Ian Cheney, Co-Directors
- Reggae Boyz – Till Schauder, Director
- Socks on Fire – Bo McGuire, Director
- Waging Change – Abby Ginzberg, Director
- Warrior Women – Christina D. King & Elizabeth A. Castle, Co-Directors
- and a special preview screening of Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley – George King, Director
A full listing of all screening dates, times, and locations will be posted later this summer on the South Arts website, as well as each screening partner's website.
These events are made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Unified auditions coming for Upstate actors
Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
Be seen by casting directors for Upstate theatres
Brought to you by the South Carolina Theatre Association
Go here to register now!
- Actors should prepare a 60 second monologue
- Must be from a published play
- Must be memorized
- No costumes, please
- Musical theatre actors should prepare 90 seconds of monologue and song
- Must be from a published play or musical
- Must be memorized
- Must provide your own sheet music (we will provide the accompanist)
- You can use the 90 seconds however you wish (all song, or song and monologue)
- Technicians should prepare a presentation of their work.
- Must bring your portfolio
- May bring any examples.
- You and your portfolio will be posted in a room for the casting directors to come visit and chat with you during their lunch break.
- All auditionees including technicians will be included in the e-book that will be provided to participating theatres. Upon registration you will receive and email requesting you to submit your resume and headshot. If technicians have an on-line portfolio they can submit that link as well. No paper copies will be accepted.
- Please note: the Upstate Unified Auditions are opens to theatre artists age 8 and up. (18 and older on 2/16; ages 8-17 on 2/17)
- If you have questions or issues registering, please contact Anita Sleeman: email@example.com.
Tuning Up: Unique youth art contest + new exhibitions
"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...
- The U.S. Golf Association and MUSC Children’s Health are conducting an art contest for Charleston (and South Carolina) youth to design the junior tickets for the U.S. Women’s Open that will be played May 27-June 2 in Charleston. Three winners will be chosen. Their designs will be featured on tickets for all juniors who attend the U.S. Women’s Open and will be displayed on site at the Country Club of Charleston during the event. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. (USGA.org)
- Some new exhibitions that caught The Hub's eyes:
- A reception to unveil the annual Bailey Gallery Art Exhibition at Presbyterian College will be 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Mary Bailey Vance Suitt Rotunda of the school's Neville Hall. It includes eight artists and a variety of media. (Greenwood Index-Journal)
- South Carolina's reigning South Arts fellow, Kate Hooray Osmond of Charleston, opened Light Shine Down, an exhibition on display through April 28, 2019 at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. (Link)
Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers names Screening Partners
South Arts has announced the 24 Screening Partners participating in the 2018-19 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, and will host a convening in Atlanta May 18-19 to curate the upcoming season. Together, the Screening Partner venues will discuss which films and filmmakers to invite on tour to their communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The Screening Partners include:
- a/perture (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
- Arts Council of Central Louisiana (Alexandria, La.)
- Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- City of Hapeville (Hapeville, Ga.)
- Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College (Maryville, Tenn.)
- East Tennessee State University/Mary B. Martin School of the Arts (Johnson City, Tenn.)
- Fuquay-Varina Arts Center (FuquayVarina, N.C.)
- Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.)
- Global Education Center (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Ala.)
- The Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Inc. (Augusta, Ga.)
- North Central Louisiana Arts Council (Ruston, La.)
- Ocala Film Foundation (Ocala, Fla.)
- Oxford College of Emory University (Oxford, Ga.)
- Presbyterian College (Clinton, S.C.)
- South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay, Fla.)
- Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (Bowling Green, Ky.)
- The Tennessee Valley Art Association (Tuscumbia, Ala.)
- Tropic Cinema/Key West Film Society (Key West, Fla.)
- Troy University (Troy, Ala.)
- Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA-Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (Athens, Ga.)
- Union College (Barbourville, Ky.)
- Union County Community Arts Council/Wingate University (Wingate, N.C.)
- University of Tampa (Tampa, Fla.)
From September through April, each Screening Partner presents six films and filmmakers. Along with a screening of the film, the filmmakers are made available to the local community for workshops and discussions. The filmmakers also conduct a Q&A with audiences following the film screening to discuss the film, their subject, and their work.
“Southern Circuit is all about connections and conversations,” explained Teresa Hollingsworth, senior program director with South Arts. “Not only do we want to make sure audiences across the region have access to current and vital independent films, but we provide opportunities to dive into challenging and necessary conversations.”
At the convening, the 24 Screening Partners will discuss the slate of films and filmmakers who applied for consideration. They will explore which films would resonate most within their respective communities, and determine the 24 films and filmmakers that will be selected to tour. “The selection process is almost like a fantasy football draft,” laughed Hollingsworth.
Films under consideration include feature-length animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative works created by independent filmmakers. Recent tours have included Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, Quest
by Jonathan Olshefski, 78/52
by Alexandre O. Philippe, and Donald Cried
by Kris Avedisian.
The selected films and screening dates for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will be announced later this summer, and can be found on each of the Screening Partner website and www.southarts.org
. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
About South Arts
South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org
Furman University seeks local artists for permanent collection
Deadline is Sept. 18.
Furman University in Greenville is seeking local artists to be part of a permanent collection that will be housed in the school’s Herring Center for Continuing Education.
Artists are invited to submit work for a juried exhibition that will be displayed in the Herring Center’s Baiden Gallery Nov. 4 – Dec. 16. Selected works will be purchased and form the core of the Herring Center Permanent Collection.
The deadline for electronic submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 18 by 5 p.m. Artists will be notified of acceptance on Oct. 2.
For The Herring Center Juried Exhibition: Transformation, Community and Self, up to 12 accepted works will be considered for purchase awards. The call is open to artists age 18 or older working in any two-dimensional media and who reside in the following North and South Carolina counties: Anderson, Laurens, Greenville, Henderson, Oconee, Pickens, Polk, Spartanburg and Transylvania.
Each entry is $10 with a cap of three entries per artist.
Jurors for the exhibition include longtime Furman art professor Bob Chance; studio ceramics artist Diana Farfan Valente; and Joe Thompson, chair of the visual arts department at The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
The Call to Artists document is available online here.
For more entry requirements, specifications and forms, contact Michael Brodeur in Furman’s Department of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alison Search in Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development, email@example.com, 864-294-2154.
Via: Furman University
ELEVATE UPSTATE grants available for community vibrancy projects
Application deadline is September 15.
Ten at the Top, an organization created to foster collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate, is accepting applications for its ELEVATE UPSTATE grants program. The initiative will award two $5,000 grants annually from 2013-2017 for programs that promote community and economic vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate.
Eligible applicants include neighborhood associations, civic or community-based organizations, non-profit organizations or local governments that are committed to developing and implementing programs designed to increase local vibrancy in Upstate communities. Applicants must be located in and do their work within communities in one of the 10 Upstate counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Gaffney, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg or Union.
Proposals may seek to produce a physical result, such as a mural, sculpture or signage that will increase the vibrancy and sense of place within a community, or implement the first of a recurring or annual event or program that helps grow vibrancy within a community.
Check out examples of community vibrancy projects -- some from South Carolina and some from other states -- on the Ten at the Top website in the Great Ideas for Community Vibrancy booklet.
The application deadline is September 15, 2013, and the first grants will be announced in late 2013.
Visit the Ten at the Top website for more information or to apply.
Via: Ten at the Top