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Grants help Lincoln Middle-High School students learn through the arts

On May 21, Lincoln Middle-High School joined Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School at the McClellanville Arts Center to present a student art exhibition and concert for the community. The Lincoln Middle High School steel drum band (pictured above) opened the show, and the LMHS culinary art students catered the event. student maskThe exhibition includes animation storyboards and 65 cultural clay masks handcrafted, glazed and embellished by students from LMHS and Cape Romain Environmental Charter School. The funding for the ceramic masks was made possible by the Coastal Community Foundation through their Open Grant program. Art, environmental science and physics students worked with potter Georgette Sanders, arts educator Annie Purvis, science teachers Edwin De Ocampo and Dane Smith and McClellanville Arts Council Director Bernadette Humphrey to research the historical and social functions of masks and work through the physical characteristics of clay. The resulting works of art embody personal meanings for the students, and each mask is accompanied by an artist statement. The animation storyboards consist of more than 100 pages of student-created stories and illustrated characters for gaming proposals. The advanced storyboard work was made possible through a South Carolina Arts Commission Arts in Education Teacher Standards Implementation grant and grants from the Charleston Marathon Youth Endowment for the Arts. This support allowed Lincoln students to integrate 2-D/ graphic design into art classes and provided an iMac, printer, scanner and Photoshop software to create the animation storyboards. This work helped demonstrate to students how to be competitive artistically and academically in 21st-century art and design careers. The works will be on display in the McClellanville Arts Center gallery through the first week of June 2014. Via: Lincoln Middle-High School

McClellanville Arts Council searching for new director

The McClellanville Arts Council, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, seeks a dynamic, experienced individual familiar with nonprofit practices and policies to serve as the director of the organization. The director serves as the organization’s primary contact with artists, writers, local schools, and other organizations. He or she is responsible for daily operations of the Arts Center and for the long-term development and execution of the MAC’s mission statement, strategic planning, and policies. This job requires working with the board of directors, interacting with prospective donors, collaborating with other organizations, communicating in a sometimes high-profile multi-cultural environment, and fostering community involvement. The ideal candidate would be a visionary leader with strong skills in consensus building, fundraising, and grant writing. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and/or experience in organizational, financial, and project management; grant writing and grant/contract reporting management; direct fundraising; and nonprofit arts management, including gallery operations and programming. Competence with computers and applications, including QuickBooks and social media, is very important. So is a sense of humor. The mission of the McClellanville Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life in the Sewee to Santee area of Charleston County, S.C., through arts and educational programming, and to record, preserve, and publicize the unique culture of McClellanville and the surrounding communities. For more information about the organization, visit the website. No phone calls, please. Please e-mail your resume and three references to macarts@tds.net, by May 1, 2014. Via: McClellanville Arts Council