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Flock and Rally awarded two ADDY’s for S.C. State Fair ad campaign

Flock and Rally, a women-owned integrated communications and marketing firm based in Columbia, earned two 2020 ADDY Awards for its advertising and creative work for the 2019 South Carolina State Fair. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the Midlands presented the awards at its annual American Advertising Awards gala last month in Columbia. [caption id="attachment_44535" align="alignright" width="250"]South Carolina State Fair posters designed by Flock and Rally South Carolina State Fair posters designed by Flock and Rally. Click image to enlarge.[/caption] More than 75 awards, which honor exceptional work in creative and engaging advertising over the past year, were presented to Midlands’ professionals and students in a variety of print, interactive and broadcast media categories. Flock and Rally won a Silver ADDY award in consumer campaigns for the South Carolina State Fair’s 2019 advertising, as well as a Silver ADDY in ambient media for the campaign’s series of four posters illustrated by designer Cait Maloney. Flock and Rally shares the consumer campaign award with Maloney as well as Forrest Clonts Photography, Cinema Couture Films and voiceover talent Joe Pinner. “It was such a pleasure working with the S.C. State Fair as it celebrated its 150th anniversary,” says Merritt McNeely, vice president of marketing at Flock and Rally. “It was a fun campaign that yielded nearly double the advance ticket sales and the largest opening day crowd ever, both of which are a direct reflection of this campaign’s early, targeted marketing and advertising. We are proud to celebrate these achievements with our partners and clients.” The 12-day S.C. State Fair offered several unique exhibits and experiences including a new, free daily circus, as well as more than 70 rides and 90 food vendors. Flock and Rally already is hard at work with the S.C. State Fair team on the campaign for the 2020 event, which runs from Oct. 14 to 25. The American Advertising Awards is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions.


About Flock and Rally: Integrated Communications for a Brave New South Founded in 2010, Flock and Rally is a full-service, women-owned creative agency based in Columbia, South Carolina. The firm integrates branding, public relations, marketing, traditional advertising, digital advertising, social media and more into campaigns for a diverse base of clients, ranging from regional nonprofits to large-scale businesses across South Carolina and beyond. Serving industry sectors ranging from lifestyle and tourism to business, technology, real estate, economic development and more, Flock and Rally’s mission is to rally the community around great ideas. Learn more at www.flockandrally.com.

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Columbia’s Nickelodeon Theatre seeks theatre director

nickelodeon-header-300Application deadline: December 12 The Columbia Film Society is looking for a dynamic, forward-thinking leader to join one of the most creative and hard working teams in the art house cinema sector. Created in response to the organization’s rapid growth, the Nickelodeon theatre director position will oversee the programming, marketing, operations and staff of the Nickelodeon Theatre. The primary artistic leader for the exhibition arm of the Columbia Film Society, the Nickelodeon director serves as the public face for the Nick’s retail organization. The Nickelodeon director reports to the CEO of the Columbia Film Society and serves on the senior leadership team along with the Indie Grits Labs director, the development manager and the CEO. Primary Responsibilities Programming: Shaping the artistic vision for the Nickelodeon Theatre, the Nickelodeon theatre director works with the programming staff, film buyer, and community members to program both screens of the Nick throughout the year, including:

  • Managing programming coordinators
  • With programming team, developing and maintaining five-year programming plan for special series and festivals
  • Overseeing the development of six to eight curated film series each fiscal year
  • Maintaining regular contact with film buyer to ensure high-quality first-run programming
  • With programming and marketing teams, establishing and communicating weekly screening times
  • Seeking out opportunities for special screenings of particular interest to our community
  • Ensuring programming calendar is regularly shared and understood throughout the organization
  • Staying abreast of trends in the independent cinema sector
Marketing: With two screens operating 365 days a year, the Nickelodeon theatre director will oversee efforts to effectively communicate the richness of the Nick’s programming to local, regional and national audiences, by:
  • Developing and implementing innovative and effective strategies for promoting the Nickelodeon’s programming – including first-run independent films, special series and screenings
  • Managing designer/interactive coordinator, marketing manager and other marketing support staff
  • Maintaining a yearly marketing calendar for special series, Nick Mags and special events
  • Working with the senior leadership team to implement innovative institutional marketing spikes that raise general awareness of the organization
  • Ensuring Nickelodeon messaging is effectively communicated through excellent customer service experiences online, over the phone, in-person, and in the lobby
  • Measuring and reporting outcomes of marketing efforts
Finance and Operations: Protecting and managing the physical and fiscal assets of the Nickelodeon is essential to ensuring the organization fulfills its mission. The Nickelodeon Theatre director will oversee the finances and operations of the organization, including:
  • Managing the operations manager and bookkeeper
  • Developing and managing the annual operating budget for the Nickelodeon Theatre, in coordination with the senior leadership team
  • Managing the day-to-day and long term finances of the Nickelodeon Theatre
  • Overseeing and approving quarterly finance reports for board meetings
  • Overseeing annual audit process
  • Overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of theater facilities and equipment, including work done by third party contractors
  • Ensuring the Nickelodeon is in compliance with necessary state and local licenses, taxes, and other government filings
  • Annually reviewing organization’s insurance policies to ensure sufficient coverage
Find a complete list of duties, qualifications and application instructions online. The application deadline is December 12 at 5 p.m. EST. About the organization The Columbia Film Society’s Nickelodeon Theatre serves Columbia, South Carolina, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy and aspiration of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nick provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety. Founded in 1979, the Nickelodeon is South Carolina’s only non-profit arthouse cinema.

Summerville High students place in national video contest

From the Summerville Journal-Scene Article and photo by Monica Kreber

A.J. Chambers knew there was something special about his students’ documentary when he watched it. Chambers is the media technology teacher and WAVE-TV adviser at Summerville High. His level two students, divided into three groups, recently participated in C-SPAN’s 2015 StudentCam documentary competition, which asked students to create a short documentary on the theme, “The Three Branches & You.” C-SPAN received 2,280 films from almost 5,000 students – the most student participation ever in the 11 years of the competition, according to C-SPAN’s website. Entries came from 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Taiwan. One hundred and fifty prize-winning documentaries were selected this year – including one group from Chambers’s class at Summerville High. Senior Raven Lewellen and juniors Jack Hazel and Isaiah Schmidt’s seven-minute video on student visas is one of eight high school third-place winners in the East division of the competition. The students’ video focuses on problems with student visas, the lengthy process international students go through to attain visas and how international students provide educational experiences to multiple cultures. Schmidt and his family have hosted seven exchange students in the past five years, and he is about to go to Germany himself. Schmidt said doing the video taught him how strict the regulations are for international students to attend school in the United States. Overall, though, Schmidt said the opportunity is beneficial to international students. “You really combine cultures, and I think it’s something really special to both sides,” he said. The group interviewed three exchange students for their video, and also interviewed state Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Summerville. In terms of international students, Bennett touched on the benefits of giving people the opportunity to work together on a global scale. “I think if we can do that, then we’re not only going to enhance not only those folks coming in to our country, but expose people in our country to other parts of the world,” Bennett said in the video. The students were also required to incorporate footage from C-SPAN’s website into their video. Documentaries could not go beyond a seven-minute duration. Time management proved to be the biggest obstacle for the students as they worked on their video. “We had to not only calculate that time together but then we had to calculate other people’s time into it,” Lewellen said. Editing was a challenge too. On top of time management the students said they learned how to effectively interview – like what kind of questions to ask and the importance of having enough interview footage to make the documentary. “I feel very proud of how we worked,” Hazel said. Schmidt has aspirations to become a director. Hazel said he wants to make movies and Lewellen wants to be a news anchor. Another video from the class, called “Locked In,” placed third at a recent QUEST competition. The third video submitted by Chambers’s class focused on gun control. Chambers said his students were the only group in the state to place in the competition. “The rocked it out,” he said. “The coolest part for me was how passionate they were about the topic. They worked hard on the video. “I’m really proud of my kids,” he added. “I think Summerville in general is really proud of them.” Image: Raven Lewellen, Isaiah Schmidt and Jack Hazel are part of Summerville High’s WAVE-TV production class. The three students just placed in a national video contest.

Job Openings at the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, DC is seeking a new Director of Media Arts and a new Director of Theater and Musical Theater. Apply between February 6 & March 7.  These positions provide national leadership, authority, and direction concerning agency programming and funding assessment in the field. Qualifications include national or regional experience serving as an executive or senior manager with supervisory and budgetary authority in a discipline-specific nonprofit arts organization. Some overnight travel required. About the National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an independent Federal agency and the official arts organization for the United States government, supports the advancement of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation. More information at arts.gov.

Artists in all disciplines sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival

Application deadline is one month earlier this year. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department seeks applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9. Past participants should note that the Dec. 5 deadline is one month earlier than previous years. North Charleston Arts Festival“The number of applications we receive each year continues to increase, as does the quality and complexity of the proposals,” says Marty Besancon, Cultural Arts Director for the City of North Charleston. “The adjusted application schedule will give our office more time to process and review the increasing number of applications and also allows us to notify applicants of our selections sooner (mid-January of 2015, rather than early February), which will give artists more time to plan and produce their work for the festival in May." National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community-based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply. Artists have the option to submit a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2015 Artist Application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning Oct. 1. There is no fee to apply, and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions and activities in all arts disciplines. The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the S.C. Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children's activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with 65+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children's activities and fireworks over the Cooper River. In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over 10 years. The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning Oct. 1, with submissions due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Annual North Charleston Arts Festival set for May 2-10

The annual North Charleston Arts Festival kicks off on May 2 and concludes on May 10. Now in its 32nd year, the nine-day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festival in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, music, theatre, and visual, media, and literary arts. Nearly 200 festival offerings take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, civic auditoriums, and parks. Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Festival offers something for everyone – from classical to contemporary, funky to formal. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced. “The variety of Arts Festival offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “We look forward to this time each year when we are joined by thousands from throughout the Southeast to celebrate the importance of art within our world.” The Arts Festival Main Event, held on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 13th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit; youth art from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; the Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children's activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more. This year’s festival Gala, the Sweetgrass Soiree, will take place on Friday, May 2, from 7 -11 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall. Tickets for this premier event are $50. Other highly anticipated programs include an Art Walk on Wednesday, May 7, an interactive murder mystery dinner theatre on Thursday, May 8, and street dances featuring beach/variety music and reggae on Friday, May 9. Examples of visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include a series of cut paper collages and prints by Lillian Trettin (Becoming Southern Steampunk); mixed media works by Cuban-born artist, Maribel Acosta (Pieces); paintings and found-object sculptures by Gingi Martin (Landscapes of Mozart and Beethoven); the 9th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition; a group exhibition featuring Charleston-area female photographers (Through the Lens); an Art & Fine Craft CoOp Gallery & Sale; the 8th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition (JOY!); and the 2nd Annual Wearable Art Competition and Exhibition. This festival’s Grand Finale on May 10 features a Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, dance demos and performances, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, food trucks, and an evening concert by The CoastRunner Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River. Visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com for complete details or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854. Applications are still being accepted for participation in the Festival’s Art Walk. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as volunteer sign-up forms are also available. All forms and instructions can be downloaded at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

High school students invited to apply for arts education scholarship

Parents and educators - do you know a high school student who wants to attend a pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program? Make sure they apply for the Anthony Quinn Foundation's 2014 Scholarship Program! Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications will be accepted through January 1, 2014. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program is for young adults in high school who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication with a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and who will benefit from financial support. The Foundation makes an effort to distribute the funds evenly across the fields of focus: Visual Arts & Design, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Literary Arts. Funds awarded will be sent directly to the pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program designated by the student. The scholarship cannot be used for secondary school or college tuition. Winners will be notified by April 1. Find out more and apply here. Via: The Anthony Quinn Foundation

North Charleston Arts Festival invites applications for design competition

North Charleston Arts Festival 2012 designThe City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the 2014 Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10, and will be featured on promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print ads, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online and more. The winning artist will receive $500 and be given the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall. (2013 design pictured above; 2012 design pictured right.) Applications are available online at www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Submissions may be delivered in person to the North Charleston City Gallery on January 17 & 18, 2014, or may be submitted via email to culturalarts@northcharleston.org with a deadline of 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. There is NO entry fee to participate. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor and 2-D mixed media. (Note: applications for artists to participate in the festival are due Jan. 6, 2014. That application is also available at www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) The North Charleston Arts Festival is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature. For over 3o years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience 100+ free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

S.C. African American Heritage Commission to screen documentary “Homegoings”

The public is invited to a screening of Homegoings, the soon-to-be broadcast PBS documentary directed and produced by Christine Turner and featuring South Carolina native and New York funeral home director Isaiah Owens. Hosted by the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the screening takes place Thursday, June 13 at 5 p.m. at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (843) 917-3350 by June 11 to reserve your seat. Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, Homegoings brings the beauty and grace of African-American funerals to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, the documentary takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends our loved ones “home." The evening will include a panel discussion about African American homegoing traditions. Panel members are Chris Leevy Johnson of Leevy’s Funeral Home in Columbia, James Flemming of Flemming Funeral Homes in Chesterfield, Rep. Anne Parks of Parks Funeral Home in Greenwood, and Herbert Fielding of Fielding Home for Funerals in Charleston. The panel will be moderated by Beryl Dakers, director of cultural programming and executive producer for outreach at South Carolina ETV. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Related: Read a New York Daily News article about the documentary. Via: S.C. African American Heritage Commission      

Annual North Charleston Arts Festival set for May 3-11

The 31st annual North Charleston Arts Festival kicks off  May 3 and continues through May 11. Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the nine-day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festival in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. Nearly 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multi-discipline schedule with a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced. “The variety of Arts Festival offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “The event provides both our residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast a myriad of opportunities to experience high quality programming in every arts discipline in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings.” The Arts Festival Main Event, held on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages. Features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 12th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit; youth art from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; the Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children's activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more. Free and ticketed offerings throughout the nine-day schedule include concerts, street dances, theatre presentations, film screenings, art workshops and demonstrations, an art walk and  children’s programs. This year’s Grand Finale on May 11 features a Tri-County school showcase, music and dance performances, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, food trucks and an evening concert by Rivers & Company. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River. For more information, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843) 740-5854. Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department