#SCartists: Make a living with your art form
Introducing the Artist Entrepreneur Incubator
The Artist Entrepreneur Incubator (AEI) is a series of monthly discipline-based interactive workshops for artists who are interested in transitioning their craft into a business.
Workshops are led by artists of all disciplines, arts consultants, and educators. They’ll include information on basic business, licensing, marketing, contracts, and identifying resources for support and sustainability.
Nominal fees apply, but there are exceptions
. Learn more here.
The AEI virtual series is a collaboration between the South Carolina Arts Commission and One Columbia for Arts and Culture
. It’s available to artists across disciplines who live and work throughout South Carolina.
AEI Dates and topics
And more to come!
- 9/21/21: Better Business for Creatives
In conjunction with the Columbia Office of Business Opportunities. This workshop is a prerequisite for any further participation. Sign up today!
- 10/5/21: Hit the Right Notes: Music
- 11/9/21: Going Public: Public Art
- 12/7/21: Become a Media Darling: Multimedia
Office manager arts job open in Columbia
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 31, 2021
One Columbia for Arts and Culture is hiring for the position of office manager.
- Location: Columbia, SC
- Employee Type: Full Time
- Salary Range: $32,000-35,000 based upon experience
Position Scope and Objectives
One Columbia for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)3 organization that promotes collaboration and celebrates the arts and historic preservation community in Columbia, seeks an office manager for a paid, full-time position. The selected candidate will perform administrative duties including email messaging, social media, daily financial and organizational record keeping, event calendar moderation, project administration and volunteer coordination. Other duties may be required as assigned by the executive director. This is a moderately supervised position and supervisor will provide on-the-job training regarding specific duties.
Necessary Skills and Expertise
- Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree and 2 years of experience, or a high school diploma and 4 years of experience
- Strong administrative skills including typing, writing, and editing
- Ability to effectively communicate with the general public and provide positive customer service
- Excellent verbal presentation, written communication and organizational skills
- Experience with Microsoft office, including Word and Excel required.
- Email messaging, social media, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite and Quickbooks experience required
- Experience in non-profit organizational operations preferred
- Grant writing and grant administration experience is a plus
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to thoughtfully respond to shifting priorities
- Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
- Availability to work some evenings and weekends
- An understanding of and appreciation for art and history
Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
by July 31, 2021.
One Columbia for Arts and Culture does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.
Columbia-area artist directory opens
If you're interested in learning more about or connecting with other creatives in the Midlands region, there's a new resource.
Thanks to a partnership with former Richland Library artist-in-residence (AiR) Crush Rush
and One Columbia for Arts & Culture
, Richland Library is excited to announce the launch of the Local Artist Directory.
It provides an online platform for local artists to share a brief biography, indicate their art medium or area of focus, and exhibit some of their work. They can also add ways to communicate by listing a personal or business website, social media channels, and contact information. You can view the Local Artist Directory through our website at richlandlibrary.com/art and One Columbia for Arts & Culture's website at https://www.onecolumbiasc.com/artist
The Local Artist Directory was part of Rush's final project as the library's artist-in-residence at the end of 2020. He proposed working with One Columbia for Arts & Culture to offer a free online resource that features working artists and allows local residents to engage with or hire artists in our community.
If you're interested in becoming part of the Local Artist Directory, you can create an artist profile by visiting https://www.onecolumbiasc.com/artist/
For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803.587.3637 or email@example.com
About Richland Library
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.
Tuning Up: Arts people news + down to the wire
"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...
South Arts names two from S.C. to Emerging Leaders of Color program
The Hub helped promote South Arts' Emerging Leaders of Color opportunity once
, or three times
, so it's only right that we let you know how it all shook out. Two leaders from South Carolina were named to the cohort: Melanie Colclough
of Sumter (executive director of Patriot Hall/Sumter County Cultural Center) and Jemimah Ekeh
of Columbia (freelance designer + administrator with One Columbia for Arts & Culture). There is more about the program and see who was accepted from other states right here
State's arts community loses two beacons
We pause to note with sadness the passing of two members of South Carolina's tight-knit arts community:
It's down to the wire
No. Not that
. This is your
two-day notice that nomination time is coming to a close for the South Carolina Governor's Awards for the Arts
and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award
. Nominations for both are due by 11:59 p.m. ET THIS FRIDAY, Nov. 6.
One Columbia to provide Columbia artist relief
$100,000 fund goes live today
Columbia area artists may apply starting today for a new potential source of relief.
The Artists’ Emergency Fund was created to provide 40 emergency grants of $2,500 each to support professional artists in the Columbia area. By providing these funds, the partners hope to provide assistance for artists facing hardships caused by the loss of events, performances, and sales. The program serves the mission of the three partner organizations by supporting an ecosystem for professional artists to live, work and remain in and around Columbia.
The funds provided by this program can be used to assist artists with any relevant professional needs including artist supplies and materials, rent or mortgage, health insurance, or another professional purpose.
This fund was developed out of a partnership among the Knight Foundation
, Central Carolina Community Foundation
and One Columbia for Arts and Culture
. The Knight Foundation has committed $100,000 to assist artists in the Columbia area in order to temper the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting emergency shutdowns.
Go here to learn more and apply.
Six findings from Amplify Columbia
From ColaToday (10/1/2018):
Back in January, the City + One Columbia announced that they were enacting a cultural arts planning process called Amplify in Columbia: an 18-month project that would kick off with focus groups + surveys to discover how the arts could better serve our city – and vice versa – and end with a formalized draft of a cultural section of the City Planning Department’s Comprehensive Plan in-the-making, Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.
Now, Amplify is in its tenth month of its 18-month planning process. So – what has the Amplify team found out about cultural needs, wants, barriers + opportunities in Columbia? And how can that be written into Columbia Compass as future public policy for our city?
Data collected from 70 public meetings in 59 places across Columbia has uncovered a few things, and identified six themes that have come from people who attended. (The S.C. Arts Commission was the site of one such meeting, and Amplify's lead consultant served on the panel that reviewed applicants to our biggest grant program: General Operating Support for Organizations
- 96% of survey-takers feel Columbia needs more arts activities and events
- 50% feel that increasing public space for interactive experiences is a top priority
- Other top priorities included focusing on the preservation and support of Columbia history and continuing to add more public art
- Columbia has artists who are willing to teach in their communities
- Columbia's citizens define culture + art beyond visual creations, including food, festivals and more
Additionally, six themes
emerged from the public hearings, discussions + forums:
Head over to ColaToday
- Valuing Artists
- Art Learning and Mastery
to read more about the process and the findings to this point.
The rise of public art in South Carolina
From the Charleston Post and Courier
Article by Adam Parker; photos by Brad Nettles and Adam Parker
(Image above: This mural is located at the corner of Huger and Hanover streets in Charleston.)
In West Ashley’s Avondale neighborhood, an alley behind the shops and bars near Magnolia Street has become an outdoor exhibition space filled with large and small murals. Artists have painted images ranging from an enormous turkey vulture to small cartoon-like figures on the sides of the buildings.
On the Charleston peninsula, three murals by Shepard Fairey and several more on Huger Street by a variety of artists can be viewed. David Boatwright’s work — part art, part commercial signage — is scattered throughout the downtown area.
In Columbia, a growing number of murals and sculptural pieces are adding a colorful dimension to a city so enthusiastic about public art that it has a dedicated nonprofit organization whose main purpose is to facilitate more of it.
Nine students ready to compete for state Poetry Out Loud championship
Congratulations to the nine high school students advancing to the state finals in the South Carolina Arts Commission's Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The students will compete for South Carolina's spot in the Poetry Out Loud national finals and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. State finals take place March 11, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C. The public is invited to attend.
Region 1: Upstate
- Jamie Montagne, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg County
- Simone Rice, Dorman High School, Spartanburg County
- Livia Salle, NEXT High School, Greenville County
Region 2: Midlands
- Taylor Wade, Andrew Jackson High School, Lancaster County
- Emilie Martin, Fox Creek High School, Edgefield County
- Alyssa Williams, Spring Valley High School, Richland County
Region 3: Lowcountry
- Janae Claxton, First Baptist Church School, Charleston County
- Abby Edwards, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston County
- Julie Crosby, Goose Creek High School, Berkeley County
Nearly 4,000 South Carolina students participated this year, advancing from school-wide competitions to one of three regional competitions held in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. The state champion will compete in the national finals April 24-26 in Washington, D.C.
The state champion receives $200, a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books for their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to the national finals. The runner-up receives $100 and a $200 poetry book stipend for their library.
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Top row, l to r: Alyssa Williams; Region 3 participants. Bottom row, l to r: Region 2 finalists Taylor Wade, Emilie Martin, & Alyssa Williams; Region 1 finalists Jamie Montagne, Livia Salle & Simone Rice; Region 2 judges[/caption]
Poetry Out Loud
, a program created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 365,000 students nationwide competed. The winner received a $20,000 scholarship.
Statewide partners include the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina ETV Radio's “Speaking of Schools” Program with Doug Keel. Regional partners include Hub City Writers Project in Region 1; One Columbia, Richland Library and S.C. Center for Oral Narrative at USC Sumter in Region 2; and the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Region 3.
For more information, contact Frances Kablick Keel at FMKablick@arts.sc.gov.
Public invited to Poetry Out Loud competitions
[caption id="attachment_25675" align="alignright" width="250"] Nicole Sadek, 2016 S.C. Poetry Out Loud champion[/caption]
Since school began in the fall, high school students around the state have been memorizing poetry, practicing recitation skills and polishing performances to compete in Poetry Out Loud school-level competitions. School-based winners are competing in three regional competitions taking place January 21 and 22 in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. Winners from each regional competition will advance to the state finals taking place March 11 in Columbia. The competitions are free and open to the public.
Regional competition schedule:
- Region 1 (Upstate)
Jan. 21, from 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus, 220 E. Kennedy St., Spartanburg, SC 29302 (Please use entrance at back of building.)
Counties: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, York, Lancaster, Chesterfield, Anderson, Laurens, Union, Chester, Abbeville, McCormick and Greenwood
Partner: Hub City Writers Project
- Region 2 (Midlands)
Jan. 21 from 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Richland Library Main (second floor), 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, S.C. 29201
Counties: Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Darlington, Marlboro, Aiken, Lexington, Richland, Sumter, Florence, Marion, Dillon and Calhoun
Partners: One Columbia, South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative-USC Sumter and Richland Library Main
- Region 3 (Lowcountry)
Jan. 22, from 1:30 - 4 p.m.
College of Charleston, Stern Student Center, 71 George Street, Charleston, S.C. 29424
Counties: Barnwell, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Jasper, Beaufort and Charleston
Partner: College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences
For 11 years, the South Carolina Arts Commission has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the Poetry Out Loud National Poetry Recitation Contest to South Carolina. The Arts Commission engages regional partners to promote participation and to manage regional competitions. Nearly 4,000 South Carolina students participated this year. The state champion will compete in the national finals April 24-26 in Washington, D.C.
About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud
, a program created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts
and the Poetry Foundation
, builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 365,000 students nationwide competed. The national winner received a $20,000 scholarship.
One Columbia gives Terrance Henderson the 2016 Steve Morrison Visionary Award
From The Free Times
Article by Kyle Peterson
The arts and history non-profit One Columbia has announced its 2016 Steve Morrison Visionary Award winner is Terrance Henderson, a dynamic creative presence in Columbia as an actor, dancer, educator and choreographer. The annual award, now in its third year, is presented to an individual who is a true leader in driving the artistic growth and vitality of the city.
Born in Newberry and a Columbia resident since 1996, Henderson has served as a long-term artist in residence at both Logan and A.C. Moore Elementary Schools where he teaches dance and drama, but his role in the arts community extends far beyond that. He has long focused on art that illuminates provocative societal issues in both his theatrical work and original creations, while also striving to provide opportunities for those not formally trained in either dance or theatre. Along the way he’s won awards from the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Performance, Broadway World and Jasper magazine (where, full disclosure, I serve as assistant editor). Some of his more recent creations include The Black Man … Complex at Trustus Theatre, Ruins as part of Harbison Theatre’s MTC Performance Incubator, and Blank Page Poetry: Words and Shadows at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art.
Henderson’s selection marks a turn from past award winners like Columbia City Ballet Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett and Riverbanks Zoo Director Satch Krantz, both of whom are more senior figures in the community. As a vital and contemporary artistic force in the, and one explicitly engaged in political and social issues, this perhaps indicates a shift towards more daring and cutting-edge figures that are being celebrated for their work in the moment and their future potential, rather than people with long histories in the Columbia arts scene.
Henderson will be formally presented with his award Nov. 12 on Main Street in Columbia during the Jam Room Music Festival.