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Hub Quick Hits: Arts learning principals network conference next month

ArtsNOW is happy to announce an Arts Integration Principals' Network Conference, February 24, 2023, at Embassy Suites Downtown Greenville.

This will be an opportunity for principals in all stages of the arts integration journey to network with colleagues, to learn from other principals, and to hear about opportunities for your schools. It begins Thursday, Feb. 23 with a welcome reception from 4:30-6 p.m. The next day, David Dik, national executive director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning—the nation's oldest and largest arts in education learning network—will provide opening comments and help set the stage for this convening. Throughout the day, multiple sessions will be facilitated by principal leaders, along with other sessions regarding school related arts opportunities in both Georgia and South Carolina. Registration is now open using this link: https://forms.gle/4h4s5xJ4paEhDEqU6.
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Jason Rapp

Hub Quick Hits: Much-anticipated museum opening postponed

Challenges with the International African American Museum building’s humidity and temperature controls are resulting in a delay to its planned opening, the museum announced this week.

The IAAM said the following in a statement:

Museums require extremely stringent humidity controls in order to display the most sensitive of items for extended periods of time.

This delay is necessary to ensure that the museum building achieves the conditions necessary to preserve and protect our most sensitive objects, artifacts, and art. In the meantime, we are monitoring humidity controls, which are suitable for all objects currently installed.

We are working diligently in partnership with the city of Charleston and third-party advisors to remedy the matter and expect to welcome visitors in the first half of 2023.

We regret this turn of events and any inconvenience to our loyal members, sponsors, and community. In making this decision, we foreground the responsibility to ensure the highest standard of safety and preservation for our most sensitive objects, art, and artifacts that honor the journey of our ancestors and the tell critical stories of our nation’s history.

Early in the new year, we will accelerate efforts to engage with our community, members, and partners through several vigorous efforts, including by hosting monthly webinars through the Center for Family History and hosting on-site events featuring storytelling and music in the gardens, alongside various virtual and in-person public programs. We will announce these initiatives, as well as a revised opening schedule, in early 2023.

We appreciate your understanding, value your continued support and partnership, and will persevere to ensure that this Museum upholds its mission to honor the untold stories of the African American journey, paying tribute to the African American labor, resilience, and ingenuity that shaped our country and our world.


The Hub will share news of the revised opening schedule as soon as we are aware.

Jason Rapp

Hub Quick Hits: Beaufort benches, Spartanburg hotel art

Twofer Tuesday? Twofer Tuesday. Let's go.

  • BEAUFORT–The city's Cultural District Advisory Board began rolling out "art benches" throughout the district in 2019, giving good-looking places to soak in surroundings to those enjoying scenic Lowcountry charm. Just days ago, the city unveiled five more benches, bringing to 17 the number "now or soon [to] be installed." (Post & Courier Hilton Head, subscription may be required to view).
  • SPARTANBURG–In Spartanburg's cultural district, one hotel has made itself a destination for visual art lovers. Art from The Johnson Collection adorns the walls, nooks, and crannies of the AC Hotel Spartanburg, and staff receive regular training on to be ad hoc docents. Might be time for a trip to Spartanburg, dear reader. Read the story for a list of artists represented at publication time. (Greenville Journal)

Jason Rapp

Hub Quick Hits: Showcasing Columbia area artisans

Columbia area makers have a new opportunity to showcase themselves according to local reports.

From Carolina News & Reporter:

"A new art market in West Columbia debuted Sunday with more than 20 local, creative vendors.

The market was held inside the New Brookland Tavern music hall and bar and featured food and shopping."

That's the "where" and "what," so visit the story by Addison Hinkle for the "who" and "why" details on this new venture at the Midlands entertainment mainstay. Also, remember to shop local and support local art this holiday season (and beyond).
Ed. note: Your friendly Hub editor served on the then Carolina Reporter in fall 2002.

Jason Rapp

Hub Quick Hits: Curry receives second prestigious book award

Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr., a founder of Renaissance Publications LLC and Columbia resident, received the 2022 International African American Historical and Genealogy Society Book Award in the Regional Genealogy category.

Curry was honored for his publication titled, The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga, Vol. 1, A Narrative History. The award was presented during the a virtual awards ceremony during the African American Historical & Genealogical Society Conference from Oct. 12-15. The session covering the winning authors was on October 15, 2022, to honor the winners for their outstanding publications that accurately examine and portray African American history and genealogy in a wide variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction, for adults and young readers.

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Hub Quick Hits: RFQ invites #SCartists to join public art directory

Make yourself eligible for Charlotte area commissions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Looking for public art opportunities? The biggest city in the Carolinas could come calling ... but you need to apply to its directory.

Charlotte's Arts & Science Council is accepting qualifications from local and regional professional artists or teams of artists for the Regional Artist Directory opportunity. This directory is intended to expand ASC’s reach to create more opportunities for local and regional artists, and to engage artists who might be new to the public art commissioning process. The ASC Regional Artist Directory serves as a resource to identify North and South Carolina artists who can design/build creative features for city, county and private projects that may or may not be associated with larger scale public art projects. The directory will be used to select artists for projects with budgets up to $85,000 and will not replace the RFQ process for public art opportunities with budgets over $85,000. The directory will be used to match artists on a rolling basis with opportunities for public art in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Applications for the pool will be solicited again in 2024. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please note: Inclusion in the ASC Regional Artist Directory does not guarantee a commission. Click here to learn more. Virtual meetings are available Nov. 2 and 3 for further information.

Jason Rapp

SCAC survey about Hurricane Ian impacts

Official Statement from the S.C. Arts Commission


As Hurricane Ian began making its way to our coastline, the South Carolina Arts Commission prioritized being ready to assist members of the creative community who might be affected.

Our communications channels provided resources for readiness, and our team started preparing for what might come after the storm. Now that the winds and rain are gone, their effects linger. Our team is ready to assist artists and arts organizations who suffered because of storm-related:
  • Closures or cancellations
  • Damage to facilities
  • Damage to artwork or equipment
Our professionals can connect you with recovery resources. If you are in need of assistance, will you please take a brief survey to help our team know your needs? The SCAC might share this information with legislators and other funders. While we do not currently have relief funding available, having information on hand is helpful if that changes. Appropriate staff are ready to help connect you with resources from other funders. All of us at the SCAC are certainly thinking of those who are victims of Ian, and it is our goal to do all we can to restore strength and vitality to South Carolina’s creative community. David Platts Executive Director PS: Hurricane season is not over, and earthquakes are oddly regular nowadays in South Carolina. If 2022 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared. Visit the SCAC’s emergency preparedness page for resources to get yourself and your organization ready for whatever comes next.    

David Platts

Hub Quick Hits: Southern Prize deadline extended

Pow! Boom!


Today, South Arts announced a deadline extension for the prestigious Southern Prize (read our coverage here). Because of "weather events" (ahem, Hurricane Ian) impacting nearly half of South Arts' nine-state region, the deadline to enter has been extended to Nov. 1, 2022 (from Oct. 10) at 11:59 p.m. ET. $80,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs, #SCartists, and two residencies at the Hambidge Center. Let's go! Read more about the prize and find your way to the registration at the link to our previous coverage above.

Jason Rapp