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Applications being accepted for new Arts Directory

About a month ago, we let you in on a new SCAC initiative: the Roster of Approved Artists is being reinvented and turning into the new Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification. As of today, #SCartists may now apply to join the Arts Directory (first) and to receive (only if applicable) the Teaching Artist Certification – only after first applying to the Arts Directory. Get more information and apply here. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 19. In January 2019, panels will meet to decide who gets accepted to (or for) each. Artists on the Roster of Approved Artists are being granted courtesy extensions into the new Arts Directory for one cycle, but still must apply. These artists will not be required to submit resumes, work samples, or letters of support for this year’s application. After the one cycle courtesy extension, ALL current roster artists will be expected to submit a full application. The current Roster of Approved Artists will be available as a PDF and an Excel document until this transition occurs. Questions? Go to this PDF for FAQ. If you have additional questions, email Arts Education Director Ashley Brown.


Changes coming to SCAC Artist Roster

A new roster is coming. And you're going to love it.

In 2016, the S.C. Arts Commission facilitated an extensive survey of artists, teaching artists, arts organizations, and schools who utilize the Roster of Approved Artists. The results were as follows:
  • Roster artists overwhelmingly stated the two primary benefits of the current roster are marketing and the prestige of a juried process.
  • Arts organizations stated the biggest benefits are marketing and networking.
  • Schools stated the importance of a juried process that speaks to the quality of work and teaching ability of teaching artists.
With that in mind, the roster of Approved Artists is being reinvented and turning into the new Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification to address all those things, all coinciding with a modern, new website for the Arts Commission that's expecting to launch by the new year. (We're self-aware enough to know it's getting time...[1]) Continue reading below for explanations of the Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification. Many questions might be answered within the text. But if not, directory guru Ashley Brown prepared an FAQ that we linked at the bottom of this post that you can get to ... after you read the explanations [2]!
[caption id="attachment_36622" align="alignright" width="275"] Sample of Arts Directory[/caption]

Arts Directory

The online Arts Directory will be searchable by geographic availability, artistic area, accessibility, and will be connected to a google map. It will serve as a connector for the network of artists and arts organizations throughout South Carolina and will be a beneficial marketing tool for members. Members of the Arts Directory will be able to offer group lectures, demonstrations, and performances for SCAC Arts in Education grant recipients (ABC Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Teacher Standards Implementation). Additionally, members of the Arts Directory will have access to online professional learning and digital networking offered by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Sound good? Each artist, teaching artist, or arts organization on the Directory will have the following listed:
  • Name (and alias)
  • Photo
  • County
  • Contact Info
  • Tags (geography available, artistic area, accessibility, Teaching Artist certification)
  • Overview of work
Placement on the Arts Directory will involve a juried process, with panels meeting twice a year to adjudicate new applicants (winter and summer). Membership on the directory is renewable every three (3) years. The application to apply* for the Arts Directory will be online and available Monday, Sept. 24. The application will include the following:
  • Basic contact information
  • Resume
  • (2) Letters of support
  • Work samples
  • Narrative
*Please note: Current Roster artists will be granted courtesy extensions into the new Arts Directory for one cycle, but still must apply. These artists will not be required to submit resumes, work samples, or letters of support for this year’s application. After the one cycle courtesy extension, ALL current Roster artists will be expected to submit a full application.

Teaching Artist Certification

The Teaching Artist Certification will serve as a next level to the Arts Directory. Certified teaching artists will be identified on the Arts Directory with a gold star and will be one of the searchable tags. In addition to the basic information listed on the Arts Directory, each certified teaching artist will have their own page with detailed teaching artist information, as well as a school review section. Teaching artist certification will include a juried process, with panels meeting twice a year to adjudicate new applicants (winter, summer). In addition to lectures, demonstrations, or performances, certified teaching artists will be able to offer classroom residencies and short-term teaching for SCAC grant recipients (ABC Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Teacher Standards Implementation). Additionally, certified teaching artists will have access to online and in-person professional learning for teaching artists offered by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Certification is renewable every three (3) years. The application to apply for Teaching Artist Certification will be online and available September 24. The application will include the following:
  • Basic contact information
  • Resume
  • (2) Letters of support
  • Recorded observation of work in classroom OR work sample along with letter of support from cooperating teacher
  • (2) Lesson plan samples
  • (3) Additional references
  • Narrative
Additionally, those who are approved by the panel are required to complete the following before receiving certification:
  • SLED background check
  • Complete webinar and quiz: S.C. Department of Education 2017 South Carolina College-and-Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency
  • Complete webinar and quiz: Teaching Artistry

[1] That's a joke. It is way, way past time. We can even joke about it: "1996 wants its website back," etc. [2] You wouldn't skip ahead, would you? Of course not. Thanks for reading! Go here for the FAQ in PDF format.

Tell us what you think about the Roster of Approved Artists!

The South Carolina Roster of Approved Artists was originally created as a list of artists qualified to offer school residencies. The Roster has been around a long time, and we think it's time for a reboot. Our goal is to create an even stronger resource to help connect artists, schools and communities. Help us revamp the Roster by taking a quick survey. We want to hear from artists, arts organizations, non-arts organizations, businesses, educators and anyone interested in an online arts directory - whether or not you've ever used the Roster. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. (Note: All questions are required. If you encounter a question for which you have no answer, please enter N/A or check "Never" if that's an option.) We appreciate your feedback! Take the Roster survey. Image: Roster artists Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle

Then and now: Florence Library to host reflective Patz and Mike Fowle exhibit

From SCnow.com Article and photos by Deborah Swearingen

FLORENCE, S.C. – One of the first questions that Patz Fowle asked her husband, Mike, was: What do you think about art? “He said, ‘what do you mean,’” Patz said, smiling. “I knew that I was on a mission.”
Since that day, decades ago, the couple has been creating art together.
In a two-month exhibit opening Jan. 10 at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery, they will explore their artistic journey.
The exhibit, called “Then and Now,” features approximately 30 pieces of the artists’ work. It encompasses art made by the Fowles in the late 70s through pieces created by the dynamic duo last month.
“We might even have one that we’re still working on,” Mike said. “It’s going to be that type of a show.”
Though much of their work is thematically the same, Patz said, it will be interesting to witness the growth.
“It’s nice to show the transformation and the evolution of the work, even though they are still flavored with the things that we started with,” Patz said. “We love a lot of the same things.”
Their commonalities first brought the pair together, Patz said. 43 years later, and the couple is still going strong.
Patz calls her style detailed, while Mike’s is simple. But they complement each other well, and the two artists are open-minded and appreciative of the other’s creations.
“Patz is my detail,” Mike said.
[caption id="attachment_24587" align="alignright" width="300"]Patz Fowle, Vincent Van Goat Vincent Van Goat, a sculpture by Patz Fowle[/caption] Artistically, Patz said, she enjoys giving creatures human-like qualities.
“I kind of look at the world through an animal’s eyes and imagine what it would be like to be human – the good, the bad and the funky,” she said. “I’m just expressing what I think and how I feel through the work.”
As far as mediums go, the Fowles try it all – they’re sculptors, painters, welders and more.
The couple won the People’s Choice award in the 2015 ArtFields competition. They are also the artists responsible for the “Big Bleu Birdnanna,” a 23-foot, metal sculpture in downtown Florence.
The Fowles serve as teaching artists through the South Carolina Arts Commission, which has allowed them to teach and share their art all over the world.
Patz is the visual arts coordinator for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. There, she works to incorporate art into science and math. Recently, for example, she helped her students create art through the process of computer coding.
The couple said they could never have expected or predicted to be where they are today, but they have always been dreamers.
“You expect greatness, but you don’t know in what form,” Patz said. “So we’re open. Eyes open and minds open and an open heart for good things to happen.”
There will be an opening reception for “Then and Now,” when it opens on Sunday, Jan. 10. The reception begins at 3 p.m. and will last for an hour. The artists invite the public to come join in the conversation about their artwork.
Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Glenis Redmond: a passion for poetry

From The Greenville News Article by Paul Hyde

Glenis Redmond laughs when she talks about it. But, yes, the Ku Klux Klan gave the acclaimed poet a considerable career boost. In 1999, the group marched in Asheville, North Carolina, where Redmond lived. A group of Asheville citizens responded with a multiracial unity rally where Redmond, then a struggling poet, read some of her inspirational writings. Booking agents happened to be present at the anti-KKK meeting, and they offered Redmond a contract on the spot. “I literally signed up that next week to speak at schools and universities,” Redmond said. “And I was pretty much booked solid for two years straight.” Redmond relishes the poetic irony — and poetic justice — of the experience. “People ask me, ‘How did you get your start?’ and I facetiously say, ‘It was the Ku Klux Klan,’” she said with a laugh. “It’s an odd intersection but that’s what motivated me to be at that venue,” she said. “It was where my life shifted from being below the poverty level to being able to pay the bills and buy a house.” Redmond’s subsequent career as a poet has taken her everywhere from schools and Ivy League universities to women’s centers, prisons and homeless shelters. “I walk into a lot of doors of people who don’t necessarily know they need poetry,” she said. “Many have never even considered poetry before.” Redmond, whose uplifting work often focuses on the black experience, doesn’t justread her poetry. She performs her poems with an emotive, stirring voice and gestures that reflect both grace and strength. (Several of her poetic performances can be seen on YouTube.) Redmond also teaches students, young and old, how to put their feelings into concentrated, rhythmic and powerful verse. “They’re learning how to reflect deeply as a human being and how to write about that experience,” Redmond said. Redmond believes in the transformative power of poetry as an antidote to a fast-paced, competitive society that seems to have little time for self-reflection. “We don’t take time to listen to the world and to ourselves,” Redmond said. “That’s the role of the poet, to say, ‘Yes, there’s struggle here but there’s also beauty.’” Most recently, she mentored five young people from around the country who had been chosen, from among 20,000 entrants, to recite their poetry at the White House for an audience of dignitaries that included first lady Michelle Obama. Redmond held workshops with the young writers online before meeting them in Washington, D.C. and taking them to the White House. “It was exciting,” Redmond said. “In addition to Michelle Obama, there were representatives of the top poetry organizations in the world. These five students were reading for the elite even though they had never done a reading before. Michelle Obama is such a supporter of the arts and was a wonderful host for our young people. She really put them at their ease.” Redmond encourages young talent but cautions aspiring poets that it’s not an easy life. “I tell them that if you can be anything else, do that,” Redmond said. “When you work for yourself, the work is 24-7.” Poetic entrepreneur As a poet, Redmond is also an entrepreneur. Like any contractor, she often has to juggle several jobs at the same time. Right now, she has at least four. She’s poet-in-residence at Greenville’s Peace Center and at the New Jersey State Theatre. She’s a teaching artist at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. She also maintains a lively free-lance career that keeps her booked a year in advance. All of her affiliations involve performing her own work and mentoring young people. At the Peace Center, where Redmond spends about five months every year, she conducts poetry workshops and public readings with young people and adults. The sessions are free and open to any aspiring poet. She also hosts a series called Poetic Conversations in the Peace Center’s Ramsaur Studio. On Jan. 27, as a part of events honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Redmond and blues musician Scott Ainslie will perform their piece “Southern Voices: Black, White and Blues,” followed by a conversation with the audience. (The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public but reservations are required by emailing Taryn Zira at tzira@peacecenter.org.) On Feb. 18, Redmond hosts a Black History Month Conversation with performance poet Joshua Bennett in the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre. (Tickets are free and reservations can be made by calling 864-467-3000 or visiting the Peace Center website at www.peacecenter.org.) Redmond, 52, has had to grapple with some of the usual challenges that an entrepreneur faces: dealing with contracts and taxes, purchasing health insurance, identifying her niche and then marketing her product, which happens to be herself. “The poetry is always the thing I’ve focused on, but at the same time I’ve had to make a living doing this, so I’ve had to figure out the business side of it,” Redmond said. “Even before I signed with an agent, I thought about how I might fashion myself so that a school district would be interested in me as a teaching artist,” Redmond said. There’s considerable travel involved in being a performance poet as well. She calls herself a “road warrior for poetry,” alternating between homes in three cities: Greenville, Charlotte and New Brunswick, New Jersey. “My present car, which I just put out to pasture, had 360,000 miles on it,” Redmond said. “All of those are poetry miles.” Redmond had an office manager for 14 years to help with scheduling and other administrative matters. Now, the Peace Center and New Jersey State Theatre assist her on many of those responsibilities. “They keep my calendar straight because I’m in so many places during the year,” she said. Early on, Redmond embraced entrepreneurial risk. She gave up a job as a counselor in the early 1990s to take what she called “a vow of poetry”: She would make her living only by poetry. Or bust. “I poured my life into poetry,” Redmond said. “I took that vow seriously. There were a couple of years where I was living below the poverty level but I was dedicated to being a poet. The work was volatile. It was often feast or famine.” Learning the business of poetry involved mostly on-the-job training. “I’ve had a lot of mentors and good fortune in terms of people who believed in what I do,” Redmond said. A love of words Redmond, who was born in Sumter, knew by age 11 that she wanted to be a poet. “I knew in middle school that I loved poetry and loved writing,” Redmond said. “But now that I look back in hindsight, I think I was a poet all along, even before I could write because I was cataloging. I was taking snapshots of memories. I was holding on to them. I was also a voracious reader and I loved words and I loved story.” Redmond came from an artistic family. Her father, who was in the Air Force, was a blues, jazz and gospel pianist. Her siblings sang in choirs. During her teen years, Redmond wrote occasional poetry for her Baptist church. “If someone died, I wrote the obituary poem,” she said. “If someone got married, I wrote a marriage poem.” Later, Redmond graduated from Erskine College with a degree in psychology and worked as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor in Greenville for seven years. It was in 1993 that Redmond took her “vow of poetry.” In some ways, it was merely an extension of her work as a counselor. “I don’t see poetry as therapy but I do see it as therapeutic,” Redmond said. In 1994, she created the first Poetry Slam in Greenville, featuring dynamic performance poetry. Later, she was appointed a teaching artist with the South Carolina Arts Commission. She traveled the country also with “Poetry Alive!” — taking classic and contemporary poetry into schools. She became a teaching artist with the Peace Center before being appointed poet-in-residence at the performing arts venue three years ago. Along the way, Redmond got married, had twin girls, got divorced and earned her master’s degree of fine arts in poetry from Warren Wilson College. “It was an unconventional life,” Redmond said. “I was a single mom with twin girls who made her living by being on the road. In order to survive, I had to leave home.” Her girls, now 26, “were raised on poetry,” she said, “and they’re doing really well.” For the latest in local arts news and reviews, follow Paul Hyde on Facebook and Twitter: @PaulHyde7. YOU CAN GO What: Poet Glenis Redmond and blues musician Scott Ainslie perform “Southern Voices: Black, White and Blues,” followed by a conversation with the audience; the event honors the life of Martin Luther King Jr. When: 7 p.m. Jan. 27 Where: Peace Center’s Ramsaur Studio Tickets: Admission-free but reservations should be made by emailing Taryn Zira at tzira@peacecenter.org Information: 864-467-3000  

Dancing, drumming, design: middle school students create at Winthrop University

For the 25th consecutive year, Winthrop University has welcomed gifted and talented students in grades six through eight for an artistic summer filled with music, dance, design, drama and photography. The approximately 300 students, chosen during tryouts from the Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill and York school districts, are currently spending the three weeks in the ST-ARTS program working with more than 50 talented artists and musicians from Winthrop, public schools and the S.C. Arts Commission Artists Roster. As part of the ST-ARTS curriculum, students study their “major” arts area and spend time exploring a “minor” art interest as well. They also have the chance to attend arts performances. Examples of classes include hip-hop dancing, puppetry, improvisation acting, African drumming and 3D design. Since its inception in 1989, the program has served more than 8,500 middle school students. According to an article in the Rock Hill Herald, one aspect of ST-ARTS that sets it apart from arts education in schools is the specialized material. Theater students are able to delve into directing and puppetry, while music students explore African drumming and music technology.

At this time of year, Winthrop University’s classrooms are filled with creative middle-schoolers hard at work. This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the university’s ST-ARTS program, where students in sixth through eighth grades spend three weeks exploring the arts. Over the years, more than 8,500 students have participated in the program. ST-ARTS participants audition for and participate in one of the four major arts areas: drama, dance, visual arts and music. “The program is amazing,” said Mary Shockley, a drama teacher. “Arts programs like this one are important because they keep the kids in schools and out of trouble. It helps them express themselves.” She said that many students find a home in the community that the arts offer.
Read the complete article to find out what students and teachers think about the program. Via: Winthrop University, Rock Hill Herald