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Arts ed position posted in Sumter

Director of Art Education at Sumter County Gallery of Art

Deadline to apply: n/a, applications open until position filled

The director of art education at the Sumter County Gallery of Art (SCGA) manages the Art Education Program.

He/she is responsible for curriculum development, coordination and operation of the Gallery’s educational programs, which include gallery based programs and art classes, and off-site, community–based art education programs and partnerships. The position requires professionalism, commitment to quality programming and excellent service, connecting with families and children, artist communities, education communities, community organizations, and the community at-large. The successful candidate should be a highly creative thinker with the ability to develop an art education based and fun curriculum that utilizes a variety of media. Shall possess knowledge of modern and contemporary art and artistic practices, including socially engaged and culturally diverse art; commitment to community engagement; research, budgeting, personnel management skills.
 

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Implement, evaluate and manage all established SCGA art education programs including: 7-week Summer Art Camp for youth ages 4-17, spring and fall classes for youth and adults, Summer Art Camp Scholarship Fund, workshops, festivals and off-site partnerships including, but not limited to, the HYPE afterschool program serving 450 children at 8 sites and Art for Seniors partnership serving 6 rural Community Centers.
  • Develop and implement new art education programming and community partnerships.
  • Seek out community groups with different missions for possible collaborative programming that align with the socially aware and inclusive mission of SCGA.
  • Collaborate with gallery staff, the Director, Curator, and education assistant on ideas, programs and activities that relate SCGA art programs with the exhibitions when appropriate.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and graphic design computer programs. Ability to design and generate spreadsheets, invitations, brochures, posters for all SCGA art programs strongly desired. Maintain the Education page of the SCGA website.
  • Identify and write grants to fund educational programming
  • Work with educators from Sumter School District to coordinate field trips and design assignments based on SCGA exhibitions.
  • Supervise and train education staff and volunteers
  • Plan and manage education budget
  • Prepare written reports for bi-monthly Gallery Board meetings.

Job qualifications/requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree is required, and a master's degree preferred in Art Education, Studio Art or related field OR a minimum 2 years experience in art education at the classroom, museum or arts organization level is preferred. The position involves some weekend and evening work, to include at least one Saturday a month.
  2. Knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, artistic practices, socially engaged art, and museum education methodology
  3. Solid computer skills including Filemaker Pro, Word, Excel, PhotoShop or Illustrator.
  4. Knowledge of WordPress website platform.
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  6. Strong organizational skills, including personnel management, budgeting, prioritization, preparation and time management.
  7. Self-directed, energetic, highly motivated, and outcome-oriented. Respect for and sensitivity to diversity and individuality.
  8. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
  9. SCGA has a small, close-knit staff and we all wear many hats – some not directly related to the job description. Must be a good “team player” with an attitude and willingness to help and support each other.
  10. Some evening and weekend work – at least one Saturday a month.

Competitive salary based on experience. Vacation and sick leave. E.O.E. Email résumé w/references and cover letter to scgadirector@gmail.com. 803.775.0543.

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Downtown Sumter installs public art

3-ft. butterflies take flight


From the Sumter Item/Shelbie Goulding:

Visitors to downtown Sumter can now see colorful 3-foot butterflies hanging overhead, as the City of Sumter and Main Street Society teamed up to showcase local artists and bring positivity to the community amid the pandemic.

"We've been doing revitalization downtown for 20 years, and one thing we really don't have downtown is art," said Leigh Newman, downtown development coordinator for the city. "This was an art installation project that we wanted to do just to have some art downtown and brighten things up."

...

Six local artists and a group of children painted 3-foot fiberglass butterflies more than a year ago, and now, their art is permanently displayed in the downtown area.

"Public art adds so much value to a community, and I really hope that when people see the butterflies that they can feel proud of downtown and that they can be proud of Sumter," Brown said.


The six Sumter artists are:
  • Connie Brennan
  • Erin Duffie
  • Liz Duffy
  • Cleo Klopfleisch
  • Matthew Morse
  • Nurai Tucker
Read Shelbie Goulding's full story here. The story includes locations of butterflies.

Arts ed position open in Sumter

Director of Art Education at Sumter County Gallery of Art

Deadline to apply: n/a
Update 31 Oct. 2019, 11:25: This position is filled. The director of art education at the Sumter County Gallery of Art (SCGA) manages the Art Education Program. He/She is responsible for the overall curriculum development, coordination and operation of the Gallery’s educational programs, which includes gallery based programs and art classes, and off-site, community–based art education programs and partnerships. The position requires a high level of professionalism, commitment to quality programming and excellent service, connecting with families and children, artist communities, education communities, community organizations, and the community at-large. The successful candidate should be a highly creative thinker with the ability to develop an art education based and fun curriculum that utilizes a variety of media. Shall possess knowledge of modern and contemporary art and artistic practices, including socially engaged and culturally diverse art; commitment to community engagement; research, budgeting, personnel management skills. A bachelor's degree is required, and a master's degree preferred in Art Education, Studio Art or related field OR a minimum 2 years experience in art education at the classroom, museum or arts organization level is preferred. The position involves some weekend and evening work.

Sumter community band seeks musicians

'Dust off your old instrument ... and come play with us'


From the Sumter Item:

Among the band's current 40 to 45 members are teachers, military personnel from Shaw Air Force Base, lawyers, doctors, homemakers, farmers, pilots and college students; several are school band directors. Mitchum said members must be at least 18 years old, have experience in a middle or high school band and able to read music. There is no audition. Prospective members should attend a rehearsal in order to register. Dues are $15 a year, which helps defray the cost of sheet music.

A nonprofit organization, SCCB receives partial funding in the form of a matching grant from the S.C. Arts Commission, which in turn receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The band also belongs to the Association of Concert Bands ...

Mitchum urges interested musicians to register this Thursday, although they may register any Thursday during the band's season. He said,"Dust off your old instrument, if you have one, and come play with us."

Read features contributor Ivy Moore's full story by clicking here.

Sumter ready for 12th annual Art in the Park this weekend

As much as The Hub enjoys checking in on (and loves!) South Carolina's primary arts metropolises of greater Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, it's nice to check in elsewhere in smaller cities and towns that also have much to offer from a cultural standpoint.  And so today we have a dispatch from Sumter, which is just far enough away from Columbia to fall outside the "greater" area designation. On Saturday, 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the city's 12 annual "Art in the Park" events yet. "We're excited about this year's Art in the Park," Cleo Klopfleisch, public relations chairwoman for the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, said. "It'll be like walking through an outdoor art gallery, and it really does have something for people of all ages and budgets." Items at the event will be priced from $1 to $2,000 (for a handmade wooden table). Park visitors will see paintings, sculpture, glass art, metal work, fabric art, handmade soaps, jewelry, garden art and many unique crafts. Klopfleisch said there will also be a Community Corner, which includes activities and items primarily for children. "Nonprofits and profits will have a children's craft center with hands-on activities," she said. "For example, the Evening Pilot Club will teach the children puppetry, the Sumter County Gallery of Art will have some visual arts activities, and Sumter Habitat [for Humanity] will teach the kids to make, and plant, mug planters." Also be on the lookout for demonstrations by Sumter Little Theatre. Proceeds from vendor fees and sales will benefit Willow Drive Elementary School, Shaw Air Force Base Spouses' Club Scholarship Program and the Tuomey Foundation. Brochures with entertainment schedules, a vendor list, a map and more will be available for visitors. Admission is free.


"Art in the Park" receives funds from, among others, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association is a local nonprofit organization.

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Something for everyone: Fall for the Arts in Sumter

The Sumter County Cultural Commission proudly presents their annual event, Fall for the Arts: a week long art adventure, Oct. 15-20, 2018. There will be an eclectic lineup of local and national talent for the community to enjoy all week. From beach music & modern dance, to theater & visual art - expect a little something special for everyone.


2018 Fall for the Arts Schedule

Monday, Oct. 15 Fall for the Arts Kickoff Concert – 7 p.m., Patriot Hall (doors open at 6:30 pm) Featuring the Sumter Civic Chorale, Sumter Community Band, Sumter Civic Dance Company, and a few other surprises. This event is FREE to the public. Tuesday, Oct. 16 Ailey II –7:30 p.m., Patriot Hall (doors open at 7 p.m.) The Millican Foundation presents the world-renowned dancers of Ailey II. Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets in person at Patriot Hall and Imports Limited (9 N. Main Street, Sumter SC) after September 1 or online at Eventbrite.com Other events affiliated with Ailey II, Oct. 16: • A Master Class with Ailey II dancers will be held at Morris College gymnasium. Purchase tickets by contacting Melanie Colclough at mcolclough@sumtercountysc.org for $25. Registration is required for entry and tickets for the Master Class are limited. • Greet and meet some of the Ailey II leaders at the VIP Reception - 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Patriot Hall, Tickets are $50. (*VIP reception tickets include both the reception and performance.) Wednesday, Oct. 17 Music on Main - 6-9 p.m., La Piazza on Main Street Featuring the Latin Caravan (Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Cumbia music) This event is FREE to the public. Thursday, Oct. 18 Sumter Little Theatre Opening Reception – 7 p.m., Patriot Hall (Booth Room) • Student Art Opening • Sumter County Art Gallery open – 7-8 p.m. Sumter Little Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors – 8:00 pm (14 Mood Ave, Sumter) Purchase tickets at SLT or online at http://www.sumterlittletheatre.com/tickets.html. Friday, Oct. 19 Shag & Jazz - 7 p.m., outside Patriot Hall Featuring Terence Lonon and the Untouchables. This event is FREE to the public. Saturday, October 20 Historic District Art Crawl – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown Residential Historic District This event is FREE to the public. Most events are FREE to the public. For the latest information about the week’s events, visit PatriotHall.org.
This event is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of S.C.

Tuning Up: New exhibits go(ing) up in Sumter, Columbia

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...


  • Sumter County Gallery of Art, in the Sumter County Cultural Center (200 Hasell St., Sumter), recently launched two new exhibits featuring contemporary artists Shanequa Gay and Lorna Ruth Galloway. The exhibits run through June 22. For more information, go here.
  • In Columbia, plan to check in on S.C. Arts Commission Visual Arts and Craft Fellows from 1976-2018 when two new exhibitions open this month, both running from May 10-June 24. Click here for a listing of artists at each.
    • 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 Whaley St., Columbia)
    • Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College (1600 Harden St., Columbia)

U.S. poet laureate, Air Force ‘Rhythm in Blue’ Band in Sumter this weekend

This weekend in Sumter, the Sumter County Cultural Commission and Arthenia Millican Literary Foundation partner to present a new two-day multicultural arts event featuring performances, speakers, an art exhibit, and vendors. "Love. Respect. Unity. Festival" (LRU) is seeking to unite diverse people groups through the arts at Sumter's Patriot Hall March 10-11. Event host Cynthia Hardy from "On Point with Cynthia Hardy" will welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and Hate Won't Win founder Alanna Simmons as speakers. The headlining performer is the U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Band – a nod to Shaw Air Force Base, which calls Sumter home. “We often get into a routine of existing day to day in silos, without meaningfully engaging with people who are different. We have the rare opportunity to unite people around the Sumter area’s rich culture and the diversity of the arts," Sumter County Cultural Center Executive Director Melanie Colclough said. Other performers are scheduled to appear include a combined ‘unity’ choir consisting of choirs from Morris College, First Baptist Church, and Lakewood High and the Sumter County Civic Chorale; a performance by Charleston’s first poet laureate Marcus Amaker; an art exhibit; and performances by a host of Sumter-area and S.C. talent. The AJBM Foundation was established in 2008 to preserve the legacy and literary works of Dr. Arthenia Jackson Bates Millican and to give back. Dr. Millican (1920-2012) was an internationally known poet, educator, novelist and humanist of rural beginnings who called Sumter home. A focal point of the foundation’s contributions is to promote literary and cultural arts locally, nationally and globally. “Many of the performances are inspired by the works of civil rights icon C. T. Vivian and feature themes of togetherness, cooperation, and unity," Millican Foundation Executive Director Richard (Rick) Jones said. “What I’m most excited and passionate about is the impact the festival and ongoing LRU programming will have [on] bringing our diverse and multicultural community together through the arts." Festival admission is free. Hours are as follows:

  • Saturday: vendors from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; program from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: program from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
More information is available here: https://www.patriothallsc.org/lru.html  

Sumter County seeking executive director for Patriot Hall and Cultural Center

Patriot HallSumter County is seeking an executive director for Patriot Hall and Cultural Center to work closely with the Sumter County Cultural Commission to promote cultural activities and coordinate cultural efforts for the benefit of the community. Examples of duties:

  • Manages the operations and programming of Patriot Hall and the County Cultural Center
  • Coordinates and implements annual festival(s), and event(s)
  • Coordinates the County artists-in-residency program with local school district personnel.
  • Maintains a calendar of cultural events; prints and distributes monthly schedules.
  • Distributes cultural information to arts organizations, individuals and the general public.
  • Oversees the use of Patriot Hall and the Cultural Center by other organizations; prepares billing invoices.
  • Oversees the preparation of the annual department budget; controls department expenditures and oversees capital improvements.
  • Administers quarterly grant program, including writing grants and monitoring expenditures.
  • Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, communications, art, or business management, supplemented by three to five years of management, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Salary: $40,000. Position is open until filled. A complete job description and application are available online.  

Remembering South Carolina artist Robert Courtright

South Carolina native Robert Courtright, a renowned collage artist, painter and sculptor, passed away Dec. 27. Courtright grew up in Sumter, but had lived in France for many years. Courtright's artwork has been exhibited around the world and is represented  in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Phillips Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Johnson Collection. His 1964 work, "Collage Construction," was one of the earliest pieces purchased for the South Carolina Arts Commission's State Art Collection and graced the cover of the catalog that chronicled the collection's first 20 years. "Collage Construction" is currently touring in Contemporary Conversations, Part I, which runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 6 in Clemson. Read more about Courtright's work in this article from The State. [caption id="attachment_3328" align="alignright" width="425"]Collage Construction, Robert Courtright Collage Construction, 1964, mixed media, 36 x 36[/caption] Via: The State, The Johnson Collection