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Assessing arts-integrated lessons: a webinar

Tools so teaching artists don't lose sleep

So, you've done what it takes to establish yourself as a teaching artist.

[caption id="attachment_49234" align="alignright" width="175"]Promo photo of Jef Lambdin juggling and wearing a red clown nose. Jef Lambdin, photo by George Loudon.[/caption] Through the Art Grow SC webinar series...
  • You got the nuts and bolts of it.
  • You drilled down on the 2017 South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards in Teaching Artistry.
  • You marketed yourself.
  • You landed a residency or other engagement.
How do you know it's all working?  Authentically assessing an integrated lesson can be a challenge to teaching artists. How do you know when your students know, or can do, what you taught them? Don't lose sleep. Round 4 of the #ArtsGrowSC webinar series “Being a Teaching Artist” can help. During this afternoon webinar, we will examine the very best assessment resources for you as a teaching artist: from rubrics to checklists to ideas and more in order to implement authentic arts integration assessments with ease. Facilitator and teaching artist Jef Lambdin returns to walk you through it.
  • Webinar 4: Assessing Arts-Integrated Lessons Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022: 4-5:30 p.m.
Further topics include how to persist through roadblocks and how to make sure your message is consistent, a critical brand element. Click here to register now via Zoom. | Connect with this event on Facebook.
The "Being a Teaching Artist" series is a free resource from the South Carolina Arts Commission and Arts Grow SC.

Jason Rapp

Marketing your teaching artist business

Building a business by marketing your teaching artistry

[caption id="attachment_49234" align="alignright" width="175"]Promo photo of Jef Lambdin juggling and wearing a red clown nose. Jef Lambdin, photo by George Loudon.[/caption]

If you are or want to be a teaching artist, how do you get the word out and get residencies at schools?

Round 3 of the new #ArtsGrowSC webinar series “Being a Teaching Artist” can help. During this afternoon webinar, you'll learn to craft your message to get noticed by the right people. Facilitator and teaching artist Jef Lambdin will examine how to communicate your talents, identify target audiences, set achievable business goals and more.
  • Webinar 3: Marketing Your Teaching Artistry Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022: 4-5:30 p.m.
Further topics include how to persist through roadblocks and how to make sure your message is consistent, a critical brand element. Click here to register now via Zoom. | Connect with this event on Facebook here.
The "Being a Teaching Artist" series is a free resource from the South Carolina Arts Commission and Arts Grow SC.

Jason Rapp

Teaching artists: Know the standards

Building a business by sharing your craft

[caption id="attachment_49234" align="alignright" width="200"]Promo photo of Jef Lambdin juggling and wearing a red clown nose. Jef Lambdin, photo by George Loudon.[/caption]  

If you are or want to be a teaching artist, you’ve got to know the S.C. Educational Standards.

Round 2 of the new #ArtsGrowSC webinar series “Being a Teaching Artist” can help. During two afternoon webinar sessions, explore the purpose, function, and use of the 2017 South Carolina College and Career-Ready Standards in teaching artistry.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022: 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022: 4-6 p.m.
Practicing teaching artist Jef Lambdin and these guest presenters will share how to use the standards in lesson planning for arts and arts-integrated lessons and residencies:
  • Roger Simpson Educational Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts S.C. Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Standards
  • Kayla Jennings Dance teacher Saluda River Academy of the Arts (West Columbia)
Click here to register now via Zoom. This is a free resource from the South Carolina Arts Commission and Arts Grow SC.

Jason Rapp

#SCartists: Teach at GCCA this summer


If you are an experienced visual arts instructor with a creative idea and a desire to share, we want you to be part of our summer schedule!

GCCA is currently seeking proposals for Summer Session I from June 6-July 8 and Summer Session II from July 18-Aug. 19, 2022. We welcome proposals for five-week classes and one-, two-, and three-day workshops. We strive to offer classes in a variety of mediums and techniques and have a special need this summer for instruction in printmaking and jewelry as we anticipate that our new classroom spaces dedicated to those mediums will be up and running very soon! Some examples of what we’re looking for include:
  • Introductory level printmaking classes and workshops like monotype/monoprint press printing, collagraph printing, relief printing from linoleum, and drypoint intaglio printing using acrylic plates
  • Jewelry workshops, including polymer clay and resin jewelry making, fabricating dimensional metal jewelry, wiring wrapping for beginners, beginner metalsmithing, introduction to enameling, and soldering instruction
We also have the need for:
  • Watercolor classes and workshops
  • Instruction in different drawing mediums
GCCA instructors include both working artists and professional educators who possess a willingness to communicate technique and process, strong technical skills, a friendly and welcoming approach, and the ability to teach classes that are open to a range of skill levels. We encourage proposals from our current instructors—and always love to connect with new ones! We hope to hear from you soon. For more information, contact Liz Rundorff Smith, our program director, at liz@artcentergreenville.org. SUBMIT A PROPOSAL HERE.  

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Community-based actor-teacher job opportunities now open

The Office of Outreach at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is hiring several positions to work with Spark, a drama-based literacy program funded by Arts Grow SC.

If you have experience with groups of elementary aged students, an understanding of the performing arts, storytelling, and creative dramatics, there might have a fun full-time position for you! Theatre people, storytellers, librarians and educators who are self-starters, active and organized facilitators, good relationship builders, and playful are a good fit. These curriculum coordinator-level positions will be assigned to regions across South Carolina and will be based from home in local schools. The team of community actor-teachers will design and facilitate drama groups for literacy and reading motivation in elementary classrooms. Positions may be based in the following areas of the state:
  • Cheraw
  • Florence
  • Georgetown
  • Greenwood
  • Kingstree
  • Laurens
  • Marion
  • Newberry
Experience in the elementary classroom or theatre education setting is preferred. Some scheduled, in-state travel will be required for training. COVID protocols for schools and the S.C. Department of Education will be followed. Learn more about this positions at https://www.scgsah.org/spark-jobs.

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Want to be a teaching artist? SCAC can help.

Building a business by sharing your craft

[caption id="attachment_49234" align="alignright" width="200"]Promo photo of Jef Lambdin juggling and wearing a red clown nose. Jef Lambdin, photo by George Loudon.[/caption]

#SCartists: want to build a business AND share your craft with the next generation? You can. Build a business as a certified teaching artist!

Join seasoned and practicing teaching artist Jef Lambdin for a no-cost two-day webinar as he shares tips for success with you in “The Business of Being a Teaching Artist: Nuts and Bolts to Grow your Business.” Over the course of two  webinars, you’ll get professional development guidance on not only becoming a certified teaching artist but leveraging that to grow your own teaching artist business. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22-23 from 4-6 p.m. This is the first professional development session created by the South Carolina Arts Commission to develop novice and seasoned #SCartists as certified teaching artists, potentially giving them access to SCAC programs created or expanded by the new Arts Grow SC partnership. SCAC arts learning grantees who engage artists are required to use certified teaching artists approved for inclusion on the S.C. Arts Directory. Click here to register now via Zoom.  

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Columbia holds free teaching artist workshop next week

From Amplify Columbia: Teaching artists, also known as artist educators or community artists, are professional artists who teach and integrate their art form, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings. Teaching artists work with schools, after school programs, community organizations, and social service agencies to encourage increased public participation in the arts for residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Join us Monday, Aug. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. (Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave, Columbia, SC 29203) for a free professional development workshop for teaching artists. Participants will be given structure, guidance, and tools to implement clear goals in their residencies and lessons and to improve their work. For both emerging and master teaching artists, this workshop is open to faculty of midlands universities, classroom teachers, artists, staff working with any area arts organization, museum docents and parks and recreation staff who work directly with young people. This session is free however preregistration is required. Register by emailing your name and a contact number to hello@amplifycolumbia.com.

About Amplify

Amplify is the capital city's new long-range cultural plan: a community conversation that identifies opportunities for broadening public participation in arts and cultural activities. The City of Columbia and One Columbia for Arts and History are collaborating to oversee the cultural planning process. Facilitated community conversations involving a  broad cross sector of our community will focus on four core areas:
  1. Economic prosperity for the Columbia region
  2. Cultural vitality
  3. Social and cultural equity
  4. Ways to embed arts and culture across the city’s Comprehensive Plan
AMPLIFY is the name given to the planning process and helps make visible its progress. As the name implies, the planning process will highlight existing arts, cultural and heritage resources of Columbia and recommend ways to strengthen these valuable assets in our community. The leader or Amplify's consulting team is Margie Johnson Reese, who served on the SCAC's panel that reviewed General Operating Support grant applications this past May. Go here for more information about Amplify.

The man of steel: Lancaster artist shaping heavy metal and young artistic minds

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

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