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Tuning Up: S.C. Arts Alliance job extension + cross-sector grants + jazz collab

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"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...
A big arts job posting gets an application extension and South Arts opening a grant opportunity for cross-sector work are the Friday morning headlines. Let's go!
  • It wasn't terribly long ago that The Hub shared news of the South Carolina Arts Alliance's executive director search. The turnaround was tight, but we can share that it loosened up a touch. The new deadline to apply is Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m.
  • South Arts announced recently announced the opening of a new cycle for artist or arts org cross-sector impact grants that harness the power of collaboration with a non-arts partner. Grants of up to $15,000 are available. Here's a snippet: "Cross-Sector Impact Grants are open to all art forms, for partnership projects taking place in South Arts’ nine-state region. For FY23, eligible projects will continue to feature 'Arts & …' collaborations, for example, arts and the military, arts and equity, arts and aging, arts and community revitalization. The projects must take place between Jan. 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest is Aug. 1, 2022."
Speaking of collaborations, we thought this was cool: SCAC operating support grantees Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art are teaming up to present a three-concert "Art of Jazz" summer concert series at the Gibbes. Concert dates are June 22, July 20, and Aug. 24 and the concerts begin at 6 p.m. which gets you out in time to enjoy one of America's great dining scenes in one of its great cities. Poor you!  

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Amiri de Artist to be featured on Juneteenth + Arts Center of Fountain Park

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"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...

New Amiri Farris exhibition tour kicks off on Juneteenth

You remember Amiri Farris, right? Farris' art figured prominently in the Art of Community: Rural SC's Creativity + Public Health initiative. He's back this summer with a touring exhibition that kicks off on Juneteenth. Before it hits the road, there's even a send-off concert with Quentin Baxter and his Quentin Baxter Quintet that will feature Farris painting live on stage. Where can you find this #SCartists goodness? All the details and more are right here.

New performing, gathering space coming to life in S.C.'s Olde English District

Big things in the works in York County. Arts Center of Fountain Park is coming to life to become the home for performing arts across York, Lancaster, and Chester counties. "The new center will be a hub for the organizations to produce and present events and activities year-round for diverse and eager audiences," according to its just-launched website. The Hub is eager to track its progress! (We promoted the search for its executive director earlier this year.)  

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Nickelodeon screenings to resume + Sandlapper Singers

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"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...

Columbia's Nickelodeon Theater to reopen next week

From ColaDaily.com: The Nickelodeon theater will reopen next week, with two movies beginning Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Audiences will be able to enjoy 'The Worst Person in the World', a 2021 drama-comedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo, and Everything Everywhere all at Once, a sci-fi comic-action-adventure film, in updated facilities.  The new announcement comes after the theater suspended screenings March 1. According to The Nickelodeon Board President, Xavier Blake, theater board members are working to reset and recommit to the organization's purpose.

Choral group to present Dan Forrest requiem

Dan Forrest is a South Carolina-based composer whose “Requiem for the Living” has been presented all over the world since its premiere in 2014. A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest—traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Forrest's “Requiem for the Living,” however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow. The Sandlapper Singers are set to share the stage with the Charleston Southern University Concert Singers and chamber orchestra accompaniment to present this work in Columbia and Mount Pleasant: The Sandlapper Singers is funded in part by operating support from the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Sandlappers, visit https://sandlappersingers.org/.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: One year of ARP funding, Art Walk returns to Aiken

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"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...

NEA marks one year of ARP relief

It is almost hard to believe, but it has been one year since President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan to assist recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts released an informative fact sheet about how it put its $135 million to work through three phases. It's worth noting that the SCAC received almost $819,000 in ARP funding from the NEA to grant to arts organizations. ARP ESSER funding provided the funding for the SCAC and South Carolina Department of Education to initiate the partnership now known as Arts Grow SC to address pandemic-related learning loss.

Aiken announces 11th annual Art Walk

Friday trivia! What event brings together emerging and established visual and performing artists, farmers and artisans, arts organizations, locals, and tourists during one of professional golf's holiest weeks? Nothing gets by you, dear reader. The city of Aiken announced last week that its Art Walk will return Tuesday, April 5 in the run-up to The Masters at nearby Augusta National Golf Club April 7-10.
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Jason Rapp

FY23 state arts funding update

State budget on the move in the House

The Hub pledged recently to give you updates on the SCAC's FY23 budget request, and yesterday there was some big news.

The House Ways & Means committee voted to approve, among many other things, the $5.5 million increase requested by the SCAC. However, rather than designating $5 million in recurring funding and $500,000 from one-time money, the budget makers opted for:
  • $2 million increase in recurring funds for grants
  • $3 million of one-time funding for grants
  • $500,000 in one-time funding for rural pilot programs.
The budget next goes to the full House, scheduled to take it up March 14-17. As always, let the South Carolina Arts Alliance keep you updated.    

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Pearl Fryar gets national attention, new jazz band formed

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"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...
A pair of #SCartists updates once again from "Tuning Up," so let's get to it.
  • National spotlight shines on Pearl Fryar: Bishopville's Pearl Fryar is a living legend. His work has brought untold amounts of delight to those who visit his topiary garden, spread over his own three acres in the tiny Lee County town. Often referred to as one of South Carolina's best secrets, that narrative is changing—quickly. Garden & Gun magazine published a feature on Fryar and his new apprentice, Mike Gibson, yesterday. Go check it out! Fryar received the Governor's Award for the Arts in 2013.
  • Charleston Jazz gaining Momentum: A brand-new jazz band debuts in Charleston this March under the auspices of Charleston Jazz. It's name? Well, no doubt you solved that puzzle. From an email: "The members of Momentum create an eclectic mix of Classic and Contemporary Fusion, R&B, Soul Jazz, and Gospel. Their music is inspired by Robert Glasper, Jon Batiste, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, and Snarky Puppy. Led by Demetrius Doctor (below), music director of the Royal Missionary Baptist Church, Momentum will be an exciting new group comprised of All-Star musicians!" Look for their debut March 11 as they perform 7 and 9:30 p.m. sets at Forte Jazz Lounge.

[caption id="attachment_48939" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Promo graphic of oranges cut horizontally, arranged on an orange background. It reads, "New Year, Fresh Start. Arts Project Support Grants." Artist or arts org in South Carolina? There is very likely arts project support available for YOU. Click graphic to learn more.[/caption]

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: #SCartists in the news

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"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...
  Cecil Williams might have a Governor's Award for lifetime achievement, but he sure isn't slowing down. This Times & Democrat story goes into great detail on a new wall art series of his works. Moments of Grace – The South Carolina History That Changed America tells the story of African Americans’ fight for equal rights over decades:

Using his skills in photography, art, and computer graphics, the 84-year-old started the series in 1999. He has just completed 60 of what will be a series of 100 images that depict the state’s history, culture and heritage and how it all intertwines with African Americans’ fight for justice and equality.

Go check it out. Video included! From an award recipient to an SCAC fellowship recipient we go! Per a release from Clemson University comes news on Valerie Zimany (Craft Fellow, 2020): "Professor Valerie Zimany, chair of the Clemson University Department of Art, was one of ten U.S. artists inducted into the International Academy of Ceramics in 2021. Zimany was nominated by members of Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Candidates elected by the Council will be introduced during the 2022 General Assembly in Geneva by the President of the Academy." Read more from the College of Arts, Architecture, and the Humanities here.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Senate confirms new NEA chair + Black music

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"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...
Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson to head NEA. On Saturday, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee to chair the National Endowment for the Arts. Jackson is a 2013 appointee to the National Council on the Arts and is a tenured Institute Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) at Arizona State University where she also holds an appointment in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. A full bio is here. S.C. art museums take up Black music:
  • In conjunction with its Romare Bearden: Abstraction exhibition, Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is set to present Improvised: A Hip Hop Experience. "Many artists are influenced by the music of their time. In the case of the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century that music was Jazz. Improvisational and expressive, it inspired Jackson Pollack and Romare Bearden alike. At the Gibbes, we see Hip Hop as an extension of that improvisational tradition and are excited to partner with on air personality Kris Kalyn to host Improvised: A Hip Hop Experience that will have local and emerging Hip Hop artists responding to works in Romare Bearden: Abstraction." Tickets are available now. $35. Student pricing available.
  • Later in the month, Columbia Museum of Art will launch of More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series, hosted by ethnomusicologist Dr. Birgitta Johnson on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, during the closing weekend of the 30 Americans exhibition. The series premieres (two additional dates are scheduled) with a sampling of diverse sacred choral textures that exist in the Black sacred music tradition. "Black music represents one of the oldest and broadest rivers that pours into America’s sonic ocean. Whether it be in pop or rock, classical or hip-hop, the history that the music of Black Americans affirms is key to its enduring popularity and influence across lines of race, gender, age, class, and even language," per a release.
The Hub is pleased to see leading arts institutions offering inclusive programming that further validates why they are both recipients of the Governor's Award for the Arts.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Checking in with Sam Wang + visual artists workshop

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"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...
Photonola features Sam Wang. It's a shot in the dark to be sure, but if you find yourself in the Big Easy through Dec. 29, there's an #SCartists connection. 2012 Governor's Award for the Arts recipient Sam Wang (individual category) is the subject of a 25-minute film in the Photonola 2021 film festival. Sam Wang: Persistent Discoveries is playing through the 29th. Born in Beijing, Wang has left an indelible mark at Clemson University where he has served on the faculty, teaching photography, for some 40 years. 2D or Not 2D? Next up in the SCAC's Artist Entrepreneur Incubator workshop series is a track for visual artists (though it's open to artists of any medium from across the state!). SCAC Artist Development Director Ce Scott-Fitts welcomes artists Mary Gilkerson and Tiffany Thomas will lead the virtual workshop "2D or Not 2D: Visual Art & Craft" on Jan. 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. Additional information and registration link here. Presented in partnership with One Columbia for Arts & Culture.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: S.C.’s lone ARP grant from NEA + arts learning on air

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"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...
Chapman Cultural Center lands big award... Last week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced grants totaling more than $20 million to local arts agencies for subgranting. The agencies will use this funding to distribute grants in their communities to eligible recipients to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. South Carolina's lone recipient is Spartanburg's Chapman Cultural Center, which is receiving $250,000. The full list of grantees, sorted by city/state, is available on arts.gov. “The NEA’s significant investment in local arts agencies is a key element in helping the arts and culture sector recover and reopen, while ensuring that that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.” The SCAC on the air... SCETV's "Carolina Classrooms" featured an interview with SCAC Executive Director David Platts late last week, joining #SCartists and arts educators to talk STEAM. Stream it on their YouTube Channel at your leisure.  

Jason Rapp