Tuning Up: SCAC grantee gets Grammy nomination + Poetry Out Loud finals

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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…

Wooten gets Poetry Ourselves runner-up honors at POL national finals

From the NEA:

The state champions competing at the national finals also had the opportunity to showcase their creativity through an optional competition, Poetry Ourselves. The students could submit an original work of poetry in one of two categories: either a written poem or a video of a spoken poem, both of which were judged by poet Mahogany L. Browne and announced at last night’s National Finals. The winner in the written category is Natasha B. Connolly from Rhode Island. The winner in the spoken category is Stella Wright from Minnesota. The runner-up in the written category is Irene Jiayi Zhong  from Hawai’i. The runner-up in the spoken category is Catherine Wooten from South Carolina. Winning poems are available on the NEA’s website at the links above.

S.C. music professor gets Grammy Award nomination

From Post & Courier reporting (subscription might be required). Eric Schultz (right), clarinetist and assistant music professor at Coastal Carolina University, was nominated for a 2024 Grammy Award in the Music Educator category. He is one of 212 quarterfinalists chosen from among more than 2,000 nominations. The award recognizes current public and private educators teaching kindergarten through college for their contributions to music and maintaining music education in schools. Schultz was a recipient of an FY22 Artists’ Business Initiative grant, which he used to produce the album polyglot, set for release later this year.

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