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May 8...Opening of the Art of Recovery, a progam of the S.C. Dept. of Mental Health, at the State Museum
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May 15...Grant deadline for Quarterly and Teacher Standards Implementation
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May 17...Network and Knowledge Workshop...see blogpost below

The dust is flying at 1800 Gervais!

May 2, 2012
 Between prep for the Arts Foundation’s annual gala (tonight), the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Folk Heritage Awards  (tomorow) plus grant deadlines and planning for next fiscal year, the dust is flying  as the   S.C. Arts Commission staff  tapes up the last boxes in prep for its move that begins  Friday, May 4.    After 30 + years at 1800 Gervais Street in Columbia, South Carolina,  the  Arts Commission is moving

Beginning Monday, May 7, we’ll be churning,  promoting and encouraging the arts from a new location:  1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200.  Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same. The agency will be open for business in the new location on May 7.  We’re looking forward to getting settled in the new space and hope our constituents will make a point to come check out the new, smaller-but-laden-with-history digs. (Built in 1920, the building was at one time home to the R.L. Bryan Company. Since that time it has housed a variety of state offices.)   Come check out the new space the next time you’re in the Midlands!

Network and knowledge workshop…for you!

May 2, 2012

The South Carolina Arts Commission and the Mauldin Cultural Center in southern Greenville County are partnering to host a “Network and Knowledge” gathering for nonprofit arts leaders and board members in the Upstate area.  This first “Network and Knowledge” workshop will be held May 17 in Mauldin, S.C.   This free event provides an opportunity for nonprofit arts leaders and board members in the Upstate to network with colleagues; learn more about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services; and get hands-on skill building in developing a board that understands its roles and responsibilities.

Host a Capacity Building workshop in your community!

Not in the Upstate but interested in this content?  Contact your coordinator or e-mail Joy Young, program director,  to schedule a workshop for your area. It’s simple and it’s FREE!

This workshop provides an opportunity to network with colleagues as well as learn more about South Carolina Arts Commission programs and services. You’ll also receive hands-on skill building in developing a board that understands its roles and responsibilities.

This gathering is free, but each person attending must register:

Learn more and register now>>

Sixteen candles….SC Book Festival hits a sweet number

May 2, 2012

Pat Conroy will be there. Will you?

The Humanities Council SC,  invites you to join them for this important statewide event  May 19-20.  Admission to the festival is free–check out all that’s included and more!  Happy Sweet Sixteen to the Book Festival.  The SC Arts Commission has sponsored this annual book  festival every year since its inception.

Poetry Outloud…SC winner goes to Washington

May 2, 2012

Congrats and best wishes to Sam Gutshall, a senior at  Bishop England High School in Charleston, as he takes the next step in the Poetry Outloud competition–the national finals in Washington, D.C. , May 13-15.  For a seventh year, the South Carolina Arts Commission has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the “Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest” to South Carolina high schools. The program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance.

CRAFT? See Next Gen’s new spin….

May 2, 2012

  What makes a great company or organization?  It’s all about getting   ‘CRAFTy.’     

Learn more at the latest blogpost of Next Generation Consulting written by Rebecca Ryan. 

C – Creative   R – Regional   A – Artisanal   F – Future-minded   T – Talent-centric

Working with children? Check out this resource…

May 2, 2012

Help set the context for your work with South Carolina’s children.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count is an invaluable resource to help tell the story of your community, its kids and how it compares to other counties in South Carolina and nationwide.

Youth Arts Month…a rite of spring

March 29, 2012

Students at Fairfield County's Geiger Elementary took a field trip to local music community center Blackstock Station.

In schools across South Carolina, March means more than high winds, kites, daffodils and pollen.  Individual schools and districts celebrate the creativity of their youngest artists in myriad ways and create opportunities for them to learn from artists in their communities.  Check out the following three posts that show a range of activities from three areas of our state. From inland Fairfield County to coastal areas Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, the following three contributing schools have shared  images and short stories  so we can celebrate with them this month and beyond.