The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grants awards for the third quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.
Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.
JAMES P. KARNER – $1,000
James P. Karner is an award-winning, nationally recognized fine art photographer based in North and South Carolina. Karner specializes in landscape photography with a focus on night imagery and light sculpting. His use of nature and light brings the pictures to life, inviting the viewer to join him on his journey, experiencing reality through his lens.
This Small Grant will be utilized to frame sixteen works of art that will be featured in an exhibit at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery from April 2 – 29, 2014.
MICHAEL GENTRY – $600
Michael Gentry has been cultivating an indie music scene in Old Town Rock Hill at the Gettys Art Center Courtroom for almost four years. The performances include local, regional and international acts ranging from acoustic folk rock to aggressive metal. The goal of the Concerts at the Courtroom is to create and sustain an edgy and innovative music and performing arts scene that brings a younger audience to the area while supporting local performers and touring acts.
In and around the Gettys Art Center, for the past three years, Gentry has been hosting a two-day music and arts festival that celebrates the spirit of summer with bicycling events, and local and regional music – the Don’t Sweat It Fest. The festival includes three blocks of music: Friday evening in the Courtoom, Saturday afternoon on the Gettys Art Center’s Loading Dock, and Saturday evening in the Courtroom. This festival brought more than 200 people to Old Town Rock Hill in 2013. The Small Grant will help fund the general costs of the Don’t Sweat It Fest, including police security, marketing, and administrative fees.
FRIDAY ARTS PROJECT – $420
The Friday Arts Project is a collective group of artists committed to pursuing truth, goodness and beauty with their work. The Friday Arts Project provides a forum for dialogue, which enables artists to inspire, engage, and create toward the renewal of hearts and culture. Through collaborative gatherings like A Place at the Table and Dazzle Gradually: The Allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing, exhibitions like Charms of the Night Sky and Two Truths by Jacob Olsen, and shared space, the Friday Arts Project aims to support and connect artists.
This Small Grant will help fund an “exploratory” summer artist-in-residency collaborative program. This weeklong program will host Ryann Cooley, Professor of Digital Media and Photography at Houghton College in New York. Cooley will spend his time working from the Gettys Art Center Courtroom and in Old Town Rock Hill. Should this exploratory program prove to be a success, the Friday Arts Project plans to create an annual summer residency program that will grow to include the participation from 4-8 undergrad art majors as well as local artists under the guidance of Ryann Cooley or other qualified professionals.
YORK COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY – $1,000
The York County Choral Society is an auditioned choral ensemble comprised of York County’s finest singers, and currently under the direction of Dr. Katherine Kinsey, Winthrop University, David Lowry and Shirley Fishburne formed the York County Choral Society in the 1981-82 season with the purpose of having a choral group that performs choral masterworks with the composers’ intended accompaniments. From the outset, the chorus numbered over 50 voices and it has continued to date with consistent strength.
This Small Grant will help fund the York County Choral Society’s 2014 Spring Concert. This concert is a collaborative work between personnel from the Choral Society, students and faculty from Winthrop University’s School of Music, and several professional orchestra players from the area. The combined group will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona ‘Nobis Pacem and several shorter works at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Winthrop University’s Byrnes Auditorium.
YORK COUNTY PREPARATORY ACADEMY – $232
York Preparatory Academy is a public charter school operating in Rock Hill, SC, and serves 1,300 students in grades K-11. This Small Grant will be used to help purchase sound equipment, including headset microphones for the Choral Department. The headset microphones are critical for the ongoing development of the Arts program and to York Preparatory Academy’s ability to provide its students with quality enrichment activities. The microphones will be utilized during the Spring Concert to be held this year. Upon the completion of the Spring Concert, the headset microphones will be shared between the Choral Department and the Drama Department, ensuring years of use.
SUSAN SHERLOCK – $800
Susan Sherlock, an acclaimed musician in her own right, has secured this Small Grant to bring the award-winning singer/songwriter, and frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Joe Newberry to the Arts Council of York County’s Community Performance Center on Saturday, April 19. Newberry will offer a songwriting workshop from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This workshop is open to songwriters of all levels, and to those who have an interest in learning more about the process of songwriting.
On the evening of April 19, the public is invited to spend an intimate evening of guitar, banjo, fiddle and song with Joe Newberry. Internationally known for his powerful banjo work, he is a prizewinning guitarist and singer, his songs are widely recorded by acclaimed bluegrass artists like The Gibson Brothers, Ricky Scaggs, and Eric Gibson. Registration for the songwriting workshop is currently open, and tickets for the Saturday evening concert are on sale.
Total Allocations this Quarter: $4,052
During the fourth quarter, a special round of grants was issued to the following artists and organizations:
ROCK HILL DESIGNS – ROCK HILL SPACES – $2,500
Rock Hill Designs – Rock Hill Spaces is a collaborative effort to ensure that appropriate public facilities and spaces will have public art considered as a part of the design process. The pilot project is in Fountain Park, located in Old Town East. Rock Hill K-12 students submitted designs that were then transferred into practical art projects with the help of Winthrop University staff. The second project will seek a juried artist to conduct community engagement and student engagement projects that will be translated into locally inspired public art projects. This Small Grant has been awarded for planning, resident artists and landscaping.
STEPHEN OWEN – $1,000
Stephen Owen creates fusions of art and wood from reclaimed local fallen trees that are normally sent to the landfill. His philosophy applies the concept of permaculture to furniture making and the urban forest, utilizing waste material from one venture as the raw material for its next venture. Working from his studio, sixteenacrewood, Owen crafts his functional, heirloom works of art from native South Carolina trees salvaged from construction and clearing jobs. His creations are crafted from high quality woods like Black Cherry, Eastern Red Cedar, Sweet Gum, Elm, Maple, Black Walnut, Mulberry and Live Oak, and not wanting the scraps from his craft to go to waste, the shavings and sawdust from his works are sent to a mushroom grower.
This Small Grant will fund the building of a solar-powered dry kiln to speed the drying of freshly cut wood used in the production of his cutting boards and tables. The funds will be used to upgrade and enlarge Owen’s shop at sixteenacrewood, to hire a part-time employee who will help install a new saw, all of which will improve safety and increase production.
BETH MELTON – $1,000
Beth Melton is a textile artist who works from her studio at the Arts Council of York County’s Center for the Arts. Melton has been awarded this Small Grant for professional development. She will travel to County Clare, Ireland where she will further her research into traditional textile processes. During her time in County Clare, Melton will spend time at Burren College of Art, and will conduct research at museums in and around the county that feature historical information on the production of linen in the 18th century, which coincides with and complements her research into 18th century American textiles. Melton will also use the Small Grant to visit the studio of a traditional weaver, and to visit the Aryan Islands to learn more about the centuries old Aryan techniques of processing wool.
5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ART EXHIBITION – $243.78
Marcia Buike is the gallery director and volunteer district coordinator for the 2014 5th Congressional District Art Competition. More than 650,000 high school students from across the country have participated in the competition since its inception in 1982. The winning piece from each district hangs for an eleven-month period in Cannon Tunnel, which leads from the Cannon Building where there are many offices for members of the House of Representatives to the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C.
In June of each year, there is a special, celebratory reception in the Cannon Tunnel Gallery for the unveiling of the student artwork from across the nation. Invitations are sent to members of Congress and to each winning student.
Last year, 74 works of art were submitted by 69 students to the 5th Congressional District Art Competition from 4 high schools in Buford, Cheraw, Fort Mill, Hartsville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Rock Hill and the Governor’s School for the Arts. The winner was Catherine Santos of Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, SC.
This grant will help cover the reception and framing expenses for the competition.
Total Special Allocations: $4,743.78
To review guidelines, visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The next deadline is SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 at 5 PM for programs occurring in July, August, and September of 2014.
This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.