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Annual Community-Wide Arts Open House & Hot Dog Lunch Returns to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC – Aug. 25, 2012

August 17, 2012

Join us at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, along with your neighbors and friends at the 2012 Arts Open House & Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, from 11am to 1pm on the FAC grounds.

Hosted by the FAC Multi-Cultural Committee, the event is free and the public is invited to attend. Participate in a fun community art project; tours of the FAC; pottery, dance and music demonstrations; plus face painting.

Entertainment for the day will include A Warrior’s Dance (a children’s Christian dance group,) Candace Hudson, Tyler Hampton, Passages, We Three, and Counterpoint. In addition, members of the Camden Art Association, Camden Music Association, and the Quilters of Kershaw County will be on hand displaying some of their work and recruiting new members. The Kershaw County Library will have their book mobile on site for anyone interested in checking out a great book, and Kona Ice will be on hand with some delicious snow cones to cool you down. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the FAC’s upcoming fall season and classes at this fun, family oriented event.

“This is a great opportunity to get together with your friends and neighbors, meet the staff and see what the FAC is all about,” said Kristin Cobb, FAC Executive Director.
There will be a special appearance by acclaimed violinist, Daniel D, an Apollo Theatre winner and Charleston native. Only 23 years old, Daniel D. has performed for President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson and Larry King, among others. He has also appeared on B.E.T.’s 106 & Park, and is currently on tour with T-Bone Ministries.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.  Gallery hours are Mon.-Wed., and Fri., 10am-5pm and Thur., 10am-6pm.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information please about the FAC call 803/425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org).

 

 

 

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Opportunities at ARTworks in Beaufort, SC

May 7, 2012

One studio is available
Artists are invited to apply to become one of the resident artists at ARTworks. Read more about the studios on our website at (www.beaufortcountyarts.com).

One Administrative Assistant is needed
Resumes accepted by e-mail and post only:
(artsoffice@beaufortcountyarts.com) or at
PO Box 482 Beaufort SC 29901

ARTworks is looking for a few good applications to compete for this exciting opportunity:

32 hours per week; 11am-6pm Tue – Fri & Noon-4pm Sat.

Duties Include:
· Opening building & studios by 11am to include checking messages.
· Answering phone in a courteous & helpful manner; answering questions and/or referring caller to the appropriate person by transferring call or recording all information so that the appropriate person can return the call
· Ticket sales – this will require training; to include maintaining the ticket computer system, keeping the box office notebook & will call tickets up to date with the computer system; assisting ticket buyers
· Donor information – this will require training; maintaining donor data in the computer system as directed
· Email list signup – this will require training; ensuring that the manual email list sign up sheet is entered appropriately in the computer system
· Serve as “cashier” for gallery sales, studio rentals, after school registration, summer camp registration and ensuring that all related paperwork and tracking methodologies are maintained & up to date regarding payments as well as ensuring that cash, check & credit card sales are “filed” appropriately with necessary paperwork
· Filing & basic office administration which includes maintaining a neat and organized office space
· Maintaining the “What’s Happening at ARTworks” white board, front door signage, and street reader board to ensure that they are up to date with current information & publicity
· Ensuring that all public handouts regarding programs & activities are current & well stocked
· Water the plants weekly & remove trash from the building every other week
· Monitor supplies (office & restroom) and prepare order lists for Executive Director & Program Coordinator
· Other duties as assigned
Must Have:
· Positive attitude & be customer oriented
· Be prepared to participate as an active ARTworks Team Member
· Basic computer skills to include knowledge of MS office, internet & social media, data entry; page layout & design (in-design, quark, illustrator, photoshop) a plus
· Good keyboard skills
· Legible handwriting
· Good listening/communication skills
· Basic cashier skills
· Good office organization skills

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in New York, NY, Announces 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

March 31, 2012

Two Carolina students win 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – Leah Lierz of Greenville, SC, and Brianna Robinson of Charlotte, NC.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers, today announced the winners of its 2012 competition. Fifteen high school seniors were honored with a Portfolio Gold Award, the highest level of achievement that includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. The graduating seniors who received national Awards are now eligible for $5 million in scholarships from more than 60 colleges, universities and art institutes across the country; other student medalists won cash awards for “Best in Grade” and other special designations.


Photograph by Brianna Robinson. Used with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.


Photograph by Brianna Robinson. Used with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

More than 1,600 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12, representing 48 US states, as well as students in Washington, DC, and American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals. Students’ works were blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the presenting nonprofit of the Awards, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and industry professionals. This year’s list of jurors included David Sedaris, Mary Ellen Mark, Edwidge Danticat, and Roz Chast, among others. Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. The teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards.

This year’s competition attracted more participants than ever before, with over 200,000 submissions in 28 categories, including dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing and science- fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design. 2012 is also a milestone for poets as it marks the inaugural year of the National Student Poets Program, the highest honor for youth poets and open exclusively to winners of the Scholastic Award in poetry. It is presented by the Alliance in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Recipients of the 2012 Portfolio Gold Awards are: Lashanda Anakwah of Bronx, NY; Chelsea Borsack of Oceanside, NY; Haeyeon Cho of Milton, MA; Sarah Devlin of New Orleans, LA; Felipe Di Poi of West Hartford, CT; Emma Goldberg of New York, NY; Leah Lierz of Greenville, SC; Leo Purman of Milwaukee, WI; Brianna Robinson of Charlotte, NC; Drew Shields of Milwaukee, WI; Diane Ward of Brandon, MS; Rosa Wolf of Boise, ID; Elise Wunderlich of Lake Oswego, OR; Batrek Yassa of Jersey City, NJ and Yan Zhang of Omaha, NE.


Photograph by Brianna Robinson. Used with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Additional monetary awards were provided by the AMD Foundation, the New York Life Foundation, Sanford Prismacolor, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation, and the National Constitution Center.

“The 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners have once again proven the broad and brilliant capacity of our nation’s teens to produce exquisite works of art and writing,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “The Awards continues to be the largest source of scholarships and recognition for our nation’s student artists and writers, and our program’s reach only grows as we recruit new partners each year to join us in honoring creative teens and providing the necessary support for them to explore their potential. After meeting these students and viewing their work, you can’t help but feel optimistic and excited about the future of America’s creative leadership.”

This year’s National Celebration of the Awards will kick off in New York City on the night of May 31, 2012, when the top of the Empire State Building will be lit in gold. On June 1, 2012, the national winners will be honored onstage alongside well-known illustrator and Award alumnus Edward Sorel at a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, and to extend the festivities, select Award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan through June 16, 2012. The exhibition and accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design.

Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges, universities and institutes across the country, such as Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Kenyon College, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Carnegie Mellon University, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons The New School for Design, Columbia University, and Yale University. Distinguished alumni include Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Ned Vizzini and Abdi Farah (first-season winner of the Bravo reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist). As the program prepares for its 90th anniversary in 2013, the Alliance is calling all alumni to reconnect and join in the celebration.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, AMD Foundation, Command Web Offset Co., Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The New York Times, Blick Art Materials, Ovation, New York Life, Amazon.com, Bloomberg L.P., the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and additional contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies teenagers with exceptional creative talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years, students have submitted nearly 700,000 pieces of work and over $25 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase the range of scholarship and award opportunities. With the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets, which selects five students exclusively from current Scholastic Art & Writing Award poetry winners.

More information about the Alliance and its programs can be found at (www.artandwriting.org).

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC, Calls for Applications for 2012 Summer Programs and More

November 15, 2011

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH), in Greenville, SC, is currently accepting applications for the 2012 summer programs and the 2012/2013 academic high school year. Deadline for applications is Jan. 6, 2012.

This public residential high school in downtown Greenville, overlooking Falls Park, provides a once in a lifetime arts experience to South Carolina students. The 2012/13 high school program offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in one of five arts areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts. Summer programs are offered in each of the art areas.

Education here takes on a different meaning, where academics are just as challenging as the art in which students study. Students have an opportunity to learn with the best faculty and take the next steps in their artistic and/or academic careers. Academic instructors all have attained Masters and/or Doctorate degrees. Artistic faculty members are active in their disciplines led by a collection of distinguished Department Chairs: award-winning, published author Scott Gould, world-renowned dance master Stanislav Issaev, nationally accomplished actor/director Daniel Murray, experienced conductor/musician Dr. David Hamilton, and successful artist/sculptor Joe Thompson.

Students with a passion for art become better artists and students in this place. This public residential high school has the third highest SAT scores in South Carolina. They are ranked in the top 1% in academics for public schools, according to Newsweek. The 2011 graduating class accumulated approximately $20M in scholarship offers.

The high school accepts applications in any art area from current high school sophomores.

Exceptions to the above statement:
Music: In addition to sophomores, high school juniors may apply and audition to attend the Music program during their senior year. Applicants must exhibit an advanced level of training that would allow them to thrive within a rigorous music program. The Music Department will consider current freshman students as Early Admission applicants for three years of study.

Dance: Students interested in the Dance program may apply as Freshman, Sophomore or Juniors to attend the High School.

Summer programs include:
Discovery – A two-week program in Creative Writing, Drama, Music or Visual Arts for rising 9th graders. Apply in the 8th grade.

Academy – A two-week program in Creative Writing, Drama, Music or Visual Arts for rising 10th grade students. Apply in the 9th grade.

Summer Dance – A five-week program in ballet and modern dance for rising 7th through 12th graders. Apply in grades 6-11.

Applications are available online at (www.scgsah.org/section/admissions). To have an application mailed to you, contact the Office of Enrollment and Outreach by calling 864/282-3713 or e-mail to (admissions@scgsah.state.sc.us).

All applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 6, 2012 or by Thursday, December 1, 2011 to benefit from the offer to apply without an application fee.

Regional auditions will be held in February 2012. The locations and dates are as follows:

Charleston: Saturday, February 4, 2012, College of Charleston
Greenville: Saturday, February 11, 2012, Governor’s School Campus
Columbia: Saturday, February 18, 2012, Columbia College

For more information, contact the Office of Enrollment and Outreach at 864/282-3713

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school located in Greenville, South Carolina, providing a unique arts and academic education to the state’s emerging artists. Young artists, usually in 11th or 12th grade, study creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts during the academic year and rising 9th and 10th grade students attend summer programs in these areas, with summer dance programs open to rising 7th through 12th grade students.

For more information, visit (www.scgsah.org) or call 864/282-3713.

SC Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, Calls for Nominations for 2012 Verner Awards – Deadline Dec. 15, 2011

October 25, 2011

The narrow-minded folks at the SC Arts Commission didn’t send us this info to forward on to you, but we got it third-hand and here it is.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online. Nominations are due by Dec. 15, 2011.

The awards, the state’s highest honor in the arts, are presented to South Carolina businesses, organizations and individuals for their achievement or contributions to the advancement of the arts. Nominations can be made in the following categories:

Arts in Education: open to S.C. individuals and/or institutions whose primary function is arts education.

Organization: open to S.C. organizations who contribute to the advancement and/or support of the arts. May include: arts discipline organizations, arts councils, arts advocacy groups, guilds, arts departments of organizations, educational institutions, etc.

Government: open to S.C. individuals and/or institutions generally described as a unit of state, local, county or municipal government, or elected/appointed officials.

Business/Foundation: open to S.C. individuals or companies/foundations whose participation, support, and/or contributions have benefited the maintenance and growth of the arts.

Individual: open to S.C. individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and statewide impact through their leadership, support, and advancement of the arts. May include: arts professionals such as managers, administrators; arts supporters such as patrons, promoters, donors, etc.

Individual Artist: open to S.C. artists of exceptional talent and creativity, in any discipline, whose contribution to the arts has helped guide and influence directions, trends and aesthetic practices across the state or to national or international levels.

The SC Arts Commission Board appoints a panel to review all nominations and present recommendations. Awards will be presented during a special ceremony in Columbia this spring. For more information about the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com/verner) or call 803/734-8696.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For more information, visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com) or call 803/734-8696.

South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, Call for Nominations for 2012 Folk Heritage Awards – Deadline Dec. 15, 2011

October 25, 2011

The narrow-minded folks at the SC Arts Commission didn’t send us this info to forward on to you, but we got it third-hand and here it is.

To honor individuals who work to preserve the state’s diverse cultural heritage, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum invite nominations for the 2012 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online. Nominations are due by Dec. 15, 2011.

The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award is presented annually by the South Carolina General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards each year. Nominations are accepted in two categories:

Artists: South Carolina artists who practice art forms that have been passed down through their families and communities and who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping their tradition alive. Past awards have recognized art forms such as basket making, gospel singing, fiddling, pottery and boat building.

Advocates: South Carolina individuals and groups that have worked to further traditional culture in the state. Those who are not traditional artists, but who have provided service that helps to sustain and promote South Carolina traditions, are eligible for the advocacy award.

Created by the legislature in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts, the award was renamed in 1997 in memory of the late Jean Laney Harris, an ardent supporter of the state’s cultural heritage.

For more information about the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, or to submit a nomination, visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com/folkheritage) or contact Julianne Carroll, 803/734-8764, or Saddler Taylor, 803/777-3714.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For more information, visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com) or call 803/734-8696.

Island School Council for the Arts on Hilton Head Island, SC, Names Board of Directors

August 11, 2011

The Island School Council for the Arts on Hilton Head Island, SC, has named its board of directors for fiscal year 2012.

New board members are Cynthia Bolton-Gary, Brucie Holler and Diana Magnan. Board directors are Mira Scott, president, Ann Coffey, Anne Feldman, Ashley Hamilton, Kathy Joslin, Debbie McCandless, Regina Mathieson and Marie Shiroma. Advisory board members are Laurie Clare, Judith Costello, Linda Eigenmann, Anuska Frey, Trish Heichel, April Hobus and Linda Silver.

For more information go to (www.PromisingArtists.org) or call 843/842-5299.

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities in Greenville, SC, Ranked in Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

June 30, 2011

Newsweek announced the Top 500 High Schools in the nation and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities (SCGSAH) was ranked 105th.

Newsweek compiled the 2011 list after reaching out to administrators, principals, guidance counselors, and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate coordinators at more than 10,000 public high schools nationwide. In order to be considered for the list, each school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2009-2010 academic year. In total, more than 1,100 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 500 high schools.

Derived from a panel of experts, the rankings are to reflect a school’s success in developing college-ready and life-ready students.

Newsweek’s panel based its ranking on six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%).

“This exceptional recognition demonstrates that South Carolina’s young artists can compete nationally at the highest level in both their academics and artistic endeavors,” says Dr. Bruce Halverson, President of SCGSAH.

Three additional schools for South Carolina were ranked: SC School for Science & Math in Hartsville, SC, Academic Magnet in North Charleston, SC, and Dutch Fork in Irmo, SC.

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school located in Greenville, South Carolina, providing a unique arts and academic education to the state’s emerging artists. Young artists, usually in 11th or 12th grade, study creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts during the academic year and rising 9th and 10th grade students attend summer programs in these areas, with summer dance programs open to rising 7th through 12th grade students.

For more information, visit (www.scgsah.org) or call 864/282-3713.

Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC, Gears Up for Fifth Anniversary – Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

December 11, 2010

It might seem a little early for this info, but they sent it so we will dish it up.

The fifth annual Indie Grits Film Festival, a juried film competition that focuses on empowering all levels of Southern filmmakers with an independent mentality and far-reaching artistic scope, will take place April 13-17, 2011 in Columbia, SC.

“We were tired of films filled with caricatured rednecks and trailer parks so we created Indie Grits to showcase the exciting new work coming out of the Southeast. We embrace films and filmmakers from the fringes of the indie and experimental world, those who appreciate DIY filmmaking for what it is rather than thinking of it as a stepping stone to bigger filmmaking,” says Andy Smith, Indie Grits festival director. “Last year over 1,600 people attended Indie Grits films and programs, and we are really happy this is growing into such a regional event.”

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Indie Grits, the festival will feature several new exciting events, including famed filmmaker Helen Hill’s final work, The Florestine Dresses. Hill, a native of Columbia, was making this film when she was killed in her home in New Orleans in 2006. Hill’s husband, Paul Gailiunas, has been working to finish the film for several years, and the film will debut at Indie Grits.

In addition to a slate of experimental, feature-length, short and feature-length films, this year’s Indie Grits will also feature Crafty Feast on Saturday, April 16, as well as collaboration with Slow Food for a tasting event featuring several local chefs on Wednesday, April 13. Of course, there will also be several after-parties featuring local musicians at several venues around town, including a Toro y Moi performance. More screening details will come after all the films are collected following progressive deadlines this winter.

For further information visit (www.indiegrits.com). You can follow then on the Indie Grits Blog at (http://www.indiegrits.com/blog/).

Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and; the Sea Islands in Beaufort, SC, Presents Lowcountry Mardi Gras – Jan. 29, 2011

December 9, 2010

The Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal & the Sea Islands will present Mardi Gras Beaufort on Jan. 29, 2011, at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center in Beaufort, SC.

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler for the Arts! It’s the most fun you’ll ever have at a fundraiser!

Performing again this year will be Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, direct from New Orleans. Dwayne is the youngest son of the late Rockin’ Dopsie, King of Zydeco. He brings down the house at every concert.

The event will feature dinner, dancing, silent auction, festive attire, and a parade of surprises.

Tickets BEFORE 12/15/10 are $60 per person or Reserve a Table of 8 to share with your friends or co-workers at $480. Tickets AFTER 12/15/10 are $75 per person or Reserve a Table of 8 at $600.

ARTworks is located at 2127 Boundary St., near K-Mart, in the Beaufort Town Center in Beaufort.

For further information or to reserve tickets call 843/379-2787 or visit (www.beaufortcountyarts.com).