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Youth Art Month Banner Project on Display in York County, SC

February 7, 2015

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The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover, in SC, are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project.  This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, SC. This year, 240 designs were submitted by 24 schools. Of those 240 designs, 96 were selected, resulting in 48 banners.

In its 8th year, the Banner Project remains an important program that instills pride in community, and highlights the importance of public art.  This project impacts more than 500 students from all over the county with the creation of the designs that are submitted to Arts Council. Once approved, the designs are transformed onto the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights.”  The banners will be on display from February 21 through March 13, 2015.

The Arts Council, York County’s school districts and city governments recognize the value of public art for student engagement. This project is a great example of bringing new ideas from the classroom to the community, stimulating communities and preparing youth for tomorrow’s challenges. A study conducted by Americans for the Arts states that “young people who participate regularly in the arts, three hours a day on three days each week through one full year, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Small Arts Grants – Deadline Mar. 1, 2015

February 7, 2015

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Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County, SC. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5pm on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015.

The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Previous grant recipients include Carolina Crown (music), Simply Creative Works (No Fear For Freedom: the musical) Carolinas Wind Orchestra (music), Culture & Heritage Museums (art exhibit), Doris Ezell-Schmitz  (poet), Saluda Trail Middle School (photography), WFBK (music), and the York County Choral Society (music).

The Arts Council awarded a total of $4,500 to projects occurring during our January – March 2015 granting period. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.  Applications for the April – June 2015 granting period are due by Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5 PM.  Information and applications are available at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The Arts Council’s offices are closed the first, third (and fifth) weekends each month. Should the deadline fall on a weekend, grant applications must be submitted by 5pm the Friday before. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date.

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.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Youth Art Month Banner Project on Display in York County, SC

March 4, 2013

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The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover, in SC, are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project. This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, South Carolina. This year, there were 156 designs from 39 schools, resulting in 78 banners.

More than 1,000 students from all over the county create designs that are submitted to the Arts Council. Once the designs are approved, they are transformed into the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme was “Performing Arts.”  The banners will be on display through Mar, 17, 2013.

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.

Marie Cheek, Associate Professor of Art and Dalton Gallery Director at Clinton Junior College, is an artist-in-residence for the project. Cheek worked with Art After School students to create three large banners that hang in Historic Downtown York.

Arts Council of York County’s board member and former art teacher at Clover Middle School, James Wells stresses the importance of bringing student artwork to the public’s eye. “Typically, students’ artwork is confined to the walls/display cases of their school, parents’ refrigerators, or at their grandparents’ homes. With the banner project, the community is able to see the wonderful work and experience the beauty that art brings to the area.”

Official Sponsors of The Banner Project are Springs Creative, and Derick and Elliott Close. The Contributing Sponsors are Advantage Signs and Old Town Association.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

2012 York County (SC) Ag + Art Tour Takes Place – June 9 and 10, 2012

May 21, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 York County Ag + Art Tour, a free self-guided tour of York County Farms and Artisans. During this weekend-long event, held June 9 & 10, 2012, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life.

How to Enjoy The Ag + Art Tour

Step 1: Choose several tour sites to visit, by visiting (http://agandarttour.com/) being aware that you might not be able to see everything in one day. Pick up your Tour Passport Guide at your first tour stop. Also, be sure to check out our schedule of events to see what is happening during the weekend!

Step 2: Load up your car with your friends and family and begin your tour! Bring a cooler and pick up some fresh veggies, let your kids enjoy a hay-ride and barnyard animals, watch our artists in action and enjoy a day in the country!

Step 3: At each tour site be sure to visit our Ag + Art Tour Information booth to get the visit log card located in the back of your guide stamped. At your last tour stop be sure to provide your contact information on the tour log card and enter it into a prize drawing!

Step 4: Stay in touch and support local! Use this passport as your year-long guide to find locally grown food and handmade items throughout York County.

+ From Barns to Bedcovers

“From Barns to Bedcovers” is a self guided, free porch tour through the quaint, historic district of York, SC. Visitors will see quilted items on display ranging from utilitarian quilts, pillows, samplers, etc, to pieces of art truly indicative of what quilting has become today.

The quilt tour is being held in cooperation with the York County Quilters and in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour June 9 and 10. Porches on the tour will be marked with a yard sign and maps will be available at each of the locations.

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For further info and details visit (http://agandarttour.com/).


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