Issue I   |  February 2018

In this NEW quarterly newsletter, you will get arts education updates from Palmetto State Arts Education, as well as our partner organizations, the SC Arts Commission, SC Arts Alliance, and SC State Department of Education Be sure to subscribe to stay in the know about all things arts education in South Carolina!
Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients!
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SC School of Excellence in Arts Education Award
O.P. Earle Elementary School
Brian E. Murray, Principal
Spartanburg District One
Inman, SC

PSAE Arts Administrator of the Year
Tonya Fryer
Principal, Saluda River Academy for the Arts
West Columbia, SC

The Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award
Susan Woodham
Dance Educator, Pine Street Elementary
Spartanburg, SC

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 PSAE Awards. Why not submit an outstanding educator or school for consideration?

Nomination deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018.

Rising Stars on the Horizon
Help us Celebrate Our Artistically Gifted Young People!

PSAE is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series. In its 10th year, the series gives young artists the opportunity to participate in the high profile venue of Spoleto USA through its affiliation with Piccolo Spoleto.

Who is eligible?
  • Students between the ages of 9 and 18 who are not full-time college students
  • Students who are visual artists, actors, dancers, creative writers, and musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists)
Rising Stars is a series of six programs. Each program will feature 5-7 young artists and/or ensembles in a conversation and performance format. The programs will receive special recognition and be listed in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival program. All programs are presented at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church across from Marion Square on King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston.

Application deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

Call for Proposals - 2018 Arts Integration Conference

PSAE Annual Arts Integration Conference
October 15-16, 2018
Charleston, SC

We want you to propose a session or a workshop!

How do we as educators and administrators empower our students to question, to explore, and to become the creative innovators that the future will need? The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate sets out goals of where students should be as they leave high school, but how do we ensure they get there?

On October 15-16, 2018, PSAE will host a two-day conference to help educators and administrators meet this challenge. In its 16th year, this annual conference offers a wealth of opportunities for potential sessions and workshops that explore innovative strategies to nurture inquiry, prepare for inventiveness, and stimulate creativity in today's classrooms.

Some of the Strands included are:
  • Arts integration
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Media and Technology
  • Design
NEW this year: PSAE will recognize up to 12 proposals that best embody the theme of Innovation with 1/2 price conference registration!

Session length is 50 minutes.  110-minute slots are available but must be approved by the PSAE Conference Chair. For more information, inquire via email .

Proposal deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018

Please note PSAE is unable to compensate or pay expenses of registration fees for presenters or others whose proposals are accepted.

This conference will bring together the innovative, the informative, and the inquisitive to network, share, learn, and recognize excellence.

South Carolina Arts Commission
The beginning of the year has been a busy time at the SC Arts Commission, with Arts Education and Operating Support grants due in January and February. Although the deadline for the Arts Education Projects (AEP) grant has passed, schools should be reminded that the Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) grant has a rolling deadline and applications can be submitted any time up to 6 weeks before the activity you're requesting funds for occurs. New to the TSI grant this year, Title 1 schools DO NOT have to provide a match for this grant!

On the legislative front, the Arts Commission has requested an additional $500,000 from the General Assembly in EIA (Education Improvement Act) funds. If funded, this will support current programs (such as Arts in Basic Curriculum Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Pilot Projects) as well as two new initiatives: A Technology and Arts grant will increase access to technology for arts classrooms and a Shared Rural District Coordinator grant will be developed to help rural districts ensure quality arts education is delivered in every classroom and provide professional development to support teachers in rural areas. Read below to learn how to become a member of the SC Arts Alliance and receive updates on legislative action you can take to help support these initiatives.

Ashley Kerns Brown
Arts Education Director
SC Arts Commission
1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201

South Carolina Arts Alliance
For years, the SC Arts Alliance has hosted SC Arts Advocacy Day at the Statehouse, but holding one event in one location means many advocates are not able to participate. So this year, the SCAA has launched Arts Advocacy Week to help every advocate find an opportunity to take action in support of the arts! The annual Rally at the Statehouse and Legislative Luncheon in Columbia will take place during Advocacy Week, plus some toolkits have been created to help you take action in your own community!

Advocacy Week is driven by advocates - we're depending on you to raise your voice for the arts in your communities and schools.

Become a free member of the SCAA and receive advocacy updates and more by clicking here!

George Patrick "GP" McLeer
Executive Director
SC Arts Alliance
315 N. Main St.
Fountain Inn, SC 29644

South Carolina Department of Education
This has been an exciting year for Arts Education in South Carolina! Thanks to a dedicated team of arts educators from across our state, we revised our state visual and performing arts standards.  On June 13th, 2017 our new 2017 South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency was approved by our State Board of Education. We have outlined standards for Design in our new standards.  We are the first state in the country to have stand-alone Design Standards.  We started this school year as the bridge year for standards implementation.  August 2018 will mark the full implementation year.  To prepare for the implementation of our new standards, regional professional learning opportunities have provided arts educators with the tools they need to feel confident implementing our new state visual and performing arts standards. To find out more about upcoming professional learning opportunities in your area visit the SCDE website for information.
The Arts Curricular Innovation Grant RFPs have been released.  The deadline to apply for these grants is in April. To access more information about the Innovative Arts Works Grant (IAW) and the Distinguished Arts Programs Grant (DAP), visit the Grant Opportunities Website for the most current information. 
The South Carolina Arts Assessment Program in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Education have been working together to revise our fourth grade Arts Assessment based on our new state standards.  Visual Art and Music teachers are working to align test questions and the performance tasks to our new proficiency based standards.  We look forward to the release of this new assessment tool as a way to provide arts educators with data concerning their school arts programs.  

Carrie Ann Power
Education Associate for Visual and Performing Arts
SC Department of Education
1429 Senate St., Room 607-B
Columbia, SC 29201

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