Issue III   |  August 2018
Innovate! - 2018 Annual Arts Integration Conference
Bigger and Better than Ever!

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

PSAE conference continues to receive rave reviews for its practical and inspiring hands-on sessions, networking opportunities, research-based presentations, and inspirational professional environment.  Whether your school or program is focused on STEAM, project-based learning, arts infusion, or is seeking a new path to deepen student learning, join PSAE for its 16th annual conference, and ignite the creative spark in your team!  

New for 2018!
Pre-conference, Sunday, October 14 

You'll want to join award winning filmmaker and professor Laura Kissel and national media educator Frank Baker as they introduce approaches to the use, study and engagement of media arts, no matter what discipline you teach.  
2:00 - 4:00 pm Space is limited. So be sure to save your seat by signing up when you register for the conference.  

Afterwards, join us at the Cato Center for the Fine Arts for an opening reception from 4:00 to 5:30 pm to celebrate. Open to all conference attendees.  

Off-Site Excursions
Monday, October 15
At the close of sessions on Monday, take a field trip to your choice of 1 of 8 off-site excursions: American College of the Building Arts, Annex Dance Co, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston Jazz Academy, Gibbes Museum, Halsey Institute of Art, PURE Theatre, and SC Aquarium.  For more information, visit our  websiteTransportation will be provided for those sites that aren't in easy walking distance. You can make your choice when you register for the conference.  $20 Fee.

Register Now!
Early bird registration ends September 7, 2018. Register soon to get a great experience for a great rate - see you in Charleston!

Need to find funds to attend?
Arts teachers may apply for a Teacher Standards Implementation Grant from the SC Arts Commission to cover travel, registration, and other costs associated with Professional Learning Opportunities such as the PSAE conference. 
Teachers at Title 1 schools do NOT have to have a match.  Applications need to be submitted at least 6 weeks before the project begins. 

scacSouth Carolina Arts Commission
A new Roster is coming (and you're going to love it)!
Beginning August 2018, the Roster of Approved Artists is being transitioned to the new SC Arts Directory and the SC Arts Commission Teaching Artist Certification. Detailed information, and an FAQ about this process, is available on  our website. Starting September 24, the application form to apply to be considered for the Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification will be available online (deadline to apply is November 19, 2018). Current Roster artists will be granted courtesy extensions into the new Arts Directory for one year, but still must apply. Full implementation for the new system will take place with fiscal year 2021 Arts in Education grants (guidelines published in fall 2019, deadlines in January 2020, and fiscal year begins July 2020).
The current Roster of Approved Artists will be available as a PDF and an Excel document until this transition occurs. To learn more about this process, please visit our website.

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

South Carolina Arts Alliance
New Podcast Episodes!
Did you know the SC Arts Alliance produces it's own podcast? "The Dive" features interviews with creative professionals from around the state covering a variety of topics in the industry. Our latest episodes released this summer cover two areas that impact arts education. Our "Legislative Update" episode gives you an in-depth look at how the arts fared at the state and federal level the last twelve months. The latest episode, "Teaching Creativity", features Kim Wilson from the ABC Project and focuses on how to use professional development to help teachers in all content areas about creativity.  Click Here to listen to all of our episodes online >>

Advocacy Update
The arts saw a $350,000 increase in General Fund support during the last legislative session, along with a $100,000 increase for arts education. Additionally, the Legislature passed a bill making Marching Band eligible for PE Credit in high school and another bill that streamlined and clarified the selection process for the state's Poet Laureate. At the federal level, over the last twelve months, the National Endowment for the Arts saw a $3 million increase approved by Congress and the President, and currently has another $2 million increase being proposed by Congress.  You can find more information on the Legislative Update episode of our podcast, The Dive>>

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

South Carolina Department of Education
The 2017  South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency were APPROVED for final reading by the State Board of Education on June 13, 2017. 
As a result, the 2018-2019 school year marks the full implementation year of these new standards which can be accessed via the link below.

Crosswalk (Bridge) documents for your arts content area will be posted on the Visual and Performing Arts website soon.  The crosswalks will help you find where the 2010 content can be found in the new 2017 document.

Professional Development
Carrie Ann Power will be offering three regional professional development opportunities this fall for all Visual and Performing Arts Teachers. This professional development series is being offered to provide a deep dive into the NEW 2017 Standards. Regional locations include Greenville, Lexington, and Bluffton. Registration will stay open until August 30th or until a location is full. Limited spaces are available. If interested, please e-mail Carrie Ann Power for the link to register.

Arts Curricular Innovation Grants
Grant Awards for FY19 have been released! New grant award winners for FY19 will be posted on our website in September. We awarded Arts Curricular grant funds to 81 schools and districts this year. Writing an Arts Curricular grant is a great way to get the needed materials and professional development to implement the new  2017 South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. The SCDE provides grant funds to schools and districts that propose arts initiatives that will support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts.  
The new request for proposal (RFP) is released in January every year and deadlines for applications are in April.  If you are interested in writing a grant, watch the SCDE website in late December/early January for the release of the new RFPs.

National Young Arts Foundation
The registration deadline for this program is in October every year.  

How do students apply for US Presidential Scholar in the Arts?  Young Arts, the core program of The National Young Arts Foundation nominates up to 60 candidates for consideration as US Presidential Scholars in the Arts following participation in Young Arts week. Young Arts can be contacted directly for specific questions at 1 800 970 ARTS or via email at .
The registration deadline for this program is in October every year.  

As an Arts Educator, please go online to view the student application process and get familiar with the program prior to next fall.  You may have some students you want to encourage to participate. 

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Watch for the new applications to be posted on the website this fall. 

Best Practices Manuel for Gifted and Talented
The best practices manual for gifted and talented education has been undergoing revisions this past year. The updated manual will contain revised rubrics for the identification of artistically gifted and talented learners. The new format will include a series of documents on best practices in gifted education.  Check for the release of the new Best Practices Manuel to beposted this fall via the SC Dept. of Education website.
Thank you for your commitment to your students and the field of Arts Education. I hope to see you this year at one of the many professional development opportunities being offered in our state.

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

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project
The commitment to Arts Education continues to grow! This year, the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project Network continued to grow as we welcomed six new Sites:
With four new schools from Spartanburg One School District, 
Our network is now 84 ABC Sites strong with the collective impact of providing comprehensive arts education to nearly 171,000 students. This increase in sites and services simply would not be possible without tireless advocacy efforts. For anyone who called, emailed, or petitioned for more support (aka money) for arts education, thank you!

A Higher Education Forum was hosted in June on the University of South Carolina campus. Presentations were provided by Melanie Barton, Director of Education Oversight Committee, Dr. John Layne and Dr. Felicia Harvey from SC Commission on Higher Education, Carrie Ann Power from the SC Department of Education and Jane Turner from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement. Topics focused on changes, challenges, and issues facing K-12 education and consequently, the impact to higher education. The thoughtful dialogue among all participants resulted in the creation of a Google Group to maintain momentum for positive action through discussions on pressing issues such as alternative certification and advocacy for the importance of Arts. The next Higher Education Forum will be hosted at Winthrop University on January 25, 2019. If interested in attending next year's forum or participating in the Google Group, please contact the ABC office at 803-323-2451 or

Kim Wilson
Field Services Specialist
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
105 McLaurin Hall, Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733

South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Fall is here, and that means the Governor's School is on the road! The Office of Admissions is gearing up to assist students and their families as they apply for our 2019-2020 academic and summer programs.

Over the next few months, Governor's School Area Representatives and Field Liaisons will be visiting schools, opening campus for  Govie Saturdays, hosting community information sessions, and inviting prospective students to campus for  Open Doors: First Look, our annual Open House.  Students interested in the Governor's School's rigorous, pre-professional arts training programs can call on the Admissions team to assist with the required online application and audition process.

Important Dates
Sept 15, 2018: Summer and residential applications open online at
Oct 13, Oct 14, Nov 4, 2018: Regional Early Dance auditions
Nov 30, 2018: Deadline for automatic fee waiver (completed & received applications)
Jan 5, 2019: Final application deadline (completed and received applications)
Feb 2019: Regional auditions for all art area departments, including summer & residential programs
The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school for emerging artists from across the state who wish to pursue studies in Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts.  Depending on grade level, eligible students can apply for Arts Odyssey (a new summer program), Academy, or the residential high school.   
To schedule a visit with your Area Representative or Field Liaison, or to learn more about our programs or special events, please email
We look forward to working with you, your students, and their families! 

Carol Baker
Coordinator of Outreach
SC Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities
15 University St.
Greenville, SC 29601

PSTA PD is helping to equip, encourage, and empower ABC schools across the state! Thanks to PSTA's partnership with PSAE and our article in the last edition of the Arts Ed Thread, our inbox was flooded with messages requesting engaging, hands-on, relevant professional development. Principals of two ABC schools specifically, New Prospect Elementary and Holly Springs Motlow Elementary, reached out to their Director of Professional Development, Jed Dearybury, requesting a unique, out of the box day of learning for their teachers. After a few planning meetings, #DestinationPD was born. 

Teachers from both schools gathered on Main Street in Downtown Spartanburg where they were led through an "Amazing Race" learning experience that included doughnut decorating, interviewing strangers about their education journey, a random act of kindness, and a trip to the observation deck of the 17th floor of the Denny's corporate office. "It was the best day of professional learning we have ever had!" exclaimed more than one educator. The teams were also tasked with collaborative arts integrated tasks such as movie making, parody writing, and design thinking, as they journeyed down the street. If you would like to know more about this experience or have Mr. Dearybury design a unique arts filled professional development for your school, contact him at We are so thankful that PSTA is providing this free service to the schools of South Carolina!

Jed Dearybury
Director of Professional Development & Communications
Palmetto State Teacher's Association
220 State St.
West Columbia, SC 29169

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