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A Message from our Chair
Welcome to Arts Ed Thread, PSAE’s quarterly newsletter. I am incredibly honored to begin my term as chair of this vital organization, but never thought I would do so in the midst of a pandemic that so greatly impacts arts education in schools across our state. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  In the face of our current challenge, let us grow in creativity and problem solving so we may stand providing learning in and through the arts for all students in our state.  

Now more than ever, teachers are stretched thin when it comes to our most valuable resource: time. So PSAE is here to help. Our team is ready to spend our time scouring the field to bring you valuable resources, while you can focus on your day-to-day responsibilities of teaching. So when, each quarter, this newsletter arrives in your inbox, you can rest assured we’ll be bringing you the best in research, tools, and information. Our goal is to offer you inspiration and ideas to make a positive impact on your practice. 
Joshua Powell
Chair, Palmetto State Arts Education
Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, Anderson School District 5
Visual Art & Yearbook Coordinator, Southwood Academy of the Arts
Joint Arts Administrators Institute
Strategies for Arts Teachers Recruitment and Retention - Virtual and In-Person

On Feb. 10, PSAE is hosting two sessions focusing on Strategies for Arts Teacher Recruitment and Retention. The morning session will generally look at the issue from a principal’s perspective, and the afternoon will do so from that of a district arts coordinator. As the sessions are designed to be participant-driven, we ask that everyone come prepared to share up to 3 strategies for teaching recruitment and retention they have used in the past.  

Focus: Virtual and In-Person Strategies for Arts Teacher Recruitment and Retention
When: Wednesday, Feb 10*
Arts School Principals: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Arts Coordinators: 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: 10 a.m. Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 930 9249 7154 - Passcode: 905349)
1 p.m. Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 992 7403 6141 - Passcode: 175271) 

Be sure to join us on Feb 10th to network and share with your fellow administrators as we dive into Virtual and In-Person Strategies for Arts Teacher Recruitment and Retention!

*Principals and Arts Coordinators are free to join either of the two sessions.
Help Us Celebrate Our Young Artists!
Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto
PSAE is accepting applications for the 13th year of its Rising Stars Series. Help us celebrate our actors, dancers, creative writers, musicians and visual artists by helping them apply for the opportunity to be recognized as a part of this esteemed series. Please note that plans are being developed to prepare for COVID contingencies.
Congratulations to PSAE's 2020 Award Recipients!
The South Carolina STEAM School of Excellence
Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School (Greenville)
Jeremie Smith, Principal
The South Carolina School of Excellence in Arts Education
H.E. Bonner Elementary School (Moncks Corner)
Melissa Willis, Principal
Arts Administrator of the Year
Brett Vaughn, Principal
Stone Academy of Communication Arts, Greenville
Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award
Kellianne Floyd, Dance Specialist
Spartanburg School District One, Spartanburg
Advocate for your school, administrators, and supporters with PSAE awards!
South Carolina Arts Commission
Arts Teacher Support Grant
SCAC’s Arts Teacher Support grant is currently open for applications! This grant supports innovation in arts classrooms by providing arts teachers at K-12 public, private, or charter schools access to one-time funding for professional development and/or classroom supplies, materials, and equipment.
Grants up to $1,200 are available for projects/purchases occurring by May 15, 2021. For schools that qualify for Title 1 funds, there is no match requirement! For all other schools there is a 1:2 match (grantee:SCAC), which means that the Commission will cover two-thirds of total expenses. Schools that are current recipients of SCAC’s ABC Advancement grant are ineligible to apply.
You can find more details about the Arts Teacher Support grant here, and if you have questions about the guidelines or application process, please contact me by email at cntube@arts.sc.gov.
Catherine Ntube
Specialist for Arts Organizations and Education
South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St, Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8694
South Carolina Arts Alliance
Arts Advocacy Week - February 15-19!
Join us for our first virtual Arts Advocacy Week starting February 15! Tune in to new webinars focused on the nuts and bolts of the Statehouse, arts education highlights, conversations with arts leaders, and some fun content. All digital content is free! And you can donate $50 before February 5 and receive a free “Home Advocacy Kit” mailed to your house before it all begins!
Advocacy Update

You can view our Issue Briefs on all of the arts requests at the statehouse at the link below!
George Patrick "GP" McLeer
Executive Director
SC Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 865
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
ABC Updates
What a year! On March 5, 2020 ABC Project unveiled its strategic goals for ABC Schools and ABC Network as a result of an 18 month restructuring process. And we haven’t been the same since.

First, a new ABC School Certification program launched. Moving forward, the designation of being an ABC School would be earned through a certification process based on practices, not on a grant application. ABC Certified Schools continue to receive ABC Advancement Grant funds from the SC Arts Commission. 
Second, we have redefined the ABC Network as an open community, driven by the belief that all SC students deserve equitable access to quality arts education. To serve this community, ABC Project invested in the creation of the ABC Mobile App! The app is completely free and available for both Apple and Android devices. You can join groups, receive notices and updates on upcoming opportunities, or post comments, questions, etc. Join today and be a part of the community. 

To learn more about the ABC Certified Schools program, download the ABC Certified School Guidelines and Application. For assistance to download and use the ABC App, download the ABC Mobile App, visit our website.

ABC Project also partnered with PSAE, SCMEA, SCAEA, SCDA and SCTA to create a one-stop-shop for arts in education professional development through Insight, a collaborative, virtual conference. To date, ABC Project alone has contributed over 20 pieces of content which can be found in PSAE and SCAEA conferences, the SC Arts Higher Education Forum and ABC “on-demand”... with more to come. While you might not have had the time or energy to attend in person, this is a great resource for summer PD!

Finally, our small staff of three wishes to recognize and thank the tireless efforts made by each and everyone in education over the last year. We are grateful for you. 
Kim Wilson
ABC Project Director
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
105 McLaurin Hall, Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Governor's School offers free arts teacher resources in response to COVID-19
COVID-19 has forced us all to think differently about how we reach students and provide engaging educational experiences while keeping everyone safe. For the Governor’s School’s Office of Outreach, this meant completely pivoting our operations from providing in-classroom workshops, guest artist visits, and field trips to our campus to something virtual, yet tangible, that would still support arts teachers and engage students.
This past fall, we launched a series of free teacher resources that provide virtual and backpack style projects focusing on the four artistic processes—Create, Perform/ Present, Respond, Connect—following the theme “You Have a Story. Learn How to Share It.” Resource activities include creative writing prompts, interviews with professional artists, foundation-level drawing activities, using pantomime in dance, and more.
We appreciate the positive teacher feedback we have received and are committed to continue through the spring semester! If you would like to learn about our current offerings, visit our website at scgsah.org/outreach. To be the first to learn about new resources we will be launching in the coming months, sign up for the Outreach Newsletter.
Do you know an artistically talented student who may be interested in the Governor's School?

While our initial admissions application deadline has passed, we will be accepting applications for our residential high school and summer programs until all spots are filled. Any South Carolina student in grades 6-10 can apply. Our high school program is tuition free, and financial assistance is available for all programs. Students can apply online at SCGSAH.org.
Carol Baker
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement
SC Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities
15 University St.
Greenville, SC 29601
Arts Access South Carolina
2020 was a year like no other for AASC! But our teaching artists made the pivot to virtual settings and were able to continue satisfying collaborations between educators, and students across the state! We want to start the year as strong as we finished it, providing opportunities for empowerment and enrichment through the arts. 
Pieces of Peace collaboration with Borderless Art Tennessee

AASC was invited to participate in a project called Pieces of Peace by our colleagues from Borderless Arts Tennessee (formerly VSA Tennessee).
Borderless Arts TN contracted an artist to create digital art resembling a postcard. The 28 photos represented the 28th anniversary of International Day of People with Disabilities. Borderless Arts sent the finished piece of art to the United Nations, the US State Department and the Kennedy Family.
AASC Master Teaching Artist, Carter Boucher was selected to participate on behalf of the organization. The image submitted is from a mural he completed with students at the SC School for The Deaf and The Blind.
For more information about the project and participants visit, borderlessartstn.org.
ADA30 Countdown

In June 2020, AASC presented a 30 day countdown leading up to the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. National, Regional and Statewide Partners in the Arts came together to engage in our countdown via video testimonials, related content and historical information to celebrate 30 years of ADA. The countdown took place on the AASC Facebook page and you can go here to review: https://www.facebook.com/artsaccessSC
New Partners

AASC welcomes new partners in 2020 for Hybrid / Virtual Learning: Aiken Center for the Arts; Fairfield Elementary School; Darlington County Schools: Spaulding Elementary School; Rosenwald Elementary & Middle Schools; and Anderson County Special Needs and Disability Board
Call for Residency Request

In response to the request for contract proposal for the 2020-2021 VSA Arts Connect All--Workshop/Residency Program, from the Kennedy Center’s Arts Accessibility /VSA Program, ARTS ACCESS South Carolina was offered a contract in the amount of $14,650.00 to deliver services to students who quality for special education in South Carolina on behalf of the Kennedy Center. Classes can be inclusive or self-contained. Interested schools/educators must contact Executive Director, Julia M Brown-DuBose at 803.734.0445 or e-mail JBrown@arts.sc.gov.
Julia Brown-DuBose
Executive Director
Arts Access South Carolina
c/o SC Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St., Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201