Issue IX  |  January 2020
PSAE is busy working for you and your students! Here are some deadlines you don't want to miss:
Feb 5 - Joint Arts Administrators Institute Deep Dive - Music
Feb 15 - Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto application
April 24 - PSAE Awards application
May 1 - 2020 Arts Integration Conference Insight RFP

More information about each of these programs can be found below. Thank you for your support of PSAE!   

Eve Walling Wohlford
Executive Director
Palmetto State Arts Education
2017 Briarwood Road
Greenwood, SC 29646

February 5th - The Joint Arts Administrators Institute is diving into Music!
Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC

Join us on Wednesday, February 5th as we take a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of teaching Music. We will examine what it takes to have successful Music programs, and spend some time reviewing the SC Opportunity to Learn standards for Music. If you supervise Music educators, you want to be part of this conversation!

And as an added bonus, the Columbia Museum has invited all attendees to a Preview Program event to learn about what they have to offer educators. So, plan to enjoy the wine and nibbles and take a look at CMA as a great resource for schools. To learn more, click here.

Be sure to mark June 17-18, when the 2019-2020 JAAI instate will wrap up for the year with a 2-day session at the Peace Center (Greenville, SC) where we will focus on assessing teaching and best practices in the arts.

Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto 2020
Help Us Celebrate Our Young Artists!

PSAE is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series. In its 12th year, the series gives young artists the opportunity to participate in the high profile venue of Spoleto USA Festival through its affiliation with Piccolo Spoleto.

Visit our website for eligibility requirements and more information about the Rising Stars Program.

Application deadline: February 15, 2020.


Awards for your school, administrators, and supporters with PSAE Awards
Sheka Houston, principal of New Ellenton Middle STEAM Magnet School, this year's recipient of SC STEAM School of Excellence with PSAE Chair Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby
Awards Available:
  • Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award 
  • SC Arts Administrator of the Year Award 
  • SC School of Excellence in Arts Integration Award 
  • SC STEAM School of Excellence Award  

Nominations are due April 24, 2020.


Call for Proposals - 2020 Arts Integration Conference
PSAE Annual Arts Integration Conference
October 11-13, 2020
Spartanburg, SC

What INSIGHT do you have that others can benefit from? What experiences allowed you to grow as an educator? What are they best things you do in arts education? Others will benefit from your INSIGHT.

Share your insight and propose a session or a workshop! PSAE will recognize up to 12 proposals that best embody the theme with 1/2 price conference registration. 

Session length is 60 minutes. 120 -minute slots are available but must be approved by the PSAE Conference Chair. For more information,  inquire via email .

Proposal deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

Please note: PSAE is unable to compensate or pay expenses or 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.
scacSouth Carolina Arts Commission
School Arts Materials Grant
The South Carolina Arts Commission has announced the School Arts Materials (SAM) grant, a new (one time only) grant available to K-12 public, private, or charter schools in South Carolina.

This grant will fund up to $7,500 in one-time money for materials, supplies, and equipment needed to provide quality arts education. This grant requires a low 1:3 match (for example, if the total project cost is $10,000, the applicant may request $7,500 and must provide the remaining $2,500 from other sources). Schools that qualify for Title 1 funding require NO match! Priority may be given to certain schools.

The SAM grant will fund projects occurring between Jan. 2-May 1, 2020 (meaning, your project MUST be completed by May 1, 2020). The application is live now and will remain open through Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. See the grant guidelines for additional information.

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

South Carolina Arts Alliance
SC Arts Summit + Advocacy Day | February 12-13
This year, $5 million in arts funding is at stake at the Statehouse. Join us February 12-13 for the first-ever SC Arts Summit and learn about the issues facing the arts, participate in the Arts Commission's long range planning process, network, and make the case case for the arts with the Legislature. Registration is now open, and there are flexible rates for attendees.

Register Here >>

Arts Advocacy Week | February 10-14
Raise your voice for the arts during Arts Advocacy Week at home, at the Statehouse, or even in your classroom. Be sure to become a FREE member of the SC Arts Alliance by clicking here and you'll receive daily updates during Advocacy Week, giving you the tools you need to take action in your community. 

Click Here for Details >>

National Arts Advocacy Day | March 30-31
Join the SCAA and other SC arts advocates as we meet with our state's Congressional representatives on national issues facing the arts. Register with Americans for the Arts at the link below!

More Info >>

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

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project
Be sure to visit Arts in Basic Curriculum Project Facebook Page on February 11, 2020.
In support of the 2020 SC Arts Advocacy week, ABC Sites across SC will host Facebook Live! Events to share their advocacy stories and promote the value of arts education. ABC Project will share events as they are completed so that all appear on our page.

Please visit our page periodically throughout the day to share, like and comment on the posts. The power of advocacy is in numbers, so helps us build momentum and spread the message. Let's go viral!

2020 SC Arts Higher Education Forum focused on creativity and innovation!
Quality arts education is a result of quality arts educators. For this reason, ABC Project annually hosts the SC Arts Higher Education Forum to consider issues that impact the systematic continuum of arts education.

This year's theme was on creativity and innovation in the educational and classroom setting. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Ron Beghetto provided practical frameworks to promote and nurture creativity thinking in ourselves and our students. The day's agenda included model classroom demonstrations that intentionally implement creativity-fostering practices and panel discussions to share the innovative work among organizations and programs. We wish to thank all of our presenters who contributed to a positive and powerful day of learning.

Be sure to join us next year on Jan 22, 2021 at Columbia College.

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

New Arts Teacher Training Program in the Work
Thanks to a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Governor's School is creating a professional development program for arts teachers in the Pee Dee region. Select elementary, middle, and high school arts teachers will have the opportunity to receive high-level training in the arts from Governor's School faculty. In March, we are launching a comprehensive needs assessment in Florence, Marion, and Sumter counties to learn more about what kind of professional development would be most useful. If you're an arts teacher, principal, or district level administrator serving these counties, and you'd like to be a part of this needs assessment, please email our Outreach Director Carol Baker at

ASSET stress reduction tool is helping Governor's School students with anxiety
This fall, we implemented a new program into our curriculum called ASSET to help students reduce stress and anxiety as they cope with the emotional challenges of juggling teenage life, high school, and their arts training. Designed by teachers, ASSET provides social and emotional learning (SEL) stress-reduction curriculum based on the tenets of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Positive Self-Talk. While we have incorporated this tool into the classroom, it also helps students with performance and audition anxiety. So far, we are happy to report that we're receiving positive feedback from students.

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 
SC Department of Education Arts Curricular Grant (CLIA Partnership)
AAASC is gearing up for another successful year of partnership with Curriculum Leadership Institute for the Arts (CLIA) in 2020! Funded in part by the SC Department of Education, our third year with CLIA will allow AASC to administer a summer arts institute that provides professional development in arts content to South Carolina arts teachers, classroom teachers, and arts administrators, while receiving master degree credits at the College of Charleston. For more detailed information, contact the CLIA Coordinator, Indira Cureton-Cummings.

2020 VSA International Young Soloist Competition
Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world are honored as a VSA International Young Soloist, with $2,000 and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Musicians are invited to compete as soloists or members of an ensemble in any genre, including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more! Performers on all instruments, including voice, are encouraged to apply. To apply, visit the Kennedy Center website. Application deadline is February 19, 2020.

Artist in School Residencies
Our teaching artists wrapped up the calendar year with well received in school residencies. AASC Master Teaching Artist, Keith Tolen spent valuable time with our partners at United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina in Lexington, SC. AASC Teaching Artist, Bhakti Larry Hough shared his talents through African drumming arts at the Darlington County Intervention School. The students were engaged and enthusiastic about playing the djembe and conga drums along with learning about West African and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA provides Artist in School Residency throughout the School year. Any schools with an interest in programs for students with special education eligibility should contact Executive Director, Julia M. Brown-DuBose, by email or at at 803.734.0445.

For more information about opportunities to support or participate with AASC, visit our website. 

Julia Brown-DuBose
Executive Director
Arts Access South Carolina
c/o SC Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St., Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
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