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A Message from our Executive Director
Welcome to the May 2022 issue of Arts Ed Thread. Each issue contains updates from Palmetto State Arts Education along with our partner organizations, to help you stay in the know about all things arts education in South Carolina. Thank you for your interest in PSAE and its partner organizations. We wish you the best as the 2021-2022 school year soon draws to a close!

Eve Walling-Wohlford
Executive Director
Palmetto State Arts Education
One Stop Workshop
What’s free and has over 100 professional learning opportunities to offer? The One Stop Workshop!* With content from a variety of sources such as the SC Music Educators Association, the ABC Project, Marching Arts Education, Palmetto State Arts Education, the Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM, and the SC Art Education Association, the One Stop Workshop provides educators a wide range of topics dealing with arts education, both discipline specific as well as art integration and STEAM related.
Whether you are an arts specialist, or an educator interested in Arts Integration, the One Stop Workshop has sessions for you. It’s all available 24/7 and is free of charge!
*The One Stop Workshop is supported by Arts Grow SC, which is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Department of Education through American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.
For more information, to access or register for the One Stop Workshop,
Joint Arts Administrator's Institute
So Many New Faces in the SC Arts Education Community!
Monday, June 22 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
SC Archives & History, Columbia
Join us on Monday, June 27th, to meet with the new faces from ABC, the SC Arts Commission, and the SC Department of Education. The day will kick off with a panel discussion where we will get to know those new faces and how they envision their role in the South Carolina arts education community. A “speed dating” type of breakout session will immediately follow, where small groups of participants rotate through each of the panelists when they can talk about their specific concerns and needs. After lunch, there will be job specific breakouts tailored to the specific needs of each group.  

Join us for a day dedicated to sharing, networking, and connecting!
Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto 2022
Join the Celebration!
May 30 - June 11
On Monday, May 30, PSAE will host the opening performance of the 2022 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series. In its 14th year, the series will showcase young actors, dancers, musicians, writers and visual artists in the high-profile venue of Spoleto Festival USA through its affiliation with Piccolo Spoleto.
A series of six programs, each program will feature young artists and/or ensembles in a conversation and performance format. All programs are presented at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church across from Marion Square on King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston at 4 PM.

Tickets may be purchased for $10.00 either online or at the door. Click the button below to see the schedule for each program.
PSAE Awards
Acknowledge outstanding achievement and innovation in arts education. Help us recognize those deserving schools and individuals for one of PSAE’s awards!

  • 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
 Nomination deadline: August 12, 2022
PSAE Arts Integration Conference - Submit a Proposal!
Connecting through Creativity
2022 Annual Arts Integration Conference

Columbia, SC
October 10-11, 2022

What does Connecting through Creativity look like? What Connections do you have that others can benefit from? What experiences have allowed you to grow by Connecting through Creativity
Submit a Proposal
Share your ideas and experience and propose a session or workshop! Sessions are 60 minutes. 120-minute slots are available but must be approved by PSAE Conference Chair.

PSAE will recognize up to 12 proposals that best embody the theme with ½ price conference registration. Note: PSAE is unable to compensate or pay expenses or registration fees for presenters or others whose proposals are accepted.  

Proposal Deadline has been extended until July 15, 2022

Registration will open May 16, 2022.

Bringing together the innovative, the informative, and the inquisitive to network, share, learn, and recognize excellence. 
South Carolina Arts Commission
For Schools
School Arts Support Grant - Coming July 2022
The purpose of the NEW School Arts Support (SAS) grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to support arts integration and to address learning loss in the arts due to the pandemic. Unlike the Arts Teacher Support Grant (ATS), this grant category is also open to non-arts teachers who are interested in exploring arts integration into their classrooms. The SAS grant can also support school wide initiatives/projects that promote arts integration, innovation and address learning loss in the arts. Full guidelines and application will be available in July. Questions? Contact Amanda Noyes, K-12 Education Coordinator.
For Teaching Artists
Professional Development Webinar Series

SCAC recently hosted two webinars for current and aspiring teaching artists entitled “The Business of Being a Teaching Artist." Jef Lambdin, a seasoned and practicing teaching artist, shared tips for success in two two-day installments - "The Nuts and Bolts to Grow Your Business" and "Teaching Artistry and the SC Educational Standards," You can view all four recorded webinars on the SCAC Arts Commission YouTube Page.

Don't forget to sign up for the Arts Grow SC newsletter at artsgrowsc.org!
Kimberly Washburn-Motte
Arts Learning Director
South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St, Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8694
Amanda Noyes
K-12 Arts Education Coordinator
South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St, Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8675
South Carolina Arts Alliance
Legislative Update
As we enter the last two weeks of the regular Legislative session, there are two items to update advocates on:
  1. SC Senate Adopts Arts Increase: Smaller than the House version, but Senate adopts increase in arts funding. Read more…
  2. Proof of Vaccination Not Required: Governor signs law banning practice of requiring vaccination for entry for most groups. Read more...
A Special Announcement from SC Arts Alliance Executive Director, GP McLeer

Eleven years ago, while attending my first-ever National Arts Advocacy Day in DC as the Executive Director of the Mauldin Cultural Center, I sat down to dinner with members of the board of the SC Arts Alliance. I met Betty Plumb at that dinner, the SC Arts Alliance’s long-serving Executive Director. I found their work interesting, exciting, and something I wanted to be a part of.

Two months later, in May of 2011, I was asked to join the board. Five years later, I became Executive Director.

Today though, I bid a fond farewell.

After six years of service as Executive Director, and five years before then as a member of the Board, I announce my departure from the SC Arts Alliance. My last official day will be May 15, 2022.
George Patrick "GP" McLeer
Executive Director
SC Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 865
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
Congratulations to 19 Re-Certified ABC Schools!
ABC Project completed the second cycle of the newly implemented ABC School Certification process. ABC School Certification is a three-year designation that schools must reapply for in order to maintain their certification. This spring 19 schools were recertified as an ABC School. Each of these schools share in the belief that the Arts are an essential component in the Basic Curriculum and are central to student development achieved through making connections, inspiring creativity, and defining culture.
For more information on the ABC Certification Process, visit the School Certification & Grant Management page on the ABC website. We are so excited to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of these 19 schools with you. Click below to watch our celebration video featuring each of the 2021-22 ABC Certified Schools!
Kelly Hall
Program 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
Free Professional Development
Join us on our campus June 13-16 for our next FREE Teacher Retreat, Plug-In With Media Arts. Led by Eric Jao from Mix Major and SCGSAH Faculty Member David Gerhard, this series of workshops will immerse teachers in the areas of music production, graphic design, and videography, using FREE tools that integrate well into any classroom. Teachers will leave this retreat with lesson ideas and basic knowledge of media arts that they can use right away with their students!
Did we mention this entire workshop is FREE to South Carolina Teachers? While the focus of the workshop is media arts, the intention is that these art forms can be easily integrated into ANY classroom. Teachers from all subject areas are encouraged to register! 

Our Arts Impact subscribers will be the first notified when registration opens on May 9th, so be sure to sign-up for our newsletter and be in the know on this and other free resources throughout the year.

Igniting Summer Learning in South Carolina

This summer, we’re partnering with the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance to bring guest artist experiences to summer programs around the state. Ignite is a series of summer arts experiences designed to “fire up a passion for the arts,” encouraging students to “think like artists” by exploring capacities, processes, questions, and themes through multiple art forms. No prior arts experience is required, and rather than focus on perfecting a skill, students are encouraged to be creative, take risks, and explore new art forms.

Ignite does not accept individual student applications; rather, it is a partnership-based program that encourages strong relationships with school summer camps and community agencies like the Boys and Girls Clubs. 
Contact us to see if your summer program is eligible to join in the Ignite experience!
Job Opportunities

Finally, we’re still hiring both full-time and part-time positions for Spark, our drama-based literacy program. If you have experience with groups of elementary aged students, an understanding of the performing arts, storytelling, and creative dramatics, this might be just the job for you! Theatre people, storytellers, librarians and educators who are self-starters, active and organized facilitators, good relationship builders, and playful are a good fit. Learn more about the open positions here.
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
Welcome New and Sustaining Partners

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (VSA & Arts Accessibility Department) was unable to fund its national contracts for arts education residencies for fiscal year 2021-2022.
However, AASC was able to offer a modified version of arts education programs due to creative partnerships and leveraging existing funding with others who did not receive a contract from the Kennedy Center. Proud of our partnerships with another KCVSA contractor, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. AASC had a very successful inclusive residency with Hilton Head High School Special Education students! AASC Master Teaching Artist, Ryan Ward (pictured below) conducted a residency where students wrote a play and created a video. AASC had a very successful inclusive residency with Hilton Head High School Special Education students! AASC Master Teaching Artist, Ryan Ward (pictured below) conducted a residency where students wrote a play and created a video.
Upcoming Programs

We’re looking forward to our upcoming partnership with the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, and Columbia Arts Center pilot summer program for students with disabilities. Interested? Contact Bohumila Augustinova.

AASC will serve as a stakeholder with South Carolina Arts in Basic Curriculum project entitled Community Access to the Arts in Rural Education (CARE). CARE proposes to assertively address the grossly inequitable education in rural communities of persistent poverty. Interested? Contact Ferdinand Cooper.

New Partnership in West Columbia: “Papa Tank’s Center for Inclusion” funded in part by Central Carolina Community Foundation and supported by Columbia Children’s Theatre. “We have dreamed of having a program focusing on inclusion for years, so now we can do that!" Interested? Contact Larry Hembree.

AASC is very interested in supporting late spring and summer residency programs in schools and community settings that will provide quality arts activities to youth with disabilities in an inclusive environment. Interested? Contact Julia Brown-DuBose.
Julia Brown-DuBose
Executive Director
Arts Access South Carolina
c/o SC Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St., Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201