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Issue IV  |  November 2018
PSAE's Annual Arts Integration Conference

With the dust settling from the 2018 PSAE Conference and some time for reflection, I am struck, once again, with the wealth that we have in our education communities. As Thanksgiving approaches, we should pause to give thanks for this wonderful community and celebrate their energy, enthusiasm and determination. 

Every year, I am amazed at the breadth and depth of the talent of our educators. And as always, I am immensely impressed by the willingness of all of our presenters to share what they know and have developed. This isn't something that happens very often.   So we thank all of you who helped to make our conference an event to remember and challenge us to never stop striving to improve.  

A nd our most sincere thanks to Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby who, as our program chair, put together (in the words of one of our attendees) a truly magical conference. Thank you, Kerry.

And finally be sure to mark your calendars for DRIVEN, PSAE's 2019 Annual Arts Integration Conference in Spartanburg, October 13-15, 2019.

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

Congratulations to PSAE's Award Winners!

Congratulations to PSAE's 2018 Award Recipients, announced at our 2018 Annual Arts Integration Conference, October 15 & 16, 2018.

South Carolina Arts Administrator of the Year
Lisa Fallaw, Principal
East Aiken School of the Arts 


Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award
Dr. Meredith Sims, Assistant Professor of Dance & Coordinator of the Dance Education Program
Coker College 


South Carolina School of Excellence in Arts Education
League Academy of Communication Arts
Mary Leslie Anderson, Principal
Greenville County Schools
(pictured with Greenville County School's Fine Arts Coordinator, Bradley Wingate)


South Carolina STEAM School of Excellence in Arts Education
Chester Middle School
Sheka Houston, Principal
Chester County School District

Why not submit an outstanding nominee for our 2019 Awards?  Deadline for 2019 applications is Friday, April 5, 2019.  

Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto 2019

PSAE is currently accepting applications for the  2019 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series.  
In its 11th 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.
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) 
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 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: February 15, 2019

scacSouth Carolina Arts Commission
Arts Education Projects (AEP) grant guidelines went live November 1 and applications are due February 1, 2019.  Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) grants are accepted on a rolling basis (must be submitted 6 weeks before implementation) and are a great way to partially fund professional learning opportunities. As a reminder, Title 1 schools are not required to provide a match for TSI grants.
In case you haven't read about the exciting changes to the (former) Roster of Approved Artists, check out our website and learn about our new Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification. Detailed information, and an FAQ about this process, is available on  our website. The 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
Election Day is Tomorrow!
Don't forget to vote tomorrow in the 2018 Election! If you want to find out what (and who) is going to be on your ballot, see who's running, or want some quick advocacy tips you can implement today before you vote, head over to the SCAA's Election HQ at the link below. You can also add your own "Arts Advocate" sticker to your Facebook profile picture by clicking below.


Federal Funding Update
Before you vote tomorrow, we wanted to let you know the status of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The short version is that the NEA saw a $3 million increase back in the Spring and currently has an additional $2 million increase proposed, pending Congressional approval when they return after the election. 

For more information, read our latest update >>

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

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project
A New Partnership!
The Arts in Basic Curriculum Project is excited to announce a partnership with South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV). SCETV has launched  LearningWhy , a project-based lesson plan database. The LearningWhy database features lessons from teachers as well as cultural and educational partners. The ABC Project is one of several supporting partners. 
The ABC Project has invested in schools and districts across the state. Part of the investment has always included the ongoing professional learning and development of our teachers to provide quality educational experiences for our students. Through our partnership with SCETV's LearningWhy, ABC teachers can return the investment and share their lesson plans with teachers across the state and beyond. Any educator can create an account and submit a lesson plan for publication. Everyone who has ever benefited from ABC grant funds to develop an arts, arts-integrated or arts-infused lesson is encouraged to submit and identify the submission as an ABC Project partner lesson. 
Sharing best practices has always been at the core of our work. In partnership with SCETV, ABC teachers can promote best practices well beyond the network of ABC Sites and lead the way in quality instruction with the arts in mind. If you would like to learn more, please contact Kim Wilson at the  ABC Project .

2019 SC Arts Higher Education Forum
You may or may not be aware that the 
Arts in Basic Curriculum  (ABC) Project hosts an annual SC Arts Higher Education Forum. This forum is designed to consider issues that impact the systematic continuum of arts education. In support of teacher preparation, it is vital for the higher education community to remain abreast of national and state initiatives, legislation, and policies. This forum provides a crucial opportunity for open dialogue between K-12 and higher education policy makers and leaders to ensure arts education in South Carolina prospers.
If you are interested in joining the conversation on January 25, 2019 at Winthrop University, please contact us at the  ABC Project .

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
Announcing the 2018-2019 Presidential Guest Artist Series!
Thanks to a generous grant from The Graham Foundation, the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to welcome two high-caliber artists whose cross-disciplinary work will be shared with students, community members and students from Greenville County Schools during the 2018-2019 academic year. This year's Presidential Guest Artist Series, "Connecting Lines: Dance Across the Arts," features choreographers Alonzo King in November and Garth Fagan in April. Events will include school-wide experiences, master classes with our students, art area workshops, outreach events, and free public artist talks. For more details, or to watch public events online, visit our website.

The Presidential Guest Artist Series is presented collaboratively across our art disciplines, and with tremendous support from the Governor's School's Humanities Department. The Humanities is the glue, the big picture, and the "why" of what we do. Through special guest artist programs, summer reading reflections, performance attendance in all arts areas, and formal classes called "Why Days," students explore three guiding questions:
  • Who are we as artists?
  • Why do we do what we do?
  • Why do the arts have value to society? 
By diving into the defining qualities of emerging artists, students learn the role of the arts beyond skills training. They learn advocacy, depth of purpose, and engaged citizenry.  

To find out more about the Governor's School's Humanities program, please contact Jennifer Thomas, Academics and Humanities Chair, jthomas@scgsah.org,or visit our website.

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

ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA (AASC), formerly VSA South Carolina,is the only 501(c) 3, multi-service statewide organization in South Carolina guided by the mission to create an inclusive society in which people with disabilities learn, participate, and enjoy the arts. 

For over 32 years as VSA South Carolina, AASC has actively engaged with community partners in Education, Health, non-profits and other organizations to inspire and empower people with disabilities through rich experiences in the arts. Although AASC changed its name in 2013, we continue to envision a world where people are no longer defined by their limits..... We simply see people with incredible artistic abilities!
Inclusive Multi-discipline residency at South Florence High School

Executive Director, Julia Brown-DuBose, long-time advocate for inclusive arts in South Carolina, also serves as the ADA/504 Program Director/Consultant for the South Carolina Arts Commission. She states, "Borrowing the words of my colleague, Betty Siegel, Director, Office of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center, "we share a deep passion for this work that we do...it's likely that we share the desire to make a larger difference in the lives we touch. For many of us, we contribute to the stories with our words, with our actions and become agents of change..."  Recently, someone asked me what am I most known for in life? Had to ask.... Are you really ready for my story!?  It's something we all share, the commitment to invest in others. I give my time, talent and treasures to people with disabilities and for me it has ALWAYS been through the ARTS. If you work in education and want to bring the ARTS to special education students call me and tell me your story!"

ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA provides classes, workshops, internships, apprenticeships, and support to professional and emerging artists in the cultural industry and to many businesses that support the creative arts industry in South Carolina. One example of our impact of is our  C.O.T.T.A.G.E. Industries  concept... a highly important way for individuals with disabilities to turn the various skills they acquire through our projects into sustainable career opportunities. 

AASC Master Teaching Artist, Carter Boucher, working with student from SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

Throughout the state, those involved in ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA programs learn:  In the arts, anything is possible!
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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