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Arts Grow SC - One Stop Workshop
October 10 -12, PSAE held our annual arts integration conference, Resilience, and kicked off our second season of virtual programmingDay One and Two were virtual while Day Three was in-person. The content from the first two days is available now as on-demand video, and the content from our in-person day is currently being edited and will be available as on-demand in the coming weeks.  

We are excited to announce that this year-long event is part of a new initiative, Arts Grow SC.* This enables PSAE to be able to offer the year-long virtual portion of the event free of charge. Participation in this online platform will provide you with access to a statewide arts education collaboration. Working with our partners (ABC, SCAEA, SCDA, SCTA, SCMEA), the virtual platform will offer a “one-stop” source for workshops focusing on arts education, both for those interested in arts integration as well as arts specialists. With content being added throughout the year, be sure to bookmark our website and check back for updates!

* 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.
Congratulations to PSAE's 2021 Awards Recipients!
South Carolina Arts Administrator of the Year
Judith R. Condon
Principal of Angel Oak Elementary in Charleston County Schools

This award is to honor administrators who have demonstrated a commitment to arts programs, making a difference in the lives of South Carolina's school students, upholding the mission of the PSAE to advance learning in and through the arts for all students.
Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award
Medical, Engineering, and Discovery through the Arts at Bridge Creek Elementary School 
Richland County District Two
Kristen Eubanks, Principal
The Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award honors an individual/group/organization that embodies the true spirit of arts integration through the successful utilization of community partnerships and resources. To create a greater awareness and encourage the growth of arts integration programs in South Carolina.
South Carolina School of Excellence in Arts Education
L. W. Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School
Richland County District Two
Paula Chine, Principal

With this award, PSAE recognizes schools that have done an outstanding job of making the arts essential to the education of their students. The state level awards provide an important opportunity to honor schools and the role they play in providing a creative learning environment for outstanding student achievement.
South Carolina STEAM School of Excellence in Arts Education
Campobello-Gramling School
Spartanburg County District One
Jeremy Darby, Principal

The SC STEAM School of Excellence award honors a school that embodies the true spirit of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts. Mathematics) through the successful utilization of partnerships and resources.
Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto 2022
Help Us Celebrate Our Artistically Gifted Young People!

On January 1, 2022, applications for the 2022 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series will be available. In its 14th 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, 2022

Eve Walling-Wohlford
Executive Director
Palmetto State Arts Education
South Carolina Arts Commission
Sign Up for Arts Grow SC Updates
On July 29th the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina Arts Commission announced a $20 million partnership, titled Arts Grow SC, to help public schools throughout the state address pandemic related learning loss with proven, arts-based learning initiatives.
Arts Grow SC will support three years of arts education grants, programs, professional learning, and other initiatives rooted in innovation and evidence-based practices. Arts Grow SC will allow the SCAC’s team of professionals and network of partners to:

  • help schools and teachers fill learning loss gaps in the arts,
  • use arts integration to remediate core subject areas,
  • and provide summer and afterschool learning opportunities that leverage the arts in schools throughout the state.

To be the first to know about Arts Grow SC updates, please visit artsgrowsc.org to sign up for the e-newsletter.
Welcome to Our Newest SCAC Staff Members

The South Carolina Arts Commission is thrilled to announce two new hires to join the arts in education network: Kimberly Washburn Motte as Arts Learning Director and Amanda Noyes as K12 Coordinator. Both will begin their new positions November 17. 
Kimberly comes to the Arts Commission from the Florence County Museum of Art, where she has served as Curator of Education since 2012. An artist herself, Kimberly is also a former visual art teacher, having taught across the K12 spectrum in Darlington County. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Francis Marion University. Kimberly’s work at the agency will focus on a continuum of learning in and through the arts – from enrichment with very young learners through creative aging experiences.
Amanda joins the Arts Commission after having served as a Disability Resource Coordinator at the University of South Carolina since 2018. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and her Master’s in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In addition to her work at UofSC, Amanda has worked as an Art Therapist, Pre-K Teaching Assistant, and Art Instructor. Amanda’s work at the agency will focus on learning in and through the arts in K12 environments.
Please join me in welcoming Kimberly and Amanda to the Arts Commission!
Ashley Brown
Deputy Director
South Carolina Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St, Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8630
South Carolina Arts Alliance
Statehouse Update
The Legislature is out of session but will be returning in December to handle redistricting. Coming back in January, they will wrestle with over $4 billion in funding on top of last year's budget: $2.5 billion in American Rescue Plan funding, $500 million in Savannah River Site settlement funds, and over $1 billion in surplus. 
Arts Advocacy Week

This year's Arts Advocacy Week will be February 7-11, with the SC Arts Summit taking place in Columbia February 8-9, which includes our annual Legislative Breakfast at the Statehouse. More details to come!
George Patrick "GP" McLeer
Executive Director
SC Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 865
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
ABC Project continues to grow in service of its mission to all SC students!
As part of Arts Grow SC, ABC Project has been charged with creating new tools for SC schools to learn from ABC Certified Schools, developing new professional learning opportunities, and 
ensuring quality arts and arts integration instructional content is available to all SC teachers and students in the following platforms:

  • One Stop Workshop
  • SCETV’s KnowItAll.org
  • SCDE’s Instruction Hub
To sign up to learn more, visit the artsgrowsc.org website. Additionally, ABC Project will be in attendance at all arts education association conferences. Please stop by our booth and learn more about how to connect and contribute to the various initiatives of Arts Grow SC. 

We are thrilled to announce ABC Project has been awarded a USDE Assistance in Arts Education grant to fund the Community Access to the Arts in Rural Education (CARE) Project. The CARE Project is a five-year case study in Allendale County School District to explore and address inequitable access to arts education in high poverty, rural communities. Although there are currently 20 ABC Schools in rural communities, schools in rural district’s of persistent poverty remain underrepresented in ABC Network. The ultimate goal of the CARE Project is to produce a Guidebook with resources and tools developed in the process to assist other rural communities of persistent poverty implement and sustain arts-rich learning for all students.
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’s summer reading enrichment drama program to expand year-round thanks to SC Arts Commission ESSER III grant
In 2018, the Governor’s School’s Office of Outreach collaborated with Williamsburg County School District to create a pilot program called Spark! Inspiring Tomorrow’s Readers Through Drama. During the summer, third-grade students attending the state-mandated Read-To-Succeed summer program were exposed to drama principles, in addition to their reading requirements, to assist in reading engagement and motivation. 

We teamed up with Dr. Peter Duffy, who heads the Master of Arts in Teaching program in theatre education at USC, to conduct a five-year research initiative to track and measure the student participants’ reading levels and motivation. After two years of positive trends, Spark! was expanded to Jasper County with similar results. This past December, we were thrilled when this research was recognized by the Arts Schools Network with the Research Initiative-Institution Award based on a commitment to ongoing research and the dissemination of knowledge in research in arts education.
Now, we are very happy to announce that we have received a three-year, $3.7 million partnership grant for Arts Grow SC Spark! This expanded program is supported by Arts Grow SC, which is funded by the SC Arts Commission and the SC Department of Education through American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. It will provide intensive drama services for third graders and enrichment drama services for K-2nd and 4th-5th-grade students during the academic year in schools across the state. The program continues to support summer Read to Succeed camps as well. 
Our mission is to create a schoolwide culture of story that supports the whole reader—moving beyond the skilled reader—to improve reading engagement, reading motivation, and divergent/critical thinking skills. Long term, we aim to create a Spark Schools Network made up of schools that support and actively apply drama strategies in reading and literacy curricula.

Spark is Hiring!

If you are a drama teacher or drama teaching artist, we are looking for qualified candidates to fill positions. Please visit our website to learn more and apply.
Christina Vandiver
Director of Public Relations
SC Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities
15 University St.
Greenville, SC 29601
Arts Access South Carolina
Celebrate. Learn. Share. - 11.18.2021

The second of four meetings for the newly developed ARTS ACCESS South Carolina (AASC) ADVISORY PANEL is scheduled for Thursday, November 18 at 12 NOON.
At our first meeting, 14 diverse, creative participants from every corner of SC convened to CELEBRATE, LEARN, & SHARE their interest in serving populations limited in arts experience and gave a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to AASC. As we approach our 35th year of serving people with disabilities, we continue to “cast a wider net” in order to leverage resources and be more inclusive, more diverse and even more equitable in our practices. If you are interested in joining AASC in this planning process, we welcome more participation in the next three meetings, please contact us. 

AASC Artists Training - 11.19.2021

Each year AASC offers training opportunities for artists interested in working in AASC programs, workshops, festivals, in-school residencies and with community service organizations. This first time ever, HYBRID TRAINING (Virtual & Face to Face) will include the overall history and mission of AASC: 
  • How to conduct yourself in schools as a professional artist
  • Creating lesson plans that correlate with school curriculum
  • How to identify schools in your area that hire independent contractors as teaching artists
  • How to market yourself as an artist
  • Networking with other AASC teaching artists and master teaching artists.
Welcome New & Sustaining Partners

Lee Central Middle School, Bishopville
I A.M. Beautiful, Inc., Darlington
Fairfield Central High School, Winnsboro
United Cerebral Palsy of SC, Lexington
United Way of The Midlands, Columbia
Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken 
Cedar Springs Academy, Spartanburg
SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, Spartanburg
Culinary, Arts, & Hospitality Camp, Charleston

AASC Fall & Winter Residencies and More
November 2021-March 2022

ARTS ACCESS South Carolina (AASC) delivers arts experiences and arts educational services to students and adult persons with disabilities throughout South Carolina. The arts education services include partnerships with schools and community organizations for the following: one day-artist’s visits, multiple week-long residencies, workshops, afterschool programs, evening classes, and festivals. Programs will be offered in the following formats: hybrid, virtual, and/or face-to-face. AASC priority is to continue to practice Covid safety protocol in face-face formats. Programs are supported in part by the SC Arts Commission, South Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Activities can be inclusive or self-contained. Interested schools/educators/ and community service organizations must contact Executive Director, Julia M Brown-DuBose at 803.734.0445
Julia Brown-DuBose
Executive Director
Arts Access South Carolina
c/o SC Arts Commission
1026 Sumter St., Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201