Issue VIII  |  October 2019
PSAE's Annual Arts Integration Conference
With the dust settling from the 2019 PSAE Conference and some time for reflection, I am struck, once again, with the wealth that we have in our education communities. It's no surprise to see that the students in our arts-focused schools are engaged and hopeful for the future - they are being guided and nurtured by truly outstanding educators!

PSAE thanks all of you who helped to make our conference an event to remember and challenge us to never stop striving to improve. And a big thank you to Joshua Powell, our conference committee chair along with all of the members of his committee. We couldn't have done it without you!

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for our next arts integration conference, INSIGHT, October 11-13, 2020 in Spartanburg!
2019 PSAE Award Recipients
Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients!

South Carolina Arts Administrator of the Year
Tish Goode
Principal, Central Academy of the Arts

Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award
Kaye Foxworth
Instructional Coach, Campobell-Gramling School

South Carolina School of Excellence in Arts Education

East Aiken School of the Arts
Lisa Fallaw, Principal, Aiken County Schools

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

Why not submit outstanding nominees for our 2020 Awards? Deadline for 2020 applications is Friday, April 24, 2020
Joint Arts Administrators Institute
2019-2020 Deep Dives

Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, SC
November 20, 10 am - 3 pm

If you supervise arts educators, the 2019-2020 JAAI is for you. Continuing to address the mission of the Joint Arts Administrators Institute to provide professional learning opportunities for district arts coordinators and school administrators of arts-focused schools, the 2019-2020 sessions are focusing on deep dives into each of the 4 four disciplines. Each session will examine the nuts and bolts of what it takes to have successful programs. Administrators will also spend time reviewing the SC Opportunity to Learn standards and providing feedback for updates.

Join us on November 20, as we take a deep dive into Visual Art and Dance.

See you there!

Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto 2020
Help Us Celebrate Our Artistically Gifted Young People!

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.

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, 2020

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

scacSouth Carolina Arts Commission
Help Shape the Future of the Arts and Culture in SC
The Canvass of the People, which takes place every ten years, is a comprehensive statewide planning process designed to assess the state's artistic and cultural needs, share ideas, set priorities, and build support for the arts in South Carolina. Over the next few months the Canvass will include a digital survey, town hall-style meetings, and focus groups. Check out the Arts Commission website to see where a public forum is taking place near you or take ten minutes to complete the online survey. Thank you for plugging in and making sure your voice is heard!

Job Opportunity
The South Carolina Arts Commission seeks an energetic, creative, and resourceful Specialist for Arts Organizations and Education with experience in arts administration, program development, arts education, and leadership in the arts. The ideal candidate will share our mission and values and have the ability to build and maintain relationships among a broad cross-section of local arts councils, schools and districts, businesses, governments, and arts and community organizations, as well as education and community leaders to support SCAC programs and services statewide. To learn more about the position, or to apply, click here.

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

South Carolina Arts Alliance
Education Reform
The SCAA has been very busy over the last several months working to ensure education reform at the Statehouse includes arts-friendly language. So far, the House has adopted three of our recommendations, and the Senate currently has two in their version. The recommendations, especially those adopted, are not necessarily arts-specific, however they allow the legislation to be more inclusive across education, and therefore inclusive of the arts. While we have been working on education reform legislation, the SC Arts Commission has led the way for arts accountability in school report cards. Our work combined helps frame a bright future for arts education, most especially through data collection, industry partnerships, and professional development for arts teachers.

We will be releasing an updated list of "Arts Amendments" in the coming weeks - items that we feel could have a positive impact on arts classrooms, and education in general through the arts. This set of recommendations, developed with educators, is also being vetted by our arts education partners across the state for their endorsement. Ultimately, this will serve as the first arts education policy platform for the industry in quite some time.

Arts Funding
The SC Arts Commission has made its budget requests to the Governor's office (the first step in the process). It includes a $500,000 increase specifically for arts education, as well as additional grant funding for organizations. Stay tuned for more!

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

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project
Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project is focused on fulfilling its mission in new ways.

First, ABC Project partnered with PSAE's annual integration conference in lieu of our traditional site meeting. It was a huge success because educators from across the state shared practices and ideas for the growth and improvement of all. Mark your calendars for next year (Oct 11-13, 2020) and let's keep the momentum building.

On Tuesday, October 15 we conducted our first live-feed ABC Network update. Here is the link in case you missed it, click here to access the recording. The update included lots of events and upcoming opportunities. More importantly, we shared the process that will shape the future of ABC Project (beginning around minute 34). It is an exciting time, so be sure to watch for updates in Spring 2020 as decisions are made by ABC Governing Partners.

ABC Project is continuing to expand our use of technology to support the network. Specifically, check the calendar page of our website for upcoming professional development in arts integration (by teachers for teachers) and monthly meetings for grant management support.

On January 24, 2020, ABC Project will host the SC Arts Higher Education Forum at Winthrop University. This year, Dr. Ron Beghetto will serve as our keynote speaker. Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creativity and innovation in educational settings. He has published 10 books and serves as Editor for The Journal of Creative Behavior and series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education. We are thrilled to bring such a resource to our community. Registration opens in December. Please email to request registration information and/or be added to our mailing list. 

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

The Governor's School Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This school year marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of our public residential high school! In 1999, Virginia Uldrick, a well-known music teacher and arts education advocate, established the high school after ten years of working with legislators, generating support, and fundraising to realize her dream.

We're proud of the fact that many of our alumni from the past 20 years chose to continue Uldrick's legacy by giving back to younger generations through arts advocacy and education. Some of those alums are now educators in South Carolina. Among them are Jim LeBlanc, class of 2003, who is the principal of Saluda River Academy for the Arts; Andre North, class of 2005, who is the Director of Bands at Hanahan Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Hanahan High School; Brooke Falk Permenter, class of 2002, who serves on the faculty at the College of Charleston Honors College; and John Ott, class of 2009, who is a Gifted and Talented teacher in the Orangeburg Consolidated School District.

Our fall anniversary celebrations include a series of fundraising events around the state, the grand opening of a new 10,000 square foot music building that features long-needed rehearsal space, as well as the installation of new campus entryway gates designed and fabricated by founding Visual Arts Faculty Joseph Thompson. In the spring, we are holding a student and alumni showcase at the Peace Center on April 7, 2020.

Now Accepting Applications for All Programs
Young artists are invited to apply for our 2020-2021 Residential High School and summer programs! For Creative Writing, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts, students can apply in the 10th grade for the Residential High School, in 7th or 8th grade for Arts Odyssey, and in the 9th grade for Academy. For Dance, students can apply in the 9th or 10th grade for the Residential High School and in the 6th through 11th grade for the 5-week Summer Dance program. All students can apply online at our website.

The application deadline for the Residential High School, Academy and Summer Dance programs is January 8, 2020. However, all applications submitted by November 30, 2019, will receive an application fee waiver. For the Arts Odyssey program, the deadline is December 13, 2019.

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 
School Residencies
The ARTS ACCESS South Carolina (AASC) Master Teaching Artists have been very active with school residencies in this first quarter of the school year! Students and staff at Northwood Middle School in North Charleston, created a beautiful wall hanging with AASC Master Teaching Artist, Arianne King Comer in October. AASC Master Teaching Artist, Carter Boucher engaged students with mask creation at Stall High School and North Charleston High School both located in North Charleston, SC. AASC Master Teaching Artist, Ryan Ward engaged students in a multi-discipline residency including theater, creative writing and music at Richland North East High School in Columbia. Ryan Ward also provided young adults with a creative art and music residency at the United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Day Center in Lexington, SC.

ARTS ACCESS SOUTH CAROLINA continues to provide Artist in School Residencies throughout the school year 2019-2020. Schools with an interest in programs for students with special education eligibility should contact Executive Director, Julia M. Brown-DuBose, at 803-734-0445 or email Some of the residencies are provided through a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

ARTS ACCESS South Carolina to receive Community Impact Award
AASC is pleased to announce that United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina has selected AASC as their Community Partner of the Year award! The award will be presented during UPC's Evening of Impact Annual Awards reception to be held on Monday, November 4. Our Team is honored and pleased to accept this recognition from our valued community partner!

NOTE: Community Cultural Organizations are YOU interested in professional accessibility assessment of your cultural arts programs and facilities? Do you want experienced art professionals that can provide your staff with cultural arts access training? Why pay for a service you can get from the SC Arts Commission and Arts Access South Carolina? As the South Carolina Arts Commission's statewide partner, the executive director of AASC continues to serve as SCAC 's Arts Accessibility Program Director. Do you want resources on best practices in accessibility? Then look no further.... YOU want ARTS ACCESS! Contact AASC for more information.
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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