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Arts in Education (AIE) Awards: Arts Education Projects (AEP)



Arts Education Project (AEP) grants are designed to support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children (social service, health, community, education or other organizations). AEP grants fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students. Activities should expand student access to arts education opportunities and should complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum. View the current guidelines >>>


All S.C. Arts Commission grant awards are contingent upon availability of funds, submission and approval of final reports, and compliance with program grant guidelines. Additional grants are awarded throughout the year.


Note to grantees: Notification of your award is provided through posting on this website, which you may consider official confirmation of your award until contract paperwork is issued.


FY2018 Arts in Education full-year grant awards have been tentatively approved as of April 13, 2017. Final approval will take place once the agency's FY18 budget is confirmed in late June or early July 2017. For questions about your award, please contact your coordinator.


Contracts are issued throughout the year, with paperwork for full-year grants (July 1 to June 30) generally mailed in fall of the award year. If you need an award letter before it arrives with your contract paperwork, please contact your coordinator.


FY2018 AIE Arts Education Project (AEP) Grant Awards (tentative)

Grantee Project County Award
701 Center for Contemporary Art Expand and Enhance the Young Artists Festival Richland $4,944
A Backpack Journalist Lowcountry Film Makers Camp for 3rd-12th Grades Charleston $12,225
Aiken Symphony Guild Offer Teacher Workshops for Orchestra Sings Concert Series Aiken $9,171
Anderson County Arts Council Offer Yearlong Hands-on Arts Experiences Anderson $13,425
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Moving Into Math: ArtsReach Rural STEAM Dance Project Beaufort $14,008
Arts Council of Greenwood County Add An Art Explorer Program to Enhance Exhibits Greenwood $4,770
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate Offer A Five Week Visual Arts Workshop for Upstate Sites Spartanburg $14,813
Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum Implement Teacher Facilitated Discussions for Art Collection Horry $8,050
Carolina Art Association Provide A Visiting Artists Residence for Area Schools Charleston $12,750
Chapman Cultural Center Provide  Engagement Opportunities to Arts Performances Spartanburg $13,238
Charleston Museum Develop A Traveling Trunk Program Charleston $8,584
City of Chester Provide Summer Youth Arts Camp for Ages 6-12 Chester $4,325
Claflin University - Fiscal Affairs Residential Summer Arts Camp- Middle & High School Students Orangeburg $14,215
Clemson/SCSU Extension Svc-Chester Co Offer STEAM Programs To Ages 5-13 Chester $12,946
Columbia Baroque Soloists Partner with SC Philharmonic to Provide Interactive Concerts Richland $1,735
Columbia Film Society Develop Storytelling Skills Through Reading Movies Trips Richland $11,974
Columbia Museum of Art Provide Richard Samuels Robert's Photography to Students Richland $14,175
Fort Lawn Community Center Provide Summer Arts Camp For Ages 5-18 Chester $12,900
Greenville Little Theatre Produce An Educational Outreach Touring Show Greenville $6,020
Greenwood Co School Dist 51 Literacy & Arts Summer Camp for Greenwood School Districts Greenwood $13,769
McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah Middle School Student Public Art Project McCormick $7,050
Metropolitan Arts Council Expand the SmartARTS Arts Integrated Units Program Greenville $12,488
Peace Center Foundation Make Classical Music Accessible Through Outreach Program Greenville $12,551
Preserving Our So. Appalachian Music Expand the Afterschool, Evening, Music, and Youth Programs Pickens $13,050
SC African American Heritage Foundation Host Artist Residencies & Teacher Workshops Darlington $14,025
SC Children's Theatre Provide 8 Week In Class Theatre Arts Residency to 3rd Grade Greenville $7,248
Union Co. Carnegie Library Improve Literacy Through Arts Education Union $13,838
Upstate Center for the Arts Offer Arts Based Afterschool Programming Pickens $4,113
TOTAL AEP     $292,397

Arts Education Projects (AEP) Panelists:

  • Ashley Kerns Brown, Arts Education Program Director, South Carolina Arts Commission
  • Kristin Cobb, Executive Director, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Kershaw County
  • Crystal Davis, Assistant Professor of Dance, Columbia College, Richland County
  • Davaron Edwards, Director of Bands, Ridgeland Hardeeville High School, Jasper County

Arts Education Projects (AEP) Pilot Projects (tentative)

Grantee Project County Award
Charleston County School District Charleston Strings Pilot Charleston $70,000
Clarendon School District 1 Summer STEAM Camp Clarendon $32,000
Engaging Creative Minds Summer STEAM Camp Charleston $124,377
SC Promise Zone Dave the Potter Residencies Richland $12,000
University of South Carolina Summer Camp Assessment Module Development Richland $10,000
Williamsburg County School District Arts-based Reading Summer Camp Williamsburg $10,700
TOTAL AEP PILOT     $259,077




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