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SC Arts Commission Grant Awards

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: The grant amounts listed below are based on the Arts in Education grant budget that received tentative approval from the Board of Commissioners on April 19, 2018. Final approval for Arts in Education grants typically occurs at the June Board of Commissioners meeting, scheduled for June 21, 2018.


However, this year we requested additional EIA (Education Improvement Act) funds from the SC Legislature, which will have an impact on our Arts in Education grant budget. A conference committee is scheduled for June 27, where the state’s General Appropriations bill (including our EIA funding) will be debated and a formal budget recommendation will be made.


We do not know the timeline for finding out if we will receive this additional funding. As soon as we have finalized the grant award amounts, we will post an update here. In the meantime, please note that the funds listed below are tentative, and may be subject to change.


Tentative FY2019 AIE Arts Education Project Grant Awards

Grantee Project County Award
701 Center for Contemporary Art Fifth Annual Young Artists Festival for Ages 6-17 Richland $4,818
Aiken Symphony Guild Fifth Grade students exposed  to a symphony Aiken $12,000
Aiken Civic Ballet Company Expand Ballet Outreach Programs into Local Schools Aiken $5,905
Anderson County Arts Council Year Long Arts Education Program for At Risk Youth Anderson $12,000
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Visual Arts STEAM Program for Beaufort & Jasper County  Beaufort $12,000
Arts Council of Greenwood County Art Education Field Trip for grade K-5 Greenwood $13,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate Visual & Performing arts  classes after school and summer Spartanburg $12,000
Cainhoy Elementary School Provide students with arts-rich curriculum and experiences Berkeley $9,700
Carolina Art Association Art Education projects and outreach  Charleston $10,500
Chapman Cultural Center Muse Machine In-School Performances for grades K-12 Spartanburg $12,000
Charleston Gaillard Management Co. Education Initiative Teacher Training Charleston $10,500
Charleston Jazz After school jazz music education program for 4-5th graders Charleston $4,190
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Music education programs for school age children  Charleston $10,500
Claflin University Residential Summer Arts Intensive  Orangeburg $10,496
Columbia Children's Theatre Stone Soup: The Musical Tour to the SC Promise Zone Richland $12,000
Columbia Museum of Art SC history/arts education for 8th grade students/educators Richland $12,000
Columbia Film Society Lower Richland Story Lab Richland $12,000
Fort Lawn Community Center Arts Camps for Children and Youth Ages 5 - 18 Chester $10,500
Greenville Center for Creative Arts Free visual arts camp for low-income k-5 students Greenville $10,500
Greenville Little Theatre High quality theatre to area Title One schools, free of charge Greenville $13,500
Greenville Symphony Association Children's Concert for Elementary School Students Greenville $10,500
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston  Photography and storytelling program for students  Charleston  $10,500
Holly Springs Center Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School field trips in mountain arts Pickens $12,000
Metropolitan Arts Council SmartARTS Arts Integration Program Greenville $10,500
Redux Contemporary Art Center Arts Education programming and outreach  Charleston $10,500
SC Children's Theatre Title I Theatre Arts Residency for 3rd Graders Greenville $3,518
SC Orchestra Association SC Philharmonic's Youth Orchestras program Richland $10,500
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice School District Artist residencies for students in the SCDJJ School District Richland $12,000
Steam Ed Publishing, dba A Backpack Journalist Stories of community courage during the Civil Rights Era Charleston $10,500
Sue-Ham Community Development Center Theatrical production and theatre/musical workshops Williamsburg $8,934
The Children's Museum of the Upstate Visual Arts Programming for children ages 4-11 Greenville $12,000
The Drama Lady Theatre Group Macbeth rural arts/literacy education Marion $12,000
Trustus, Inc. Summer Youth Conservatory Camp for High School Students Richland $7,000
Yo Art Inc. STEAM Programming Using Media Arts Charleston $7,132
Total Tentaive FY19 Arts Education Project Grant Awards $348,192

Arts Education Projects (AEP) Panelists:

  • David Platts - Fine Arts Coordinator, Lancaster County School District, Lancaster County
  • David Smalls - Legislative Delegation Director, Colleton County
  • Gail Hubbard-Mack - Fine Arts Coordinator, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5, Orangeburg County
  • Nick Washington - Program Manager, The Original Six Foundation, Richland County
  • Robin Berlinsky - Executive Director, Engaging Creative Minds, Charleston County


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