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SC Arts Commission Press Releases

S.C. Arts Commission Awards 246 Grants in Recent Round of Funding

July 7, 2009

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. –The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded $1,511,150 to South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations and schools for the 2010 fiscal year. Funding in the programs of Arts in Education, Folklife and Traditional Arts, General Operating Support and Subgranting will support 246 grantees in 37 counties.


See the list of grant recipients by program.


See the list of grant recipients by county.


“Although these grant amounts reflect a reduction in state funding over the past year, these annual awards continue to help make the arts available to schools and communities across our state," said Ken May, acting executive director of the S.C. Arts Commission.


Arts in Education grants help fund artist residencies, performances, curriculum planning and implementation and professional development for teaching. The Arts Commission awarded 83 AIE grants to schools, school districts and arts organizations for a total investment of $379,575.


Of this amount, $285,050 in ABC Advancement grants has been awarded to 49 schools and school districts that are participating in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which works to ensure every child in South Carolina—from pre-school through college levels—access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the Arts Commission, the S.C. Department of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.  This year's AIE program is funded in part by the S.C. Arts Foundation.


Folklife and Traditional Arts grants support programs that promote a greater understanding and visibility of South Carolina's many cultures through documentation and presentation of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities. The agency has awarded $17,932 in Folklife and Traditional Arts grants. Grants will fund four traditional arts projects, including the young Appalachian musicians program in Pickens County and a Native American cultural arts festival in Horry County. Also funded are two Folklife and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships that will connect apprentices with master artists to learn a traditional art form.


General Operating Support grants strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, other organizations and communities throughout the state. A total of $1,034,849 in Annual and Long Term Operating Support has been awarded to 145 organizations, six of which provide statewide services.


Subgranting funds are allocated to local arts councils to distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their region. This program is funded in part by an award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. The Arts Commission has provided $78,794 in Subgranting dollars to 12 arts councils across the state to serve artists and citizens in 15 counties.


Visit the Arts Commission's Web site to see a complete list of all of the agency's fiscal year 2010 grants, including $314,109 in Arts Recovery Grants, which will help preserve 139 jobs in the state. For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, call (803) 734-8696.

About SCAC:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit or call (803) 734-8696.