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S.C. Arts Commission Awards 221 Grants in 37 South Carolina Counties


July 13, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded $1,278,726 to South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations and schools for the 2011 fiscal year. Funding in the programs of Arts in Education, Folklife and Traditional Arts, General Operating Support and Subgranting will support 221 projects in 37 counties.


See the list of grant recipients by program.


See the list of grant recipients by county.


"Our goal is to make the arts available to all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances," said South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. "With support from these grants, schools, artists and arts organizations will administer more than 200 arts programs that benefit students and communities throughout the state. By providing funds for these grants, the S.C. General Assembly is investing in our state's quality of life, the education of our young people and the vitality of our economy."


Arts in Education grants help fund artist residencies, performances, curriculum planning and implementation and professional development for teaching. The Arts Commission awarded 65 AIE grants to schools, school districts and arts organizations for a total investment of $270,677.


Of this amount, $170,400 in ABC Advancement grants has been awarded to 31 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 $11,750 in Folklife and Traditional Arts grants. Grants will fund two traditional arts projects, including a Native American documentation project in Lancaster and a traditional arts music camp in Pickens.

Also funded is a Folklife and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship that will connect an apprentice with master artist to learn the traditional art form of basket making.


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 $940,719 in General Operating Support has been awarded to 144 organizations, nine 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 $55,577 in Subgranting dollars to nine arts councils from throughout the state to serve artists and citizens in 12 counties.


The Arts Commission awards other grants throughout the year, including Quarterly Project Support, Arts in Education grants and Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. Visit www.southcarolinaarts.com/awards to see a complete list of all of the agency's fiscal year 2011 grants. For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, call (803) 734-8696.


About S.C. Arts Commission:
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 is celebrating 40 years of increasing 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 and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.