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S.C. Arts Commission Awards 212 Grants in 36 South Carolina Counties


Aug. 2, 2011

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded $1,162,189 to South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations and schools for the 2012 fiscal year. Funding for Arts in Education, Folklife and Traditional Arts, Operating Support and Subgranting will support 212 projects in 36 counties. Grants for Quarterly Project Support, Teacher Standards Implementation, ABC Partnership, Artist Ventures Initiative and Individual Artist Fellowships will be awarded later in the year.


See the list of grant recipients by program.


See the list of grant recipients by county. (PDF)


“Our goal is to ensure that all South Carolinians benefit from diverse opportunities for relevant, rewarding arts experiences 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 provide arts programs that benefit students and communities throughout the state. We are grateful to members of the S.C. General Assembly for their continued support and for 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 curriculum planning and implementation and professional development for teachers, artist residencies and performances. The Arts Commission awarded 54 AIE grants to schools, school districts and arts organizations for a total investment of $253,412.


Of this amount, $202,858 in ABC Advancement grants has been awarded to 43 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.


Also in the Arts in Education category, nine Innovative Partnership grants totaling $33,554 have been awarded to help local education agencies or districts, artists and arts-focused organizations partner to meet the educational, developmental, or social needs of students through the arts.


The agency has awarded $14,800 in Folklife and Traditional Arts grants, which 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. Grants will fund two traditional arts projects, including the second phase of a Native American documentation project in Lancaster County and art classes for at-risk Catawba youth in York County. Also funded are two Folklife and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships that connect an apprentice with a master artist to learn traditional art forms. One apprentice will learn sweet grass basket making; the second will learn to play the blues harp.


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 $806,804 in Operating Support has been awarded to 141 organizations, eight of which provide statewide services. Fourteen of these grantees are receiving awards under the new Operating Support for Small Organizations program, which provides a simple way for small arts organizations to apply for funding.


Subgranting funds in the amount of $49,200 have been allocated to eight local arts councils to distribute quarterly grants to organizations and artists in their regions. 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 awards other grants throughout the year. For more information about S.C. Arts Commission programs and services, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.


About the 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, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.