South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

About the S.C. Arts Directory

The S.C. Arts Directory is an extensive directory of artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists across many disciplines who work throughout South Carolina.

The S.C. Arts Directory serves as a connector for artists, organizations, schools, and communities and allows users to find who they are looking for in multiple ways: search, artistic discipline, or geographic availability.

All members of the Arts Directory have a unique page with contact information, a photo, and a biography.

Starting in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 2020) S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grant recipients (ABC Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Teacher Standards Implementation) must use members of the Arts Directory for grant funded group lectures, demonstrations, and performances.

Please note: Many school districts require that Arts Directory members are used for group lectures, demonstrations, and performances. Check with your district office about policies related to hiring artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists.

The Teaching Artist Certification is the next level for members of the Arts Directory who wish to teach residencies or work in classrooms.

Certified Teaching Artists are approved members of the Arts Directory who have been juried and certified by the S.C. Arts Commission to work in K-12 classrooms. They are identified on the Arts Directory with a gold star and can be searched for by toggling the “Certified Teaching Artist” button on the search page. All certified Teaching Artists have a unique page with contact information, a photo, a descriptive biography, and a teacher review section.

Starting in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 2020) S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grant recipients (ABC Advancement, Arts Education Projects, and Teacher Standards Implementation) must use Certified Teaching Artists for grant funded classroom residencies and short-term arts teaching experiences.

Please note: Many school districts require that Certified Teaching Artists are used for classroom residencies. Check with your district office about policies related to hiring artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists. The Teaching Artist Certification does not replace the S.C. Department of Education’s Program for Alternative Certification (PACE) for full-time arts classroom teachers.

Starting in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 2020) S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grant recipients must use members of the Arts Directory for grant funded group lectures, demonstrations, and performances and certified Teaching Artists for grant funded classroom residencies and short-term arts teaching experiences.

Please note: Many school districts require that Arts Directory members are used for group lectures, demonstrations, and performances and certified Teaching Artists are used for classroom residencies. Check with your district office about policies related to hiring artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists. The Teaching Artist Certification does not replace the S.C. Department of Education’s Program for Alternative Certification (PACE) for full-time arts classroom teachers.

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Apply to be a member of the S.C. Arts Directory or a Certified Teaching Artist.

S.C. Arts Directory applications will be received on a rolling basis. And applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within four (4) weeks of applying.

Arts Directory

Benefits of membership on the Arts Directory include:

  • Connectivity to other artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists
  • Prestige of a juried process
  • Access to online professional development offered by the S.C. Arts Commission (forthcoming)
  • Access to digital networking offered by the S.C. Arts Commission (forthcoming)
  • Digital “showcases” for Arts Directory members (forthcoming)
  • Exposure to schools and communities
  • Recipients of S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grants must use members of the Arts Directory for grant funded group lectures, demonstrations, and performances

In addition to basic contact information, the Arts Directory application includes:

  • Biography
  • Photograph
  • Arts discipline(s)
  • Geographic availability
  • Artist or organizational statement
  • Community impact statement of intent
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) professional letters of support – must be signed and dated
  • Up to five (5) work samples – can include, but are not limited to, music files, video clips, digital portfolios, photos, etc.
  • Up to three (3) supplemental items – Files can include, but are not limited to media coverage, testimonials from previous participants, additional letters of recommendation, etc.

Teaching Artist Certification

All certified Teaching Artists are members of the Arts Directory – the certified Teaching Artist application link will be sent once an applicant is notified of approval as a member of the Arts Directory.

Benefits of receiving the Teaching Artist Certification include:

  • Connectivity to other artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists
  • Prestige of a juried process
  • Access to in-person professional development offered by the S.C. Arts Commission
  • Access to online professional development offered by the S.C. Arts Commission
  • Access to digital networking offered by the S.C. Arts Commission (forthcoming)
  • Digital “showcases” for Arts Directory members and certified Teaching Artists (forthcoming)
  • Exposure to schools and communities
  • Recipients of S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grants must use Certified Teaching Artists for grant funded classroom residencies and short-term arts teaching experiences.

In addition to basic contact information, the Teaching Artist Certification application includes:

  • Biography and narrative of work as a Teaching Artist
  • Photograph
  • Teaching Artist discipline
  • Geographic availability
  • Teaching artistry statement
  • Community impact statement of intent
  • Teaching Artist resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) professional letters of support – must be signed and dated
  • Recorded classroom observation – if this is not available applicants can attach a work sample from a residency or project and include a letter of support from the project’s cooperating teacher. The work sample can include lesson plans, observation rubrics, other planning documents, etc.
  • Two (2) sample lesson plans – lesson plans should be aligned with the 2017 South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency (list anchor standard) and should identify how it does so. Additionally, it should include an objective, an essential question, a description of instruction, assessments (formal or informal) and should identify the role of the Teaching Artist and the Cooperating Teacher.
  • Up to three (3) supplemental items – Files can include, but are not limited to media coverage, testimonials from previous participants, additional letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Three (3) professional references – in addition to the letters of support, applicants must list three additional professional references.

Member renewal and Teaching Artist recertification

All members of the Arts Directory must reapply every three (3) years. Arts Directory renewal and Teaching Artist recertification takes place at the end of each calendar quarter. Members approved within a quarter must reapply by the end of the quarter three years from when they were approved.

  • Members approved before September 30, 2019: Must reapply by September 30, 2022
  • Members approved October – December 2019: Must reapply by December 31, 2022
  • Members approved January – March 2020: Must reapply by March 31, 2023
  • Members approved April – June 2020: Must reapply by June 30, 2023

If a member has not completed the renewal/recertification process by the end of their designated quarter, they will be removed from the Arts Directory and must complete the full application in order to become a member again. Renewal/recertification applications will be emailed directly to members at the beginning of the quarter in which they are to renew.

Applications are managed through Submittable – in order to apply, you must create a free Submittable account.

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Why did you replace the Roster of Approved Artists?
In 2016 the S.C. Arts Commission facilitated an extensive survey of artists, teaching artists, arts organizations, and schools who utilize the Roster of Approved Artists. The areas identified as benefits were marketing/networking and the prestige/quality of a juried process. But with no real mechanism for ensuring teaching quality and with no reapplication process, the Roster became outdated and needed to be revisited. With that in mind, the new Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification was created to address these needs and to provide a digital landing pad for artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists.

How often does a member of the Arts Directory have to reapply?
Arts Directory renewal and Teaching Artist recertification takes place every three (3) years, on a quarterly basis. Members who have not completed the renewal/recertification process by the end of their designated quarter will be removed from the Directory.

Are all certified Teaching Artists also members of the Arts Directory?
Yes. Before receiving the application for the Teaching Artist Certification, one must be approved as a member of the Arts Directory. Additionally, Arts Access Master Teaching Artists are members of the Arts Directory and are Certified Teaching Artists. Arts Access Master Teaching Artists have trained with Arts Access SC to provide children, youth, and adults with disabilities quality arts experiences.

Have members of the Arts Directory undergone a State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check?
It is a requirement to pass a SLED background check in order to receive the Teaching Artist certification. It is not a requirement to become a member of the Arts Directory. We encourage schools to follow policies set forth by their district regarding running background checks on visiting artists and allow enough time ahead of engagements to do so.

Do I have to use a member of the Arts Directory for my S.C. Arts Commission funded project?
Starting in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 2020) S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grant recipients must use members of the Arts Directory for grant funded group lectures, demonstrations, and performances and certified Teaching Artists for grant funded classroom residencies and short-term arts teaching experiences.

Do I have to use a member of the Arts Directory for my project that is not funded by the S.C. Arts Commission?
Many school districts require that Arts Directory members are used for group lectures, demonstrations, and performances and certified Teaching Artists are used for classroom residencies. Check with your district office about policies related to hiring artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists.

I am a former member of the Roster of Approved Artists. Do I have to apply to the Arts Directory?
If you are a former “Roster Artist” and would like to be considered for the Arts Directory, please contact Bonita Peeples (bpeeples@arts.sc.gov | 803.734.8692)

How are applicants juried for the Arts Directory and Teaching Artist Certification?
The initial staff review of applications focuses on eligibility, accuracy, completeness of submission, and confirmation of required support materials. Individual panelists (Arts Commission program staff and management) review applications and determine membership/certification status using a specialized rubric. Final approval for the Arts Directory membership and Teaching Artist Certification is granted by the executive director.

Do S.C. Dept. of Education grants require the use of Arts Directory members?
It is not required, but you are strongly encouraged to use members of the Arts Directory or Certified Teaching Artists for S.C. Dept. of Education Arts Curricular Innovation grants, which include the Innovative Arts Works grant and the Distinguished Arts Programs grant. Many school districts require that Arts Directory members are used for group lectures, demonstrations, and performances and certified Teaching Artists are used for classroom residencies. Check with your district office about policies related to hiring artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists.

What does it mean to be an Arts Access Master Teaching Artist?
Arts Access Master Teaching Artists are members of the Arts Directory and are Certified Teaching Artists. Arts Access Master Teaching Artists have trained with Arts Access SC to provide children, youth, and adults with disabilities quality arts experiences. To learn more about Arts Access SC, visit their website.

Are Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) sites required to use the Arts Directory?
Yes. Starting in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 2020) all S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education grant recipients (including the ABC Advancement grant) must use members of the Arts Directory for grant funded group lectures, demonstrations, and performances and certified Teaching Artists for grant funded classroom residencies and short-term arts teaching experiences. To learn more about the ABC Project, visit their website.

Do I have to be a South Carolina resident to be a member of the Arts Directory or a Certified Teaching Artist?
No. Artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists outside of South Carolina may apply for both the Arts Directory and to become a Certified Teaching Artist. We are working on a reciprocity system for states that have a similar comprehensive program – stay tuned!