2018-09-14 / Business

Arts Commission announces $4 million in grants for S.C. communities

Contributed by The S.C. Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission is announcing $3,982,012 in grants for South Carolina communities, artists, arts organizations, and schools for the 2019 fiscal year as of September 1, 2018.

“Funds appropriated by the legislature help local arts providers offer more than six million arts experiences to citizens and visitors every year,” S. C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May said.

“These grants affect wide-ranging organizations and diverse people statewide, from Town Theatre in Columbia, starting its centennial season next week, to Wits End Poetry, holding a poetry slam event in Greenville later in the month.

“ They enable our four fellowship recipients from Charleston, Columbia, Little River, and Spartanburg to develop their talents, and provide support for artisans like Serwah Armah-Koranteng to strengthen Africstyle mobile boutique, her arts-based business. And perhaps most importantly, they help the next generation hone creativity and problem- solving skills with funding for arts-based education programs in schools.”

Six new Arts in Basic Curriculum Project sites are being awarded grants to strategically plan and implement arts education as part of the school day, bringing the total to 84 and giving almost 171,000 South Carolina students access to the educational benefits of the arts. Other grants range from operating grants and project support for organizations to seed money and fellowships for individual artists, ensuring an assortment of relevant arts experiences across South Carolina.

Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year with potential for impact in all counties: three rounds of Quarterly Project Support grants to benefit projects by artists and arts organizations and additional Teacher Standards Initiative grants will be awarded to help teachers acquire supplies, materials, and expertise to meet the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.

Operating support grants make up 49 percent of the FY19 total, and arts education grants make up 46 percent.

In FY18, which finished June 30, the S. C. Arts Commission awarded $4,060,290 and expects to exceed that total by the close of FY19 on June 30, 2019, May said.

There were 55 grants totaling $598,972 awarded to organizations in Richland County. They are as follows:

701 Center for Contemporary Art, $4,818; 701 Center for Contemporary Art, $15,643; A C Moore Elementary School, $11,006; Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, $5,326; Arts Access South Carolina, $42,212; Brockman Elementary School, $7,472; Carolyn E. Seals, $ 250; Claudia Williams, $2,000; Columbia Baroque Soloists, $2,500; Columbia Children’s Theatre, $13,904; Columbia Choral Society, $3,342; Columbia City Ballet, $36,499; Columbia City Jazz Company, $9,132; Columbia Classical Ballet Co., $10,137; Columbia Film Society, $12,000; Columbia Film Society, $24,247; Columbia Museum of Art, $12,000; Columbia Museum of Art, $30,080; Columbia Music Festival Assn, $13,804; Columbia Stage Society, Inc., $26,070; Ensemble Eclectica, $1,303; Friends of Tapp’s Arts Center, $1,909; Greyson Smith, $1,000; Hand Middle School, $10,486; Humanities Council S.C., $5,941; James Seals, $250; L.W. Conder Elementary School, $9,660; Logan Elementary School, $8,279; Lower Richland High School, $8,591; Marionette Theatre of South Carolina, $18,539; Naomi Samuel, $500; NiA Theatre Company, $12,000; Nursery Road Elementary School, $10,944; Palmetto & Luna, $2,500; Palmetto Center for the Arts, $8,151; Palmetto Mastersingers, $2,500; Paul Kaufmann, $5,000; Power Company Collaborative, $2,500; Ridge View High School, $9,005; Round Top Elementary, $11,861; Sandlapper Singers, $5,329; Satchel Ford Elementary School, $8,539; S.C. Academy of Authors, $1,654; S.C. Dance Association, $2,825; S.C. Orchestra Association, $28,492; S.C. Orchestra Association, $10,500; S.C. Writers Workshop, $1,077; Serwah Armah-Koranteng, $5,000; Spring Valley High School, $8,279; Trustus, Inc., $7,000; Trustus, Inc., $13,368; USC - McKissick Museum, $71,033; Watering Hole Poetry Organization, $2,500; Westwood High School, $9,988; and Workshop Theatre of S.C., $10,027.

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