S.C. Arts Commission Awards $1.98 Million in Grants
to South Carolina Arts Organizations for Fiscal Year 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded
$1,982,396 to South Carolina communities, arts organizations and
schools for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Funding in the programs
of Arts in Education, Cultural Tourism, Folklife and Traditional
Arts, General Operating Support and Subgranting will support 278
grantees in 40 counties.
"S.C. Arts Commission support represents a valuable investment
in the creative economy in our state,” said S.C. Arts Commission
Executive Director Suzette Surkamer. "From General Operating
Support that allows arts organizations to support local artists
and make cultural activities available in their communities to
Arts in Education grants that help schools fund artist residencies
and performances, this funding helps ensure all South Carolinians
access to the arts."
Arts in Education grants help fund artist residencies, performances
and teacher workshops, which show teachers how to incorporate the
arts into their lesson plans. The Arts Commission awarded 106 AIE
grants to schools, school districts and arts organizations for
a total investment of $527,995.
Of this amount, $365,627 in ABC Advancement grants has been awarded
to 55 schools and school districts 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.
Cultural Tourism grants support projects and partnerships that
increase arts-based tourism in South Carolina. A total of $32,600
has been awarded to support six Cultural Tourism projects in Beaufort,
Chesterfield, Dorchester, Greenville, Spartanburg and York Counties.
One example is marketing funds for a jazz festival in Chesterfield.
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 $20,750 in Folklife and Traditional Arts grants to
fund six arts projects, including a Catawba Indian Traditional
Art and Culture series in Lancaster, and one Folklife and Traditional
Arts Apprenticeship that will allow an apprentice to learn the
art of African drumming from a master artist in Georgetown County.
General Operating Support grants strengthen arts organizations
that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals
and other organizations throughout the state, by providing consistent,
unrestricted support for basic operations. A total of $1,289,952
in Annual and Long Term Operating Support has been awarded to 145
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 $111,099 in
Subgranting dollars to 14 arts councils across the state to serve
artists and citizens in 17 counties.
FY2009 Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant Awards
and Traditional Arts Program supports programs that
promote a greater understanding and visibility of, and appreciation
for, South Carolina's many cultures through documentation and presentation
of traditional art forms, their practitioners and their communities.
|Belton Area Museum Association
|Bluegrass of the Waccamaw, Inc
|Community Fdn of Greater Greenville, Inc.
|Mrudani School of Performing Arts
|USC - McKissick Museum
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