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A Message from our Executive Director
Fall means many things in South Carolina: school doors opening, Friday night lights at highschool football stadiums, and school field trips to pumpkin patches. Fall also includes an amazing professional learning opportunity -- PSAE's Annual Arts Integration Conference, October 9-10, in Spartanburg!

This year, the conference theme is JOY! Joy can positively impact education practices at every level of the school experience. Joy can impact teaching practices in and out of the classroom, and Joy can impact student achievement in arts programs. Join us in experiencing Joy as an educator in and through the arts!

PSAE's Peer-to-Peer approach to professional development uses expertise of real educators in the classroom and in leadership positions to showcase best practices in arts integrated education, as well as arts discipline education, that make the Palmetto State shine. 

Who will find value in attending PSAE's Annual Arts Integration Conference?
  • Teachers in Arts Disciplines
  • Teachers who utilize arts integration in the classroom
  • Teachers who want to utilize arts integration in the classroom
  • Principals of Arts-Focused Schools, STEAM Schools, or Arts-Infused Schools
  • Principals seeking to provide their team of teachers with another successful classroom strategy
  • District Arts Coordinators and Fine Arts Coordinators
  • District Leaders wearing multiple hats, including arts administration
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Higher Education Partners
  • Students Enrolled in Education Programs
  • Nonprofit Partners in Education
  • Teaching Artists
  • Any Educator interested in Rediscovering JOY in education through the arts

As you can see, there is plenty of opportunity for educators to find value in attending PSAE's Annual Arts Integration Conference! Join us as we gather with shared values and vision for arts education in our state.

Jenny Kabool
Executive Director
Palmetto State Arts Education
Conference Registration NOW OPEN
REGISTRATION is now OPEN for PSAE's JOY! Annual Arts Integration Conference, October 9-10, in Spartanburg, SC! Check out PSAE's website for more information!
Announcing Conference Keynote Speaker
An arts integration expert based at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Martha Sandven moves audiences to cultivate essential joys in the classrooms and hallways of schools through arts education and integration, with stories, how-to's, and hands-on experiences. In the post-COVID world, joy is essential. The arts offer hopeful, creative pathways to joy and engagement.
Call for Award Nominations
South Carolina Arts Commission
Teachers, check out our School Arts Support Grants, application NOW OPEN!
School Arts Support Grants should have a strong connection to addressing COVID related learning loss in and through the arts, promoting arts innovation, and/or increasing capacity to utilize arts integration as a teaching practice.
Grant awards total up to $2,500 and can be used in one of the following ways:

  • Purchasing Materials/Equipment/Supplies
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Arts Residences

The SCAC recommends using the School Arts Support Grant Evaluation Rubric as a guide when writing your application. Grant panelists will score your application responses based on the criteria within this rubric.

For more information or advisement on this grant please contact Amanda Noyes.

Be on the lookout for our 4K Arts Integration Grants opening soon!

For more information or advisement on this grant, please contact Kimberly Washburn Motte with questions.

Kimberly Washburn Motte
Arts Learning Director
South Carolina Arts Commission
(803) 734-8694

Amanda Noyes
K-12 Arts Education Coordinator
South Carolina Arts Commission
(803) 734-8675
Arts in Basic Curriculum Institute
Future Focused!
Over the past few months, ABC Institute has been engaged in the strategic planning process. Even if you have never been through a strategic planning process, you probably have a good grasp on the intentions; to develop a document that communicates the direction and goals of an organization (or school) and the actions necessary to achieve those goals.
My favorite part of the entire process is the very beginning; claiming a vision. A vision is about declaring the future you wish to create. I wish to share one of mine, “school as a place that supports a student in becoming their fullest self.” Many of you may share my belief that having access to arts education is necessary for our students to discover and support becoming their fullest self. 

Although ABC Institute does not directly serve students, our goals are in service to those who are leaders in the student experience. ABC Institute exists to empower and support leadership at every level (district, school, and classroom) to meet the mission: students have access to learning in the arts. This future can only be achieved through the incredible leadership from all of you who creates an environment where students can be their fullest self.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of starting a new school year, I encourage each of us to take a moment, remind ourselves why we choose this profession and focus on a vision of what is possible for our students. Should ABC Institute be a support to your leadership vision, please reach out.

Kim Wilson
ABC Institute Director
Arts in Basic Curriculum Institute
South Carolina Department of Education
Do You Have Thoughts and Opinions About the 2017 SC College- and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency?
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is about to begin the standards review and revision process, and your feedback is critical!

Please consider investing a few minutes by completing the survey linked HERE. You may wish to have a copy of the standards available as you complete the form. Links to the standards are included below as well.

Roger Simpson
Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts
SC Department of Education
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Summer Recap + Resources for School Leaders
The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is wrapping up a busy summer! Check
out these highlights below.
  • Teaching Artists in our Ignite program and Actor-Teachers from our Spark program
traveled throughout the state, providing short residencies to community and school-
based summer programs, and serving over 1500 students in 17 counties.

  • Twenty-eight rising 8th and 9th graders participated in our new Introduction to Film
summer program. During this two-week experience, students learned about film
production from start to finish. They wrote original scripts, learned how to use film
production equipment, worked together as a film crew and performed for the camera.
They ended the program with a screening of their short films. We are thrilled to now offer
film during the summer and to launch our high school film program for the 2024-2025
school year!

From the Office of Outreach
Are you a district administrator, principal, or other school leader planning professional
development at the start of the school year? Please consider including the Governor's School in your plans! Our Office of Outreach would love to provide professional learning opportunities to your arts teachers or speak with them about our free teacher resources. Opportunities are available both in person and virtually and are a great way to form strong partnerships from day one!
Learn more about Professional Learning Opportunities here or reach out to us via email.

From the Office of Admissions
In mid-September, young artists can start applying for 2024 summer programs and the 2024-2025 Residential High School year. Interested families are invited to join us this fall for tours, weekend events, virtual sessions, and our November 4th open house. For details, dates, and registration, visit SCGSAH.org/admissions-events.
Help your students learn more about careers in the arts! This fall, a member of the admissions team will be reaching out to offer our standards-based "Careers in the Arts" presentation. To schedule a presentation at your school, complete this short Google form or contact Admissions.

Carol Baker
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement
SC Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities
Arts Access South Carolina
Celebrate, Learn, & Share!

ARTS ACCESS South Carolina (AASC) delivers arts experiences and arts educational services to students and adult persons with disabilities throughout South Carolina.
The arts education services include partnerships with schools and community organizations for the following: one day-artists visits, multiple week-long
residencies, workshops, afterschool programs, evening classes, zoom classes and festivals! Programs are offered in the following formats: hybrid, virtual, and/or face to face. AASC priority is to continue to practice Covid safety protocol in face-face formats. Programs are supported in part from the SC Arts Commission which is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Activities can be inclusive or self-contained. Interested schools/educators/ and community service organizations must contact
Executive Director, Julia M Brown-DuBose at 803.734.0445 or e-mail.
2023 Kennedy Center AASC and VSA Residency Program 

FY 2022-2023 will end Sept.1. AASC still has availability for our I.D.E.A. (Inclusion Diversity Equity Access) residency program for AUGUST!! EMAIL JULIA TODAY. AASC seeking schools and community organizations for the most vulnerable participants. NOTE : Must meet with participants a minimum 4 times.

Welcome New and Sustaining Partners

Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken
Aiken Special Olympics Festival
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head
Cedar Springs Academy, Spartanburg
City of Columbia P&R Center for the Arts
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, North Charleston
Columbia Parks and Recreation / Columbia Art Center
CLIA: SCDOE: 2023 Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts-I, Charleston
Columbia Children’s Theatre / Papa Tank Inclusion/ West Columbia
Darlington School District
Gibbes Middle School, Columbia
Hyatt Park Elementary, Columbia
I A.M. Beautiful, Inc., Darlington
Mauldin High School, Greenville County
Network for Good / Southfield, Michigan
PAC Arts Steering Committee, Columbia (Richland School District II)
Papa Tank Center for Inclusion, West Columbia
United Cerebral Palsy of SC, Lexington
Simpsonville Arts Center
SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, Spartanburg
Woodmont High School, Greenville County
Williamsburg County: Kingstree Magnet Middle School for the Arts

Julia Brown-DuBose
Executive Director
Arts Access South Carolina
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