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A Message from our Executive Director
Welcome to the first issue of Arts Ed Thread in 2023! Each issue contains updates from Palmetto State Arts Education along with our partner organizations, to help you stay in the know about all things arts education in South Carolina.

Since our last issue in November, the team at PSAE has been hard at work planning a successful 2023! The beginning of the year always brings opportunity for growth and goal setting. In looking inward, PSAE’s leadership is so excited to begin exploring new ways to support education in and through the arts, as well as imagine new ways to strengthen our current programming. If you’d like to be a bigger part of this work, we welcome you to contact Jenny Kabool, PSAE’s new executive director. The door is always open!

Jenny Kabool
Executive Director
Palmetto State Arts Education
Annual Arts Integration Conference - Save the Date!
PSAE is proud to announce the date and location of our Annual Arts Integration Conference...Joy!

October 9-10, 2023
Spartanburg Marriott
Educators and administrators have guided the education sector through several challenging years. As the sector, along with everything else, recovers from a global pandemic, it is time to rediscover the JOY and PASSION of why teachers chose this field. Join us in Spartanburg as we come together in professional development and learning in arts integration, and to reconnect to the excitement that can be found teaching in and through the arts.

Stay connected to PSAE as we make many exciting announcements about this year’s Conference! Be the first to know by following us on Facebook!
Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto 2023
Do you know a Rising Star?
PSAE is now accepting applications for the 15th year of its 2023 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series. The series gives young artists the opportunity to participate in the high-profile venue of Spoleto USA Festival through its affiliation with Piccolo Spoleto.
Who is eligible? 
  • Students between the ages of 9 and 18 who are not full-time college students
  • Students who are visual artists, actors, dancers, creative writers, and musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) 
  • Students may apply as individuals, or as part of an ensemble

Why apply?
  • Students will have the opportunity to perform in a professional environment!
  • Students will receive special recognition for their artistic abilities in the Festival program!
  • Students will gain learning experience through the application and audition process!

A series of six programs, each program will feature 5-7 young artists and/or ensembles in a conversation and performance format. All programs are presented at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church across from Marion Square on King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston.
South Carolina Arts Commission
For Teachers
Are you a teacher in need of supplies or professional development to enhance your teaching practices? Well, you are in luck, because there are TWO more deadlines left for our rolling grants, you can submit an application today and receive funding for your spring projects!

School Arts Support Grants - Due March 6, 2023
4K Arts Integration Grants - Due March 6, 2023
For Districts

District Arts Coordinator Grants: Up to $30,000 per year for three years to support school districts in establishing or expanding the role of the district arts coordinator to ensure the development and/or implementation of a rigorous district arts learning strategic plan. 

Districts Arts Support Grants: Up to $25,000 per year for two years to support school districts committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction.
For Organizations

If you are an organization seeking to provide summer arts education programming for K12 students and need funding, look no further!

Summer Arts Education Project Grants: Up to $50,000 ($25,000 per summer) to support arts education programs for K-12 students between school years, through both traditional and non-traditional providers. 

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
Still Celebrating!
At the beginning of the school year, we announced our name change as we began the year-long celebration of our 35th anniversary. Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Institute continues the celebration with the creation of an ABC documentary, with the help of our friends at JA Media. It has been so much fun looking through old scrapbooks, newsletters and having conversations with our previous Directors, Wade Hobgood, Ray Doughty, and Christine Fisher. Follow our social media for sneak peeks and teasers.
In December 2022, we welcomed three new ABC Certified Schools! 
  • Angel Oak Elementary in Charleston County School District
  • Beaufort Elementary in Beaufort County School District
  • Hendrix Elementary IB World School in Spartanburg County School District 2

To learn more about each school, visit ABC Current School webpage. If you are interested in seeing an ABC Certified School in action, please contact Kelly Hall to select a campus and help arrange an observation and conversation with school leadership. 

On February 14, ABC Schools will show their ♡ for the Arts with video messages as a part of SC’s Arts Advocacy Week. Check out ABC’s Facebook page @ABCInstituteSC anytime (or several times) during the school day to be inspired by the amazing work from within ABC Schools. Help us “keep celebrating” by sharing with friends, family, colleagues, and/or state leaders.

Kim Wilson
ABC Institute Director
Arts in Basic Curriculum Institute
South Carolina Department of Education
Updates from SCDE
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship submissions are due February 20.

SCDE plans to offer several Arts Teacher Institutes in June 2023. Registration for these professional leaning opportunities should be posted this month. 
It is time to revise the SC College- and Career- Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. The application process for the selection of review and writing committee members will begin soon. Be on the lookout for an announcement from SCDE!

NEW K-8 Arts Courses are being added to the list of state approved courses. These courses should be ready for school/district use in the 2023-2024 school year. 

Roger Simpson
Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts
SC Department of Education
South Carolina Arts Alliance
SC Arts Advocacy Week - Feb. 13-17
The SC Arts Alliance invites you to join us at the statehouse, February 16 to amplify your voice in support of SC Arts! We will join SC legislators for a breakfast at 8 am in Blatt 112, then make office visits. Our goal is to celebrate the Arts in South Carolina and remind legislators of the incredible impact the creative community has on all aspects of life
Join us via Facebook every day of SC Arts Advocacy for live discussions with arts leaders including SC Arts Commission Executive Director, David Platts; South Arts President/CEO, Suzette Surkamer; Arts in Basic Curriculum Institute Director, Kim Wilson; and so much more.

Members of the SCAA will receive daily alerts during the week, so be sure you become a FREE member of the SCAA today! You can become a member, register to attend February 16 at the statehouse, and see the entire schedule of events by visiting, www.scartsalliance.net/aaw.

Melanie Colclough
Executive Director
SC Arts Alliance
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Opportunities for Dance Teachers and Students
The Office of Outreach at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities offers a number of free resources to South Carolina teachers and students. Here are two upcoming opportunities for dance educators and dance students:
  • We’re excited to partner with the Dance Department during South Carolina's student ballet and contemporary dance competition, Grand Jeté. This year, K-12 Dance teachers are invited to the Governor's School campus on March 25 - 26 for a FREE Teacher Retreat featuring workshops sessions in relevant pedagogy for teaching young dancers as well as opportunities for dance educators to practice their art form. Learn more here.
  • We are now accepting applications for the Lowcountry Youth Dance Academy, an Outreach program offering free pre-professional ballet training to students in the Lowcountry region. Our physically demanding, yet rewarding, program offers a systematic approach to classical ballet, ensuring technical and artistic growth for serious and passionate students. Students in 5th - 10th grade are encouraged to apply – no dance experience is required!

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop about the launch of new resources. You can also visit our website at scgsah.org/outreach.

Do you know artistically talented students who would thrive at the Governor’s School?

Although the priority deadline for applications has passed, we are continuing to accept applications to our Residential High School and Summer programs based on program availability.

Applicants who applied by the priority deadline will be notified of a decision in March (Arts Odyssey, Dance Immersion, and Introduction to Film) or April (Academy, Summer Dance, Residential High School).

For more information about the admissions process, visit scgsah.org/admissions, or contact our Admissions team at admissions@scgsah.org.

Carol Baker
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement
SC Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities
Arts Access South Carolina
AASC Winter/Spring Residencies
February 2023 - June 2023

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, and festivals. Programs will be 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 JBrown@arts.sc.gov.

NOTE: AASC / VSA Residency Program Has been “re-instated” for FY 2022-2023. AASC was awarded a contract from the Kennedy Center. And is now accepting requests for our I.D.E.A. (Inclusion Diversity Equity Access) residency program. AASC seeking partners to leverage funding for the most vulnerable students K-12. And all residencies are SC artist opportunities.
Celebrate. Learn. Share.
Save the Date: March 22 12:00 noon

Participants from every corner of SC are invited to convene and CELEBRATE, LEARN, & SHARE their interest in serving populations limited in arts experience and give a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to AASC. 37 years of serving people with disabilities, we continue to “cast a wider net” in order to leverage resources to be more Inclusive, more Diverse, more Equitable, and even more Accessible (IDEA) in our practices to serve our most vulnerable populations of South Carolina. If you are interested in joining AASC in this process we welcome your participation in the next meeting, please contact us.

Welcome New and Sustaining Partners:

Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head
Cedar Springs Academy, Spartanburg
City of Columbia P&R ( IDEA) Staff Training
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, North Charleston
Columbia Parks and Recreation / Columbia Art Center
CLIA: SCDOE: Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts-I, Charleston
Columbia Children’s Theatre / Papa Tank Inclusion/ West Columbia
George R. Vartorella / Disruptive Technologies Foundation, Inc./Camden
I A.M. Beautiful, Inc., Darlington
Network for Good / Southfield, Michigan
PAC Arts Steering Committee, Columbia (Richland School District II)
United Cerebral Palsy of SC, Lexington
Simpsonville Arts Center
SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, Spartanburg

Julia Brown-DuBose
Executive Director
Arts Access South Carolina
Arts NOW
Arts Integration Principals' Conference
ArtsNOW is honored to host an Arts Integration Principals’ Network Conference, February 23-24, 2023, at Embassy Suites Downtown Greenville, South Carolina.
The conference is an excellent opportunity for principals in all stages of the arts integration journey to network with colleagues, learn from other principals and leaders, and hear about opportunities for their schools. 

Thursday, February 23, will begin with a welcome and networking reception for all attendees, followed by a full day of conference sessions, February 24. David A. Dik, National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the nation’s oldest and largest arts in education learning network, will provide opening comments to set the stage. The remainder of the day will consist of breakout sessions, facilitated by principals, as well as sessions from ArtsNOW and our partners regarding school related opportunities in both Georgia and South Carolina. The day will end with a panel discussion to address additional items and offer a Q&A opportunity for attendees. Registration is open now!

Pam Walker
President and CEO
Arts NOW
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