Officials with the South Carolina Arts Commission recently awarded approximately $3.1 million in grants to artists, communities, schools, and art organizations throughout South Carolina for the fiscal year of 2017.
The 2014 Arts Education Task Force has encouraged arts education to expand its accessibility. The goal is to make a new, welcoming atmosphere for research and education for arts and art reforms in South Carolina.
“We are continuing our emphasis on arts education by expanding last year’s pilot program to serve low-income children through summer arts camps,” Ken May, South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director, said. “We worked with local school districts, nonprofit partners and the State Department of Education to deliver a high quality arts program designed to combat summer learning loss.”
Additionally, there are now seven new sites for Arts in Basic Curriculum. These sites have earned grants for implementing arts education and strategically planning arts during the school day.
“The task force was charged with answering the question, ‘What must South Carolina do to ensure that all of its young people explore, create, learn and grow in and through the arts?’” May said. “The answer was, in a nutshell, ‘do more of the good projects you’re already doing and find new approaches and new partners to reach kids, especially in high poverty areas.’ We will continue to support projects in traditional settings such as schools, but we want to work with community partners and afterschool/summer program providers to reach children beyond the school day and school year.”