Arts Council of York County Announces Small Grants Recipients

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grant awards for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in arts disciplines and make such disciplines accessible for general community-wide audiences.

Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

Recipients include:

Ashley Beard | $1,000

South Pointe High School Art Class

Located in Rock Hill, SC, South Pointe High School opened as the district’s third high school in the fall of 2005, and has been designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) School of Choice since 2016. During the 2017-2018 school year, South Pointe is offering a ceramics class for the first time. This class fits in perfectly with South Pointe’s STEAM mission as ceramics incorporates chemistry in the different states of clay and glazes; the physics of the potter’s wheel; and mathematics in calculating the percentage of the clay as it shrinks from its “wet” state to it final form after being glazed and fired. In the past, ceramics has been a unit covered within the general art classes. With the addition of the ceramics class, South Point students will be able to focus on the intricacies of both hand building and wheel throwing. This is the first time South Pointe students have the opportunity to learn wheel throwing. This grant helps pay for new potter’s wheels to outfit the classroom. | https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Domain/33

Camp Kic-A-Wah | $650

Preserve and Teach Catawba Culture

Camp Kic-A-Wah serves at-risk Catawba children between the ages of 5 – 18 and is offered through the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project at the Catawba Cultural Center on the Catawba Indian Nation Reservation. This program is designed to encourage campers to participate in Catawba culture through inter-generational mentoring. Developed with a focus on preserving the traditional arts of the Catawba Indian Nation, including basketry, pottery, and beadwork, as well as passing the knowledge of the arts on to future generations of Catawba children, those participating in the program will be immersed in Catawba Art by the artisans in live demonstrations and hands on apprenticeship during the summer of 2017 and after school in August and September. The project will conclude with two exhibits, showcasing the arts produced during the apprenticeship program.

This grant will help pay Tribal elders to teach the tribe’s endangered traditional arts during Camp Kic-A-Wah’s summer cultural immersion camp. | http://catawbaindian.net

Friday Arts Project | $395

Visual Arts Exhibition

The Friday Arts Project is mounting the exhibition, “Foot Machine: New Art on the Bike” in the Gettys Art Center’s Courtroom Gallery in honor of the 2017 BMX World Championships. For five months, the group held weekly “bike themed” drawing nights that included explorations of BMX bikes, motorcycles, 10-speed bikes, and picnics with bikes. The artwork created during these sessions will be on display in an exhibit from July 22 – August 21, with an opening reception to be held on July 22 during the BMX World Championships’ Opening Ceremony. This small grant helps to fund the marketing and materials needed for opening night. | http://www.fridayartsproject.org

Velma Love | $1,000

Professional Development

Dr. Velma Love is a scholar of African and African American religions and spiritual practices. She researches the Ifá/Orisha traditions and translates ancient spiritual practices for contemporary applications. She is an author, an independent scholar, and a mental health and emotional wellness advocate. As a native South Carolinian, Love grew up surrounded by stories. She wove these stories into the tapestry of her being and her life’s work became focused on understanding how stories shape lives and how life shapes story.

In July, Dr. Love used the small grant she received from the Arts Council to attend the National Storytelling Network Conference in Kansas City, Missouri with the objective of professional development in the applied use of storytelling for healing and social change. During the conference, Love participated in several workshops. During one, she was inspired to produce community storytelling events. Upon her return to York, SC, Love intends to use what she learned to develop a pilot storytelling project in York with the intent to strengthen the community, involve new audiences, increase civic engagement, and heal historical racial divisions. | http://www.drvelmalove.com/

Nathan Matthews | $800


Nathan Matthews is a percussionist who graduated from Winthrop University. He now performs the marimba in and around the Charlotte region, and he teaches private lessons. He recently commissioned two new solo works for marimba from Princeton University composer Elliot Cole and University of North Texas composer Skyler Hill. He recorded these works and released them on his debut album To Be Sure. Matthews is also the Director of the New Music Series through the Concerts at the Courtroom where he produced and performed in Terry Riley’s In C and in Michael Pisaro’s Ricefall (2). These performances focused on bold, innovative music pieces.

This grant will help pay the down payment on a 5-Octave Yamaha marimba, and will offset the monthly payments. Matthews plans to utilize the instrument with his students, and to perform at Concerts at the Courtroom and at other venues. He plans on extending the collaborative possibilities with local and regional performing and visual artists. | https://nathanmatthews.bandcamp.com/releases

Terry Roueche | $1,000

Film Workshop

Award winning playwright, fiction writer, and photographer, Terry Rouche is hosting filmmakers Noor Zaib and Muhammad Hassam from Pakistan in November 2017. During their time in Rock Hill, Zaib and Hassam will debut their documentary and narrative films at Roueche’s Main Street Theater. The young filmmakers will also lead master classes in high schools and at universities in York County. A workshop about the differences between making films in the United States and in Pakistan will be held in Rock Hill with other filmmakers. During their visit, Noor and Muhammad will conduct a workshop with the Nickelodeon in Columbia with the topic of women empowerment, minority rights, and counter extremism, with a focus on films and social justice.

This small grant will be used in preparation for the event and to cover travel expenses for Noor Zaib and Muhammad’s visit to York County.

J. Michael Simpson | $700


J. Michael Simpson has been working on a series of artwork that uses video of whitewater rivers and other subjects in nature. His works have been exhibited in many venues including the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, in The Healthcare Gallery in Baton Rouge, LA, at the Highlands Museum in Ashland, KY, and at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA. Through trial and error, he has learned that the artistic potential of his process depends on a video camera that has high functional flexibility, compatibility with professional standards, high video quality and ease of use. Simpson has been using a 2006 vintage Canon GL2 video camera to do the job. Video technology and Simpson’s artistic needs has advanced well past the capabilities of the GL2. This small grant will be used to purchase the Canon Vixia HF G40 high definition video camera. | http://www.jmichaelsimpson.org/

Total Allocations This Quarter: $4,845

To review guidelines, visit www.yorkcountyarts.org on the Grants page under The Arts heading. The next deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5 PM for programs occurring in October, November, and/or December of 2017. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date.

This Small Grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission (which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts), and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Carolina Community Foundation, and Comporium Communications.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.