SCAC director Ken May wants to provide every S.C. student with access to an arts-inclusive education.
Today, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) announced that it has received an $811,400 National Endowment for the Arts grant. Four other South Carolina arts organizations received money, totaling $933,900 for the entire state.
SCAC executive director Ken May says, "At the Arts Commission, our grant will be put to use serving communities throughout the state. It will fund community arts development initiatives that seek to foster the creativity and unity needed to address the unique issues facing rural South Carolina communities."
May adds that this money will help South Carolina artists "develop their skills to grow businesses that contribute to the state's $9.7 billion creative economy."
This is the NEA's second major grant announcement of this fiscal year: awards from this round of funding come from Art Works II; Our Town; state and regional partnerships; and Research: Art Works.
NEA acting chairman Mary Anne Carter says, "Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline. The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”
Additional NEA awards will be made in the coming months, through Sept. 30. You can check out all current grants online at nea.gov