South Carolina native and award-winning poet Nikky Finney is the keynote speaker at the Statewide Arts Conference to be held on Sept. 18. Hired in 2013, Finney is the John H. Bennett Jr. chair of Southern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina. Her fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry. The conference will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Registration is still open, and early bird registration is available through July 31. For more information, visit southcarolinaarts.com/statewide. Indie Grits Recognized with Our Town Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts recognized 66 organizations in 38 states, awarding a little over $5 million for the fourth year of its Our Town grants, which support creative place-making. Columbia’s own independent nonprofit, the Nickelodeon Theatre, was awarded $50,000 for the annual Indie Grits Festival. As Indie Grits Grows each year, so does the support, both from the City of Columbia and various grants, which is putting it on the national film festival map, according to Mayor Benjamin. ETV Radio wins NY Festival Award
ETV Radio’s Song Travels program received the bronze medal award for the 2014 World's Best Radio Programs by the New York Festival Awards. Distributed nationally by NPR, Song Travels is hosted by Emmy and Grammy-award winning artist Michael Feinstein. The program features top musicians in all genres of music, from country to R&B. The program airs weekly at 2 p.m. on Sunday on ETV Radio News Service and at 6 p.m. Sundays on ETV Radio classical service. Tapp's Arts Center Seeks Submissions for August Exhibition
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Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
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