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Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards

Awards to South Carolina Individuals, Nonprofits, For-Profits,
Agencies, and Schools for Contributions to the Arts

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South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)

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11/08/18 Midnight EST


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Awards to South Carolina individuals, nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, schools, and IHEs to recognize contributions to arts within the state. Nominations will be considered in a broad range of categories, including arts in education, arts organizations, government agencies, businesses and foundations, individuals, and artists.

Category Descriptions:

Arts in Education:
Open to SC individuals and institutions whose primary function is arts education. May include: arts educators (teachers, consultants, principals, administrators), schools, school districts, college/university arts departments, etc.

Open to SC organizations who contribute to the advancement and/or support of the arts. May include: arts discipline organizations, arts councils, arts advocacy groups, guilds, arts departments of organizations, educational institutions, etc.

Open to agencies and institutions generally described as units of state, county or municipal governments that have served their communities in outstanding ways through the arts, OR elected or appointed officials who, in their official capacities, have demonstrated notable support for the arts through leadership and public policy.

Open to SC individuals, or companies and foundations whose participation, support, and/or contributions have benefited the maintenance and growth of the arts.

Open to SC individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and statewide impact through their leadership, support, and advancement of the arts. May include: arts professionals such as managers, administrators; arts supporters such as patrons, promoters, donors, etc.

Individual Artist:
Open to SC artists of exceptional talent and creativity, in any discipline, whose contribution to the arts has helped guide and influence directions, trends and aesthetic practices across the state or to national or international levels.

The S.C. Arts Commission may choose not to present an award in a particular category in a given year. In addition to the above categories, the S.C. Arts Commission may choose to give Special Awards for achievements falling outside the defined categories.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are made to individuals, organizations, government agencies, businesses, and foundations. Eligibility varies by award category.

-Commissioners and staff of the SC Arts Commission and members of their immediate families are not eligible for nomination;
-Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination;
-Past recipients of Verner Awards are not eligible for nomination for 10 years following their award.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations must be submitted online via Submittable by midnight (EST) on November 8, 2018.

The online nomination is an easy process. Clicking the Submit Nomination button below will open the Submittable application where you will choose the 2019 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts Nomination Form, create a username and password, enter the requested information and upload a nomination letter.

Letter of Nomination:
The nomination letter should describe the nominee's exemplary contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Please note that only one letter per nomination will be accepted.

The awards ceremony and related events are tentatively scheduled for early May in Columbia.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Nomination:

Victoria McCurry
(803) 734-8315

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina