10/20/17 - Duke Energy Foundation awards SCGSAH with Ignite grant


The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities received a $35,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to further expand arts and culture education in the Pee Dee region through the Ignite program.

"Ignite is a multi-faceted, arts-based program provided by the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities that is designed to ignite a passion for the arts in students in the Pee Dee region," said Dr. Cedric Adderley, SCGSAH president. "Through Ignite programs, students work alongside master teaching artists in creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts."

Ignite provides arts-related experiences throughout the year, with some student groups concentrating on one art area, while others focus on exposure-based programs that provide an introduction to a variety of art areas. The overall goal is to encourage students to identify and explore their own artistic voices, interests and skills.

As a part of the Ignite grant, elementary students in Williamsburg County also participate in a six-week Read to Succeed program that uses drama techniques to improve literacy skills.

"Arts and culture have the power to enhance community vitality and provide a window to the world for young students," said Theo Lane, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. "Programs like Ignite bring culture to students that otherwise wouldn't have access, and that's why we are happy to continue to partner with the Governor's School on this program."

During the previous school year, the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities served approximately 800 students in Darlington, Florence, Sumter and Williamsburg counties thanks to the support of last year's Duke Energy Foundation Ignite grant. This year, they increased their support to expand the Read to Succeed program.

"With this funding, we are able to place teaching artists across the Pee Dee region, develop partnerships with local school districts, support field trips to our campus, and address significant educational issues through arts-based learning," said Carol Baker, outreach coordinator for SCGSAH.

"Thanks to the Duke Energy Foundation's ongoing support, we are able to continue to serve our mission as an arts resource to teachers and students, while increasing arts education opportunities in South Carolina," said Adderley.

About S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. As a public, residential high school, serving juniors and seniors, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students. SCGSAH also serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. http://www.scgsah.org

About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. More information is available at www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

About the Governor's School for the Arts Foundation
The Governor's School for the Arts Foundation serves South Carolina's artistically talented students by raising revenues to bridge the gap between funds provided to the school through government appropriation and the actual cost of the educational opportunities the school provides to students. For more information, visit www.gsafoundation.net or call (864) 282-1570.