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NCHS receives SCAC grant

Posted: May 6, 2014 3:33 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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North Central High School Principal Worth Thomasson stands next to the school's mascot. NCHS recently received a grant to assist students with ceramic and sculpture art opportunities.

North Central High School (NCHS) recently received a $750 grant from the S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) for the 2014 fiscal year. The support, funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow NCHS to expand its visual arts program by purchasing a kiln for firing ceramics.

This will enable NCHS to offer ceramics and sculpture opportunities to its students.

“I believe it is important for students to experience a variety of media in the visual arts. Clay is a very tactile medium and the diverse ways in which it can be manipulated offers endless possibilities for students to communicate and express themselves. We are thankful for the funding that has made our arts education expansion possible” NCHS art teacher Kim Truesdale said.

Local community sponsors provided additional funds to match the grant during the Fall North Central Arts Show. NCHS is meeting additional funding needs.

Local residents can see how the SCAC grant and local funds are benefiting NCHS by visiting the school Thursday at 6 p.m. for an art exhibition followed by a drama performance titled Mean Dolls at 7 p.m.  There is a $2 advanced admission fee for the drama performance before and $4 admission fee at the door.

The SCAC is a state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and by other sources. For more information, visit or call 734-8696.


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