Duke Energy Grant Award Expands SCGSAH iGNITE Program

Duke Energy Grant Award Expands SCGSAH iGNITE Program

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts Foundation is pleased to announce it will receive a $30,000 grant from Duke Energy to further expand the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities iGNITE Arts Program. 

The iGNITE Arts Program, a partnership based, summer arts residency program, is designed to encourage students in middle grades in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina to identify and explore their own artistic voices, interests, and skills.

Additionally, the program will support existing and potentially new partnership districts within the Duke Energy service area during the 2016-­17 academic school year. Carol Baker, coordinator of outreach for SCGSAH, stated, "The funding provided by Duke Energy allows SCGSAH to really commit to a community and its needs and interests, while maintaining opportunities for new growth. By continuing to support summer residencies and by providing funds to develop new levels of programming, the Governor's School is better equipped to meet its mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students statewide."

With this funding, SCGSAH will also provide staff and supplies needed to establish new programs for younger ­grade students, increasing the iGNITE Summer Arts Residency Program's reach and minimizing gaps in arts education in South Carolina. With heavy statewide emphasis on ongoing educational initiatives like Read to Succeed, SCGSAH will be able to develop creative programming that supports student growth in new and exciting ways.

"Through programs like iGNITE, students are encouraged, often for the first time, to appreciate arts and culture," said Linda Hannon, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. "It is vital to provide that window to the world to students through innovative education programs, and we are happy to be a partner with SCGSAH in this initiative."

As a continuation of SCGSAH's pilot partnership with Williamsburg County School District, the improved program will expand the traditional iGNITE model beyond the current summer program model. Funds will also be allocated for activities to take place during the 2016­17 academic year, to provide new services, guest artists and professional learning opportunities, to Duke service areas that have not been a part of the school's Outreach Program in previous years.