AN ABC ADVANCEMENT SITE
Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement grants (provided by the SC Arts
Commission) support ongoing comprehensive planning, strategic projects
and implementation of standards-based arts education initiatives,
including artist residencies and residency-plus activities. Schools
have to address in their plans how they will deliver a comprehensive
arts education (dance, music, theatre, visual arts and creative
writing) to the school population.
school members in their school becoming an ABC Site should contact the
ABC Project to set up an initial meeting with key arts teachers and
administration to discuss the intent of the school. SC Arts Commission
Regional Coordinators should also be contacted. Schools must address
becoming a comprehensive arts education program and may choose also to
become arts integrated. Schools
are also encouraged to visit other established ABC Sites to better
understand the various ways to become a comprehensive arts school.
First-time applicants to ABC Advancement will receive a one-year award.
They must then reapply at the end of the provisional period in order to
enter the two-year ABC Advancement cycle.
ABC Advancement grantees (known as ABC Sites) are expected to send
representatives to meet with colleagues from other current sites for
professional development days during the school year. The ABC Project
pays for two substitutes so representatives can attend these networking
The ABC sites are part of the larger ABC Project, which is overseen by
a steering committee of approximately 90 members including artists, art
and other educators, school administrators and representatives from
higher education, business and government entities. The committee
generally meets three times per year.
Among ABC Project programs and activities that support the efforts of
ABC sites are the Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts (CLIA), a
summer arts leadership program for arts educators; the Arts Education
Leadership Institute (AELI), a summer planning intensive program for
school and school district teams; the SC Center for Dance Education at
Columbia College; and an expanding statewide outreach program.
apply to become an ABC Site a school must have successfully completed a
Five Year Strategic Arts Education Plan. The plan must have been
written broadly based planning and program advisory committee. This
steering committee must continue to function at the guiding committee
and meet on a regular basis to review,
critique and revise the school’s arts education strategic plan.
Arts Education Strategic
strategic arts education plan is designed to serve as a guide toward
the development and implementation of a quality arts education program.
It should offer the promise of meeting the needs of all students at all
levels of the instructional process.
The plan should be grounded in the overall educational
philosophy and should be consistent with the primary mission of the
district or school.
on the needs of the original ABC Advancement Sites, the ABC Project
developed the ABC Arts Education Strategic Planning Manuel. The manual is designed to support the
strategic planning process model displayed on the next page. A series of worksheets will guide
participants through the planning process. The manual is structured to serve as
the basis of planning team deliberations and to facilitate attainment
of consensus on major plan components.
Specifically, agreement must be reached with regard to the
• The significant challenges
facing arts education in the district or school
• The arts education philosophy
of the district or school
• The district’s or the
school’s mission with regard to arts education
• The district’s or school’s
long-term arts education goals
• The specific strategies by which the district or
school will work toward the designated goals
five features will form the basic structure of the plan. Comprehensive action plans will
address key issues related to priority activities, schedules/timelines,
leadership responsibilities, and associated costs.
Crucial to a successful planning
effort is the strategic planning team.
This group should include
broad-based representation, not only from the educational community,
but from the larger, external community as well. It
is recommended that planning team composition include district and
school administrators, district- and school-level arts educators,
parents, students, community leaders, community arts representatives,
and business/industry leaders.
Planning team participants must understand the responsibility
demanded by the process, must be willing to devote significant time and
energy to the effort, and must have as their primary focus an interest
in moving the district forward in the area of arts education.
The ABC Project will
assist in the strategic planning process at no charge. Please feel
free to contact the ABC Project for any assistance..
Arts in Basic
105 McLaurin Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733
SC Arts Commission Grant Guidelines