Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Island School Council

  • HILTON HEAD , SC
  • www.isca-online.org

Mission Statement

Recognizing that high quality arts education supports academic achievements, the mission of the Island School Council for the Arts is to promote and advance arts education, and to enrich and enhance the arts experience of the youth in the greater Hilton Head and Bluffton communities by presenting excellence in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Main Programs

  1. ISCA Scholarship Program
  2. ISCA Artist-in-Education Residency Program
  3. ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions
  4. ISCA Teacher Grants
  5. ISCA Rising Stars Program

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Service Areas

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South Carolina

All of Southern Beaufort County, which includes Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, and Okatie: 29928, 29926, 29910, and 29909

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Patti Maurer

Keywords

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ISCA, Promising Picassos, An Evening of the Arts, Promising Artists, Rising Stars

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EIN

57-0726213

 Number

3891478815

Also Known As

Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA)

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

orming Arts (Aer)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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1. ISCA is very proud of the tremendous growth and success of the ISCA Rising Stars program: From the premiere in March 29, 2014 to March 14 2015, our event has gained international attention for our young aspiring performing artists. Patti Maurer coordinated with the Broadway Dreams Foundation to send a representative to serve as a judge for the 2015 showcase performance and then to present a scholarship to a BDF Summer Intensive. Two of our ISCA Rising Stars attended the BDF Summer Intensive in New York and one of them just booked the International tour of Beauty and the Beast. Patti Maurer contacted the SCAAE in charge of the Picolo Spoleto Rising Stars in Charleston , SC and two instrumental acts were selected to perform on June 5, 2015. ISCA Rising Stars event ticket sales increased 50% from 2014 to 2015. ISCA was able to double the prize money awarded to over $2000 due to increased sponsorships. ISCA provided the funds for 15 of the 2014 ISCA Rising Stars dance students to attend a Martha Graham Master class in January and also showcased 12 of the 2014 performing acts at the sold out An Evening of the Arts gala and auction.2. ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions: ISCA hosts an opening night reception for parents, teachers, administrators and the student artists. The reception attendance numbers and community views have increased 300%. 3. ISCA Student Scholarship program applications quadrupled in 2015 and ISCA awarded $4500 in scholarship monies to 9 exceptional seniors.4. ISCA voted to return to annual cycle with our An Evening of the Arts fundraiser after a sold-out gala and auction in 2014. This event is the primary source for ISCA to promote local professional artists and to fund our arts programs.5. In 2015 ISCA received a Community Impact grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to fund a part-time Executive Director to to help sustain the organization and to maintain and expand the current arts programming.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ISCA Scholarship Program

ISCA's bedrock program is its scholarship award to help support aspiring young artists achieve their drams and goals. Scholarship awards are given annually to outstanding high school seniors in the greater Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas for exceptional achievement in visual, performing and literary arts. Scholarships are intended for those students who plan to major in the arts in a four year college.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$6,500.00

Program 2

ISCA Artist-in-Education Residency Program

ISCA Artist-in-Education Residency Programs bring professional artists directly into local schools exposing students to professional-level art and careers in the arts.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions

ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions program frames and displays 3rd-12th grade exceptional visual artwork in a professional gallery setting o, open to the public.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$3,500.00

Program 4

ISCA Teacher Grants

ISCA has a long history of supporting teachers and schools through the ISCA Teacher Grant Program. Open to all arts teachers in the southern Beaufort County area with innovative arts projects, equipment, or arts experiences that are not otherwise offered within their school's curriculum

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 5

ISCA Rising Stars Program

The ISCA Rising Stars Program showcases the young performing artists in southern Beaufort County. All 3rd-12th grade aspiring actors, dancers, musicians, and singers are welcome to submit a video of their act with a specified time limit to the ISCA website. A panel of experts selects the top 25 acts to perform on the professional stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A panel of experts then select the winners of this talent show and they awarded over $2000 in prize money and scholarships to summer arts intensives.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$6,500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

All of Southern Beaufort County, which includes Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, and Okatie: 29928, 29926, 29910, and 29909

Funding Needs

1. Funding: funding in order to fulfill our mission to our ever expanding student population. ISCA provides free of charge all arts programming to K-12th grade public, private, and home-schooled students. To date the enrollment in the southern Beaufort County public school system is 8,109 with a 75% projected increase over the next 10 years adding 4,423 more students not including the 1600 private or home-schooled students, who all deserve the same access to high quality arts education and arts experiences. 2. Better Branding/Community Awareness: ISCA tries to brand each of our events so that the community is aware that our small organization is funding and presenting them in the community. Because our Artist Residencies, Student Art Exhibitions, Teacher Grants, ISCA Scholarships and participation in Rising Stars are all free of charge to students; most parents and even school administrators are still unaware that the Island School Council for the Arts exists and needs their support. 3. Volunteers: ISCA is always in desperate need for extra manpower to help coordinate and facilitate our events and arts programs.4. A volunteer to help digitally document events and arts experiences for the students5. Volunteers help with marketing the organization and the events.

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Island School Council

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Principal Officer

Patti Maurer

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This will be my first time working in this capacity.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The focus of the Island School Council for the Arts is to support our young promising artists by providing arts experiences in the classroom, school, or within the community, by showcasing their talent, by promoting their artwork throughout the community, and by providing financial aid to students to be able to attend summer arts intensives, and to achieve their dreams in a four year college. With the support of donors, sponsors, arts partners, and volunteers, ISCA is able to inspire students with once in a lifetime ISCA Artists-in-Education Residencies, thoroughly engaging students and working hands on with the top professional artists in their field. Through this support ISCA is also able to fund arts teachers and schools wishing to provide innovative arts projects to their students, that are outside of the everyday curriculum. Through business partnerships, ISCA has been able to display our Promising Picassos student artwork throughout local prominent businesses and art galleries, providing accessible viewing opportunities to the public and creating valuable portfolio and resume builders for these young artists. This community initiative has also brought about several student art purchases creating a trickle-up effect of rewarding the student artist, validating the arts teacher and the visual arts program at the school, creating a sense of value to the administrators, and thus engaging the parents as supporters of the arts and arts education. With our unique ISCA Rising Stars, ISCA filled a void left by youth programs cut in all of our community arts organizations. This event brings aspiring young actors, dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists together to support and learn from each other. Showcasing their talents in the community also broadens the arts experience of the audience and raises the awareness of the parents to the value of high quality performing arts education through these talented students. By having the CEO of each major arts organization serve as judges has helped to revitalize support of several youth arts opportunities in the community.This year a national organization sent a representative and the opportunities have expanded internationally for our ISCA Rising Stars!ISCA actively seeks out other arts organizations for collaborations and partnerships to pool resources, finances, facilities, and to better serve the students of southern Beaufort County.Patti MaurerExecutive Director "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Veronica Tigges

Community Volunteer

Term: June 2015 - Dec 2016

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