Artist-In-Residency Programs

To succeed today and in the future, America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative.
– President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities: Reinvesting in Arts Education, 2011

ISCA sponsored Artist-In-Residency programs bring professional artists into local schools exposing students to professional-level art and careers in the arts. The Artist-In-Residency program provides students intimate interaction with artists, hands-on experience and special knowledge of the particular art field.

ISCA Artist-in-Education Residency Program

September 16, 2016 students at Bluffton High School, Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts, Hilton Head Chrisitan Academy, and Hilton Head Preparatory School will have the once in a  lifetime opportunity to participate in masterclasses taught by these award winning working artists:

Hilary Maiberger, MA in Vocal Performance with credits: International and National tour of Beauty and the Beast

Chris Miller, MFA in Music Composition, with credits: Tuck Everlasting, The Burnt Part Boys, Fugitive Songs  and recipient of the Fred Ebb Award

Jennie Begley, Complexions Contemporary Dance Company, credits: National and International Tour, Capetown Ballet, and So You Think You Can Dance

1300 students at Hilton Head Island High School were treated to two special performances of BECOMING HARRIET TUBMAN written and performed by Beaufort Storyteller: Natailie Daise. 

Public Art Inspires even the youngest students. Several students wrote persuasive letters to our newspaper, The Island Packet written by 3rd grade students. ISCA funded a filed trip for 171 3rd grade students and 9 teachers  from Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts to have a guided tour of the 2015 Public Art Exhibition.

Public Art Exhibition

To Island Packet,

It’s important to go to see the Public Art Exhibition because it can remind you of things like feelings, your family members, colors, and animals.

My favorite sculpture was by Michael Shewmaker.  It was shiny and tall.  It was silver and it made me feel “sqiggled up.”  It is like the color of water.  It’s like when you look in a mirror and have two faces.  If you are sad and miss someone then you can look at the sculpture and you think about the person.  You can see that person in your heart and create something in your mind about what you think the sculpture is.

Crissty Pena

Third Grade Student – Age 8

Hilton Head School for Creative Arts

Another great letter:

Need For Public Art

Dear Island Packet,

We need art! We need art for everyone. I like public sculptures. I know this not from taking surveys, but our class went to Honey Horn. (Honey Horn is kind of like an art museum for kids.) Everyone seemed to like all the paintings and sculptures. All of us kids need to see art and/or sculptures to inspire us. Grownups even like art. They might like it because they might think it’s creative. Without public art no one would be able to see famous artists and their paintings, like Leonardo Divinci and The Mona Lisa. No one would be able to see that. Without public art there would be no art museums.  Life would be dull and not inspiring.

My favorite sculpture was by David Teng-Olsen.  The sculpture he made was a van.  I liked the van very much. I liked it because it was colorful and creative.  It reminds me of the Scooby Doo van.  When David Teng-Olsen came to our school to talk about his sculpture he showed pictures of his van.  He told us that his parents had owned that van since he was born.  That is another reason I like the van.

Michelle Ocampo

Third Grade student

Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts

One more:

Island Packet,

Everyone should be allowed to see art shows and learn about art.  It is fun to look at sculptures and use your imagination.  Art can be anything when you use your imagination.

My favorite sculpture was by Nam Le.  His sculpture looked like a spiral.  It had triangles on the outside.  It looked like an anaconda.  It was small.  Then it got big and then it got small.  It looked like a cave.  It looked like tree branches curved over.  It looked like a gate or a curved door.

It looked like lots of things.  I used my imagination!

Gabriella Grace Jimenez

Third Grade student – Age 8

Hilton Head School for Creative Arts


 Illinois artist, Jeff Boshart-Monday, September 28-Thursday, October 1, 2015 


Island School Council for the Arts connected 15 students from Hilton Head Christian Academy with sculptor, Jeff Boshart to help build and install his 20’x20’x20′ iron scum;lpture at Honey Horn Plantation for the 2015 Public Art exhibition.

Hilton Head Christian Academy Students learned so many valuable skills from the installation process with Jeff Boshart.

ISCA then brought Jeff to HE McCracken Middle School to work with 90 students for a 2 1/2 hour hands on workshop creating a scaled sculpture made of balsa wood inspired by his piece.

 Internationally recognized artist, Dave Teng Olsen- September 30, 2015 

Island School Council for the Arts funded professional artist, Bio-Engineer, world traveller, and Wellesley College Professor, Dave Teng Olsen to present his artistic experiences and inspirations to 171 third grade students at the Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts.


Savannah based artist, Jerome Meadows-October 21-22, 2013
Island School Council for the Arts funded Savannah based artist Jerome Meadows Artist in Education Residency at four local schools! Heritage Academy, Saint Francis, Hilton Head island Elementary, and Hilton Head Island High School students listened to Jerome Meadows presentation of the “Ever Expanding Landscape of the Creative Mind” on October 21st and 22nd.

North Carolina based artist, Allison Luce-October 7-8, 2013

ISCA brought North Carolina based artist, Allison Luce back to Bluffton High School for Phase 2 of her multi-phase residency.North Carolina artist Allison Luce to work with 300 students and teachers in Tim Holsinger’s ceramics classroom. Luce is part of the 2013 Public Art Exhibition and ISCA’s educational outreach, which brings artist residencies to six Beaufort County schools. The program is provided by the Island School Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Luce will work with students at Bluffton High to create 300 textured tiles for a Lowcountry-themed wall installation to be placed at the entrance to the school’s arts wing in February 2014.

North Carolina based artist Allison Luce-September 18-20, 2013

ISCA brought North Carolina based artist to the Bluffton High School Auditorium to lecture the art students and prepare them for her return residency October 7-8, 2013. In October Allison will design and help create with the students their very own piece of Public Art as a wall installation at Bluffton High School. She also worked with three students on her installation of Ancient Expanse for the 2013 Public Art Exhibition.

New York based artist Megan Mosholder-September 16-20, 2013

ISCA is a Silver Sponsor of the 2013 Public Art Exhibition in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. ISCA provides and funds the educational outreach for this exhibition bringing the artist directly into the schools and providing opportunities for the students to work directly with the artist during the installation process. New York based artist Megan Mosholder worked with the art students of the Hilton Head Christian Academy.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago – January 15-18, 2013

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presented Hubbard Street, a nationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, for a series of education, community and public events. ISCA partnered with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in sponsoring school residencies along with performance tickets for several classes. Another partnership with the Beaufort County School District included shared expenses for an arts integrated professional development workshop for Beaufort County teachers on January 18. This program reached approximately 1,000 students and educators across Beaufort County.

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