Our 2016 ISCA Rising Stars are featured in Hilton Head Monthly!! We are so very proud of The Nice Guys!!

I was so impressed with the young performers. You have created a wonderful event to recognize the young talent in Hilton Head. I really enjoyed the experience. Thank you for inviting me.

Stephanie Milling, Ph.D.
Associate Chair
Undergraduate Director
Head of Dance Education
University of South Carolina
Department of Theatre and Dance
Longstreet Theatre
Columbia, SC  29208

The chorus and drama students had a fantastic master class experience on Friday, September 16th. The students experienced a panel discussion with Chris Miller, broadway composer (spring 2016’s Broadway premier of Tuck Everlasting) and Hilary Maiberger (National and International tour as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, American Idol Season 6 finalist). Mr. Miller and Ms. Maiberger discussed audition preparation, networking, and rehearsal processes for the working actor as well as from the director’s perspective. After the talk, students had the opportunity to perform for Mr. Miller and Ms. Maiberger for feedback and suggestions on how to make their performances more clear in direction, and story telling.

Amanda O’Nan

HHIHS Principal


Dear Patti,

I wanted to send you this update because I thought it would be good to show the many ways ISCA is supporting young artists and connecting them with great opportunities to pursue their art.

Mario was selected to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars Festival in Charleston. We will be traveling to see him perform on June 8th.

His audition recording was also viewed by the Manhattan International Music Competition, (and others), several of which have invited Mario to attend their events.

The Manhattan International Music Competition organizers reached out to Mario and asked him to submit an application, with a full repertoire, to their event that will be held at Carnegie Hall this summer.

Ultimately, he did not make it past the final round of judging, but we were very proud that he was considered amongst a very talented group of musicians. They did send a very complementary letter to him speaking of his “great musicality, depth of interpretation, and technical expertise “. It sure made me proud!

I just wanted to let you know how the tireless efforts of you and your team at ISCA are making a difference. Thank you.



Dear Patti and Veronica,

We are so pleased with our ongoing partnership with the Island School Council for the Arts for our Youth Arts Festival march 12, 2016.

We are looking forward to continuing this wonderful partnership between the Island School Council for the Arts and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.


Kathleen P. Bateson

President & CEO


To The Island Packet:
It was my distinct pleasure to attend the recent Island School Council for the Arts Youth Performing Arts Competition at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

The performances were outstanding across the board, and I was impressed with the talent on Hilton Head Island. The investment that we as a community have made in the arts is showing in our youth, and I am grateful to live in such a community.

I encourage anyone who is active in an arts organization or is an arts lover to continue to work together. Patti Maurer, president of the ISCA, is a prime example of what can be accomplished when we cooperate with one another. Congratulations to the ISCA and all the performers.

Opal Duke Abbink
Hilton Head Island


~ISCA (Island School Council for the Arts) and the HHIHS PTSO are the reason we were able to see He Named Me Malala. They funded the project.

Dr. Read’s English AP Lang students will be creating ‘books of hope’ to include with the portraits. We don’t know what they will look like, yet…but plans are in the works. There were 2 classes of English students who joined the art students for the movie. These students will also contribute to the fundraiser with the cards I mentioned.

The project involved many people to make this happen…every time I hit a roadblock (failed attempts at grants, the movie leaving the theaters, trouble connecting to an orphanage, transportation costs, last minute chaperones, no funding…etc.) generous people offered their support. It was a reminder that we live in a community full of caring and generous souls!

It was definitely an adventure to arrange this collaboration, but stars will align when it’s meant to happen!

Have a great weekend-
Monique Dobbelaere, HHIHS Visual Art Teacher


My trip to Honey Horn was awesome.

I think we need public art because it can inspire children and can make people more creative. Sculptures can even make an artist have more ideas about their own art. I think sculptures inspire anyone who thinks about the art and creates pictures in their mind.

I liked the sculpture by James Tyler. I liked that they carved a head out of bricks. It must have been hard to cut bricks. I liked that it was on a tee stump.

These are my reasons why we need public art.

Noah Hooks

Third Grade Student-Age 9

Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts


Dear Island School Council for the Arts,

I am writing to thank you for your very generous ISCA Scholarship. I was incredibly happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of the artistic scholarship.

Sincerely and with much thanks,

Emma Walls


Dear Patti Maurer and Veronica Tigges,

I am writing to thank you for the generous ISCA Scholarship! Thank you so much, I am very appreciative.

I will be attending the Savannah College of Art and design in the Fall of 2015. My intended major is Animation, so that I can pursue a career as an animator, hopefully at Walt Disney Animation Studios. However, a career at any animation studio would be a dream come true, such as Pixar, or even Cartoon Network, since I have been enchanted by cartoons from many different companies from a young age.

This scholarship has helped to lift my financial burden and make college more affordable: I can now attend my school of choice, SCAD, to pursue my dream career. Thank you so much of this, I truly appreciate it!

With much thanks,

Clarissa Walls


Dear Patti Maurer,

Hello! I wanted to take a moment to say what a pleasure it was to have you attend our Academic Awards Night on May 7th. I wanted to thank you on behalf of Hilton Head Island High School, for presenting the Island School Council for the Arts Scholarships to Emma Walls, Clarissa Walls, Mariel Zmarzly, Haley Matousek, and Carolanne O’Fee. They will remember your kind words for quite some time to come. We hope to see you again next year!

Amanda O’Nan, HHIHS Principal


Dear Patti,

Congratulations on your receiving The Mayor’s Citizen Award of the Town of Hilton Head for promoting the arts.

This recognition of your dedication and drive to bringing the creative experience into our local schools has contributed significantly to our Lowcountry students’ exposure to the visual and performing arts. Your many talents and commitment have truly enriched the local students’ art education in our community.


Kathleen P. Bateson, President/CEO, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina


Dear Island School Council of r the Arts,

Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of the 2014 ISCA Scholarships. As I begin my first year at Savannah College of Art and Design, I keep the generosity of ISCA in mind. I am very grateful for your contribution to my education and support of my career in the arts. thank you of believing in my potential and encouraging my success as an animator. it means a lot to me.


Heidi Stine


Dear Members of the Island School Council for the Arts,

Thank you for providing me with the Tim Doughtie Scholarship. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Tim, I can’t think of a more fitting person to model my life after. I appreciate this organization’s passion to expose students’ artwork to the community and encourage the development of young artists. Thank you for the financial help.

With Gratitude,

Ross Dungan


Dear Patti,

Congratulations on being elected Board president of the Island School Council for the Arts. It is evident by your experience that you will add a great deal to the Board. The Arts Center appreciates your support and that of the Island School Council for the Arst over the years.


Kathleen P. Bateson, President and CEO, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina


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