• Zeaveon Washington, Josh Padgett, and Elizabeth Prater smile for a photo after a State House performance.

    SCSDB is one of the state's
    first schools to be certified in the arts

    The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) is among the state's first schools to be certified as a South Carolina Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) school.

    Our statewide school has been affiliated with the ABC Project for 15 years and is rated an advanced school in the arts. When the ABC Project introduced a certification process earlier this year, our fine arts leaders jumped at the opportunity to demonstrate school wide appreciation and support for the arts.

    SCSDB offers fine arts programs in visual arts, music, dance, and drama. It also integrates art into academic classes. Students participate in hands-on activities while learning core subjects such as English, math, and science.

    The ABC Project provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education and is cooperatively directed by the SC Arts Commission, the SC Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Fine arts certification is a rigorous process involving outside evaluations and evidence provided by the school. The process focuses on the three frameworks of the ABC Project including; Defining Culture, Inspiring Creativity, and Making Connections.           

     “Certification is a point of pride for all of us at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind,” said Josh Padgett, fine arts coordinator. “This achievement is a testament to the school wide dedication and commitment to the arts. We depend on every department to support our programs – from transportation for field trips and off-campus performances to the residential staff members who assist in scheduling after-school arts activities.”

    About the SC Arts Commission

    The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences.

     A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance, and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on social media.

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  • Certification is a point of pride for all of us at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

    This achievement is a testament to our school wide dedication and commitment to the arts.

    Josh Padgett
    Fine Arts Coordinator