Newly hired South Carolina Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts, Carrie Power, will speak to our membership during the General Session on Friday, Feb. 6 at 9:30 am in Columbia. Carrie will also be with us for the remainder of the conference and will present a session Saturday at 12:45 pm on applying for the Arts Curricular Innovation Grant (ACIG).
Carrie Ann Power has been an art educator in South Carolina for over 25 years. She became the South Carolina Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts in October 2015. Before accepting the position at the SC State Department of Education, Carrie Ann was the Fine Arts Chair and Visual Arts teacher in Aiken County. During that time, Carrie Ann wrote many local and state arts grants to assist East Aiken Elementary in becoming a School of the Arts with full-time dance and theatre programs. She built an after school arts program to include orchestra, guitar, dance, ceramics, and piano through community donations and community support.
Carrie Ann served as the CLIA (Curriculum Leadership Institute for the Arts) coordinator for the Summer Arts Institute program sponsored by the State Department of Education and managed by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project for the past two years assisting teachers in designing and presenting standards-based lessons and curriculum that implement the state and national standards. Carrie Ann has played an active role on many of our state arts education association boards and community arts organizations and advocacy groups.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania in 1990 and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Leslie University in 2007.
Carrie Ann is the 2004 Teacher of the Year for East Aiken Elementary and the 2015 South Carolina Art Educator of the Year.