Click to enlarge the slideshow from our 2020 Annual Meeting and Presentation of the TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards.
TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards
TD Bank sponsored the 2020 Business & the Arts Partnership Awards which were filmed due to COVID-19 on Monday, March 22, 2020 at the MAC office.
All of us at MAC greatly appreciate TD Bank’s continued support in honoring these businesses and individuals who are devoted to Greenville’s arts scene. TD Bank has a long-standing tradition of financially supporting the arts at very generous levels. Its executives and employees tirelessly give their time and resources to many important philanthropic endeavors throughout Greenville. We look forward to continuing our remarkable relationship with TD Bank in the future.
2020 TD Bank Business & the Arts Partnership Award Recipients
Business with less than 100 employees
Winner: Greenville County First Steps, nominated by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre
Nominees: Betsch Associates, nominated by The Warehouse Theatre; Davis Audiology, nominated by Greenville Theatre; Foster Victor Wealth Advisors, LLC, nominated by the Peace Center; OLLI at Furman, nominated by Greenville Chorale; Other Southern, LLC, nominated by Greenville Symphony; Ridge Media, LLC, nominated by Artisphere; Wine House, nominated by Centre Stage
Business with 100 or more employees
Winner: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, nominated by the Peace Center
Nominees: Duke Energy, nominated by Artisphere; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, nominated by The Warehouse Theatre; Immedion, nominated by Greenville Theatre; Piedmont Natural Gas, nominated by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre; Prisma Health, nominated by Centre Stage; United Community Bank, nominated by Greenville Chorale and Greenville Symphony
Put Your Heart in the Arts Volunteer of the Year
Winner: C. Dan Adams, nominated by the Greenville Symphony
Nominees: Linda Archer, nominated by The Warehouse Theatre; Artisphere Executive Committee, nominated by Artisphere; Ronny Dillard, nominated by Greenville Theatre; Mary Gentry, nominated by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre; Paul Gilbert, nominated by Centre Stage; Barbara Gulley, nominated by Greenville Chorale; Betty Stall, nominated by the Peace Center
2020 MAC Award Recipients
MAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARDS
Roger Ables, Edith Hardaway, Chris Kavolus and Anne Woods
MAC is very grateful for the generous financial support provided by board members Roger Ables, Edith Hardaway, Chris Kavolus and Anne Woods. These four individuals have been outstanding assets to the organization and have served as strong advocates of MAC’s programs and services throughout the Greenville community.
Carrie and Skip Gordon Teaching Artist Award
This annual award recognizes the outstanding artistry and educational practice of one exceptional Greenville artist who impacts and inspires the lives of students through their work in local schools. This award includes a scholarship to attend a national professional conference with a focus on both the arts and education. The 2020 recipient is Kelly Davis.
As a SmartARTS Teaching Artist Kelly Davis spent time this fall and winter bringing in-person curriculum-based arts integration learning to impact the academic achievement of the children of essential workers. A transplant from New York City, Kelly has worked as an actress and yoga instructor as well as with her husband Aaron who owns Palmetto State Solar in Greenville. Kelly is a Teaching Artist with the Warehouse Theatre and MAC’s SmartARTS programs in Greenville. She has performed in Upstate SC with Mill Town Players, Centre Stage and the Greenville Chorale. Kelly holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, with a minor in Musical Theatre as well as attended the British American Dramatic Academy, Upright Citizens Brigade, Michael Howard and Penny Templeton Studios.
Carrie and Skip Gordon Emerging Teaching Artist Award
This award recognizes a Greenville artist who shows great promise in his/her artistic and educational practice to impact and inspire the lives of students. This award includes a scholarship to attend a national professional conference with a focus on both the arts and education. The 2020 recipient is Dove Dupree.
As a SmartARTS Teaching Artist Dove Dupree spent time this fall and winter bringing in-person curriculum-based arts integration learning to impact the academic achievement of the children of essential workers. Dove Dupree is a lyricist, actor, and educator, as well as a Button Poetry feature, a Southern Fried Finalist and a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist. He made his Greenville acting debut in the Warehouse Theater’s play Sweat and frequently appears in independent films. He is a member of the 2016-2019 Say What Greenville Slam Teams and the current Director of Online Outreach for Wits End Poetry. He holds a BA in theater arts from Mars Hill University. Dove hopes his poetry will ignite, impact, and inspire.
The Dr. Martha R. Westrope Teaching Artist Fellowship
MAC is proud to celebrate the Dr. Martha R. Westrope Teaching Artist Fellow at the TD Center for Arts Integration established by the Caughman family in 2019 with a sizeable donation to the SmartARTS Program. We are very appreciative of this level of support from Dr. Westrope’s brothers, George, Gordon, and John Caughman. As part of the Dr. Martha R. Westrope Fellowship a full-time position was created for a teaching artist to work with Greenville County teachers at high-poverty schools to integrate the arts into their South Carolina Standards based curriculum at no cost to the schools. The TD Center for Arts Integration is thrilled to name long-time teaching artist, Jeff Holland, as the Dr. Martha R. Westrope Teaching Artist Fellow.
Jeff Holland, sonic artist, has been an integral part of the local music scene in Greenville for the past four decades as a drummer and music teacher. Today he loves to share his passion for world drumming and he believes, “Despite differences in language, religion and customs, there is something that unites cultures throughout the world — rhythm.” As a SmartARTS teaching artist, Jeff uses drumming to teach culture, fractions, patterns, empathy, and math concepts through drumming in schools across Greenville.
The SEW-Eurodrive Minority Teaching Artist Fellow
This award recognizes the outstanding artistry and educational practice of one exceptional Greenville minority artist who impacts and inspires the lives of students through their work in local schools. This minority artist will lead a Cultural Competency workshop at the 2021 Prisma Health SmartARTS Education Institute as part of SmartARTS commitment to inclusion and diversity. The 2020 recipient is Cecilia Ho.
As a SmartARTS Teaching Artist Cecilia Ho spent time this fall and winter bringing in-person curriculum-based arts integration learning to impact the academic achievement of the children of essential workers. Cecilia Ho was born into a family of designers in Hong Kong but was first introduced to felting after moving to Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. It was the local and plentiful sheep farms that influenced her passion and direction into felting and fiber arts. Cecilia has been offering felting demonstrations and teaching workshops at museums, galleries, art & fiber festivals and local businesses across the United States and Canada. Cecilia has taken part in exhibitions, fashion shows and wool campaigns. FELTasticFashion is the business created by Cecilia in 2011 in Greenville, SC which designs and packages all-inclusive felting DIY kits for beginners.
The Carl R. Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education
Mary Leslie Anderson
The Carl R. Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education is given annually to an arts educator to honor the life of professor, arts advocate, and Greenville
artist Carl R Blair. The 2020 recipient is Principal Mary Leslie Anderson.
As principal of League Academy of Communication Arts, Mary Leslie Anderson invests in the education of those who will shape how the city grows and prospers in the future. In a variety of roles, from English teacher, to instructional coach to assistant principal, she has served Greenville County Schools for 20 years. Since 2014, as principal at League Academy, she has won awards including National Schools to Watch (2015, 2017, 2020), Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School (2017, 2018, 2019), Palmetto State Arts Education SC School of Excellence in Arts Education Award, and was 2018 South Carolina Association of School Administrators finalist for SC Principal of the Year. As a believer in arts education, literacy integration, and multidisciplinary learning, Mrs. Anderson has created a vision for League Academy to include the infusion of all of these in each grade level and content area. Outside of school, Mrs. Anderson enjoys spending time with her husband, Gregg, and their pets- Penny, Fluffy, and Skippy Scoops.
Ann C. Sherard Young Supporter of the Arts Award
In 2016, we said goodbye to one of our most dedicated and loyal supporters – Ann C. Sherard. She had been a mainstay of support for MAC and its many programs and services. Ann was always concerned about ensuring that the younger generations were involved and engaged in the arts. Many times she would ask us, “That’s a great idea, but how are you going to involve the young people?” Ann was very excited about the MAConnect program for young professionals that was established in 2014. We are pleased to name our Young Supporter of the Arts Award in her honor. The recipient of the 2020 Ann C. Sherard Young Support of the Arts Award is Brittany Timmons.
A native of Greenville, Brittany owns and operates Timmons Consulting, a strategic planning and management consulting firm she began in 2018. She is also
President of Wahrheit, a company that specializes in custom titanium creations for the ultimate precision in pistol sighting systems. Brittany received her undergraduate degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to returning
home to Greenville, Brittney lived in Chicago where she was a management consultant and strategy manager at Accenture, a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital security.
While in Chicago, she served on the Board of Directors of Urban Gateways delivers high-quality arts programs led by trained and experienced professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and digital media to engage youth in grades pre-K through 12, their teachers, families, and communities.
Upon returning to Greenville, Brittany joined the Board of Directors of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She also serves of the Executive Committee and is the Endowment Campaign Co-Chair. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live orchestral music. Offering excellence in live musical performance, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds and encourages community support of the arts. Brittany has been instrumental in navigating the Greenville Symphony through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. She has worked tirelessly in the areas of fund raising and management while ensuring the stability of the organization’s multi-million dollar endowment.
Brittany is also a member of MAConnect, MAC’s young professionals program that serves as a platform to familiarize young adults with Greenville’s fantastic arts community.
MAC Lifelong Support of the Arts Award
Rosa M. Eisenstadt
A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Rosa Eisenstadt attended Temple University in Philadelphia. She arrived in Greenville in 1978 with her husband Lewis, who joined the architectural firm of Odell Associates, Inc. Since then, she has been very active in the community, working as a librarian at Greenville Tech and the Greenville County Library System. She has also volunteered in the medical archives of Prisma Health and has served as a visitors desk volunteer at Greenville Memorial Hospital. An avid gardener, Rosa often created flower arrangements for various events at Greenville Tech. She has two stepsons, Arthur and Richie. Rosa has been very active in her bridge club and the Greenville Women’s Club. Rosa is an active member of Temple of Israel Synagogue.
Rosa truly has a passion for Greenville’s arts community. This is evident in her very generous support of the Greenville Jewish Film Festival, Carolina Youth Symphony and Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She is a former member of the Symphony Guild. She has also supported the Greenville Center for the Creative Arts, the Upcountry History Museum, The Warehouse Theatre, the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Arts Council.
Other MAC Awards
At the 2020 MAC annual meeting on March 22, 2021, the following individuals and organizations received recognition for steadfast and generous support of MAC’s programs and services. Their support has been especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.