S.C. Arts Commission expands team of arts professionals

Clockwise from top left: Daphne Hudson, Margot Lane Strasburger, Yusi Sabree, and Nigel Espey

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is announcing that four skilled professionals joined its team so far in 2022, creating two departments, expanding another, and providing critical support for a growing state agency.

Earlier this year, two of the new hires joined existing staff members to create departments of communications and finance. The two recent additions expanded the grants office to provide direct support to constituents and brought on board an office manager to facilitate critical projects and day-to-day functions of the agency.

Accountant Daphne Hudson joins after having served as director of finance at the housing authority of the city of Aiken since 2019. She received her bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in Accounting from University of South Carolina-Aiken, master’s in business administration from Webster University in St. Louis, and master’s in management philosophy from Walden University in Minneapolis. Hudson’s addition forms a two-person finance department managed by Finance Director Angela Brewbaker.

Digital Content Manager Margot Lane Strasburger joins the SCAC after working as a freelance artist manager and public art consultant. With nearly a decade of experience in the arts industry in Australia, the U.S., and Europe she returns to her hometown. She received a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Boston University and a Master of Arts in material and visual culture from the University College London anthropology department. Strasburger’s addition forms a two-person communications department managed by Communications Director Jason Rapp.

Nigel Espey joins the SCAC grants office as its second assistant grants coordinator. He comes from a supply chain background, having served in various operational capacities for Labcorp, Transplace, and Syngenta. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Guilford College, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Finally, Yusi Sabree brings her years of management, event coordination, and customer engagement skills to the SCAC as office manager. Yusi Sabree joins after having worked for WOW Internet, Cable, & Phone, serving as the sales coach. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from South University.

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission 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 artist development, arts industry, arts learning, creative placemaking, and folklife and traditional arts. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., 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 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for #Arts4SC and #SCartists content.


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