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S.C. Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration

April 2017 June 2018


On June 7, 1967, Governor Robert E. McNair signed legislation that established the South Carolina Arts Commission. This historic moment signaled a new era of public support for the arts that has endured for 50 years. South Carolina’s consistent commitment to the arts has contributed to a thriving creative economy associated with the arts and related activities. South Carolina’s creative enterprise engenders a core impact of $9.2 billion and 78,682 jobs and a full impact of $13.3 billion and 107,614 jobs.*


For 50 years, the S.C. Arts Commission has worked to ensure that communities large and small benefit from the quality of life enhanced by a thriving creative economy. The Arts Commission has partnered with artists, arts organizations, educators and community leaders to offer diverse arts programming and arts education opportunities in literary arts, music, dance, theatre, craft and visual arts.


In 1972, the Arts Commission’s work as a catalyst and collaborator was championed by a statewide group of business and arts leaders, and the South Carolina Arts Foundation was formed as a nonprofit to support the agency’s mission. Beginning in April 2017 and continuing through June 2018, the S.C. Arts Foundation will join forces with the S.C. Arts Commission for a once-in-a-lifetime 50th Anniversary celebration of the arts community. 




* 2008 data analyzed by researchers at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business