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We've Moved!

The South Carolina Arts Commission has moved from its Gervais Street office to a smaller space on Sumter Street, effective May 7, 2012.


Why? Our staff is 44 percent smaller than it was four years ago. We’ll save money in a smaller space and have more to devote to our mission.



Our new address is:



COLUMBIA, SC 29201-3746



Our new office is just a few blocks away from our previous home, so visitors don’t have to go far to find us. The Arts Commission’s new location is on Sumter Street between Senate and Pendleton streets, next door to Town Theatre and across from the Statehouse.


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Entrance and Accessibility

The building entrance is under the blue awning in the parking lot adjacent to Town Theatre. Once inside, the door to your right will lead you upstairs to our office.


This building is accessible to persons with disabilities. There is a ramp outside and an elevator available inside; please call 803-734-8696 for assistance.



parking mapIn the parking lot accessed from Sumter Street, there are five spaces reserved for visitors to our building, plus two designated handicapped parking spaces.


In the lot accessible from Senate Street, there are an additional three spaces (numbered 20, 21, and 22) reserved for our visitors.


There is also plenty of metered parking in the area.

Print a parking map (PDF)  


Contact Information and Office Hours

Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same.

  • Main phone number: 803-734-8696
  • Fax: 803-734-8526


Office hours also remain the same:

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday (except state holidays).



Here's an interesting historic shot of our new home, with Town Theatre in the lower right corner, and the intersection of Sumter and Senate streets in the upper left corner:

This is what the Arts Commission's new home looked like many years ago.

Built in 1920, the building was at one time home to the R.L. Bryan Company. Since that time it has housed a variety of state offices.