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The South Carolina Arts Commission encourages public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Please contact your Arts Coordinator for direct assistance.
- Services and Programs
- Grant Programs for Organizations
- Grant Programs for Artists
- Arts Education Grants
- Awards - Nominations Accepted From the Public
Grants and assistance for awareness, training and other needs in developing accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Online arts calendar and radio announcements airing on S.C. ETV radio.
Grants and assistance for arts education programs that support the academic, social, emotional and creative growth of students.
The Arts in Basic Curriculum Project aims to ensure that every child in S.C. has access to a quality, comprehensive arts education.
Recognition of artistic achievements by S.C.’s exceptional individual artists.
Assistance for projects that impact artistically based cultural tourism.
S.C.’s arts specialty license plate, designed to raise awareness for the arts and raise funds for arts education.
Recognition of outstanding achievement and contribution to the arts; the highest honor the state gives in the arts.
Resources to assist artists and arts organizations in preparing for and recovering from disasters.
Grants and assistance for tradtional arts, the creative expressions of groups who share a common culture.
Support for organizations providing ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals and other organizations.
Website promoting all that is special about the arts in S.C. and beyond. News, calls for art, resources, recognition, etc.
Recognition of artists who practice traditional art forms handed down through their families and communities.
Support and assistance for writers and programs; shared administration for the S.C. Literary Arts Partnership.
Grants and assistance in developing initiatives to increase public participation in the arts.
Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, Music; Presenting)
Support and assistance for S.C. performing artists and performing and presenting organizations.
Encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.
Extensive list of artists available to educators and presenters.
Grants and assistance for S.C. artists to develop knowledge and skills needed to build satisfying, sustainable careers.
Need-based online service that provides pro bono assistance to the arts community.
Comprehensive collection of works by contemporary S.C. artists.
Training and Consulting
Assistance and resources to help arts leaders develop skills and strengthen organizational capacity.
Support and assistance for S.C. artists and programs.
Helps South Carolina arts organizations make programs and existing facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.
Ensures that South Carolina’s living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life by funding such projects as presentation of traditional artists through workshops, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, recordings, etc.; documentation of traditional arts and/or folklife; production, documentation and/or distribution of a traditional artist’s work; and acquisition of difficult-to-obtain materials or equipment needed to create traditional art.
Strengthens arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities and other organizations throughout the state by providing consistent, unrestricted support for basic operations.
General Operating Support category designed as a simple way for small arts organizations to apply for funding.
Provides for a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs and/or for professional development opportunities to assist artistic and managerial staff.
Assists in the transmission and reinforcement of cultural skills and knowledge by providing funds for a master artist’s time and assisting an apprentice with the cost of travel and necessary materials.
Encourages and enables the creation of new artist-driven, art-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists.
Recognizes and rewards the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.
Supports specific arts activities that promote individual artist’s professional development or career advancement. Projects that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences are also encouraged.
Helps arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, and expertise necessary for meeting the 2010 Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards.
Funds the efforts of local education agencies/districts, nonprofits, artists and arts-focused organizations to, through the arts, meet the educational, developmental, or social needs of students. Grants may be used to fund in-school, after-school or summer programs.
Supports schools, school districts, or gifted and talented consortia committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction.
The Verner Awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts by S.C. individuals and organizations. Nomination categories are Arts in Education, Organization, Government, Business/Foundation, Individual, and Individual Artist.
Recognizes artists who practice traditional art forms handed down through their families and communities and traditional arts advocates who have worked to further traditional culture in the state.