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South Carolina Service Organizations


Arts Access South Carolina

The State Organization on Arts and Disability is an affiliate of VSA, the international organization on arts and disability founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to arts for all. Also on Facebook.

Julia Brown, Executive Director

803-630-4450 Cell

803-734-0445 Office

803-734-8526 Fax


Artists of Color
SC State University
Stanback Museum
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Mr. Frank Martin, President

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project
Provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, theatre, visual arts and creative writing) for all students in South Carolina.

Carolina Studios Corp
Using media arts to enrich the lives of youth.

Catawba Cultural Center
Protects, preserves, promotes and maintains the cultural heritage of the Catawba Indian Nation.

Clay Arts Society
1932 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Mr. Steven C. Hewitt

Columbia Film Society
Community arts organization whose aim is to stimulate discussion and enhance appreciation of media arts in the community by presenting a wide variety of alternative films and sponsoring media arts events and educational programs. The Nickelodeon Theatre is home for the Society to showcase films and videos found outside the commercial cinemas in the area.

Columbia Music Festival Association
Educates, discovers, develops, trains, assists and promotes the performing arts on its own and through its affiliate organizations. Also serves as an arts resource and support arts council.

Guild of Beaufort Galleries
Galleries within walking distance of each other in Historic Beaufort, South Carolina.

Hub City Writers Project
Emphasis on place-based literature that encourages readers to form a deeper connection with their home territory. Publishes two kinds of books: those that educate people about the place they live, and literary works (poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction) by emerging authors in the region.

South Carolina Humanities
Funds, promotes, counsels and coordinates all manner of endeavors that pertain to the humanities, including history, literature, languages, linguistics, philosophy, ethics, comparative religion and anthropology, as well as historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the arts.


Main Street South Carolina

Beppie LeGrand, Director

Phone:  803-933-1231

Municipal Association of South Carolina

1411 Gervais St., PO Box 12109, Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 803.799.9574

Fax: 803.933.1299


Main Street South Carolina is a service of the Municipal Association of South Carolina and is accredited by the National Trust Main Street Center.


Midlands Clay Arts Society
Provides both the amateur and the professional clay artist in the South Carolina Midlands region an opportunity to display and sell their work. The group sponsors workshops, demonstrations, guest speakers and many other opportunities to learn more in the field of clay arts.

Palmetto Luna

Fosters an understanding of the Hispanic/Latino culture by promoting artistic creation and providing opportunities for cultural expression in South Carolina.


Poetry Society of South Carolina
Conducts writers' workshops, holds a variety of competitions, publishes an annual chapbook and an annual anthology of prize-winning poems, conducts a local cooperative programs with visual artists through the Gibbes Museum of Art, and keeps members informed of regional literary activities.

SC Alliance for Arts Education (SCAAE)
Promotes the continued growth of excellence in arts education for all children through effective leadership, collaboration, communication, and community action.

SC Art Education Association (SCAEA)
Promotes arts education through Professional Development, Service, Advancement of Knowledge, and Leadership.

SC Artisans Center
Interprets, markets, preserves and perpetuates the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina Artisans while creating a better understanding of the state's cultural heritage.

SC Arts Alliance
Serves the arts through advocacy, technical assistance, and leadership development in South Carolina.

SC Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Promotes health, physical activity and wellness among the state's citizens through effective leadership, professional development, education and advocacy.

SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO)
Serves, supports and strengthens nonprofit organizations for a better South Carolina.

SC Bluegrass & Traditional Music Association
Preserves, promotes, publicizes and supports the unique musical style through concerts, workshops and public educational programs.


SC Center for Dance Education
Serves the state with a wide variety of dance education programs and services.

SC Center for the Book
Celebrates South Carolina's literary heritage and brings public attention to the importance of books, writers and reading.

SC Dance Association
Fosters an environment which supports and promotes dance in South Carolina.

SC Department of Education
Dedicated to leading educational reform and improvement in the state’s 85 school districts and 1,100 public schools.

SC Department of Archives and History
Preserves and promotes the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State.

SC Federation of Museums
Professional membership organization that represents and acts in the interests of museums in South Carolina.

SC Festival & Event Association
Providing educational, marketing and networking opportunities while serving as a resource for the event industry.

SC Film Office
Providing information on locations, crew, and services for companies producing feature films, television, etc.

SC Music Educators Association
Supports and promotes quality music education in South Carolina schools and committees.

SC Music Teachers Association
Professional organization for independent and collegiate music teachers from around South Carolina.


SC Presenters Network
Networks the venues, schools, organizations, and people who hire performing artists in South Carolina.


SC Theatre Association
Aiming to raise the standard of theatre arts and theatre education in South Carolina by facilitating participation and effective communication.


Scriptwriters of SC, Inc.
Non-profit organization serving South Carolina playwrights and theatre groups.
Booth Chilcutt, Co-Director
Sumter Opera House
21 North Main St.
Sumter, SC 29151

Terry Roueche, Founder and Co-Director
838 Hillcroft Place
Rock Hill, SC

SC State Library
Supports libraries throughout the state in meeting the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the people of South Carolina.

SC Storytelling Network
Brings storytelling to the public, and provides educational opportunities and advocacy for the art of storytelling.

SC Traditional Arts Network
Documentation, preservation and celebration of South Carolina's folklore, folklife and traditional cultures.

SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

The purpose of the SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (SCVLA) is to provide pro bono legal assistance to the arts community in SC.


SC Watermedia Society
Promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public.

SC Writers Association
Literary arts organization serving both new and established writers.

SC Young Playwrights
PO Box 22344
Charleston, SC 29413
Tamara Goldbogen, Director


Regional Organizations

South Arts
Creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the professional development of artists, arts organizations and arts professionals; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education.

Alternate ROOTS
Supports the creation and presentation of original art, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit.

Tri State Sculptors Education Association
Promotes public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and exchange of ideas and information among its members.


National Service Organizations

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Offers grants to individual visual artists through annual Individual Support Grants and an Emergency Grant program. Also organizes exhibitions.

American Academy of Arts and Letters
Fosters and sustains interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists.

Arts Edge: The National Arts and Education Network
Supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience.

ArtsEdNet (Education at The Getty)
The programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust focus on the visual arts in all of their dimensions, serving both general audiences and specialized professionals.

Americans for the Arts
Dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Nexus for the performing arts community and the innovators in the field.

Community Arts Network
Promoting information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art.

Foundation Center
Mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC)
Nonprofit association whose membership comprises a diverse mix of organizations and individuals dedicated to a common goal: the support and advocacy of independent film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts.

National Arts Strategies
Leadership education for arts and culture.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
Membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

National Association for Campus Activities
Links the higher education and entertainment communities in a business and learning partnership, creating educational and business opportunities for student and professional members.

National Endowment for the Arts
Public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.



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