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S.C. Arts Commission Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

March 28, 2017

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission are teaming up to kick off the Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary with an April Showers Art Party April 5 at 7 p.m. at 701 Whaley in Columbia. For half a century, the Arts Commission has served as an umbrella for arts development in the Palmetto State. April Showers will carry out the umbrella theme with a sale of themed art works by professional artists and with umbrellas embellished by students and suspended from the ceiling. These decorative umbrellas will represent the 67 sites of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

April Showers will include a “Singin’ in the Rain” performance by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet and a dance party featuring the Finesse Band.


Tickets are $75 and available online at SouthCarolinaArts.com.


April Showers Art Party
Wednesday, April 5
Grand Hall at 701 Whaley, Columbia, S.C.

7 p.m. – Singin’ in the Rain Opening Performance, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet
7:30 – 9 p.m. – Invitational Art Sale
8:30 – 10:30 p.m. – Dance Party featuring the Finesse Band


For more information about April Showers and the 50th anniversary, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com.


About the 50th Anniversary
On June 7, 1967, Governor Robert E. McNair signed legislation creating the South Carolina Arts Commission, beginning a new era of public support for the arts in the Palmetto State. The legislation declared that the State of South Carolina would ensure that the arts “continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experiences of our citizens.” For 50 years, the Arts Commission has joined with individuals, institutions and professional organizations to advance the state’s commitment to create a thriving arts environment that benefits all citizens. From April 2017 through June 2018, the Arts Commission is celebrating 50 years of public support for the arts with kick-off events in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville and exhibitions and performances showcasing the arts around the state.


About the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
The Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project was launched in 1987 by the South Carolina Arts Commission, in partnership with the S.C. Department of Education and Winthrop University, to provide leadership in ensuring that all S.C. students have access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts, including dance, drama, music, visual arts and creative writing. ABC sites have made a strategic commitment to implementing the arts in the classroom.


About the South Carolina Arts Commission:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is celebrating 50 years of public support for the arts. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. The Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts through staff assistance, programs, grants and partnerships in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.