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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

College of Charleston School of the Arts

2015 Organization Award

College of Charleston School of the ArtsCelebrating 25 years of training artists and arts leaders, the College of Charleston School of the Arts strives to be a pre-eminent center for the study, practice and management of the performing and creative arts. The school’s Arts Management Program is one of only a few such undergraduate programs in the nation. This field of study is relatively new in academia, and the school’s program allows students to interact with nationally recognized arts professionals, enriching and complementing the classroom experience. The Art History and Studio Art departments offer separate curricula of a depth and focus that students usually find only in graduate programs. The Music Department offers its majors a conservatory-level education, while offering non-majors the chance to study and perform in a professional environment. The Department of Theatre and Dance includes performance, dramaturgy and technical aspects of theatre. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art draws it programmatic focus from the national and international art scene, and its exhibitions travel to other galleries, representing South Carolina at nationally recognized contemporary art venues.


The School of Arts’ outreach extends beyond the classroom with a full schedule of lectures, exhibitions, theater performances, concerts, readings and other cultural events throughout the year – more than 200 discrete events, many of which are free to the public. The school works closely with community arts organizations across the Lowcountry, including Spoleto Festival USA, the City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and others to produce and present arts programs for the benefit of the community. For a quarter-century, the school has presented educational and cultural programs that have enriched the lives of South Carolinians and visitors to the state. The service that its students, alumni, faculty and staff have rendered to the state makes it an integral part of a vibrant arts community that extends well beyond the Lowcountry.