How We Serve
Statement of Solidarity
We wish to speak out about the racial violence and systemic injustice prevalent against Black people in our country. We acknowledge the pain that Black colleagues, artists, family, and friends feel. We realize that the silence of institutions has historically erased and helped perpetuate racially-motivated, anti-Black violence. We stand in solidarity with efforts for justice and equality.
With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians.
On June 7, 1967, Governor Robert E. McNair signed legislation that established the South Carolina Arts Commission, an autonomous state agency charged with guiding the development of the arts. For 50 years, the agency has worked to build a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their circumstances or where they live.
How we accomplish our mission
The Arts Commission’s primary source of funding is state tax dollars appropriated by the S.C. General Assembly. Grants from the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts comprise the Commission’s secondary source of funding. Additional support for Arts Commission projects is provided by private foundations and community sponsors.
The South Carolina Arts Commission has produced nationally recognized initiatives in:
- arts curriculum reform
- rural arts development
- dance touring and audience development
- community design
- electronic communications
- media arts
- traditional arts infrastructure development