South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Artist Development Programs

Supporting #SCartists

The focused initiatives below were developed to encourage, nurture and support artistic and creative growth and the  economic well-being of South Carolina artists.

The South Carolina Arts Commission and Artists U are partners to offer ongoing training for S.C. artists.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Artists U is a grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists. Artists U training is designed to push artists to build lives that are balanced, productive, and sustainable.

The Artists U Weekend Intensive is offered around the state at various locations. Participants learn how to build a balanced, sustainable life by reconnecting with values, building community and slaying the two demons of the artist’s life: time and money. Workshop leaders are South Carolina artists who have completed Artists U training.

Examples of additional training offered by AU:

  • Introduction to Artists U
  • Artists U Alumni Gatherings
  • Artist Mission Statement Workshop
  • Social Media as Community

Visit Artists U/South Carolina to learn more about current training opportunities.

Artists U/South Carolina is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission as part of the S.C. Artists’ Ventures Initiative.

For more information on Individual Artist Fellowships, visit:

To encourage and enable the creation, expansion, or modification of artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists.

A grant and program to support the artistic and career development of emerging S.C. artists. To encourage and enable the creation, expansion, or modification of artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists.

The Artist Entrepreneur Incubator (AEI) is a series of monthly discipline-based interactive workshops for artists of all disciplines who are interested in transitioning their craft into a business, led by artists of all disciplines and also arts consultants and educators.

Workshops include information on basic business, licensing, marketing, contracts, and identifying resources for support and sustainability.

More information on the Artist Entrepreneur Incubator is available by clicking here.

For additional information, please contact Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts (cscottfitts@arts.sc.gov | 803.734.8203).