South Carolina Arts Commission

Art of Community – Rural SC

Creating a way to support new leadership, generate energy, and motivate action in South Carolina’s rural communities.

Art of Community – Rural SC advances the South Carolina Arts Commission’s commitment to rural development through arts, culture and creative placemaking.


The initial pilot project was launched in 2016 in six rural South Carolina counties and in 2019 expanded to a total of 15:

  • Map of South Carolina with counties colored in dark blue if served by The Art of Community: Rural SC program.Aiken
  • Allendale*
  • Bamberg*
  • Barnwell*
  • Beaufort
  • Berkeley
  • Chester
  • Colleton*
  • Hampton*
  • Jasper*
  • Marion
  • Newberry
  • Pickens
  • Richland
  • York/Catawba Indian Nation

* Original six counties

Small teams in each county reimagine their communities through an arts and culture lens. Each team creates demonstration projects to grapple with a current community development issue. These projects focus on how arts and culture can address local issues that may include economic, community or workforce development, healthcare, education, public safety, housing or capital.

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How the program works

Explore the sections below for more details on the program, and we invite you to also read the program brochure PDF here.

I’m here to help!

If you are seeking more program information, please contact Deputy Director Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 |