Artist Development

Helping artists build sustainable careers in South Carolina

The SCAC’s artist development program helps accomplish that outcome of the strategic plan in a variety of ways:

  • Provide a robust grant portfolio for individual artists
  • Cultivate partnerships and peer networks that create professional opportunities and make more efficient use of resources for artists
  • Support and promote the essential role artists as citizens serve in their communities
  • Provide opportunities for artists to participate in a learning continuum ranging from pre-professional to advanced career training

Headshot of Tanisha BrownMeet the program director

Tanisha N. Brown

As artist development director, Tanisha provides leadership related to building and sustaining support for individual artists in South Carolina in all disciplines (literary, performing, visual, etc.) at various stages in their careers (emerging, mid-level, advanced).

A Columbia native, Brown is a multi-disciplined artist-entrepreneur, arts administrator, leadership developer, and business consultant. She received an associate degree from Midlands Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in media arts from USC. Tanisha has served on several local boards, including Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) and the Midlands Housing Alliance for the Transitions Homeless Center. She enjoys driving economic development within her home state through advocacy and amplification of local arts and culture.

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These are direct programs of the SCAC or partnerships.

  • Open for applications!

    FY25 Round 1 closes Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

    Grant funding, mentorship, networking, and other professional support for South Carolina artists in an early stage of career development.

  • Open for submissions!

    The 2024 cycle closes Friday, February 15, 2024.

    A competitive series to publish one of South Carolina’s exceptional prose writers biennially. Winning authors receive a monetary award, book contract, and more. In partnership with Hub City Press, South Carolina Humanities and the South Carolina State Library.