South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Growth Fund


The past few years have been challenging for many of our state’s arts organizations, individual artists, arts teachers, and other creatives. Virtually everyone in South Carolina’s arts community has felt the harsh realities of lost income and various economic stresses, curtailed exhibition and performance opportunities, personal loss, and other impacts of COVID-19.

Throughout this difficult time, the South Carolina Arts Foundation has initiated a number of projects to support the arts in South Carolina:

  • Recognizing that individual artists were experiencing income reductions, the SCAF initiated the South Carolina Artists Relief Fund, which supplemented emergency grants for visual, performing, and creative artists that the South Carolina Arts Commission administered.
  • The SCAF also presented two online art auctions to provide visual artists with sales opportunities.
  • To support the South Carolina Arts Commission State Art Collection, the SCAC developed what has become an annual card project and launched the Nina Liu State Art Collection Fund, managed by Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Marking its fiftieth anniversary, the SCAF established the South Carolina Arts Foundation Fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation at the start of the current fiscal year. Through this fund, the SCAF and its friends will be able to provide support for South Carolina’s arts community in perpetuity. Information on this new fund is coming soon.

Since it began in 1972, the SCAF has supported the programs and services of the SCAC, making it the agency’s oldest statewide partner. The SCAF’s strategic partnership with the SCAC links its mission to the agency’s three goals: artist development, arts education, and community development through the arts.

We are optimistic about the future of the arts in South Carolina, and we hope that we can count on your support for the SCAF and its work via a gift to the Arts Growth Fund. Your investment in the Arts Growth Fund comes with a commitment by the South Carolina Arts Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission to deliver quality services to all citizens of South Carolina. Every gift is meaningful, and we appreciate everything that you do for the arts in your community and statewide.

On behalf of the South Carolina Arts Foundation and its board of directors, we invite you to join us in supporting South Carolina arts organizations and artists through your contributions to the Arts Growth Fund.


Steve Bygott

Michael W. Haga
Vice President of Development

Updated Sept. 13, 2022

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Through the Arts Growth Fund.
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