Sign up now for Public Speaking workshop

We are excited to announce that our next workshop is coming up soon! We are partnering with Jenny Maxwell, Co-Director of The Buckley School of Public Speaking to present “Three Ways to Make Every Presentation Better Now.” During this free workshop, attendees will learn how to manage the three often overlooked areas of public speaking: your open, your nonverbal communication, and the way you manage audience questions and challenges.

Wednesday, July 13th @ 3PM
Main Library, Auditorium
68 Calhoun Street
E-mail to reserve your space!
For 30 years, The Buckley School has been helping professionals get their ideas across through public speaking and presentations, hosting open-enrollment seminars for individuals and traveling to companies to facilitate on-site sessions. Based in Camden,S.C., the school provides training to Fortune 500 companies, think tanks, and advocacy groups–working with professionals and policymakers to help them fine-tune content and delivery for important speeches, contract pitches, media interviews, and panel discussions. 
Jenny Maxwell is co-director of The Buckley School and has been a public speaking coach with the school since 2000. A writer and television producer, she has also created documentaries for PBS and written series for The Food Network. She was editor of skirt! magazine in Columbia for eight years and headed marketing and community relations at WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, for seven years.

Marcus Amaker named Poet Laureate

Friend of the Alliance and exceptionally talented artist Marcus Amaker was named Charleston’s first “Poet Laureate” on Tuesday evening.


Marcus Amaker shows Henrietta Snype, local sweetgrass basket artist, a clip from the “Arts Matter” video.

Some of you may know him as the mastermind behind our “Arts Matter” video, but most
Charlestonians will recognize him from his countless speaking engagements, musical performances, and of course, his incredible poetry. As Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Mr. Amaker will work with the Office of Cultural Affairs to encourage the artistry of poetry as both an important educational and cultural tool.

In a statement, Mayor Tecklenburg said “Marcus is a well-known artist in our community who has the drive, passion and talent to make poetry accessible to everyone.”

A reception to celebrate and commemorate this important occasion will be held at The City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Wednesday June 29 at 6:00PM. Mr. Amaker will be performing at the event.

We can’t imagine this honor going to anyone else and we are can’t wait to see what wonderful things Mr. Amaker will do with his new position!

Charleston Stage awarded Alliance’s Boeing Vision Award

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The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is excited to announce that Charleston Stage has been awarded the $25,000 Boeing Vision Award. The grant is for an innovative arts concept that will reach an underserved segment of the community. This grant will help Charleston Stage launch a program to offer sensory-friendly performances for specials needs children and their family, performed at the Dock Street Theatre. The grant was selected by an independent five-person panel of community leaders from the arts, business, and education communities that was selected by the Arts Alliance Board of Directors. Thank you to Boeing for their generous contribution to the arts, and thanks to Charleston Stage for bringing this innovative initiative to our community. To learn more about this exciting program, please visit Charleston Stage’s Boeing Vision Award.



Starting on Tuesday June 7th, Avondale’s second annual chART-a-Rama begins! Held in Avondale, this three day art event is even bigger this year. Events range from birdhouse painting and yoga classes, to a 24-hour live pianist marathon and a Brendan James concert. Follow them on their Facebook Page, which is updated with newly added events, and make plans to check out one or all three nights of this awesome event!