Alliance announces latest arts grants

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has recently awarded grants to four outstanding arts organizations in the area. And we couldn’t be more excited to help fund amazing projects that will:

  • Bring awareness to the flooding problems in Charleston through public art and events
  • Let students see their words come to life on stage by professional actors
  • Produce a documentary about an oft-forgotten American revolutionary war hero from Charleston who fought against slavey
  • Combine art and science to teach kids about the upcoming eclipse

The grants are from the Lowcountry Arts Fund, and are matching funds that assist these wonderful groups continue to produce amazing art. The grants went to:

The 100-foot Mary Edna Fraser banner is prominently featured on the side of the Joseph Floyd Manner.

The 100-foot Mary Edna Fraser banner is prominently featured on the side of the Joseph Floyd Manner.

Enough Pie

Looking to bring awareness to the continued growing problems of rising waters in Charleston, Enough Pie has kicked off AWAKENING V: King Tide. Running from the April to May King Tides (April 29-May 26), the month will feature more than a dozen public art events that highlight the growing problem of flooding in the area. The most visible work is undoubtedly the 100-foot banner by Mary Edna Fraser that currently hangs on the side of Joseph Floyd Manor.

Storytree Theatre and What If? Productions

Teralyn Tanner leading an acting class for Storytree Theatre.

Teralyn Tanner leading an acting class for Storytree Theatre.

This funding will assist with the Young Playwrights’ Festival. They will be working with students from East Cooper Montessori Charter developing 10-minute plays that will be presented during What If? Productions Playwright Festival, where professional actors and directors will present the students’ works.

Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina

John Laurens was a Charleston native and Revolutionary War hero who fought valiantly against slavery. Actors’ Theatre has produced a stirring documentary highlighting the valiant and noble war within a war fought by a true American hero. “John Laurens’ War” has already won numerous awards, and will bring his important story to the world.

McClellanville Arts Council


Children paint pictures at a recent McClellanville Arts Council camp.

The Little Stargazers program will bring art and science together to teach kids about the total solar eclipse that will be perfectly visible in our area on April 21. Children age 3-7 participating in this week-long camp will pair science lessons with art related projects to learn about the eclipse that will darken the skies. A significant portion of those served by the McClellanville Arts Council are below the poverty line, and this grant will help offset tuitions costs for kids who might otherwise not be able to participate.

About the Arts Fund

Launched in 2016, the Lowcountry Arts Fund serves to help arts non-profits in the tri-county continue to produce valuable art for the community. The signature donation of 2016 was the $25,000 Boeing Vision Award to Charleston Stage to offer sensory-friendly performances for specials needs children and their family, performed at the Dock Street Theatre.

Previous matching grants include:

  • Engaging Creative Minds, to assist an initiative to launch their program in Berkeley County
  • Midtown Productions, to to provide scholarships for students for the summer production of “Godspell”
  • Heal With Hearts, for visual arts and science integration at Murray LaSaine Elementary School

There are still grants available, so we encourage any arts non-profit in the tri-county to apply. Click here for more information.

Additionally, the Alliance will be hosting an Arts Day of Giving on Sept. 12 and will be providing incentive funds to help donor dollars go even further.


Arts Day of Giving info sessions planned

Are you getting ready for the Arts Day of Giving?

We certainly are. Mark your calendars for Sept. 12, when we will host a day of giving that will help your donor dollars grow. The Arts Alliance will be providing incentive funds to help make every participating organization’s day even more successful.

We will be holding our first information workshops on May 22 and 23 where we will share the requirements for groups to be eligible for the Arts DOG and the incentives. Each eligible entity will need to take part in a few training workshops, but we promise to make them fun as well as informative. We will share more details on the eligibility requirements at the May meetings.

The meetings will be:

May 22

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

May 23

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: North Charleston City Hall, Montagu Room 2nd floor, 2500 City Hall Ln, North Charleston, SC 29406

Once you find the meeting that works for your organization, please RSVP (along with number of planned attendees) to as soon as possible.

The Arts Day of Giving is open to any arts organization in the tri-county area that is either a registered 501(c)3 or operates under the umbrella of a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)3. For more information, feel free to contact Mike Gibbons at 843-577-5288 or


Tag! You’re it.

We know you’re an arts supporter. You show it by your generous contributions to the many amazing arts organizations in our area. You show it by your attendance at shows and performances and gallerylicense openings. You show it be being involved in the arts community and sharing the word to everyone you know that #ArtsMatter.

So why not show it when you’re driving around town? The South Carolina Arts Commission launched the Driven by the Arts tag in 2007, and it is the official state Arts Awareness license plate. Proceeds from the plate help to fund art programs across South Carolina. For more information on the plate or to find out how to get yours, click here.

Get your tag today, and let everyone know that you are Driven by the Arts!