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And the results are in for Arts Matter Day…

What an amazing day! Arts Matter Day has wrapped, and we could not be more thrilled and in awe of the fantastic display of support for arts groups in the Lowcountry.

Nearly 1,000 – 1,000!!! – people donated to more than 40 arts groups in the area, providing funds that will help them produce the awesome art that makes our community so wonderful.

And the most exciting part for us here at the Alliance – we are so thrilled to be able to announce that we are able to match every donor dollar you gave! That’s right. Our incentive funds will essentially double the donations for each group, making your donor dollar go so much further.

Thank you to all the wonderful donors who gave during this inaugural Arts Matter Day. And thank you to our fantastic arts groups who work tirelessly day in and day out to make our community a great place to live.



Arts Matter Day rescheduled for Oct. 10

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has rescheduled Arts Matter Day for Oct. 10, 2017.

The day of online giving will be an opportunity to support arts nonprofits and have your donor dollars go further, thanks to incentive funds provided by the Alliance.

The original date, Sept. 12, was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Be on the lookout for more news soon on this exciting day of supporting the arts.

To learn more about Arts Matter Day, click HERE.

Arts Matter Day to be rescheduled

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is rescheduling Arts Matter Day and will announce the new date in the near future.

The original date, Sept. 12, was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Arts Matter Day is a fund-raising initiative for arts non-profits in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is providing $150,000 in incentive funds to help donor dollars go even further.

To learn more about Arts Matter Day, click HERE.

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Where can I donate for Arts Matter Day?

You can click HERE to visit our easy, safe and secure funding portal.

What is Arts Matter Day?

Arts Matter Day is a day of community giving on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to support arts nonprofits in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Arts supporters can give to their favorite arts organizations, and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts will enable those dollars go further by providing incentive funds to all participating groups.

What are incentive funds and how do they affect my donation?

The Arts Alliance has raised $150,000 in incentive funds from local donors for Arts Matter Day. These funds will be distributed proportionately based on the amount raised and the number of participants, and while they are not technically “matching” funds, the Arts Alliance expects an average return of 10%-15% to each organization. Therefore, your donation has the potential to grow, enhancing your gift and increasing community impact.

Who is eligible to take part in Arts Matter Day?

Any arts organization in the tri-county area that is a registered 501(c)3 or operates under the umbrella of a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)3 is eligible. For an updated list of participants, please click here. Don’t see your favorite arts nonprofit? Please contact them and let them know you want them to participate so that you your donation can go even further.

Can I give to multiple organizations?

We hope you will! Our user friendly donation portal will allow you to specify where your tax-deductible donation will go, which includes the option to spread it across multiple organizations.

What if I’m not sure which group to give to?

You can donate directly to the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, and we can re-grant those funds through our Lowcountry Arts Fund. A list of our previous grantees is available at . Because we have relationships with more than 90 arts non-profits in the tri-county area, the Arts Alliance is uniquely positioned to vet Arts Fund recipients.

Why is the Arts Alliance the right choice to spearhead Arts Matter Day?

The Arts Alliance’s sole mission is to promote the arts in the tri-county area. We do not produce shows or exhibits, nor do we have a venue. We’re dedicated to the shared realization of a dynamic and thriving arts community by serving arts organizations in Charleston. We’re here because Arts Matter.



OPEN Arts Expo is almost here!

Are you ready for the eighth annual OPEN Arts Expo? This annual celebration of the arts will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon-4 at the Cistern Yard at the College of piano

Come out for this free event and see more than 50 artists and arts groups. Learn about their exciting productions, meet some amazing artists, and enjoy some fabulous performances throughout the day, including our headliner the David Higgins Band.

There will also be many interactive and engaging booths, from a paintable piano courtesy of Fox Music to Deane Bowers’ environmental art and much, much more!

The OPEN Arts Alliance is a partnership between the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, and is sponsored by SCE&G.

And OPEN is a great way to get excited for Arts Matter Day, to be held on Sept. 12, a day of giving to arts nonprofits where the Alliance is providing incentive funds to help your donations go further. #ArtsMatter

OPEN Arts Expo registration is OPEN!

open2Are you ready for OPEN Arts Expo 2017?

It’s that time of year again! Registration is OPEN for our 7th annual event, and this year is shaping up to be our biggest and best ever.
We will be holding our event once again at The Cistern during Second Sunday on King, so this year’s event will be held on September 10th 2017. The following TuesdaySeptember 12th, is our inaugural day of giving, Arts Matter Day 2017. We highly encourage you to participate in OPEN in order to spread the word about Arts Matter Day to increase giving to arts in the low country.
If you are an artist or arts group and would like to participate in this awesome day celebrating the arts, visit: Once you register, we will email your specified contact person a personalized invoice for the $125 booth rental fee.
Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions by emailing or calling Mike or Elise ( or

Thank you for all you do for the arts in the Lowcountry! open1

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.


Friday Fiver: Total Eclipse of the Art

On Aug. 21, 2017, all eyes will be on the sky, as a total solar eclipse occurs for the first time in nearly four decades.

And two artists from Vermont will keeping more than just eyes on the sky. Michael Zebrowski, a professor of art at Johnson State College in Vermont, and Kelly Holt, his project manager, are planning on installing four art exhibits along the eclipse’s path across the U.S., and includes one right here in The Holy City.

The yellow tripods will be mounted with a time lapse camera and a live stream camera, and will capture the eclipse as it makes its away across the country.

Anyone interested in partnering with them on the project is encouraged to contact them at or Or, shoot us an e-mail at the Alliance and we’ll get you connected.

Michael Zebrowski

Michael Zebrowski

We sat down with Michael and Kelly for this week’s Friday Fiver.

What was the inspiration for taking on this ambitious cross-country project?

I have a fundamental desire in my artwork to challenge the scale of my work. I do this not necessarily through how big a structure or sculpture is, but through the relationship that the structure has to the immediate environment, earth and universe. So the event of the eclipse on August 21st fits right into this. I see this project like orchestrating a band’s US tour except all venues play the music at the same time almost and the band consists of the sun moon and earth. My thinking is if I place a modest structure at four points along the path of totality across the country then the works are more about their relationship to the Moon, Sun and Earth. And ultimately our relationship to these celestial bodies.

You have chose four locations for the installations – Charleston; St. Joseph, MO; Jackson Hole, WY; and Salem, OR? How did you select these locations?

I chose the four locations because I wanted to fully do justice to the entire eclipse event across the USA. The total event lasts 95 minutes roughly from land fall in Salem Oregon to exiting in Charleston. I love the idea that everyone will stop and look even if they don’t know about or anticipate the event. There is a type of movement in sculpture and other forms of art that are “site specific,” meaning a work that is placed in a particular place while responding to the conditions of the space. This work is site specific. I also like the idea of expanding this concept to include “time specific.” This work is also time specific. The multiple locations, one in each time zone, is important to following through further with this notion of connecting to time. More simply, the locations all exist on or very near the path of totality. The path of totality is where the true shadow of the moon will hit the earth. If you were on the moon looking at the earth, you would see the shadow cross the planet. Satellites will pick this up as well.

Once you have documented the eclipse, what will you do with the photographs?

The time lapse photography and video will be a way to see the eclipse no matter where you are. Our goal is to have a live feed in all four installations and beyond. We teach at Johnson State College in the Fine Arts Department. There will be live projections there for students and colleagues to see the event as it happens. It happens to be the first day of classes in the Fall. A great way to start the semester. The live feed will also be recorded as a set of four videos that can be projected as an installation in a gallery setting at a future date.

Where will you be for the eclipse?

My family regularly travels to South Carolina to go to Charleston and Hilton Head. We will be in Charleston or just north where we will be completely absorbed in the path of totality. The path of totality travels just north of Charleston proper. If funding through partnerships allow, we will have Kelly the project manager and other team members in each location across the country, monitoring cameras, coordinating with live-time locations and participating in conjunction with community partners during eclipse driven events.

Normally, we ask our Friday Fivers what they would wish for if they could wave a magic wand over Charleston. Today, however, we’re going to ask you this: If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you make happen ANYWHERE on Aug. 21?

Clear skies across the country, especially in Charleston where we will be. The goal is to install ECLIPSE Survey in all four time zones. The hope is that a collective pause during the eclipse signifies a cultural moment in time. I have never witnessed a solar eclipse. This work has been developed in preparation for personally seeing the eclipse and looking to share the event with a broad public audience; ultimately bringing the eclipse into the fold of my public art practice. I have been developing an approach to this moment over the last 5 years and the work presented in this proposal is the result of that process.

Interested in being a Friday Fiver? E-mail


Support the Arts on Giving Day!

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is participating again this year in Lowcountry Giving Day! Lowcountry Giving Day is a day-long challenge to the community to show their support for the nonprofits that provide essential services.brand_stamp_3d

The Charleston Arts Alliance is an essential piece of the Lowcountry Arts puzzle. By providing a comprehensive arts calendar, business development workshops, our Lowcountry Arts Fund, and more we are able to support the entire network of nonprofit arts in Charleston.

By supporting the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, your donation gets stretched even farther out into the arts community.

Check out our “Arts Matter” video below and see what your donation goes to support!

H O W  T O  G I V E

  • Text: Text ARTSMATTER to 33923
  • Online: Visit (click on schedule donation and search for Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts)
  • Mail: Please make a check out to The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and send to 293 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

All donations must be received by May 3, 2016. 


Questions? Email or give us a call at 843.577.5288