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.