Charleston Black Theatre looking for actors

The Charleston Black Theatre is seeking four actors for an upcoming stage reading on Feb. 17. at 6 p.m.

The following roles are needed:

  • Alexander Hamilton – white male (30ish)
  • Ona Judge – black female (20/30ish), playing a young girl
  • Venus – black female (20/30ish), playing a young girl
  • Margaret – black female (30-40ish), more mature
The roles are for the play “George Washington’s Boy,” and will be performed at West Ashley High School. The playwright is Ted Lange, who is best known for his role as “Isaac the Bartender” in the 70s TV series of “The Love Boat.” Mr. Lange plans to come to see the play and conduct a master class as a bonus for the actors who are interested in the being a part of this production.
Rehearsals will be Jan. 3, 17, 31, Feb. 10, and 16 at 6 p.m. each day. Actors will receive an honorarium for their participation.
To inquire regarding a role or for more information, please contact Yvonne Broaddus at 843-822-0415.

We’ve got your New Year’s Resolution

Sure, you may consider joining a gym. Or eating better. Or any of the other cliche New Year’s Resolutions. And those are all well and good, and we wish you the best of luck in keeping those.

But may we recommend an additional one? How about you make 2018 the Year of the Arts. Resolve to be an arts consumer. To see a show. To go to an opening. To hear a concert.

And resolve to be an arts producer. On any level. Audition for a theatre show. Join a choir. Paint something.

If you resolve to make the arts a cornerstone of your 2018, you will find a richer, fuller year ahead of you. Sure, 2018 will have its challenges and its valleys. But art can be the fuel to make the tough times more bearable, and the good times even better. Because #ArtsMatter

Happy New Year!

Gibbons leaving Alliance ED position

Today the Board of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts announces that our Executive Director, Mike Gibbons, will be leaving as of January 31, 2018.  The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his tenure, service and accomplishments over the past three years.
The Alliance has achieved some very important milestones and as we plan for the future the Alliance remains focused on serving as the voice of our arts organizations, fostering collaboration among our members and the community, sustainability of our members and broadening the impact of the arts within our broader community.


On to the next chapter

Three years ago, I took the helm of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts. Now, I as begin my transition out of the position, I look back on those three years with nothing but fondness.

I will be leaving my post as the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance at the end of January, but will always feel a part of the amazing arts community that I have grown to know and love so much over these past three years.

I am so honored to have served in this role, and I am thankful to a wonderful Board of Directors, amazing, dedicated staff and fantastic interns who helped a small organization bring big impact to the community. Among our successes:

  • The launch of, a comprehensive online arts calendar
  • Dozens of business development workshops for artists and arts groups
  • Tireless advocacy on a local, state and federal level
  • Serving as a fiscal sponsor for numerous organizations while they worked toward their nonprofit status, and helping many of them graduate to 501(c)3 status
  • The inaugural Charleston Art Pop! Street Gallery, which honored five local artists with area billboards featuring their works for a year
  • The launch of the Lowcountry Arts Fund, granting funds to arts nonprofits
  • And lastly, our inaugural Arts Matter Day, in which the Alliance was able to provide a 1:1 match for more than 40 arts nonprofits who raised funds on the day

The arts are a critical part of the fabric of our community, and I have been humbled by the opportunity to assist in any way possible. I will forever remember my time with the Alliance as a gift. And I am thankful to have been able to meet so many people who do such impactful and important things for our community. While I am stepping away from the Alliance, I am thrilled to know I am in a community that proudly puts the arts as a cornerstone to its foundation.

And finally, to all of you artists and arts groups –  a sincere and heartfelt thank you. Thank you for sharing your talents. Thank you for giving your heart, soul and imagination to the community. Thank you for being you.

See you at the next show. Or concert. Or opening. Or anything arts related. Because #artsmatter.



Distil Union Artist Series phone cases to benefit Alliance


Hey, want to have the coolest iPhone case around AND support the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts? Well, do we have good news for you!

Distil Union, the awesome Charleston-based company that has been producing wallets and phone accessories since 2011, has launched the Artist Series, iPhone cases featuring the work of six accomplished artists.

And they are donating a portion of the sales to the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, because, as we stated previously, they are AWESOME!

Check out the super cool cases here. You can choose from the works of Becca Barnet, Chechel Justiss, INK MEETS PAPER, Patch Whisky, Perla Anne Press, and YESAND.

The Artists Series will be available for a limited time, so get yours today. 



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.

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