Enough Pie’s ‘AWAKENING’ Call for Artists

The highly anticipated Enough Pie AWAKENING event this year, ‘Motion’, is set to showcase equality through mobility. Partnering with Charleston Moves, Enough Pie will host a series of projects throughout the Upper Peninsula exhibiting what transportation could look like to be more inclusive. Those wanting to participate can attend a community listening session from 10-noon at Dart Library or can email bennett@enoughpie.org for more information.


Artist Call Flyer

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 Charleston.open 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

Alliance announces latest arts grants

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has awarded three new grants from its Lowcountry Arts Fund.

The $500 matching fund grants were awarded to:

Eclipse Survey at the Gibbes Museum of Art – The Gibbes partnered with Up End This Studio and artist Michael Zebrowksi to provide an art installation and a prime viewing location for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

Charleston Youth Company’s Rocking’ Science Kids – Create theatrical, science-themed videos that are performed exclusively by kids. 

Redux Contemporary Arts Center — Day in the Life of An Artist workshops

Previous Lowcountry Arts Fund grantees include:

Actors Theatre of South Carolina

Charleston Stage

Engaging Creative Minds

Enough Pie

Heal With Hearts

McClellanville Arts Council

Midtown Players

Storytree Theater

What If! Productions

Quantifying just how much Arts Matter

We all know the intangibles of the arts. It helps us educate our children. It helps inspire the soul. It brings beauty and joy into our lives. It simply makes us better as a person and as a people.

But there are certainly some tangibles as well, and a recently released study shows just how valuable the arts are in Charleston. Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit arts advocacy group, has released the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study.

A release by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs shared the numbers.

“The arts are an engine of economic growth, tourism, and employment. The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $186,525,751 in annual economic activity in Charleston, SC—supporting 6,744 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $19,088,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study,” the release stated.

To put that in perspective: If “the arts” were a private company, we’d be the second largest employer in the area, second only to Boeing. That’s no small feat.

To learn more about the study and see just how incredibly valuable the arts are to our economy, visit: http://charlestonarts.org/connect/cultural-planning/

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: https://goo.gl/forms/d5w8NHHu20Oe55Vf1. 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 (mike@artscharleston.org or elise@artscharleston.org).

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