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 www.artscharleston.org, 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.

Mike