South Carolina SC Organizations SC Art, Culture
SCIWAY strives to offer a complete guide to all South Carolina artists and art. Below is our directory of SC art and cultural organizations – non-profit groups that work to organize, develop, and enhance SC arts offerings in our state at large and also in our local communities.
We also offer specific directories for the following art-related categories:
SC Art and Culture
SC Statewide Arts, Culture
- Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
This group acts as a custodian of the Gullah/Geechee culture, a creole culture which is unique to the sea islands of the American Southeast. The coalition strives to preserve, protect, and promote Gullah history, culture, and language while also preserving its people's native homeland.
- Humanities Council SC
The Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The council funds, promotes and coordinates thoughtful and thought-provoking endeavors such as exhibits, documentaries, discussion forums, research, workshops, dramatizations and lectures.
- Poetry Society of South Carolina
The Poetry Society of South Carolina supports the reading, writing, study, and enjoyment of poetry throughout the state.
- South Carolina Arts Alliance
The South Carolina Arts Alliance is a private, nonprofit statewide assembly of arts organizations, educators, administrators, businesses, and private individuals who provide art advocacy, resources, and technical services.
- South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission is an autonomous state agency dedicated to building a thriving arts environment for the benefit of all South Carolinians.
- South Carolina Artists
South Carolina Artists is a not-for-profit group which coordinates venues to display artwork created by SC artists in local businesses and public buildings.
- South Carolina Association of Knifemakers
This is a nonprofit organization of knifemaker artisans who exchange ideas and information, promote the knife-making craft, and encourage ethical and professional business conduct.
- South Carolina Watermedia Society
The SCWS is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members and providing public visual arts programs.
- South Carolina Writers Workshop
The South Carolina Writers Workshop is a literary arts non-profit organization offering a supportive environment for people to become better writers.
- The Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is an online community for poets of color that hosts retreats, workshops, festivals, and STEAM camps annually.
Abbeville SC Arts, Culture
- Abbeville Artist Guild
This society gathers local artists to promote the importance of art, participation in the arts, and art education within Abbeville County, South Carolina.
Aiken SC Arts, Culture
- Aiken Artist Guild
A non-profit organization of artists in Aiken who gather to share ideas and encourage one another in their art. The guild also sponsors numerous art exhibitions and educational events.
- Aiken Center for the Arts
Aiken Center for the Arts is a place for aspiring artists of all ages to create, teach and learn. Outreach programs include juried shows, instruction, and a variety of concert events.
- Aiken Civic Ballet
The Aiken Civic Ballet is South Carolina's longest continuously operating dance company. This non-profit company produces original ballets and contemporary dance works.
- Aiken Community Playhouse
The Aiken Community Playhouse is a non-profit, volunteer, community theater. It also hosts a youth wing and annual summer camp.
- Aiken Performing Arts Group
A volunteer not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization which presents professional artistic performances in Aiken and educational outreach programs to students, military personnel, and special groups.
- Aiken Symphony Guild
The Aiken Symphony Guild desires to bring music to the community through a partnership with Aiken Symphony Orchestra (ASO). The guild seeks sponsors and conducts events to raise funds for student music programs and ASO concerts.
- Center for African American History, Art and Culture - Aiken
The Center for African American History, Art and Culture is a preservation group for the Immanuel Institute building and an educational resource. It promotes interactive programs that educate and celebrate Aiken's diversity and community.
- North Augusta Cultural Arts Council
NACAC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization striving to provide residents of any age with opportuities to participate in all phases of the arts. This includes display venues and student art instruction.
Anderson Arts, Culture
- Anderson Arts Center
Anderson Arts Center promotes and fosters the practice and appreciation of the arts in Anderson County. It strives to meet the community's cultural needs through exhibits, programming and public art projects.
- Foothills Writers Guild
The Foothills Writers Guild is an organization which provides speakers and resources to assist writers in the Anderson area.
- Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium
GAMAC is a union of choral singers, orchestras, bands and musicians who entertain, educate and enrich lives in Anderson County. Presentations include concerts, competitions and auditions.
Barnwell Arts, Culture
- Barnwell County Arts Council
The Barnwell Council educates and stimulates participation in the Cultural Arts and brings programs to the community and school systems.
Beaufort Arts, Culture
- Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - Hilton Head
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a showcase for performing and visual arts and a provider of cultural festivals and educational opportunities.
- Art League of Hilton Head
The Art League of Hilton Head is a 501(c)(3), charitable arts organization providing exhibitions, education and support for Hilton Head Island artists and visitors.
- Beaufort Arts Council
The Arts Council of Beaufort County includes the ARTworks community center, theater, and gallery. Its goal is to strengthen artists and to enrich lives through art experiences and education programs.
- Camera Club of Hilton Head Island
CCHHI provides educational opportunities to support and develop each member's knowledge, skills and enthusiasm about photography.
- Hilton Head Art League
The Art League of Hilton Head is a 501(c)(3), charitable arts organization providing exhibitions, education and support for local artists and visitors.
- Island School Council for the Arts - Hilton Head
The education and art experience of youth in the greater Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas are enhanced by the non-profit organization, Island School Council for the Arts.
- Shed Center for the Arts - Port Royal
The Shed Center for the Arts is a live theater venue serving the Beaufort area.
Bennettsville Arts, Culture
- Marlboro Arts Council
This group encourages the practice and appreciation of the Arts among the citizens of Marlboro County and the state of South Carolina.
Camden Arts, Culture
- Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
Founded in 1974 by three independent groups (Camden Art Association, Camden Music Association, and the Camden Community Theatre), the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County seeks to be the cultural focus of the county and to serve as the local arts agency and an umbrella organization for affiliate clubs.
Charleston Arts, Culture
Chester Arts, Culture
- Arts Council of Chester County
This council encourages participation and appreciation of the arts by citizens of Chester County through the advancement of arts in education, community and individuals.
- Avant Garde Center for the Arts - Great Falls
The center is a non-profit organization that joins with existing art programs and agencies to give art opportunities to marginally served and diverse areas.
Clemson Arts, Culture
- Artist Cooperative on Pendleton Square - Pendleton
The Pendleton Square Artists Cooperative was formed in 2014 to expand the opportunities for local artists to exhibit and sell their works.
- Arts Center of Clemson
The Arts Center in Clemson works as a non-profit group to promote art classes, an Artists Guild, exhibits and sales opportunities for artists.
- Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife - Sunset
Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife was created by Birchwood Center to preserve and promote the arts, folklife, and history of the Blue Ridge region.
- Blue Ridge Arts Center - Seneca
Located in the historic district of Seneca, the center serves as a resource center, meeting space and a place for art classes.
- Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts - Seneca
This fine arts organization is dedicated to furthering the presence and availability of fine arts in the Upstate South Carolina community by providing quality training and performance opportunities for youth and adults alike.
- Young Appalachian Musicians - Pickens
Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) introduces children and adults to the music of their heritage, in an affordable manner and through small group instruction.
Columbia Arts, Culture
Florence Arts, Culture
- Florence Regional Arts Alliance
The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is a community-based local arts agency that serves the citizens of Florence County and the Pee Dee. FRAA is committed to preserving, supporting, and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County and the surrounding region. This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Southeastern Bluegrass Association
Organized in 1991, SEBGA is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional bluegrass music in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.
Greenville Arts, Culture
Greenwood Arts, Culture
- Emerald Triangle
The Emerald Triangle is the cultural district in downtown and is comprised of the Greenwood Federal Building, the Greenwood Community Theatre, and the Greenwood Museum.
Hartsville Arts, Culture
Lancaster Arts, Culture
Laurens Arts, Culture
- Laurens Artist's Coop
The Coop is a non-profit venue serving as an educational center and public gallery to showcase the work of local artists in the upstate of SC.
McCormick Arts, Culture
Moncks Corner Arts, Culture
- Berkeley Artist Guild
This guild gives creative people an opportunity for self-improvement and public recognition, while the community benefits from the arts.
Myrtle Beach Arts, Culture
Orangeburg Arts, Culture
- Orangeburg Civic Ballet
The Orangeburg Civic Ballet was established in 1993 with 14 dancers in the company. Today, the Orangeburg Civic Ballet has grown to more than 40 dancers aging from ages 8 through adult.
- Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center
Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center conducts art education programs for children and adults, presents artistic exhibitions, and sponsors cultural events.
Rock Hill Arts, Culture
- Arts Council of York County
Serving to enrich York County with all types of art, the Art Council provides arts education and development along with arts marketing and arts advocacy.
- York County Ballet Company
The York County Ballet Company was founded in 1978 to further educate young dancers, provide cultural experiences to local schools and to offer a repertoire of original and classical dance works to the community at large.
Saulda Arts, Culture
- Art Center in Ridge Spring
The Arts Center is Ridge Spring is a group of volunteers who provide the community with opportunities to enjoy, create and market art.
Spartanburg Arts, Culture
- Artists Guild Spartanburg
The Artists Guild cultivates, nurtures and grows the visual arts in Spartanburg by supporting local artists.
- Ballet Spartanburg
Ballet Spartanburg is a recognized, regional dance company with an exceptional commitment to education and outreach activities in the Upstate.
- Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center, formed by the Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, unites the community to experience performing and visual arts, science and history.
- Greer Cultural Arts Council
The Greer Cultural Arts Council serves the Greater Greer Community by providing affordable arts opportunities in art, music, dance and drama.
HUB-BUB is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization building community by offering events of art, culture, and entertainment in downtown Spartanburg.
- Hub City Writers Project
Hub City Writers Project is a group of people who work to nourishing writers, cultivating readers,publish titles, operate a bookstore, and provided creative writing education.
Walterboro Arts, Culture
- South Carolina Artisans Center
The South Carolina Artisans Center is a showcase store, displaying created works of craft and folk art in every medium.