South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Growth Fund

This past year has been transitional for many of our state’s arts organizations, artists, and other creatives.

They have searched for ways to cope with current distractions and still provide quality and meaningful art experiences for others though virtually all feel the harsh realities of loss of income and others close doors because of the lingering impacts of COVID-19.

It was their tenacity and resilience that inspired us to find new ways to raise funds in support of the great artists and arts organizations of South Carolina.

We invite you to join us by supporting South Carolina arts organizations and artists through our Arts Growth Fund.

We are optimistic about the future of the arts in our state.  Your investment in the Arts Growth Fund comes with a commitment by the South Carolina Arts Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission to deliver quality services to all citizens of South Carolina.

The S.C. Arts Foundation, like many others in the state, continued to re-imagine ways to provide support for the arts community.  Recognizing that there were fewer opportunities for individual artists resulting in pressure on their income, the S.C. Arts Foundation continued efforts to raise funds for the South Carolina Artists Relief Fund (SCARF) which supplemented emergency grants for artists administered by the S.C. Arts Commission. We also launched our second online art auction as well as a holiday card supporting the arts. Funds raised through these initiatives provided direct support for artists statewide.

The work of the S.C. Arts Commission also went through a transition as the staff returned to the office and continue to deliver the same level of quality service to constituents.  During the 2020/2021 fiscal year, in addition to programmatic services, the S.C. Arts Commission’s support of artists and arts organizations throughout the state resulted in the following:

$4.65 million distributed through 538 grants, including:

  • $4.42 million in 385 annual grants
  • $215,200 in 153 Arts Emergency Relief grants
  • 4.6 million arts experiences for residents and visitors

Since 1972, the S.C. Arts Foundation has supported the programs and services of the S.C. Arts Commission making it the S.C. Arts Commission’s oldest partnership.  The S.C. Arts Foundation’s strategic partnership with the S.C. Arts Commission, the state’s government arts agency, links its mission to the agency’s three goals: artist development, arts education and community development through the arts. Please visit to learn more about the S­.C. Arts Foundation.

We, along with our board of directors, hope that we can count on your support this year. Every gift of any size is meaningful.  We so appreciate everything that you do for the arts in your community and statewide.

Steve Bygott
SCAF President

Kathleen P. Bateson
Vice President for Development

Updated Dec. 7, 2021

Find Joy in Giving

Now, we invite you to support South Carolina arts organizations and artists through the Arts Growth Fund.
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