South Carolina Arts Commission

Being a Cultural District

Legislation ratified by the South Carolina General Assembly authorizes the S.C. Arts Commission to grant official state designation to cultural districts in the Palmetto State.

(Read the legislation by clicking here.)

The legislation specifies the goals of this program:

  • attract artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural enterprises to communities
  • encourage economic development
  • foster local cultural development
  • provide a focal point for celebrating and strengthening local cultural identity

Additionally, cultural districts:

  • attract tourists
  • help preserve and reuse historic buildings
  • enhance the image and visibility of a place
  • foster a supportive environment for arts and culture
Is your city or town ready to become a South Carolina Cultural District?

Keep reading for steps on how community can earn this official designation.


Who can apply?

  • The applicant must be a city or town in South Carolina.
  • The application must be signed by the municipality’s chief elected official or appointed chief administrator.
  • The city or town may designate a municipal department or community partner organization to serve as contact for the application and to manage the proposed district.
  • Entities such as an arts council, Main Street program, chamber of commerce, empowerment zone, historic district, visitor’s bureau or other capable bodies may serve in this capacity.