Art Works. So Do Artists.
And through their work, artists give us experiences we can’t get anywhere else. They give us great moments that amaze and excite. They bring us to our feet with applause and cheers, creating memories that last.
In the process, artists try to make a living.
But when dance studios closed and spring performances disappeared, dancers lost income on two fronts.
When theaters went dark, actors could no longer perform on stage, and other creatives no longer worked their magic with lighting and sound.
When schools closed, visiting artist residencies for k-12 were cancelled.
When concert halls turned off the lights, musicians and vocalists in symphonies, ensembles and bands lost gigs, as did those who perform solo.
When museums, art centers and galleries closed their doors, those doors also closed on paid opportunities for artists to create art installations, give lectures, participate on panels and conduct workshops.
When fairs and festivals were cancelled in this state and beyond, artists no longer could show their creations, let alone sell them there.
When all those cultural venues and bookstores closed, novelists, poets and other writers lost gigs, too, seeing direct engagements with their audiences go up in smoke.
What artists make matters to us. Because of that, the South Carolina Arts Foundation is establishing the South Carolina Artist Relief Fund (SCARF) campaign to support artists who have suffered financial loss due to cancelled events.
This is our moment and yours to support our state’s artists!
Please give to the South Carolina Artist Relief Fund campaign.
The relief funds will help support grant awards for artists as part of a larger South Carolina Arts Commission grants process, which will open for applications April 29. Artists in need of aid can visit SouthCarolinaArts.com/foundation to find out how to apply.
Donations to the fund are tax deductible.
Established in 1972, the South Carolina Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and supporting the art and artists of South Carolina. Throughout its history, the Foundation has pursued creative ways to help the business community and private citizens contribute to a thriving arts community across the state.