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Arts Council Of Beaufort County

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Mission: To promote the arts, provide guidance and assistance in the form of resources, information, funding, program coordination and communication.

Programs: After school/summer camp - the organization coducted classes of after school programming for local children. In addition the organization held arts summer camps for local children.

community arts center - the organization operates the only such center in the county providing a 1,000 foot gallery, 9 resident artist studios and a 120 seat black box theater. More than 3,000 people were entertained and educated.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband and I have a small traveling resident theatre company catering to seniors in retirement homes, senior centers and life care facilities. We would not exist without the advice and support of the Arts Council of Beaufort County. Jenny and JW Rhone have offered their knowledge and support every on every step of our journey. They have not only supported our small company, but have ccreated a wonderful space for artists to perform, paint, design and teach.
The positive energy of
ARTworks is contageous. I hope this lives on for many, many years in Beaufort

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional award winning Low Country artist living & creating in this area for 21 yrs. In my experience this Arts Council of Beaufort County is the very best so far! The dedication and energy that JW ,Jenny, Lisa plus the many members & volunteers tirelessly bring to Beaufort County is a full range or art endeavors. As a working artist , I depend on the Art's News for information & events. It is times like this budget crunch that remind us to look at our priorities , culture defines a community. I believe this Art's Council is well deserving of the $5,000.
Support of the arts builds character & joy of living from the youth to the young at heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to the Arts Council of Beaufort County. They do not just speak to the arts community -- they create the community by offering opportunities to participate, appreciate and create. In 2006, I heard about the Big Swim mermaid project. What a fun way to reach the public art enthusiast. My sister Charlene Dohmann and I created Miss Beaufort, the mermaid who lives on Bellamy Curve. This opportunity has enriched our lives by bringing us into contact with the many individuals who have seen and admired her -- had their photos taken with her. It has also brought us into contact with other artists in the area. We were also able to participate in the Chalk on the Walk 2007 -- an exquisitely beautiful, sunny day in October, on which we created in a new medium, sold crafts, and mingled with many other citizens of the area -- all in a most enjoyable way. My participation with the Arts Council has also brought me to the point of selling my art jewelry creations, Neck Rocks, at The Gallery on Bay Street. These opportunities bring fulfillment on many levels, and I thank the Arts Council for presenting these to me and others in the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ACBC is a vibrant organization that offers a rich cultural environment for everyone in Beaufort County to immerse themselves in, whether as an active member or as a passive observer who comes only to enjoy the fruits of their labors. It contributes to the rounding out and enriching of childrens' lives through their efforts with a variety of classroom events and theater experiences. It offers space and encouragement to emerging artists to develop their talents It presents exhibits of new as well as established artists. It is open and welcoming to everyone who walks in the door. And it is kept afloat through the unselfish effots of a slue of volunteers who do everything from major construction to stuffing envelopes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WE, as a family love ARTWORKS! Thank you for offering such great
adult and children art classes. My daughter can't wait for the next
class to start before the current class is over! The grandparents love
to watch the kids and see their creations both on stage and on the walls.
The concerts at Port Royal have been a great form of entertainment. Having such a variety of artworks offered through their program is a
great reason to live here. Receiving emails consistently advising you
of and when everything is being offered and what is happening around
town is a pleasure. Thank you, you have enlightened our lives!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the last two or three years, the Arts Council of Beaufort County has made a comeback after a period of diminished vitality for an important part of the community. The renewed energy is almost palpable in the visibility, variety, and quality of its offerings to the public. From the working art studios to the children's programs to the performances, there is excitement. I had the pleasure last Saturday of attending Natalie Daise's one-woman play about Harriet Tubman. It was not only a performance worthy of Broadway, but its impact on me and my friends has been profound and haunting. This is a great asset to the community.

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Mahoganee D.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a singer/songwriter and truly find it inspiring when I am in the Arts Council. Not only am I inspired by the artwork, black box theater, artists that commune on a daily basis but the ambiance is very reflective of what my life is about which is creativity.
Let me just share a great story that recently transpired within the Arts Council. As of recently I am in the process of recording my third album and was listening to some music to begin my writing process while at ARTworks (Arts Council of Beaufort) and just began looking around and the creative spirits began to flow very loudly and quickly. Needless to say the song was written in a very short amount of time. My concept for the video would require a dancer so I began asking around and made some phone calls, left messages and moved on to another song. Well as it would happen I was in the Arts Council again and was approached by a dancer whom I had left a message with, well she wanted to hear the song and was immediately inspired and wanted to do an improv, so they played the music in the theater and the dancer went onstage to do her improv which was beautiful and amazing. We are now preparing to perform the song together and upcoming event. These are the amazing types of things that can happen at the Arts Council.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Arts Council / ARTworks offers it ALL for the arts ... the performing arts, the visual arts, & the literary arts. They nurture our community through programs & workshops for adults, children & their resident artists. Their advocacy and communications for the arts throughout Beaufort County is all-encompassing. Their commitment to fiscal responsibility for the organization and its donors remains solid. It's been an honor to serve on this board and work with the staff over many years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Three generations of our family enjoy the experiences provided by the Arts Council and its headquarters, ArtWorks. The grandparents attend concerts and dramatic productions, the children indulge their artistic and dramatic passions, the grandchildren are able to take classes in everything from watercolors to circus skills. The entire county attends the free street concerts in Port Royal arranged by the Arts Council.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I originally came to know about ARTworks through their wonderful after school art programs. My children fell in love (with the people, the atmosphere, and the opportunities to create) and thus so did I. I found myself striving to be a part of any and everything they offered-theatre productions, concerts, arts summit... I am currently serving on the Board of Directors and honestly feel proud to be part of such a dynamic group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arts Council of Beaufort Co. has evolved into a wonderful asset to our great community. They provide programs of interest to all ages and a diverse group. The enthusiam and energy is evident in the great programs for children after school and the fantastic street concerts in Port Royal. The space for performing has greatly improved and the galleries have unique and well organized shows. They also do a great job of promoting their offerings and opportunities and informing the public

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The "zine" review is spot on. Encouragement, suggestons, support, advice, applause. Instead of trying to convince the public to conform to their views, this group is devoted to actually listening to your visions and helping you make it them happen. To put it simple, when it comes to the Arts Council of Beaufort County.....BRAVO!

Benji M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arts Council of Beaufort has been a MAJOR part of my life since moving to the are in 2006. I speak as an artist (musician/actor) and and arts teacher (I teach K-5 music).

My students have been impacted by the Arts Council through providing visiting artists (J.W. and Jenny Rone as well as Lisa Rentz) to help us produce an arts integrated program about South Carolina history (in 2007). My students were then impacted the following year by being invited to perform our Veterans Day program as part of an evening art exhibit. Once again my school was impacted as the arts council provided funds, though a grant we had written, to help purchase stage lights to enhance our performances. J.W. was with me 100% of the time and helped to recommend the types of lights we should use and connected me with a local dealer who would be able to help me purchase and install all of the lighting. I couldn't have asked for more.

As a musican/actor I find it important for me to experience the arts in every way possible. The ACBC provides numerous opportunites for ANYONE to experience all forms of art. Their new black box theater is AMAZING and I have enjoyed every play I have seen there and am currently enjoying being a part of one of the plays being done there, right now. Unfortunately, I do not belive these opportunites, along with the MANY others that I have little time to mention, would not be made available to our communty.

Beaufort County is a very arts rich area of South Carolina and through the ACBC those in the community, as well as surrounding areas, are able to better experience the music, theater, visual art, dance, and creative writing opportunites the ACBC has to offer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Arts Council is the heart and soul of the ARTS in our area! So grateful for their knowledge and expertise. Their varied means of communication are perfect for arts-minded folks like me, constantly keeping us updated on the pulse of the Arts - where to go, what's available, how to get involved - LOVE IT! Walking into their Boundary Street location is a breath of fresh air - artists all around, art to enjoy, a welcoming atmosphere! Can't beat it! I love the classes they offer for young people. My children have taken numerous classes and many of my students are enrolled right now. They make every effort to help those in need still have the opportunity to participate as well.

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Diane V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arts Council of Beaufort County has brought performing arts, in particular, back to life and helped bring the arts community together at a time when every dollar spent by the arts consumer is more difficult to come by. They provide low-cost space for artists to create and market their work, as well as instruction in a variety of arts for children and adults. Their budding theater productions have filled a huge gap, and they bring both local and out of area talent to our attention at a price the average Beaufort citizen can afford. I'm a huge fan and attend as many performances as I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The arts council of Beaufort County is a superior organization. JW & Jenny's direction has grown the arts in Beaufort County to an outstanding level. Having moved to Beaufort way before the Arts Council existed, I couldn't begin to list what we have now that we didn't have then. With JW & Jenny at the helm the growth just keeps on happen' Thank you JW & Jenny and all the folks involved with the Arts Council. And thanks to all artists for your art, the sunbeam of humans.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Started going to the center a couple of years ago and always
enjoyed the entertainment that was provided. Recently have liked
it even more since the expansion of the theatre.
Always enjoy the brousing the art and meeting the artists in the
lobby.
The facility is a great asset to the town of Beaufort and surrounding
area.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arts Council of Beaufort County is a great resource for anyone doing something creative in the Lowcountry. They are accessible, down-to-earth, supportive, positive, energetic and they always know what's going on! I'm the only person I know doing a zine in Beaufort County, and the Arts Council has given me numerous opportunities to present my work, despite the fact that zines are virtually unknown in this area. No matter what you're trying to do, they will have good ideas for you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three months ago I moved to Beaufort, knowing no one and feeling very out of place. I even considered moving back home because I didn't think that Beaufort was turning out to be a good match for me. All of that changed when I found ArtWorks. As soon as I walked into the gallery I felt welcomed and comfortable. Everyone was friendly and truly interested in meeting me and helping me along my journey. The artists are all wonderfully talented and truly kind people. The opportunities for the community to get involved are widely diverse, ranging from performing arts to visual arts for all ages. Thank you ArtWorks for making me a part of your community. I only hope that more people walk through the doors every day to become a part of the ArtWorks family!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a former board member and current supporter, I can say that I am very impressed with what the Arts Council has become under the leadership of JW and Jenny. The variety of offerings and the ease with which they embrace new opportunities is inspiring and refreshing.

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