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Arts Council Of Beaufort County

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Nonprofit Overview

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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I are visitors in Beaufort county. We purchased a house and are planning to move to the area in a few years. As visitors we like to have a source of cultural and art information. I searched the web for a good source for Beaufort county and identified this organization. They have a wonderful newsletter with local information and a calendar of events. It is very helpful to have an organization that consolidates this information and sends it out in a regular email. Since I signed up, I have taken pottery classes at home, continue to make knitted items and participated in a number of craft fairs. I have been able to identify pottery classes in Beaufort. While we are visiting this year, we strolled around beautiful Beaufort and discovered a wonderful art supply and yarn stores. We also visited Hunting Island State Park. The Art Council of Beaufort does a wonderful job of attracting visitors to Beaufort and the sea islands and supplying information to visitors, artists, artisans and art lovers.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the Jonathan Green show in '10, and even luckier, I met him and had a lovely conversation with him!For 10 minutes! I have loved his work ever since my first lunch in Plum's in 2000 when his prints decorated the restaurant's walls, and Richard and I have a beautifully framed print of his in our house in Habersham.

The ambiance at ARTworks was so relaxed and welcoming to all of us, and it was just a great treat to meet this fabulous person as well as to hear him describe to all of us present how his art evolved and how he lives his life. What an unforgettable evening!

Thank you for making that possible!

Review from Guidestar

Edna C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended many events at the Arts Council and have been impressed with the quality of the services and talent. They provide support to many other arts organizations. I appreciate all they do to infuse arts into the community for all ages.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Living in Beaufort has been wonderful but discovering the Arts Council offerrings has added deeper dimension to my life. I find myself attending as many functions as I can and am always impressed by the quality of talent available in this area. I am so thankful the Council continues to enthusiastically recruit and use local talent as well as continue to develop more talent by offering great classes and speakers. In hard times, we especially treasure and appreciate the gift of the arts.

Review from Guidestar

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently moved back to Beaufort from Florida and all I can say about our Arts Council is, Wow! They have come a long way in a very short time. The facility is very inviting and serves as a hub for artists of all mediums. The staff is always quick to welcome you and answer any questions regarding the exhibits or upcoming programming. Speaking of programming, they have it all! Beaufort has desperately needed an organization to help guide and foster the great arts community we have. That need is finally being met by the Rones and the first class organization they have helped create with the Arts Council of Beaufort County.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ACBC is doing great work: as a service and support organization, they work tirelessly to not only support the arts in Beaufort, but also to make art accessible to EVERYone. Unfortunately, it's a tough time, economically for everyone-- not just the arts. It would be such a shame to lose this amazing asset to our community, but we will if our community is unable/unwilling to financially support this amazing resource!!!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arts Council of Beaufort County is a wonderful organization that seeks not only to help artists via direct grants, but also provides facilities and programing to benefit the general public. Their office at ARTworks provides a Gallery where the public can see works by new artists, as well as established ones like Jonathan Green. They offer affordable studio space for new artists. They also host workshops where the general public can learn about various art forms: painting, photography, documentary film making. The list goes on!