Established in 1977, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is committed to promoting and fostering excellence through artistic expression, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all of Charleston’s citizens regardless of social, economic, or physical considerations. The OCA strives to provide access to the arts for all citizens and plays an important role in producing and/or supporting programs that educate, inform, and inspire through a wide variety of cultural activities that celebrate creativity and diversity, contribute to the area’s economic development, and underscore Charleston’s reputation as an international cultural destination.
Celebrate the holiday season this December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering free, family-friendly activities, live performances and decorations all around town for everyone in the community to enjoy together.
Hello, I'm Mayor John Tecklenburg. Welcome to the City of Charleston's Office of Cultural Affairs website.
The site is meant to provide you, at a glance, basic information about the programs offered by the Office of Cultural Affairs.
I think you will find that the arts are really vibrant in Charleston. Whether you are here as a visitor or a resident, we want you to connect with all of the cultural offerings available in town. Look around to learn more about the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, MOJA Arts Festival, City Gallery, and Charleston Farmers Market.
Let us know if there are other ways that we can assist you.