The arts are an engine of economic growth, tourism, and employment. The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $186,525,751 in annual economic activity in Charleston, SC—supporting 6,744 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $19,088,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study.
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is one of seventy-five nonprofit organizations receiving a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. The Charleston Big Read events will focus on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs recently received a $20,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The grant will assist in cultural planning and community engagement efforts.