Outreach Programs are free programs and services tailored to reach our city's youth, senior citizens, low-income residents, youth at risk, and other target populations. Programs are coordinated throughout the year and are generally held on-site in schools and city-owned facilities. Outreach services include active partnerships with groups such as: ARTS Access SC for people with disabilities, school and youth related committees, and collaboration with other city departments to coordinate joint programs. Over one hundred programs take place each year with an average of 15,000 participants.
After-School Arts Enrichment Program
The City of North Charleston sponsors after-school programs in thirteen public elementary schools within city limits. The City’s Cultural Arts Department contracts with professional artists to conduct free classes for the students twice a week. A variety of visual art, music, and dance classes are offered. Teachers rotate to another school on a bi-monthly basis.
Each year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department contracts a professional visual artist to conduct free visual art workshops and demonstrations. Programs are offered to schools, senior groups, orphanages and community centers. Thousands of participants take part in this program annually. Click Learn More below for more information on the current Artist-in-Residence and how to request a residency for your school or community group. Learn More
North Charleston City Schools Resources
Statistics prove that children exposed to the arts benefit in many ways and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department coordinates with school officials to bring the arts directly to the city's public schools at no cost to the school districts, students, or their parents. A variety of in-school programs are offered and feature professional local, regional, and national artists conducting workshops, performances, lectures and demonstrations. Over 10,000 students participate in these programs annually. The School Resource Book, which contains information on programs, artists, and how to participate, can be downloaded below.
Non-City Schools Resources
A variety of cultural arts experiences for tri-county area students are offered throughout the year, providing field trip opportunities like Children’s Theatre performances or even exhibition tours.
The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department provides assistance to the City's Senior Program Coordinator, Ms. Belinda Swindler, as she develops opportunities for senior citizens of the city.
Contact the Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854 for more information on any of the above programs/services.