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Outreach Programs

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 serving 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

After SchoolThe City of North Charleston sponsors afterschool programs in eleven 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, dance, creative writing, and theatre classes are offered.  Teachers rotate to a different school on a bi-monthly basis. If you are interested in becoming a teaching artist for the After School Arts Enrichment Program, please submit the completed application and resume forms below to culturalarts@northcharleston.org.

APPLICATION   Resume form

Artist-in-Residence Program

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, group homes, 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

School ResourcesStatistics 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. More than 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.

School Resource Book  Participation Forms


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 works closely with staff of the City’s two Senior Centers (Senior Center at Dorchester Road and the Northwoods Senior Center) to provide arts enrichment classes and entertainment throughout the year.



Contact the Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854 for more information on any of the above programs/services.