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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 twelve public elementary schools within city limits.  The City’s Cultural Arts Department contracts with professional artists and groups 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 [email protected].

APPLICATION   Resume form

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 22-23 School Resource Book Participation Forms 22-23

Non-City Schools Resources

A variety of cultural arts experiences for tri-county area students are offered throughout the year, providing field trip opportunities and exhibition tours.

Arts Opportunities for Schools 22-23


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 for members throughout the year.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 1-3pm, at Dorchester – Pam Smith, Fall Theme Acrylic Painting on canvas panel
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 1-3pm, at Northwood – Maria Martin, Watercolor Landscape Painting and Techniques

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 1-3pm, at Dorchester – Maria Martin
Watercolor Fall Leaves Card: students will make a Fall Leaf design using a wet-on-wet technique to mimic the changing colors of the leaves

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 1-3pm, at Northwood – Pam Smith
Colored Pencil Thanksgiving Themed Card. Student will create a colorful cornucopia/pumpkin on black paper

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1-3pm, at Northwood – Maria Martin
Watercolor Holiday Cards: students will choose from a few holiday images and paint a holiday card with guidance from the instructor.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 1-3pm, at Dorchester – Pam Smith
Colored Pencil Holiday Themed Card. Students will create a colorful, illuminated tree/lantern on black paper.

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