In 1977, three young women sat down together at a kitchen table to talk about forming a community organization that would bring arts and educational programming to the McClellanville area. Since then, the McClellanville Arts Council has grown to include a gallery, a retail shop, and a studio housed in two repurposed buildings, one formerly the telephone company, the other built as a fire station. It has endured through Hurricane Hugo and several recessions, produced two award-winning community cookbooks, hosted countless concerts and lectures, mounted exhibits featuring artists and craftsmen from this area and beyond, and brought programs to the local schools.
In the past year alone, we sponsored installation of the Pinckney Street Solar System, a permanent outdoor exhibit; hosted The Way We Worked, a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, sponsored many classes and activities for children, and brought nationally-known craftsmen and writers to the Arts Center to teach and to speak.
We have more exciting plans for this year and beyond, including a year-long focus on local food, from fishing, hunting, and agriculture to cooking classes for children and adults.
What can you do to help us continue this important work?
On the Arts Council’s thirtieth birthday, we raised enough money to renovate the gallery building and put in a beautiful wood floor. Now the roof that has served us well since Hurricane Hugo urgently needs to be replaced, and we have started a fund to finance those repairs. We also have a fund to help underwrite the cost of programs for children and keep the cost affordable.
If you are not yet a member, please join us and receive a discount on all classes, concerts, and workshops. If you are already a member, please consider raising your membership category and/or adding a separate donation as a fortieth birthday gift.