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Meet the grant program behind Greenville’s arts scene

The Metropolitan Arts Council’s grants program helps ensure a major stream of operating and project support for individual artists, arts organizations + arts education programs throughout Greenville.

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MAC works daily to support the full scope of Greenville’s art culture, from the visual arts and live performances to literary endeavors and arts education initiatives.

Photo of The Warehouse Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet” provided by the Metropolitan Arts Council

Love Greenville’s arts scene? So does MAC. The Metropolitan Arts Council’s grant program allows individual artists to further develop their craft and launch their career goals, and gives local organizations and schools the ability to further expand their arts-related programs + services.

The grant program by the numbers

In 2022, MAC:

  • Awarded a record-high of $542,103 to cultural initiatives throughout Greenville County
  • Provided $30,000 to each of its general operation support partners

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MAC awarded $678,950 in relief funding to 33 arts organizations throughout Greenville County, including:

  • Artisphere
  • Centre Stage
  • Greenville Chorale
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra
  • Greenville Theatre
  • Peace Center
  • South Carolina Children’s Theatre
  • The Warehouse Theatre

Each of these organizations also received an extra $10,000 in operating support through a generous gift from the Graham Foundation for the MAC grants program. MAC also provided $10,000 to the Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA) to purchase works of art by Greenville-area artists for its permanent collection.

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