Recipients of 2017 House Tour Funds



We are very proud to share that as a result of our successful April 2017 Art & House Tour, $90,750 will be invested in bringing visual and performing arts to the young people on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Our profound thanks to our tireless and generous members, the business community and all who participated in the tour.


Classical Kids Concerts
These acclaimed concerts introduce young audiences to the excitement of live music. They include interactive, informative insights brought to life through the introduction of musicians and their instruments, sing-alongs, and audience participation.

  • Peter and the Wolf for wind quintet and narrator in October 2017. Advance work with individual art classes will take place at each school to create original artwork to accompany the story.

  • Circle Unbroken for string quartet and narrator in March 2018.

Each concert will be presented during school hours at Angel Oak Elementary (Johns Island), Mt. Zion Elementary (Johns Island) and Edith Frierson Elementary (Wadmalaw). Cost: $12,600


Resources to Haut Gap Middle School’s String Program
During four visits, the CMC String Quartet will play alongside students on works they are preparing and perform selected works from the standard string quartet repertoire.
Cost: $2000

Students at Johns and Wadmalaw Island elementary schools will be delighted with what is often their first experience with opera. The story telling, music, costumes and scenery will bring this performing art form to life. The opera is performed by College of Charleston opera students under the direction of David Templeton, Director of the CofC Opera Program.



Summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp
This investment will immerse 30 students from Angel Oak Elementary into a six week summer learning experience at the College of Charleston. This camp is positioned as “loss prevention” as these students return to school in the fall immersed in experiences that accelerate their learning pace while opening a world where academic subjects are infused with art. Transportation will be provided for all students. Cost: $40,500


Curriculum support to the CofC Children's Opera
ECM Curriculum Coaches and Art Partners will work directly with educators at Mt. Zion, Angel Oak, and Edith Frierson Elementary Schools to integrate the opera performance into the academic curriculum. Pre- and post-concert lessons will set the foundation for the learning before, during, and after the performance. Cost: $4,200


Eye Spy Pilot Program at St. John's High School for 100+ students

Eye Spy is an established, successful elementary-level outreach Gibbes Museum program designed to help students learn to examine and talk about art. At Arts, etc.'s request, the museum will expand this program by developing a pilot project at St. John's High School.

A Gibbes Museum educator will work in collaboration with the visual art teacher throughout the school year, creating interactive lesson plans tied to S.C. Learning Standards. Classroom visits, using objects from the Gibbes' collections and other major artists, will highlight the elements of art, introduce explanations of style, and teach students to compare and contrast. Literary and musical sources will relate to the theme. The museum is exploring a collaboration with the MFA program at the College of Charleston to include Master's students in the project.

The project will include a field trip to the Gibbes Museum, giving students access to an art collection from colonial America to the present. The museum can offer an ideal setting for inquiry-based learning and a center for creativity. Transportation will be provided.


Arts based environmental program for 20 students in grades K-5

This project will be administered by The College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance's School of Teacher Education, which specializes in developing methods and research for teachers to infuse the arts in their classes, with a goal of motivating a life-long love of the arts for all students.

Students attending Camp Inspire will create art as they learn about science and ecology and explore ideas through hands on learning in nature. They will explore a variety of ideas as they learn to reach beyond their capacity and embrace the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. This concept is based on highly successful European models where classes are held in forests and other natural settings.

An additional component of this project will include professional development for Johns and Wadmalaw teachers in environmental arts lessons they can teach in their classrooms and bring groups of children to the Dixie Plantation during the school year, leading hands-on artistic field trips.

Transportation for all campers will be provided as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks prepared for and with the children.

Click here to learn about recipients of the 2016 Art & House Tour funds.

Click here to learn about recipients of the 2015 Art & House Tour funds.