Vibrant Social Offerings

Where can people in our community meet each other?

Vibrant Social Offerings What are Vibrant Social Offerings?

According to the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community Study, 'Vibrant Social Offerings' are social infrastructure that allows residents to enjoy their community together and how respondent's perceive elements such as a vibrant nightlife, good places to meet people and residents caring for one another. Projects in this focus area support the availability of community events and arts and cultural opportunities.  

2018 Connected Communities Grant Recipients

The following nonprofits received a Connected Communities grant for their work in the 'Vibrant Social Offerings" area.  Check back to this page throughout the year for updates on these projects.

  • Acercamiento Hispano de Carolina del Sur/South Carolina Hispanic OutreachLa Vida Sana (The Healthy Life) – A program to promote community engagement, healthy eating, and active lifestyles through the revitalization of a moribund garden in West Columbia as well as the development of a garden in Northeast and North Columbia. 
  • Columbia City Ballet; Lexington Amphitheater Performances – Performances at the Ice House Amphitheater in Lexington, SC will delight audiences and provide educational opportunities for families.
  • Richland Library; My Life Experience – Richland Library will cultivate a more open and inclusive community through a mobile Virtual Reality (VR) simulation lab designed for the user to personally step into the shoes of society’s most vulnerable people.

Previous Connected Communities Grant Recipients 

Columbia Children’s Theatre (2017):  The Flatbed Truck Theatre Series – Columbia Children’s Theatre will be taking their own original show, “Part-Time Dog,” on the road, performing free shows in gathering spaces across South Carolina.

Columbia Film Society (2015, 2016, 2017): Indie Grits: Two Cities – The popular cultural festival Indie Grits will move much of the annual festival’s programming to venues across North Columbia, continuing to use the power of the arts to bring people together to engage in welcoming discussions.

Columbia Museum of Art (2015,2016, 2017): From Marilyn to Mao-Andy Warhol's Famous Faces -  Through artist salons, summer camps, lectures and more, this arts education outreach initiative will bring together multiple generations and introduce a broad population to the arts. The We Speak: Celebrating Women in the Arts – An ambitious, year-long series of exhibitions exploring the contributions of women to American society, through the prism of pioneering women artists from the nineteenth century to today. Watch the video below for a further explanation of how CMA is using the Connected Communities grant. 

Friends of Lexington Main Library (2017): Summer Reading Program – The popular annual summer reading program will enhance programming and events to help improve children’s reading levels during the summer months.

SC Philharmonic (2015, 2016, 2017): Conduct the Phil Concert Series - Five interactive, flashmob style concerts held at local festivals will allow festival goers to step on the podium, take the baton and conduct the orchestra in a pre-rehearsed classical work. This unique concert series will delight audiences and engage them in the music making process. 

The Humanities Council (2015)Hometown Teams- How Sports Shape America- A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition celebrating South Carolina sports history and heroes will anchor a diverse, entertaining line-up of events and educational programs showcasing Clarendon County. 

The Jasper Project (2016): Marked by the Water- In commemoration of the first anniversary of the devastating South Carolina flood in October 2015, local artists and community members of the Midlands will collaborate and produce a multi-disciplinary community arts project, featuring visual art, literary elements, music and dance. Funding from the Foundation will support the publication of a book containing collected works from this project.

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