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Vibrant Social Offerings
Where can people in our community meet each other?
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.
2017 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.
- Columbia Children’s Theatre; 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; 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; 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.
- Friends of Lexington Main Library; 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.
- South Carolina Philharmonic; Conduct the Phil – Continuing the successful pop-up, interactive experience that allows the S.C. Philharmonic to interact with new audiences and the public to conduct the orchestra at public venues, such as farmers’ markets, festivals, and concerts.
Previous Connected Communities Grant Recipients
- Columbia Museum of Art (2015,2016): 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. Watch the video below for a further explanation of how CMA is using the Connected Communities grant.
- SC Philharmonic (2015, 2016): 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.
- The Nickelodeon (2015, 2016): Indie Grits at the River - The popular cultural festival Indie Grits will move its 10th annual event from Main Street to the banks of the Congaree River and make attendance free to the public. The festival will use the power of the arts to bring people together, engage in discussions about the environment and serve as a critical step forward in the design of the future of our city.