April Showers Art Party – it’s raining umbrellas!

April Showers Art Party – it’s raining umbrellas!

The April Showers Art Party is the kick-off event for the South Carolina Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary.

Join the South Carolina Arts Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission April 5 to kick off the Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary! For half a century, the Arts Commission has served as an umbrella for arts development in the Palmetto State. The April Showers Art Party will carry out the umbrella theme via works of art by professionals and umbrellas embellished by students and installed in the ceiling. These decorative umbrellas will represent the 67 sites of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

April Showers will include a “Singin’ in the Rain” performance by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, an invitational art sale and a dance party featuring the Finesse Band.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online.

April Showers Art Party
Wednesday, April 5
Grand Hall at 701 Whaley, Columbia, S.C.
7 p.m. – Singin’in the Rain Opening Performance, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet
7:30 – 9 p.m. – Invitational Art Sale
8:30 – 10:30 p.m. – Dance Party featuring the Finesse Band

Find a list of participating artists and sponsors online.

About the 50th Anniversary
On June 7, 1967, Governor Robert E. McNair signed legislation creating the South Carolina Arts Commission, beginning a new era of public support for the arts in the Palmetto State. The legislation declared that the State of South Carolina would ensure that the arts “continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experiences of our citizens.” For 50 years, the Arts Commission has joined with individuals, institutions and professional organizations to advance the state’s commitment to create a thriving arts environment that benefits all citizens. From April 2017 through June 2018, the Arts Commission is celebrating 50 years of public support for the arts with kick-off events in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville and exhibitions and performances showcasing the arts around the state. Check out the calendar of events and stay tuned for updates!