Can your community benefit from a design arts grant or program?

“From the typeface on this page to the neighborhood in which you live, every object and place is the result of design.” — National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts Program

Find out how your organization or community can benefit from a range of design grants and programs offered by the National Endowment for the Arts, including rural design workshops, design project grants, community development through the arts and creative placemaking initiatives.

Jason SchupbachJoin the South Carolina Arts Commission as we welcome Jason Schupbach, director of design for the NEA, for a lecture and a conference call about these opportunities. The lecture takes place Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art, and the conference call is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Read more below about how to participate in one or both events.

(Related: City of Spartanburg awarded $25,000 Our Town grant. Also, read how Spartanburg plans to use this grant: Emphasizing the arts during a neighborhood revitalization.)

  • Event #1  October 15  Lecture: Design and Creative Placemaking in America (hosted in collaboration with the Columbia Design League)

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone interested in how principles of good design can benefit communities

COST: $10.00 for non-members, free for Columbia Design League Members

RSVP: No RSVP required

  • Event #2 October 16  Conference call: Overview of design arts programs and grants available from the National Endowment for the Arts

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m

WHO SHOULD ATTEND/CALL IN: Representatives of organizations, institutions or local governments interested in funding and program opportunities for design projects

COST: Free

Review the online guidelines for any of the following design arts programs and grants to determine if the opportunities fit your organization or community:

RSVP to Shawna Bauer at or (803) 734-8687. Please indicate whether you wish to participate by phone or in person.

  • By phone: Shawna will send instructions for connecting to the call
  • In person: Up to 20 seats are available at the South Carolina Arts Commission on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your space with your RSVP