Jason Rapp joins S.C. Arts Commission as communications director

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Arts Commission welcomes Jason Rapp of Columbia this month as its new communications director.

Rapp will plan and develop an extensive and diversified communications program for the agency, to include oversight of public information and marketing initiatives. He will produce website and social media content; design, edit, and produce publications and printed materials; and collaborate with constituents, grantees, artists, and organizations.

“Jason’s experience in the arts nonprofit world is a natural fit with our work,” said Executive Director Ken May. “He has the perspective of working for one of our grantee organizations and understands the value of public support for the arts. He joins the agency as we expand our services in arts education, artist development and rural arts development and will lead the charge in promoting those opportunities and communicating about the results. We are happy to welcome him to the team.”

A Pittsburgh, Pa. area native, Rapp grew up in Florence, S.C. and graduated from West Florence High School before earning a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of South Carolina College of Mass Communications and Information Studies in 2002. He was most recently the communications and audience services director at the S.C. Philharmonic in Columbia for nearly 12 years, where he helped take the orchestra’s image and visibility to new heights, managed ticketing operations, and provided the highest level of patron services.

The Arts Commission’s previous communications director, Milly Hough, was named deputy director in 2017 after holding her former position for 11 years.



The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances.

Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three areas:

  • arts education,
  • community arts development,
  • and artist development.

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.