McLeer to depart S.C. Arts Alliance in May

Next steps TBA

South Carolina’s arts and creativity sector was greeted with disappointing news this morning via email.

S.C. Arts Alliance Executive Director GP McLeer announced his resignation from the advocacy nonprofit.

LINK: McLeer bids a fond farewell.

Here’s an excerpt:

Eleven years ago, while attending my first-ever National Arts Advocacy Day in [Washington] as the executive director of the Mauldin Cultural Center, I sat down to dinner with members of the board of the S.C. Arts Alliance. I met Betty Plumb at that dinner, the [Alliance’s] long-serving executive director. I found their work interesting, exciting, and something I wanted to be a part of.

Two months later, in May of 2011, I was asked to join the board. Five years later, I became executive director.

After six years of service as executive director, and five years before then as a member of the Board, today I announce my departure from the S.C. Arts Alliance. My last official day will be May 15, 2022.

The S.C. Arts Alliance board of directors is to approve a full transition plan in the coming weeks, to include the hiring of an interim director ahead of a formal search for a new executive director later this summer. All announcements will be posted online at