Nominations open today for S.C.’s 2024 arts awards

Honor the best for excellence in arts achievement or advocacy

  • Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Folk Heritage Awards recognize arts achievement, influence, and support
  • Nomination window closes Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nominations are now open to honor persons or organizations in South Carolina who exhibit the highest levels of achievement, influence, or support of arts and folklife with the South Carolina’s arts awards.

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South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts

The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts, which recognizes persons or organizations in South Carolina who exhibit outstanding achievement or support of the arts. The Governor’s Awards use a simple, online nomination process, and all it takes to begin a nomination is one letter, which should describe the nominee’s exemplary contributions to the arts in South Carolina in these categories: Artist, Individual, Arts in Education, Government, Business/Foundation, and Organization. A nomination letter should address any characteristics included in the category descriptions. The nomination letters are due Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

For complete nomination guidelines or more information about the South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts, visit or contact Communications Director Jason Rapp: or 803.734.8899

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The SCAC, with the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum, honors the state’s exceptional folklife and traditional arts practitioners and advocates with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The South Carolina General Assembly created the awards in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts and presents them annually to honor the work of stewarding and furthering the traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state.

McKissick Museum is collecting nominations until Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For additional information and advisement, contact museum Executive Director Jane Przybysz: or 803.777.7251.

The 2024 South Carolina Arts Awards broadcast on South Carolina ETV will jointly honor the recipients of Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. A specific air date, anticipated in May, will be announced in spring 2024.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences.

A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in artist development, arts industry, arts learning, creative placemaking, and folklife and traditional arts. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for #Arts4SC and #SCartists content.

About the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum tells the story of southern life: community, culture, and the environment. The Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is closed Sundays and university holidays. For more information, please call at 803.777.7251 or visit

South Carolina Arts Commission News Release, Media Contact: Jason L. Rapp, Communications Director. or 803.734.8899