S.C. Arts Awards: Colonial Life

2021 Recipient Feature Series

As the day nears for the 2021 South Carolina Arts Awards, The Hub is focusing on this year’s recipients: seven receiving the South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts and two receiving the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, which are managed jointly by the South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina.

Colonial Life

Business/Foundation Category | Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Colonial Life’s mission of finding ways to help America’s workers when they face unexpected events and challenging times has made it the extraordinary company we know today. Founded in 1939, it is considered a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, dental, cancer, critical illness, and hospital confinement indemnity insurance.

Colonial Life has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community through corporate giving for more than 80 years. Annually, the company has made significant investments to improve communities through public education, health and well-being, and arts and culture. Their support extends beyond corporate giving. The company leadership encourages employee philanthropy through its matching gift programs and volunteerism.

In 2021, Colonial Life will unveil a refreshed corporate social responsibility strategy that builds on their established strong foundation of helping communities thrive. This strategy comprises four programs within a portfolio of work:

  • Equitable Pathways,
  • Healthier Communities,
  • A Caring Spirit
  • and Ready Response.

Through this portfolio approach, the new strategy is more intentional in supporting social justice causes and key societal issues for positive impact on global, national and local levels. These programs will provide opportunities for the arts to intersect with Colonial Life’s social responsibility initiatives in urban and rural communities throughout the state.


…Colonial Life has positioned itself as a progressive and collaborative company committed to the communities it calls home. In addition to the CMA, countless other arts organizations and initiatives across South Carolina have received their support—including the South Carolina Arts Awards. As an exemplary corporate citizen, deeply committed to the arts, Colonial Life is most deserving of this award…

Della Watkins
Executive Director
Columbia Museum of Art

The South Carolina Arts Awards stream live Monday, May 24, 2021. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on SouthCarolinaArts.com. There is no in-person event in 2021. The virtual ceremony will be available on demand from the S.C. Arts Commission YouTube Channel after the livestream presentation.

Meet the Recipients

Use these links to read the long-form bios of the other 2021 South Carolina Arts Awards recipients.