The arts enhance livability and provide new opportunities. We use creative placemaking to build artistic and economic vitality in Horry County.
In our work, arts, design and cultural activities are tools applied in combination with an inclusive approach to community planning and development, in order to enhance the aesthetic character of the community while also providing new forms of economic opportunity.
As a community development corporation, we engage the community and its stakeholders in arts- and design-based projects. In working with other nonprofits as well as city, county and state municipal partners, we are able to address public safety and environmental concerns in new and novel ways.
In our placemaking work, as community blight gradually fades, outside investment and other improvements flow into the target area. In this way, art, design and culture gradually transform and enhance the livability of local communities.
Our activities also promote local business growth through specific types of arts- and design-based, small-business entrepreneurship, job creation and workforce development programs in collaboration with our partners.
Photography provided by Jason Barnette.