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15 years
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Mayor Steve Benjamin "For 15 years, the Columbia Museum of Art has been a vital partner in creating the vibrant hub of activity we see in Downtown Columbia today. Thanks to their vision and leadership, we are building a critical mass of creativity with the power to transform Columbia into a truly world-class city." Mayor Steve Benjamin
Two patrons enjoying art at the CMA

The Museum's Impact on Columbia

Since moving to Main Street in 1998, the CMA has been a cultural anchor and helped to create a vibrant and energetic downtown. The museum has greatly expanded its education and outreach efforts to reach a broader and more diverse base of visitors and patrons. The CMA has also steadily increased its membership, donor base and attendance from all over the Southeast. The most recent contribution to Main Street improvements was the installation of six new large-scale banners featuring images from the collection, which invoke a sense of change and excitement.

Because of increased programming and world-class exhibitions, the CMA operating budget has been steadily growing, so the expenditures in the local economy are also growing in tandem. Tourism numbers are high, attendance is on the rise and cultural tourists are spending more money in restaurants and hotels than any other tourist demographic. The last economic impact study shows that the combined impacts of the direct operations of the CMA and the spending by museum visitors generated almost $23 million in economic activity in Columbia.

The CMA 15 years ago

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15 Facts about CMA

  • 3,800 Current Number of CMA Members
  • Number of solar panels on the Museum’s roof177
  • 135,000Number of Visitors to the Museum in a year
  • Weight of the glass in CMA's Chihuly 1,920 pounds
  • 665Number of Tours given in a year
  • Age of the oldest piece in the Collection 3,912 years
  • 623Number of light bulbs in the galleries
  • Number of Pieces of art in the CMA Collection Nearly 7,000
  • 50% Percentage of visitors from outside of Columbia annually
  • Number of teen and adult programs offered last year 206
  • 4 GallonsAmount of glue used during Summer Camp
  • Number of items sold in the shop last year 11,107

Words from our members & supporters

Emily Brady

"I view the Columbia Museum of Art as a major point of pride for the city. Whenever I meet a visitor or someone new to town, I am quick to suggest that they stop in and explore. We are so lucky to have this caliber of art and culture for a city our size." Emily Brady
Dual/Contemporaries

Paul Livingston

"The Columbia Museum of Art opens doors to arts, history and cultures that many citizens have no other way of experiencing." Paul Livingston
Richland County Councilman

Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston

"My excitement for the Columbia Museum of Art continues to flourish because of a demonstrated and powerful sense of community responsibility, enlightened generosity, and effective advocacy of cultural diversity." Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston
CMA and FAAAC Member

Cathy Love

"The arts have a critical, inspirational role in the quality of life in our community. The Columbia Museum of Art is a very special treasure. We're proud to be a member and supporter of this great asset that contributes to the image of a healthy, vibrant and economically sound region." Cathy Love
Vice President of SCANA Marketing & Communications

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