The Columbia Museum of Art provides many excellent and accessible opportunities for art education in South Carolina by taking community art education programs into the city, county and state to provide greater access and exposure to art to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

St. Lawrence Place
CMA’s partnership with St. Lawrence Place, a transitional housing community, began five years ago at the suggestion of a CMA board member. Students in grades K-12 attend weekly art sessions during their afterschool program. The first Thursday of each month, the teens from St. Lawrence come to CMA for a tour of the galleries and hands-on studio component taught by an area artist, art teacher or CMA staff.

Bethel AME Church Learning Center
A new partner in 2012, Bethel AME Church Learning Center provides the unique opportunity to teach children in a classroom setting. CMA teaches art sessions at Bethel AME on a weekly basis for students in grades K-5.

Hands on with the CMA
Developed as a way to reach families in unincorporated Richland County, Hands on with the CMA has grown to include four Richland Library sites with plans to increase to six sites in FY 2014. This program engages participants with stories read by Richland Library’s librarians, followed by hands-on art experience led by CMA’s staff and volunteers.