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.
CMA's partnership with St. Lawrence Place, a transitional housing community, began in 2008 at the suggestion of a CMA board member. Students in grades K-5 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.
A new partner in 2014, Prosperity Project provides a safe afterschool program for children in the Lyon’s street and Gonzalez Gardens area. The CMA brings fun and unique art lesson each week to their location to help develop the children’s artistic abilities. The first Monday of each month Prosperity Project students in 3rd-5th grade visit the museum to tour the galleries and work in the studios.
The CMA Creativity Club was created in response to the growing need in our community to address literacy for pre-schoolers and their adult companions. This program engages participants with stories read by librarians, followed by a CMA staff and volunteer led hands-on art experience that connects to the overall art and literacy theme for the session.