Who are our community outreach partners and supporters?
The Arts Center of Greenwood is committed to making quality arts education accessible to everyone. Our community outreach programs make it possible for students of all backgrounds and socioeconomic status to access the transformative power of art. Our goal is to unleash creativity, transform young lives and build community through outstanding and accessible arts education.
Outreach Partners: Summer 2022 / 2023
Be Great Academy powered by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands The mission of Be Great Academy is to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Be Great Academy is an after school, before school and summer camp program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Crescent Region. The Be Great Academy has a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address relevant issues among youth - teaching youth the skills they need to succeed in life.
The Arts Center of Greenwood completed a third year of partnership with Be Great Academy in Summer 2023, providing art enrichment to 40 youth over the course of the summer. Instructors worked for a total of 6 weeks, completing fun, multimedia art projects.
Community Initiatives Community Initiatives, Inc. is a registered 501 (c) non-profit organization specializing in health and prevention. Community Initiatives offers a host of programs and services for our community that include the Safe Haven After School & Summer Program, La Clinica Gratis Medical Clinic, senior services, job training workshops, drug-free community events, and benefit screening services.
The Arts Center of Greenwood completed a sixth year of partnership with Community Initiatives in Summer 2023, providing art enrichment to 30 youth over the course of the summer. Instructors worked for a total of 4 weeks, completing fun, multimedia art projects.
Little River Baptist Association The Arts Center of Greenwood partnered with the Little River Baptist Association in Summer 2022 for their “Entrepreneurial Summer Camp” for youth in 2022. The goal of the summer camp was to teach youth different skills that could be used to start a business, inviting guest instructors who specialized in their own crafts to share their knowledge. At the end of the camp the youth hosted their own fundraiser, selling items they made over the course of the camp. The Arts Center of Greenwood assisted by sending an art instructor to teach a clay ornament lesson and a fabric printmaking lesson where the children used vegetables to print on fabric tote bags. All of the items made were successfully sold in the fundraiser.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church The "Westside Summer Youth Camp" at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is a camp that serves youth from ages 5 - 13 years. Certified teachers provide remedial and enrichment activities in the core subjects of reading, math, science, technology, and language arts; along with music, art, sports, and STEAM activities presented by ETV Educational Department of Columbia, SC. The camp also provides local field trips and special guest motivational presenters in the fields of business, education, and sports.
The Arts Center of Greenwood completed a seventh year partnership with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Summer 2023, providing art enrichment to 30 youth over the course of the summer. Instructors worked for a total of 5 weeks, completing fun, multimedia art projects.
Project Hope Project Hope Foundation was founded in 1997 by two mothers looking for services for their young sons with autism. As the rate of autism has expanded to 1 in 44, their mission has expanded into providing a lifespan of autism services. Project Hope has four core programs: therapy, education, adult services, and community engagement. All of their programs are grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Project Hope programs benefit not only the individual affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis, and the community at large.
The Arts Center of Greenwood completed a fourth year partnership with Project Hope in Summer 2023, providing art enrichment to 15 youth over the course of the summer. Instructors worked for a total of 4 weeks, completing fun, multimedia art projects; specifically created as art therapy for youth on the autism spectrum.
STARZ24 Teen Center powered by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands The Starz24 Teen Center is a safe place for teens age 13-18, where they can drop in after school and be themselves without feeling the pressure of being judged. From sports to the arts, volunteerism to academic pursuits, The Starz24 Teen Center offers resources and programs to create meaningful experiences today as teens prepare a plan for the future.
The Arts Center of Greenwood completed a partnership with the STARZ24 Teen Center for two different programs in Summer 2022. Instructors provided a weekly wheel throwing class for a total of 4 weeks, serving 5 teens. Special guest artist Ashan Pridgon, provided a hand-building workshop inspired by his own body of ceramic work, centered around the idea of “black identity.” This two day workshop served ten youth.
Ware Shoals Primary School Ware Shoals Primary School’s mission is to provide learning activities for youth that promote intellectual, social and emotional growth; permitting them to become responsible and productive members of society.
The Arts Center of Greenwood partnered with Ware Shoals Primary in Summer 2023, providing art enrichment to 50 youth. Instructors worked for a total of 4 weeks, completing fun, multimedia art projects.
YMCA of Greenwood The mission of the YMCA of the Lakelands region is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
The Arts Center of Greenwood partnered with the YMCA in Summer 2022 to provide a LEGO-themed art experience for 20 youth. Instructors provided a week long, half-day camp, that offered LEGO-themed activities and creative building challenges.