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With sudden closures and cancellations, arts and cultural organizations need support

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The Piccolo Spoleto Festival's Sunset Serenade is a free outdoor concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Residents' donations can help lessen the impact of the coronavirus on Charleston's arts and cultural scene. File/Matthew Fortner/Staff

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the unanticipated theater, gallery and museum closings, as well as the cancellation of performances and exhibitions and cultural events, are certain to make a continued impact on Charleston's arts and cultural community. 

Following is an ongoing list of organizations to support. By helping to lessen the repercussions of the coming days, we can ensure that Charleston's dynamic arts scene is primed for vitality in the months ahead.

To add to this list, please email information to

Chamber Music Charleston had to postpone its March 24 “Evening with Midori” concert and cancel the remaining concerts of the season. To support them, donate here

Charleston Gaillard Center has extended the closure of the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall through May 11. In the meantime, the organization will push out educational resources freely available on its website. Donate here.

Charleston Jazz has postponed its March and April performances until later in the year with the hope of resuming the season starting on July 25, 2020. To support them, donate here

The Charleston Museum has lost admission revenue. To meet the demand to bring collections, talks and educators to a digital platform, please support The Charleston Museum, the Joseph Manigault House and the Heyward Washington house (as well as the Dill Sanctuary) at

Charleston Stage, which is in the process of making emergency budget cuts while operating without ticket sales, said that support at this time can make a real difference in ensuring the shows go on again. Donate here

The Charleston Symphony has been uplifting the Charleston community with the transformative power of classical music for 80 years. You can help secure their continued success by making a contribution of any size.

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Engaging Creative Minds is sharing educational resources on social media for teachers and parents while focusing efforts on their summer camp program, Summer STEAM Institute, designed to combat the spring disruption of instruction in local schools. To sponsor a camper, donate here.  

Enough Pie, a community-based, arts non-profit organization addressing neighborhood needs, is working with vulnerable elders and disabled residents at the Joseph Floyd Manor through the newly formed Community Buddy system. With their annual spring restaurant fundraiser canceled, they seek your support by donating here

Flowertown Players asks that you consider supporting them at this time by donating here

Footlight Players has postponed its production of "Matilda," which they report will result in a loss of revenue that will put a strain on their operations over the new few weeks and even months. To donate to their Coronavirus Relief Fund, link here

The Gibbes Museum of Art is closed through March 31. Meantime, the museum is providing virtual experiences and live programming via social media to the public. To continue to support the museum during this closure, you can donate here.

Historic Charleston Foundation had to suspend its spring fundraising events, including The Festival of Houses and Gardens, its major annual funding source, resulting in a significant revenue loss. Gifts may be sent to Historic Charleston Foundation, P.O. Box 1120, Charleston, SC 29402 or can be made online.

The McClellanville Arts Council closed its current exhibition early, postponed another planned for April 25 and closed their gift shop until further notice. they have also canceled all outreach programs, classes and workshops. To help, visit their website.

Middleton Place and the Edmondston-Alston House, cultural organizations that regularly host events, are also in need of support during this time. This can be done for both organizations via the Middleton Place Foundation at

The North Charleston POPS! can be supported at

The Preservation Society of Charleston will be operating on a virtual basis going forward. The PSC Shop, which supports many area craftsmen, will be taking phone orders and online purchases. Patronage to the shop will help the Preservation Society continue to serve them during this time. For more information, contact or call (843) 722-4630.

Pure Theatre has cancelled the remainder of performances of its current show, "The Children," and suggests that all ticket holders consider donating the cost of the ticket in lieu of a refund. Others wishing to donate to Pure can do so here.

The South Carolina Historical Society has postponed their 165th Annual Meeting and Maps and Madeira, and the museum has also lost admission revenue. They ask that you consider giving to either the Annual Fund or the Adopt-a-Collection fund or by becoming a member by donating online or by mailing gifts to 100 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401. For more information, please contact

Village Repertory Co. is seeking funds to offset operational costs. They are accepting donations through a Facebook page fundraiser

Follow Maura Hogan on Twitter at @msmaurahogan.

Maura Hogan is the arts critic at The Post and Courier. She has previously written about arts, culture and lifestyle for The New York Times, Gourmet, Garden & Gun, among other publications.

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