May 18, 2023 • Charleston

Arts and Culture in the Lowcountry

Artists and visionaries have long found a haven in the Lowcountry. From Gershwin and Heyward writing the operatic Porgy & Bess on the shores of Folly Beach to the litany of talents who cut their teeth at Savannah College of Art and Design, our coastal region inspires and nurtures creativity. As we approach the 47th Spoleto Festival USA, beginning May 26 in Charleston, SC, let’s appreciate the many arts and cultural opportunities available in our market. 

The Gibbes Museum of Art | Charleston, South Carolina

The Gibbes Museum of Art opened on Meeting Street in 1905 and recently underwent a dramatic renovation, re-opening its doors to the public in 2016. This museum carefully curates an art experience that speaks to the Lowcountry spirit by hosting the foremost collection of American art promoting Charleston’s story. With a constant rotation of exhibits and events, the Gibbes Museum of Art provides a robust and culturally-stimulating schedule. The museum presents around 6 to 8 special exhibitions annually, allowing viewers to engage with art differently.

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Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art | Savannah, Georgia

A premiere contemporary art museum in historic Savannah, GA, the SCAD Museum of Art serves the students and the surrounding community. Built within one of the oldest surviving railroad depots in the country, this museum provides a space for cultural dialogue that extends beyond the SCAD student body. Attracting artistic talent worldwide allows this museum to create engaging exhibits and exciting events for everyone. Since its reopening in 2011, this museum has won numerous awards in architecture and design.

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Hilton Head Island Cultural Trail Map | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island is more than scenic landscapes and bustling beachfront areas, it supports a diverse and vibrant arts community led by the award-winning Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The 45,000 square foot visual and performing arts facility produces festivals, engaging events, education opportunities, and showcases arts from all walks of life. But Hilton Head Island’s offerings do not stop there, using the HHI Cultural Trail Map you can find historic sites, galleries, parks, and public art exhibits across the island. 

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Bluffton Cultural District | Bluffton, South Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina is known for its eclectic network of galleries and shops. In 2016, the town received its cultural district designation from the state of South Carolina, recognizing the concentration of cultural activities, facilities and assets spanning from Bluffton Village south to the May River, and from Burnt Church Road west to Cahill’s Market on May River Road. Whether you’re a dedicated collector or simply shopping for a piece of the Lowcountry to take home, the Bluffton Cultural District is a must visit!

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