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Resources for Artists

Resources for Artists & Performer affected by COVID-19

While things are uncertain for right now, we want to help artists and performers remain informed about possible resources and opportunities that can help during these unprecedented times.

Artist Relief Fund: Next cycle

South Carolina Arts Commission: Arts Emergency Relief Grants

One Columbia’s compiled list of resources & relief aid for artists

The New York Foundations for the Arts Emergency Resources

Licensing as an Artist

There are different types of licenses artists can obtain.  Here are some tips on deciding which license to apply for through the City of Columbia offices. See License sheet here.

Busking in Columbia

“A Busker is a person who performs in public areas; accepts donations from the public; and has obtained a permit pursuant to the ordinance.

“Perform” includes, but is not limited to the following activities; acting, singing, playing musical instruments, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing, reading, puppetry, sidewalk art and reciting. Buskers shall not offer items for sale but they may offer items in exchange for a donation.”

Information on Busking in Columbia (pdf)
Application (pdf)
Ordinance (detailed rules and requirements)
City of Columbia Licenses and Permits

Get your license, then stop by the One Columbia office at 1219 Taylor Street to pick up a Busker Care Package, containing parking tokens, water bottle, t-shirt and snacks. 

Become a Vendor

For artists and crafters, there are a variety of markets and festivals where you can sell your artwork and connect with the community too. Here are just a few of the events but not the only events you should consider:

ArtLinc Chalk Arts Festival 
Rosewood Art & Music Festival
Soda City Market (you can event busk there too. Check out our Busking Page for more information.
West Columbia Artisan Market
– West Columbia Artisan market runs from September – November . If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the artisan market, contact Ellen Ravenell ( to start the process. Licenses start at $25. Vendors do not have to participate every week. Click the link above for more information.

Studio space available:

Stormwater Studios

The Main Street Arts, LLC (Studio rentals and educational programs are also available, contact Main Street Arts for more information.)

Art Supplies:

City Art


City Art Classes
Columbia Museum of Art
City of Columbia’s Art Center
Village Artists at Sandhills

Artist in Residence:

701 Center for Contemporary Art

School of Visual Art Design Studio at Stormwater Studios (TBD) 

Richland Library (Applications are live quarterly. For Summer and Fall 2020 go to website for more details.  )

Film Organizations and Festivals (local film festivals)

Columbia’s film and media-making community is growing and thriving. If you’re a filmmaker, media-maker or an avid supporter of film and media arts, here are just a few festivals and organizations you should consider participating in as a creator or even as a volunteer. 

Carolina Film Network(CFN) |  CFN is a nonprofit organization that exists to bridge the gap between industry professionals and growing artists by way of networking and education in the film industry. It’s a great way to connect with fellow filmmakers and film workers across the state. 

Doko Film Festival | an interactive film festival for high-school aged filmmakers from the Southeast and beyond, to encourage their talent and showcase their work to wider audience for feedback and support.  (

Frame x Frame Film Club | a collaborative project led by laid-off employees of the Columbia Film Society, with support from previous employees who voluntarily left the organization. They are a collectively who believe that independent film and media is a catalyst for critical dialogue in our community. Their goal is to amplify voices that have historically been oppressed and marginalized in the Midlands of South Carolina, and beyond. 

FreedomFest | highlight underrepresented groups, influential women and veterans in both film and the community, and to bolster careers by screening film and offering distribution. (

The Luminal Theater | The Luminal Theater is a nomadic cinema organization that brings Black film straight to the people. Luminal provides fully-curated exhibitions of diverse cinema and media of the Black/African diaspora (African-American, African, Caribbean, Afro-European, etc.), allowing these artists to present their work within our unique brand of shared audience experiences, presented in majority-Black communities across the United States & virtually.  Official Partner of Sundance 2021. 

Nickelodeon Theatre / Columbia Film Society | Columbia Film Society (CFS) serves Columbia, SC, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, CFS provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its two arms: the Nickelodeon Theatre (the Nick) and Indie Grits Labs (IGL).


S.C. Arts Commission Information

Main Website

Arts Resources provided by S.C. Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowships   (Applications for FY22 Fellowships in Visual Arts, Craft, Media: Production, and Media: Screenwriting will be available mid-2020)

One Columbia’s Services:

Office/Conference space: We have a conference room, and extra office space that can be used by any arts group in Columbia in need of a place to meet or work.

Notary Public: We can notarize documents for you, just make an appointment.

Camera: We are in possession of a GoPro Camera that we can lend out to arts groups and organizations in Columbia for no charge.

Easels: If a group or artist was in need of one or multiple easels, we have 12 in our office to lend out.

Any art or history related event taking place in Columbia may also be submitted here to our website to be featured.

For more information or any questions, you can call our office at (803) 254-5008 or visit us at 1219 Taylor Street.

Arts Opportunities

Richland Library
Fall Applications open April – June | Spring Applications opens November – December Share your talents with the community by providing creative and educational opportunities that support cultural and artistic exchange. Residences run Fall and Spring visit Richland Library’s website to learn more here. Contact the Arts Librarian via: