IMPORTANT! Due to the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) events on this site may be postponed or canceled. Site visitors should refer to the event organizer's website for possible schedule changes.

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 (Currently accepting applications through January 31, 2020) | Dates of Residency: March 2 -April 3, 2020. Here’s a flyer with more information.

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

Film 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. If you’re curious about more festivals beyond Columbia, read Carolina Film blog’s extensive list of film festivals around the Carolinas.

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.  (

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

Indie Grits | a non-profit organization that works to serve communities through media education, artist driven projects, and the Indie Grits Festival (which Moviemaker magazine has been named twice as the Top 25 Coolest Film festivals in the world) in Columbia, South Carolina.  (

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 2020 (Closed) | Spring 2021 opens November 2020 (coming soon) | Share your talents with the community by providing creative and educational opportunities that support cultural and artistic exchange. Learn more here.

Urban Field Residency
The Urban Field Station Network
Applications due September 15, 2020 | For creatives from all experiences and backgrounds, check out the Urban Field Station Artist Residency program. If you’re passionate about urban ecology and the connections between the arts and nature, apply to become a resident starting November 2020. For more information, click here.

The Southern Studies Fellowship in Arts and Letters
The Chapman Cultural Center and Hub City Press
Applications open early 2021 | Just announced this first-of-its-kind program will bring one early-career artist and one early-career writer to Spartanburg for a nine-month residency of research, creativity, teaching, and travel, culminating in a collaborative project informed by the region. The program, which begins in 2021, will be marketed nationally to artists and writers who are interested in immersing themselves in the culture of the American South. Read more about the program here.



Artsopolis Network Members: Akron OH | Albuquerque NM | Austin TX | Birmingham AL | Boston MA | Cape Cod MA | Charlotte NC | Cincinnati OH | Colorado Springs CO | Columbia SC | DuPage County IL | Flagstaff AZ | Flint MI | Fort Lauderdale FL | Houston TX | Indianapolis IN | Kalamazoo MI | Macon GA | Marin County CA | Mendocino County CA | Milwaukee WI | Monterey Bay CA | Montgomery County MD | Napa Valley CA | Nashville TN | Orange County CA | Orlando FL | Palm Beach County FL | Panama City FL | Providence RI | Quito, Ecuador | Rapid City SD | Richardson TX | Riverside CA | Rock Island IL | Sacramento CA | San Antonio TX | San Jose CA | St. Cloud MN | St. Croix Valley MN/WI | St. Johns County FL | Stillwater MN | Tallahassee FL | Tampa Bay FL | Utah | Ventura CA | York County PA