Resources for Artists

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
West Columbia Artisan Market
- West Columbia Artisan market runs from September 14 to November 23, 2019. 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:

Tapp’s Art Center

Art Supplies:

City Art


City Art Classes
Columbia Museum of Art
City of Columbia's Art Center

Artist in Residence:

701 Center for Contemporary Art

Richland Library

Tapp's Arts Center

S.C. Arts Commission Information

Main Website

Arts Resources provided by S.C. Arts Commission

Our 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.



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