The Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) is the only organization in Greenville, South Carolina working daily to support every discipline of the arts. MAC provides support to area arts organizations and many individual artists through its grants program, through its cultural planning process, by advocating on behalf of all artists and arts groups, and by providing cooperative marketing opportunities promoting arts groups that might not have resources available to them.
MAC serves as an arts advocate through the South Carolina Arts Alliance and through direct contact with all governmental entities. MAC receives its funding from the City of Greenville, the National Endowment for the Arts, the County of Greenville, the South Carolina Arts Commission and through private donations. MAC was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
2016 has been another record-breaking year for the Metropolitan Arts Council. Our cash income was a record-high, and we were able to raise a total of $1,765,831 for our programs and services. With in-kind donations, our annual budget exceeded well over $2 million for the third consecutive year. MAC regranted a record-high of $435,663 to cultural initiatives throughout Greenville County. Our Endowment for the Arts surpassed the $1 million mark in 2016.
The mission of the Metropolitan Arts Council is to stimulate and support artistic expression and its appreciation and enjoyment in ways that enrich all citizens, artists, cultural organizations and communities of the Greenville County. We accomplish this by providing funding and other vital services to individual artists, arts organizations and arts education programs that greatly impact the economic well being of the community.
MAC’s vision is a vision for the community, and MAC will be Greenville County’s trusted and visionary champion of the arts. Our role is to gather support from the community and provide it to member arts organizations – with the outcome being a nationally recognized arts environment enjoyed and patronized by an ever-growing and constantly diversifying regional audience.