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The Arts Council of Beaufort County (ACBC) was founded in 1991 on the promise to promote and nurture the arts and artists in Beaufort County.
"We support arts with a capital 'A'," says Development Director Jenny Rone. The non-profit Council is the only organization of its kind that supports individual artists in all creative forms from writing, to painting, to sculpting and more.

As part of their commitment to the community, the Arts Council of Beaufort County awards quarterly arts grants to further the development of the medium. Fall 2007 winners included Chamber Music Hilton Head, Ronald Daise, Fripp Island Friends of Music, Jazz Lovers of the Lowcountry, Penn Center, Inc. and Rachael ONeal for Galer Elementary School. O'Neal meets with at-risk students weekly for a reading and arts enrichment class.

The ACBC programming efforts are divided into three main segments  cultural tourism, arts incubation and arts education. Their upcoming Chalk on the Walk program covers all three initiatives, asking artists to design their own street masterpiece. The event recalls European "madonnari" or street painters who often drew images representing the Madonna. Awards will be given to artists and schools including scholarships to student artists. Master Calk Artist Lee Jones led a workshop in September, providing techniques and methods of his chosen art.

The ACBC also publishes Art News three times a year premiering new artists and promoting local events. There are several roundtable events and art education programs each year. The Council is also the host for the Southern Arts Federation Tour of Independent Film Makers, which offers a venue to film makers, directors, actors, producers and more.

"We are part of a Kennedy Center Partners in Education team," says Rone. The association works to integrate arts into school systems using art as a teaching tool. Some strategies taught to local teachers include "using creative dramatics to teach social studies, creative writing to teach math and visual arts to teach science," adds Rone. "The local Kennedy Center partnership includes the ACBC, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Beaufort County School District."

To date, thousands have benefited from the ACBC either as beneficiaries of grants or recipients of learning initiatives and programs. Eileen Newton & Jackie Brown, Realtors for Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners have seen the benefits of ACBC programs. They believe in the Council's efforts so much theyve team up to participate in Agents for Art. As part of the fundraising effort, Eileen and Jackie have offered to generously donate 10 percent of commissions earned on the sale or purchase of any home referred by an arts patron.

Agents for Art and other programs help to fund the ACBCs non-profit initiatives.

To learn more about the Arts Council of Beaufort County, log onto To sponsor a program or support the Council, call (843) 379-2787.

To learn more about Agents for Art, contact Eileen or Jackie at 263-3430 or 812-8191 and ask about "Agents for Art!"

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