If Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council were a musician, reviewers would say it hit all the high notes in 2015.
The nonprofit organization’s support for area artists topped $2 million for the second year in a row, thanks to more than $2 million fundraised, including endowment gifts and in-kind donations. MAC provides support for Greenville’s art organizations and artists in all disciplines.
In 2015, the organization:
Awarded general operating support grants totaling $200,000.
Awarded $111,336, in project support grants to schools, individual artists and arts organizations. MAC awarded 19 grants to schools, 14 grants to individual artists and 28 grants to arts organizations.
Increased participating in the arts integration program, SmartArts. Sixty schools participated in the program in 2015 and MAC has raised $1.8 million for the program since federal funding for it expired in 2007.
Committed $10,000 to the Greenville County Museum of Art to purchase works by local artists for its permanent collection.
MAC’s endowment now has $750,002 in cash and pledges. MAC announced a $25 million endowment campaign in 2014, with a goal to double it in 2016.
“The success of MAC in 2015 is the success of the entire Greenville community, as we are a populace that truly appreciates the arts and realizes their importance on many different levels. Most significantly, Greenvillians realize the role of the arts in the overall community’s vitality,” said Alan Ethridge, MAC’s executive director.
MAC by the numbers
Total raised in 2015
MAC Endowment for the Arts balance
Money granted to schools, individual artists and arts organizations
Amount given to each of eight arts organizations for operating support