This week, the South Carolina Arts Commission announced that it is presenting its highest award in the state to the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council’s Alan Ethridge. Ethridge, executive director of MAC, was recognized in the individual category.
Ballet Spartanburg was selected for the award in the organization category.
Ethridge was one of five recipients from their respective categories recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. The state award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 2, at the State House in Columbia.
“Each recipient of these Verner Awards is an outstanding ambassador for our state and contributes greatly not just to the arts community, but the overall quality of life,” said S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz.
“I’m very honored by the award,” Ethridge said. “It’s a real privilege to work at MAC and to be recognized as a part of the most outstanding arts community in S.C.: Greenville. Look at the incredible level of urban revitalization downtown and how the arts have played a huge role in that. This is such a great city. A large part of that is because of how people are able to experience the arts here.”
A recent economic development report shows that the arts have had a $9.7 billion impact on the state’s economic vitality, Horowitz said. “As the Arts Commission nears completion of its 50th-anniversary celebration, we are honored to recognize organizations and individuals who live out the service, commitment, and passion that helped the arts here thrive throughout the last half-century,” he said.
For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon, call 803-734-8696 or visit SouthCarolinaArts.com.