This year’s annual Metropolitan Arts Council meeting and the TD Bank Business and The Arts Partnership Awards was done a little differently.
Because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, “we decided to do it virtually, film it and put it on our website,” said MAC Executive Director Alan Ethridge. “That way it would be available to as many people as possible.”
The purpose of the annual meeting is to honor local individuals and businesses for their support for the arts as well as to celebrate the yearly success of the Metropolitan Arts Council, Ethridge said.
Here’s a recap of the 2019 meeting, which was filmed on Aug. 31.
- MAC had its best year in its 46-year history of supporting the arts in Greenville. The organization raised more than $1.96 million — a record high — and its income for 2019 was $2.59 million, another record.
- The organization awarded $26,000 contributions to Artisphere, Centre Stage, Greenville Chorale, Greenville Theatre, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Peace Center, South Carolina Children’s Theatre and The Warehouse Theatre.
- For the fifth consecutive year, MAC committed $10,000 to the Greenville County Museum of Art to purchase local art for its permanent collection.
- In project support, MAC funded 87 grants totaling $155,887. Of those, 15 were grants to schools, 24 were grants to artists and 48 were grants to arts organizations.
- Its 2019 Greenville Open Studios had 158 participating artists and record-high sales of just over $376,000. More than 44,000 people attended the series.
The TD Bank Business & The Arts Partnership Awards were presented to Greenville Woodworkers Guild (business with less than 100 employees) and WSPA 7News (business with over 100 employees).
“We are proud of our longstanding partnership with MAC for the TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards, and we congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for their significant contributions to Greenville’s arts community” said David Lominack, SC Market President for TD Bank. “We all enjoy an improved quality of life because of our unified belief in the important role the arts play in our community.”
In addition to honoring businesses, five individuals were recognized for their contribution to the arts: Kristin LaRoy, who received the Carrie and Skip Gordon Emerging Teaching Artist Award; Jeff Holland, who was awarded the Martha R. Westrope Teaching Artist Fellowship; Lu Wixon, who received the Carl R. Blair Commitment to Arts Education Award; Anna McNinch, winner of the Ann C. Sherard Young Supporter of the Arts Award; and Mary and Jeff Lawson, who received the Lifelong Support of the Arts Award.
The 2019 MAC annual meeting and the 2019 TD Bank Business and The Arts Partnership Awards can be viewed at greenvillearts.com.