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Encounter artistic inspiration around every corner

George Gershwin spent the summer of 1934 on nearby Folly Beach, soaking up the Bohemian atmosphere of the windswept barrier island. He attended local churches and even judged a beauty pageant at the Folly Pier, all while drawing inspiration for the Porgy and Bess score. The haunting nocturne "Summertime" is just one of the melodies attributed to the Lowcountry, where the rich musical heritage dates back to St. Cecilia's Society, the nation's first formalized chamber music group, and the first opera performed in the colonies, Flora (1736).

The arts, entwined in Charleston's earliest history, play an integral part in the city's vibrant quality of life. Numberous local professional organizations offer robust performance seasons. Celebrated museums and galleries showcase national and regional powerhouses of the art world. And every year the annual Spoleto Festival presents internationally acclaimed performance artists—from the classical to the cutting edge—from around the world.



  Art Galleries

Meeting, Church, State, East Bay, Broad, Cumberland, Queen, Chalmers and Tradd Streets, Charleston, SC

  Chamber Music Charleston

PO Box 80072, Charleston, SC

  843 763 4941

  Charleston Ballet Theatre

151 Grove Street, Charleston, SC

  843 723 7334

  Charleston Concert Association

131 King Street, Charleston, SC

  843 727 1216

  Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403

  Charleston Symphony Orchestra

572 Savannah Highway Suite 100, Charleston, SC

  843 723 7528

  Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

25 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403

  Dock Street Theatre (Charleston Stage Company)

135 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401

  Flowertown Players

133 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483

  Gaillard Center

95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

  Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC

  843 722 2706

  Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29424

  North Charleston Performing Arts Center

5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418

  PURE Theatre

477 King Street, Charleston, SC

  866 811 4111

  Theatre 99

280 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

  Woolfe Street Playhouse

34 Woofle Street, Charleston, SC 29403

  843 856 1579