August 30, 2018 Contact: John Morken

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (203) 394 – 1181


Murrells Inlet, S.C. – The Arts Grand Strand has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2019 fiscal year. The support which is funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow the organization to continue to provide a complete calendar and guide to the Fine Arts along the Grand Strand via it’s website and Facebook page.

The Arts Grand Strand benefits residents, tourists and those who may be interested in moving to the area by showcasing over 700 fine art events and over 50 interviews with those in the arts each year.

The S.C. Arts Commission grant will enable this unique media outlet to show the breadth and depth of our vibrant cultural scene from Calabash, NC to Conway to Georgetown, SC” said John Morken, Executive Director.

Several neighboring companies, organizations and/or individuals are helping the <organization name> meet its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Those who are supporting the grant project are: (list supporters).

Anyone can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting The Arts Grand Strand by visiting and

About The South Carolina Arts Commission:

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit or call (803) 734-8696.

About The Arts Grand Strand:

Based in Murrells Inlet, SC, Myrtle Beach Cultural Calendar dba The Arts Grand Strand is a 501(c)(3) that has been in business for 3 years. It produces a complete calendar and guide to the arts with over 700 events a year and over 50 interviews on its website and facebook page. It also created The Grand Strand Art Trail and manages a Meetup with over 350 members, primarily newcomers to the area. It is funded by this grant and donations from private foundations, arts organizations and individuals.

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