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    Listen Closely…

    Everybody’s got a story about the first concert that they ever went to, and around Columbia, you’ll often find that those stories include a local band or artist and a hidden hole-in-the-wall venue that you’d only know about if you were a local...

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    Fig Authentic: Caitlin Bright

    Since 2011, the role of Tapp’s Outpost (formerly Tapp’s Arts Center) in Columbia’s arts ecosystem has been to nurture emerging and under-represented artists in our community...

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    Thank you to our Small Business Champion!

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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    Fall Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    Trahern Cook, also known as Easel Cathedral, has mastered the art of plein-air paintings like few other local artists...

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    Authentic: Alex English

    Making an impact on our community and its future: Alex English

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    Authentic: Kim Jamieson

    Sharing her love of Columbia throughout our state and beyond: Kim Jamieson

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    Growth begins outside of your comfort zone

    Hope for every generation
    Through the eyes of children who are just beginning to see the world to the eyes of those that have lived through and seen it all, we are seeing hope emerge in Columbia. Dive into this issue to see where we have found hope this fall: it comes in the form of inspiring local artwork, resilient entrepreneurs, and from those who call our vibrant city home.

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    Fresh Face: Carolina Expo

    WITH OVER 100 COMBINED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, George Crowe, Adam Vance, BJ Phillips, and Adam Ruffin know exactly what it takes to coordinate and manage a successful event.

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    See Van Gogh

    Experience artist Vincent van Gogh and those who inspired his work at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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    Authentic: Harriett Green

    The South Carolina Arts Commission has three goals: to support artist development, to establish the arts as an integral part of South Carolina’s education system, and to encourage arts development in communities around the state. Working at the Arts Commission as they take steps to accomplish these goals is Harriett Green.

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    The South Carolina State fair celebrates 150 years this October

    We know: it’s the day that your parents picked you up early from school and drove you downtown to spend the day riding all of the rides that you were tall enough for, eating delicious fried food, and walking through the art exhibit to find your artwork on display.

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    Fig Authentic: Heidi Darr-Hope

    Meet our Fall Fig Authentic, Heidi Darr-Hope

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