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The Arts Council of York County connects people through art, culture, dance, drama, film & music with a vision to create and support a thriving, diverse, and vibrant community in York County, SC.


Founded in 1977, the Arts Council of York County strives to serve York County and the surrounding area.



The mission is to create arts programming that encourages education, economic development, and arts advocacy through unique art experiences that engage the community to make York County a regional arts destination. The vision is to create and support a thriving, diverse, and vibrant arts community in York County.

Centrally located in historic Old Town Rock Hill, South Carolina, the Arts Council has established an arts anchor on two blocks of Main Street. The Center for the Arts, housed in two 100-year-old buildings, is currently home to the Arts Council offices, classroom space, artist studios and three gallery spaces.


The Tom S. Gettys Center, also one of Rock Hill’s historic buildings, is home to Art on Main, the Rock Hill Pottery Center, Don't Sweat It Fest Inc., and artist studios, including Friday Arts Project.


Planning a wedding, business meeting or other special occasion? All of the Arts Council spaces are available to rent for your upcoming event. Visit our Facilities Rental page for more information.

A single, tax-deductible donation to the Arts Council supports arts education, music, theater, dance, literary arts and visual arts and assists major arts organizations. The Arts Council also serves the community through diverse arts programming throughout the year and the small grants program with awards made quarterly.

The Arts Council is committed to building York County as an arts destination. Visit our membership page or contact us at (803)328-2787 to find out how you can get involved.

Located in the first state-designated Cultural District in South Carolina.

Recipient of the Governor's Award for the Arts.

Who We Are


The Board of Directors and staff of the Arts Council of York County are made up by a diverse group of individuals who work in the arts or are otherwise committed to bringing the arts to the forefront in York County.


Erica Smith, President
  Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra


Dr. Brad Sabelli, Vice President

  Arts Advocate, Educator, Artist

Jessica Little, Treasurer

  Founders Federal Credit Union

Gale Y. Teaster, Secretary

  Community Volunteer


Josiah Blevins

  RevenFlo, W.A.M.A

Rebecca Bridges

  House of Drennan

Hali Christopher

  Westminster Catawba Christian School

Nick Cotten, Esq.

  Hamilton Delleney Grier & Cotten LLC

Stephen Crotts

  Independent Artist

Eric D. Eaddy

  Atrium Health

Angelo Geter

  Rock Hill Poet Laureate

Dr. John Jones, Jr.

  Rock Hill School District 3

Gerry King


Robert Wildman

  Winthrop University


Melanie Cooper

Interim Executive Director


Devann Gardner

Gallery Manager

Maureen Cooley

Marketing Coordinator

Barbara McDougald

Office & Facilities Manager

Brenda Floyd




Bobby Plair

Blues & Jazz Festival

Festival Producer

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