About Us

Purpose

Arts, etc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization of Kiawah and Cassique women.  Our purpose is to raise funds, through donations and events, to support the arts in our greater community and to provide educational and social opportunities for our membership.  Distribution of funds will be at the discretion of the organization.

History

Arts, etc. is an organization of Kiawah and Cassique women committed to supporting the arts in the greater Charleston area.  Founded in 2001 as Gibbes, etc., an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum, it raised more than $1,200,000 for the Museum in Gibbes memberships and through proceeds from the Kiawah Art & House Tour.  Donations supported a wide variety of Museum exhibits as well as visual arts education programs for students.

Reorganized as Arts, etc. in 2014, the group became independent and expanded its support to include visual, performing and literary arts.  It has since donated $425,550 from the proceeds of the acclaimed Art & House Tour to area organizations who bring the arts to the young people of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.

The organization hosts expert speakers and arranges gallery tours to expand members’ perspectives and insights into the arts.  Through these events the women of Arts, etc. enhance their knowledge of the arts and strengthen relationships with local arts organizations.  Arts, etc. is deservedly proud of its reputation as a dynamic force in the arts community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Arts, etc. relies on volunteers to manage the organization. Involvement provides an opportunity to work with like-minded Kiawah and Cassique women on projects supporting arts programming for the youth of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.

There are many ways to become involved.  Some roles are ongoing during the year in administrative efforts related to website, social media and financial management. Other members engage in the planning and execution of specific social events.

The greatest need for volunteer help is associated with the spring Kiawah Art & House Tour, the key fundraiser for Arts, etc. Committees ranging from ticket sales to business sponsorship to refreshments work in the months leading up to the event. And on the day of the Tour volunteers are needed as house docents and parking attendants.

Please consider where your interests and talents may be best utilized and contact events@kiawahartsetc.org.

Membership

Becoming a member of Arts, etc. is an excellent way to support the arts in the Charleston area and increase your insight into various dimensions of artistic expression.  While best known for the annual Kiawah Art & House Tour, the group also holds events throughout the year providing educational and social opportunities.

Membership is open to all women who are full or part time residents of Kiawah Island or Cassique.  Members are expected to:

  • Contribute to the success of the organization by purchasing a ticket to the Art & House Tour or through a donation or sponsorship; and
  • Volunteer for the Art & House Tour or serve on another committee.

Membership is $50 per year and runs from October 1 through September 30.  Please contact the membership chair (members@kiawahartsetc.org) if you have any questions about joining.

Contact Us

Kathleen Wright

Carla Powe

Vice President
vp@kiawahartsetc.org

Wilma deZanger

Connie Gentzler

Cheryl Morley

Kay Crnkovich

Membership Chair
members@kiawahartsetc.org

Ginny Brush