The arts contribute millions of dollars directly into our economy and millions more in indirect spending. Another reason for having a rich arts culture — the pure enjoyment of it — also plays a role in our business community, attracting and retaining a deeper pool of talent made up of workers who expect more out of life.
While we aren't on the cultural district list, Charleston carries its share of artistry with Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto, the Gibbes Museum of Art and support for local artists, writers and musicians.
Here's a look at the economic impact of the arts in the state:
And a list of areas where the arts are concentrated: