Founded in December of 2013 by four artists who call South Carolina their home state, Front Porch seeks to foster collaborative, community-based art by, with, and for the Upstate community. We are multi-disciplinary, performative, innovative artists who treasure our connection with the Upstate.
We believe in representing Southern stories, artists, and communities on a national level.
We believe in a reciprocal relationship between artist and neighbor.
We believe that art changes lives.
We believe that art in schools is imperative and art in communities is irreplaceable.
We have made the decision to invest in those beliefs for the long term, and we invite you to join us.
A Brief History
December 26, 2013: Front Porch Arts Collective was founded over a post-Christmas brunch at Brick Street Cafe.
March 28, 2014: Front Porch hosted our first event, March’s Salon Saturday.
April 14, 2014: We went live online and started spreading the word, with over 400 “likes” on Facebook in the first 24 hours.
July 6, 2014: The first Pop-Up Workshop, Family Portraits as Self-Expression, provided free family portraits for families.
July 25, 2014: We finished our fundraising campaign with over $6,000 in donations from Indiegogo, $3,000 in private donations, and a $3,000 grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council.
August 6-9, 2014: Potluck 2014 was experienced by nearly 400 members of the Greenville community, with contributions from over 35 artists from South Carolina.
What Comes Next?
Our first season was inspiring, challenging, and enlightening. We learned so much about the power of community and the unlimited talent of our local artists. As we move into our next season, we’re focusing in on new works, in the classroom, through the rehearsal room, and for performance. We are continuing to explore the relationship between artists and their neighbors. Thank you for your support!
No matter the role you play in the community, your voice is valuable. It affects what we do and how we do it. Please contact us with any questions, thoughts, hopes, ideas, or concerns you have about our work or what art could mean in our community. We look forward to hearing from you.
Meet the Founders
Isn’t our photography amazing? It’s from our associate artist and dear friend Jane at Jane Howard Photography. Please check out her amazing work!