Supporting Arts Education in South Carolina

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is committed to the growth of our state’s vibrant arts education community. As part of the school’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students in South Carolina, we offer a comprehensive and ever-growing series of Outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations, and students. These opportunities seek to match our available resources with the needs and interests of schools and partners statewide. 

To stay up-to-date and be notified about opportunities, sign up to receive our Outreach Newsletter.

Academic Year Programs

FREE Teacher Resources 

This year, arts teachers from across South Carolina can participate in standards-driven virtual and backpack activities designed to easily fold into any type of arts education setting, whether virtual, hybrid or in-person. Our 2021-2022 Teacher Resources can be found here.

New resources are added each month, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when new resources become available! 

Field Trips to Campus

The Governor's School invites teachers who are seeking arts-based field trips to bring students to our campus in Greenville for a memorable, engaging experience. Learn more.

Service Learning 

Governor's School students are invited and encouraged to cultivate their own service interests through the Connecting Arts Through Service (C.A.T.S.) club. Learn more about our service-learning program. 

Lowcountry Youth Dance Academy

The Lowcountry Youth Dance Academy (LYDA), a regional outreach initiative, offers male and female dancers in 5th - 9th grades an opportunity to explore the rigors and demands associated with pre-professional ballet training under the supervision of the Dance Department of Governor's School. Learn more about LYDA.



Ignite is a summer arts residency designed to “fire up a passion for the arts,” encouraging students to “think like artists” by exploring capacities, processes, questions, and themes through multiple art forms. Students are provided access to teachers and curriculum specially crafted to encourage participants to identify and explore their own artistic voices, interests, and skills.  No prior arts experience is required, and rather than focus on perfecting a skill, students are encouraged to be creative, take risks, and explore new art forms.

Ignite does not accept individual student applications; rather, it is a partnership based program that encourages strong relationships with school summer camps and community agencies like the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Spark: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Readers Through Drama

Spark builds reading engagement, reading motivation, and creative/divergent thinking by helping students connect the actor's basic skill set (body, voice, imagination, cooperation & ensemble) to reading and storytelling.  

Spark is funded by Arts Grow SC, a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Department of Education. Learn more.

SC Afterschool Alliance

The Governor’s School recognizes the valuable role that afterschool agencies play in the overall safety, wellbeing, and educational growth of students statewide. In order to connect with this community, SCGSAH is pleased to partner with the SC Afterschool Alliance to share resources and ensure that the arts are an integral part of this important student experience.  

Professional Learning Opportunities 

Teacher Survey

Our Outreach Programs include a number of Professional Learning Opportunities for teachers each year, and this year we want to hear directly from YOU!

To help us better align our resources with your needs, please take a moment to complete this brief survey on what kinds of Professional Learning Opportunities you would be interested in participating in this year.

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Professional Development Days/Conference Presentations

The Governor's school understands that arts teachers should have the opportunity to practice their craft, allowing us to provide a teacher-as-artist model for professional learning. Teachers, district personnel, and state arts networks frequently call on the Governor's School to present at annual school district professional development days or arts-based conferences. Teachers can travel to our campus and host their day here in our studios (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or district administrators can invite our faculty to their schools for district professional development days. We also encourage conference planners to reach out for break-out session opportunities, panel discussion, and workshop leadership. Our school offers a wide range of specialists, so teachers can expect to dive deeply into a single content area and immerse themselves in both creativity and pedagogy. As part of the Governor's School mission to be a resource to ALL schools in SC, professional development opportunities are typically free of charge.

To inquire about professional development opportunities, contact our office at

FREE Teacher Retreats

The Governor's School Teacher Retreat Series is one of the school’s most sought-after professional development opportunities. Hosted collaboratively between the Office of Outreach and the Office of Arts and Academics, these two-day intensives provide high-quality, hands-on experiences designed to support educators in the arts in an environment of artistic excellence. Learn more about this year's Retreats here.

Wellness for Arts Teachers and Students

As teachers and students navigate the impact of COVID-19 on our education system, we recognize that emotional and mental health/wellness will be critical to a successful year. With the understanding that the arts classroom is a place of creativity and emotional safety, the Governor's School looks to support arts teachers by developing mindfulness, self care, and student care strategies in the arts classroom. Check back throughout the year for professional learning opportunities designed to support this important need.