In conjunction with the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) of Greenville, Hollingsworth Funds, Inc. is distributing $100,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to 10 local arts organizations. The 10 arts organizations receiving funding are Artisphere, Centre Stage, Greenville Chorale, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Theatre, Metropolitan Arts Council, Peace Center, South Carolina Children’s Theatre and The Warehouse Theatre.
“Hollingsworth Funds has a long history of support for the arts community in Greenville, and we are proud to invest alongside MAC and other community funding partners during such a challenging time,” commented Tamela Spann, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives of Hollingsworth Funds.
“Over the last 20 years, Greenville’s vibrant arts community has not only helped put us on the map, but it has also been instrumental in giving us a diverse economy and an unparalleled level of cultural amenities. As COVID-19 continues to deliver a devastating blow to our local arts community, it will take an unprecedented level of philanthropic support to protect and sustain some of Greenville’s most impactful arts organizations. MAC is extremely grateful to Hollingsworth Funds for demonstrating that level of support, during a time when these organizations need it the most,” said MAC board chairman Michael Cooper.
“The Greenville Symphony is extremely grateful for MAC’s support and partnership as we respond to the impacts of the pandemic. MAC and Hollingsworth Funds have joined our community in rallying behind our arts industry, an affirmation that Greenville values the arts as a core priority. Their support enables us to be nimble and adaptive through these times and emerge from this phase strong so we can continue fulfilling our mission and commitment to the people of Greenville,” said Julie Fish, executive director of the Greenville Symphony.
“Hollingsworth Funds, one of Greenville’s most generous and loyal arts supporters, has come through to provide much-needed funding in the time of COVID-19. The arts could potentially suffer a loss of over $20.5 million by the end of the year, and these relief funds will have a major impact on providing these organizations with the funding necessary to reopen once the pandemic subsides,” said MAC executive director Alan Ethridge.
Since May, MAC has coordinated the distribution of $375,500 in relief funds to 28 arts organizations throughout Greenville County. The Graham Foundation, Hollingsworth Funds and the Canal Charitable Foundation have contributed significantly towards this total, and other philanthropic entities such as the Jolley Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greenville have also provided generous funding to arts organizations during the pandemic.