By providing access and exposure to art, we are committed to improving the quality of life within our community. We serve preschool, youth, adult learners, families, and senior citizens. 

Outreach Programs

  • Richland County First Steps

    The CMA partners with Richland County First Steps, a group working to improve school readiness for children, to provide kids with an opportunity to be creative. The CMA's sessions focus on the elements of art (line, shape, color, texture, etc.).

  • SC2DC Annual Photography Competition

    This Annual Photography Competition is open for all K-12 students across South Carolina to submit works of art based on a theme. Each fall these pieces travel to Senator Lindsay Graham's Congressional Office where they hang for an entire year.

  • Art Carts

    Each cart is based on a theme and includes touchable objects, reproductions of artwork, books, and more, with guided lesson plans and materials for two activity sessions making art. Once you're done, bring your students to the museum for a guided tour to see the art in person!

  • HUES of Partnership

    Highlighting our communities in the Midlands and across the state through creative partnership.

Loud and Proud: A CMA Story

The Columbia Museum of Art teamed up with Youth OUTLOUD, an LGBTQ+ youth group associated with the Harriet Hancock Center, for this 'totally lit' workshop featuring contemporary artist Katie Pell, whose work deals a lot with personal identity and reminds viewers to celebrate themselves and be proud of who they are.  The teens worked with Pell to create glowing costumes for the 2018 Famously Hot SC Pride Parade.