You Make Art Possible

For 73 years, your museum has been bringing works of art from around the corner and around the world to the Midlands. 


The CMA team is on a mission to spark powerful conversations and connections through this art in an environment that is welcoming to all. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and people across South Carolina. 

We’re asking you to help the Columbia Museum of Art bring the work of a great artist to our community by becoming a fundraiser through Midlands Gives. Tina Williams Brewer is known for her story quilts that use symbolism, textiles, and fabrics to explore African American history, generational healing, and the spirituality of her culture. She spent time on the South Carolina coast exploring St. Helena Island, drawing inspiration from this community’s heritage and present-day dynamics. Tina Williams Brewer: Stories of Grace is the first major museum exhibition of the artist's work in the Southeast. More than 30 works drawn from public and private collections, fully displaying the scope and richness of Brewer's multilayered practice, will be on view at the CMA from June to September. 
Much like the individual pieces of fabric coming together to make a quilt, gifts given through Midlands Gives — no matter the amount — will come together to provide the needed support to bring this vibrant exhibition to the Columbia Museum of Art. Donations will help fund the cost of the exhibition and help us create educational materials to bring important conversations about this work beyond the museum’s walls and into the community. With support from donors like you, a third of all programs at the CMA are offered for free or at reduced rates to make the museum more accessible to all. 
Thank you for being part of the Columbia Museum of Art. With you, we can bring this world-class exhibition to our community and continue to be a museum for all — today, tomorrow, and beyond.


Be a Fundraiser for the CMA in Five Easy Steps

  1. Create a fundraising page. Our friends at the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Midlands Gives make it easy! Visit the Columbia Museum of Art page on their site and select Create a Fundraiser. Need some help with this? They’re providing a step-by-step guide here and answering some frequently asked questions. 
  2. Make it personal. Why is art in the community important to you? There is no right or wrong answer. When your fundraising page reflects you, and what is important to you, your community will be more compelled to give.
  3. Set a goal. Do you want to raise $100 or $500? Set your intentions and think about ways you can break that down. Is it 10 donations of $10 or 20 donations of $25? Either way, share your goal with your friends, family, and coworkers.
  4. Get social. Is your jam Instagram or TikTok, or do you feel more comfortable with an email? All are great platforms that can help you reach your goal! Tell people why you support the Columbia Museum of Art, tell them your goal, and ask them to give. We’ve got a few tools that might help. (scroll down to see)
  5. Show some love. When gifts come in through your Midlands Gives Day page, the Columbia Museum of Art will send a thank you note. But it’s really meaningful when you reach out to say thank you too! Send your donor a text, quick email, or a special note. It makes everyone feel good.

Thank you for helping the Columbia Museum of Art spark powerful connections through art from around the corner and around the world in an environment that is welcoming to all!


Midlands Gives is Tuesday, May 2

Midlands Gives brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. In addition to being a year-round resource for donors across the Midlands, the initiative amplifies donations during an annual 18-hour online giving challenge the first Tuesday of May. Since its inception in 2014 the event has raised $15.9 million for local nonprofits.

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