The CMA sits adjacent to one of downtown Columbia's treasures, Boyd Plaza. Completely renovated in 2019, Boyd Plaza offers plenty of seating, plenty of shade, and landscaping and fountains that make for a relaxing place to rest during a busy day on Main Street. This gift to the city from The Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Foundation Inc. is the perfect outdoor spot to spread out and relax.
It’s also an outstanding opportunity to build community through arts and cultural activities.
Events on the Plaza
27 / March
Celebrating Local Heroes with The Concert TruckThe Concert Truck returns to Boyd Plaza to pay tribute to essential workers. Join the University of South Carolina School of Music for an event featuring The Concert Truck co-directors Susan Zhang and Nick Luby, School of Music ensembles and composers, and more, to honor Columbia artist extraordinaire Michaela Pilar Brown and artists everywhere. Part of UofSC School of Music's Bridging Our Distances initiative. Face coverings and physical distancing required while attending. Limited seating available. Free.
28 / March
Let’s Get Metaphysical: AerobicsDust off those legwarmers and get into action to shape both body and mind. Drag Queen Ebony Wood leads guests in an aerobics class on Boyd Plaza, includes take-home goodie bags and gallery admission to The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher. Registration is required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing, and face coverings are required. Costumes encouraged!
09 / April
Jazz Al FrescoThe Mark Rapp Quintet performs a free outdoor concert celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month, the return of spring, and with it the return of outdoor seating for our downtown community on Boyd Plaza. Drop by any time during the concert to enjoy the music. Bring your lunch — or better yet, support our Main Street neighbors and purchase your food from them. Free. Seating is limited. Masks required when not eating.
16 / April
Friday Night HortiCULTURE
Friday, April 16 | 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Galleries open 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.Enjoy a vibrant outdoor evening of culture and horticulture on Boyd Plaza. At sunset, take in a screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (2017), the award-winning documentary about the revolutionary Dutch garden designer. Prior to the screening, the CMA welcomes horticulturalist and Historic Columbia Director of Grounds Keith Mearns and landscape designer, artist, and horticulturalist Dave Robbins for a botanically driven conversation.
17 / April
Art Class: Floral WatercolorsThis plein air watercolor painting class covers brush technique, composition, and drawing skills while using floral exhibition Art Blossoms as our inspiration. The class is designed to be fun and inspirational and focuses on how to relax and enjoy the process of painting. All materials and equipment provided. Taught by professional watercolorist Constance Manley, a member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society.