Congrats are in order for the College of Charleston School of the Arts, which was just awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts. The award is the state’s highest honor for individuals and organizations working to further the arts in South Carolina.

CofC’s School of the Arts has long offered impressive programming for both its student community and the Charleston community at large, from the many strong theater performance by CofC students to the world-class arts exhibitions at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art to the contemporary classical music series Magnetic South. The school maintains a packed cultural calendar which can be accessed at

And it’s not just CofC that was awarded the Verner Award. The Lowcountry actually did quite well in this year’s awards, with Goose Creek’s Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School winning for Arts in Education, Kiawah Island’s Dr. Terry K. Peterson winning for Lifetime Achievement, and Hilton Head artist Aldwyth winning for Artist. You can read about all of this year’s winners on the South Carolina Arts Commission’s website at