$50,000 Grant Award from South Carolina Arts Commission

$50,000 Grant Award from South Carolina Arts Commission

On May 2, 2022, the Port Royal Sound Foundation (PRSF) was awarded $50,000 from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan. This operational funding is part of the Commission’s Arts Emergency Relief grant program.

Art has always been one of the main pillars of focus for the Port Royal Sound Foundation. Teaching ocean-inspired art projects, hosting an annual Recycled Art Contest, and featuring local artists in the Maritime Center are just some of the ways that help promote the importance of art in our community. The completion of the Weezie Educational Pavilion will increase the capacity to host larger art shows, marketplaces, classes, and more. The support of the South Carolina Arts Commission provides the opportunity to reach more people and share the value of protecting the Sound.

“This relationship with the South Carolina Arts Commission is critical as the Foundation grows and our programs expand. The Port Royal Sound is the heart of our community, defining our culture and inspiring creativity. Our art programming exists at the intersection of our education and conservation work, helping people translate their love for the Sound into something tangible and impactful. We are so grateful for the Commission’s support and look forward to expanding our arts outreach in the future.”-Jody Hayward, Executive Director

< Kids participating in a craft activity at the Maritime Center.

An entry from PRSF’s Recycled Art Contest >



You can visit the Maritime Center to participate in an art program or check out the art featured in the Rotating Exhibit Room. PRSF’s extensive programming is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue plan.

At A Glance


From creature feedings to nature hikes, we’ve got exciting events for the whole family to enjoy.


We are centrally located in Beaufort County, where S.C. 170 crosses the Chechessee River. Just take the right exit from either direction at the bridge.

Field Trips

Fun for all ages, field trips enhance students’ classroom curriculum and gives them a unique understanding of our coastal environment.


Truly the heart of our Foundation, volunteering is the perfect way to learn more about what makes the Sound so important to us.

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