South Carolina isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think about the arts. However, the state has hidden pockets of cultural wealth that will rival big art markets like New York and San Francisco. Beaufort is one of the five best cities in South Carolina for the Arts.
Recently named a SC Cultural District by the S.C. Arts Commission, downtown Beaufort is a city on the move. Criteria for the nomination includes: live performance venues, theaters, galleries, public art, and museums. Apparently the city of Beaufort had over 50 "assets" that led to its cultural district designation. The city is proud to embrace the arts, and celebrates with festivals, live music, and performing arts. Beaufort is also a visually stunning city. Lakes, rivers and streams add to the coastal appeal.