Our mission is to spark creativity and curiosity in all learners through innovative and arts integrated learning.

ECM, a nonprofit based in Charleston, South Carolina, works with school districts, principals, teachers, and the local workforce to identify specific knowledge and skillsets all students should master before graduating high school. We hire and train local artists, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) professionals, and cultural organizations, called ECM Instructors, to work with teachers in grades K-12 to enhance student learning via arts integrated learning using innovation, ingenuity, and creativity.  Our goal is for every student to achieve academically, stay engaged in school and succeed in life while their teachers develop engaging teaching strategies like arts integration and entrepreneurship that foster communication, critical thinking, self-awareness, and future planning. Teachers and students report that ECM is a powerful model of success.


WOOHOO! We are excited to be part of the Arts Grow SC initiative providing summer camps in TEN NEW locations across South Carolina. Arts Grow SC is a three-year partnership between the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Arts Commission to help public schools throughout the state address pandemic related learning loss with proven, arts-based learning initiatives. This landmark investment of $20 million will allow SCAC’s team of professionals and network of partners including ECM to:

  • help schools and teachers fill learning loss gaps in the arts,

  • use arts integration to remediate core subject areas,​

  • and provide summer and afterschool learning opportunities that leverage the arts in schools throughout the state.​

Arts Grow SC Partnership

YEScarolina Now Part of ECM

WOOHOO!  On September 1, 2021, we completed our K-12 pipeline, now offering high school programs in our merge with the successful nonprofit, YEScarolina. In the summer of 2021, we piloted our first Summer STEAM Institute with high school leadership/entrepreneur programs. Check out what our students thought!

ECM History Timeline