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The mission of Engaging Creative Minds is to spark creativity and curiosity in all learners through innovative and experiential 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 and afterschool programs in school districts across South Carolina. Arts Grow SC is supported by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) to support South Carolina Public schools in and through the arts. This landmark $20 million 3-year investment in the arts gives ECM the ability to:


  • provide equitable access to high quality arts experiences after school and during the summer

  • provide robust professional development to certified teachers and teaching artists (ECM Instructors)

  • provide summer and afterschool arts-based learning experiences that directly align with state curriculum standards for K-12

  • provide middle and high school students opportunities to explore their entrepreneurial futures


ECM afterschool programs are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023 in eleven school districts.  Summer STEAM Institute begins in June 2023 in ten school districts.

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!

Arts Grow SC Partnership

YEScarolina Now Part of ECM

ECM History Timeline

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