Who we serve

In School | ECM Curriculum Coaches work with our STEAM Team and teachers to bring Engaged Learning Experiences (ELEs) into K-8th grade classrooms

Summer Camp | ECM’s Summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) Institute® is a six-week camp for rising K-8th graders designed to prevent summer learning loss

Professional Development | ECM empowers and supports teachers by giving them the tools, confidence and skill level to successfully integrate the Arts and light a spark in every one of their student’s creative and innovative spirit

School Grants | 20% of net proceeds from our annual fundraiser, The O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon®, are awarded to teachers for Arts Integration projects

Collectively our programs serve 11,000+ students with in-school Arts programming, 946+ students and teachers in the Summer STEAM Institute®, 400+ teachers through our professional development opportunities, 6 counties in SC, 10,000+ community members through outreach and education events, and 27 schools.

A. C. Corcoran Elementary (CCSD)

Principal: Quenetta White
8585 Vistavia Road
Charleston, SC 29406
843-764-2218

Allendale School District

Superintendent: Dr. Margaret Gilmore
3305 Allendale-Fairfax Hwy
Fairfax, SC 29827
803-584-3476

Alston-Bailey Elementary (DD2)

Principal: Vernisa Bodison
820 West 5th North Street
Summerville, SC 29483
843-695-5210

Alston Middle (DD2)

Principal: Dr. Michelle Leviner
500 Bryan Street
Summerville, SC 29483
843-873-3890

Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary (CCSD)

Principal: Michelle Conner
1871 Wallace School Road
Charleston, SC 29407
843-763-1555

Barnwell District 19

Superintendent: David Corder
556 Jones Bridge Road
Blackville, SC 29817
803-284-5800

Cainhoy Elementary (BCSD)

Principal: LaWanda Glears
2424 Cainhoy Road
Huger, SC 29450
843-899-8975

Cane Bay Middle School (BCSD)

Principal: Carol Beckman-Bartlett
1175 Cane Bay Blvd
Summerville, SC 29483
843-899-1857

Carolina Park Elementary (CCSD)

Principal: Michael Antonelli
3650 Park Ave Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
843-856-8060

Charles B DuBose Middle  (DD2)

Principal: Ted Brinkley
1005 DuBose School Rd.
Summerville, SC 29483
843-875-7012

Clarendon School District One

Superintendent: Barbara Champagne
9297 Alex Harvin Hwy
Summerton, SC 29148
803-478-2286

Daniel Island School (BCSD)

Principal: Nancy Leigh
2365 Daniel Island Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
843-471-2301

H.E. Bonner Elementary (BCSD)

Principal: Melissa Willis
171 Macedonia Foxes Circle
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843-899-8950

James B Edwards Elementary (CCSD)

Principal: Robin Fountain
855 Von Kolnitz Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
843-849-2805

James Simons Elementary (CCSD)

Principal: Christine Ryan
741 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
843-724-7763

Testimonials

Patrick Shell, STEM teacher, C.E. Williams Middle School
"Engaging Creative Minds totally looks at combining the whole experience of the arts and academics, and uses it to create a well rounded lifelong learner. The program does an excellent job of providing opportunities to both learners and educators. This is the way all educational experiences should be."
Kevin Smith, Principal, C.E. Williams Middle School
"Engaging Creative Minds has become an integrated part of the experiences for the learners of C.E. Williams Middle School. Our learners engage the curriculum through the arts with artists which is exciting and solidifies learning. In addition, our teachers are able to see and learn new and creative ways to present content. We are glad to be an ECM school."
K. Black, Communications Consultant
"I work for the school district where Engaging Creative Minds began, and I can wholeheartedly say that it is one of the best arts-infused programs I have ever seen in education. The model provides gainful and meaningful employment for local artists while bringing curriculum to life for our students. The program administrators run an organized ship and every dollar is used wisely."
The Farr Family, CCSD school parent
"I have to say a HUGE thank you to Engaging Creative Minds for partnering with Chas Stage Company to do an incredible residency at my children's school, Ashley River Creative Arts Elem. I have triplets in 3rd grade and each one of them is STILL talking about the amazing and FUN experience they had three weeks ago! They learned SO much about the Civil War and all three girls got 100's on their tests after their time with ECM. But more important than the grade, the girls understood the material because it was presented in such a unique way. They went into the test with confidence using all they learned. I have heard other parents say the same! We are so grateful! I wish ECM and Chas Stage were there for EVERY social studies unit! (;  Thank you to some very special people for making this program a grand success!"
Gina, SC teaching artist
"I have worked as a Teaching Artist on the SC Arts Commission Roster for decades. Over the last year, I've had an opportunity to get to know the work done at ECM. They do Arts Integration right! Every person in this organization goes above and beyond with a clear interest in enriching the lives and education of our children. Great people! Excellent program!"
Theodore M.
"Exposure to the breadth of creative inspiration which ECM has provided to me as a teacher, has been immensely helpful with The HERO Project. As a visual artist they helped me fine tune my goal and engage students in thought and consideration of the character and life choices of "heroes". I needed to better understand how to present this material to young minds as well as how it related to core curriculum. The professionals at ECM have taught and encouraged me as they opened school doors to experience sculpture. These experiences have ignited creative sparks in Tri-county students everywhere, be it 3D design and construction, history or focused language arts. The programs from ECM are piquing curiosity and delighting students. I am forever thankful for the honor of working with ECM."
Linda Dennis, Founder, A Backpack Journalist
"ECM - should also stand for encouraging creative minds! As an artist for Engaging Creative Minds, I find that working with their coaches and the teachers, that I am able to help share and encourage learning using creativity in all forms of digital and print. The outcomes vary from short movies, to dvd's with color prints, to printed newspapers and then portraits with a student modeling their dreams for the future and what it takes to get there! Throughout the entire learning process, the students are encouraged to use their imagination and to create images in their minds and then to write! In other projects, we help the students to become good observers and reporters, they then write and see their works published. Yes, the outcome shows academic success, but often I see other important elements such as the students finding their self within their work, they gain self esteem and confidence. Just think using the creative process. So when one thinks of the positive outcomes of a creative experience with ECM, I also suggest that we should look at the benefit to the whole student!"
Sandy Simpson Burris, Teacher, CCSD
"The folks at Engaging Creative Minds worked small miracles to make Porgy and Bess happen for my students! To say that they enjoyed the show would be an understatement. My students were enthralled, and it was amazing to hear them talk about the performance in significant detail both among themselves and to adults. This experience has definitely piqued an interest in the arts for my students. The opportunity to expose my kids to new places and ideas is just priceless, and to have Porgy and Bess in my back pocket as a teaching tool will impact students for years to come. I simply do not have the words to express my gratitude to the good people at Engaging Creative Minds and Ravinia, as well as their cadre of volunteers and donors. Seeing this opera at Spoleto was an experience that neither my students nor I will soon forget."
J. Isaacson, Grandparent, Summer STEAM
"I enrolled my grandson in one week of STEAM camp this summer. He was very hesitant to go - we actually had to make him go the first day. By Wednesday he was asking if he could do another week. He is on week 3 now and says he wishes "he could go to school at STEAM all year long!" He loves it so much, he talked his step-sister into going. This is an awesome program. Every child should have this opportunity."

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