Renderhouse specializes in creative production, so supporting the arts is obviously very important to us. So when we were offered the opportunity to create videos highlighting some of the award winners for the South Carolina Arts Awards, we couldn’t have been more excited.
Our first assignment took us to the headquarters of Colonial Life to interview their CEO and other representatives about their charitable contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Colonial Life has contributed to countless arts and cultural events and initiatives throughout the midlands and the state and really stepped up their giving during the pandemic. Their support of programs like the S.C. artists relief fund, helped individually fund artists and arts organizations in a time of crisis and it is an honor to be able to highlight these efforts for our community.
Though much of the Colonial Life staff have moved to remote work during the past year, the staff was gracious enough to meet (from a safe distance) at their headquarters. And while their staff was at lowered capacity each member of the staff we met was gracious and upbeat and overall very happy to be there. All of our interviewees exhibited this same excitement and passion for what they do and why they support the arts. “It’s so difficult to choose one particular favorite artist or performer with some many talented artists with ties to South Carolina,” says Strategic Account Manager Shani Bland. Pam Jenkins, AVP Product and Market Development, continues this sentiment, “Mark Rapp, Alicia Leeke, Michael Story, or Leo Twiggs. Just so many wonderful talents.” This is a company full of individuals who care about the arts, and have turned that passion into active community engagement. As creatives here in the state we are directly affected by their charitable contributions and support making more than just a one off job, it's personal.
The South Carolina Arts Awards will stream live on Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m. on the SC Arts Commission website: https://www.southcarolinaarts.com/