• Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dr. Santos Dr. Denisse A. Santos
    Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator

    75 Calhoun Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
    843-937-6423 (p)







    Due to uncertainties and concerns with the spread of COVID-19, the District has made the decision to cancel our summer programs scheduled for June 2020. These programs include SMAART Camp. The District may choose to hold alternate programming toward the end of the summer to address making up for lost instruction for students during this second semester. However, these programs will be separate from our cancelled summer instruction.

    At this time there is no alternative plan for offering a replacement for our summer programs. However, should this change, your summer program’s coordinator will communicate with you.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your understanding as we work to keep everyone well and safe. Registration and transportation payments that parents/guardians have made for summer programs will be refunded in a timely manner. No action is necessary on your part regarding a refund, as these will be processed as soon as possible. Funds paid online will be refunded to the credit card used to make the payment. Funds paid by check will be refunded by check and mailed to the address on file.

    For any questions about this decision, please contact the coordinator of your specific program. Thank you for your interest in our summer programs, and we wish you well during this difficult time.

    For any questions about the Summer SMAART Program, please contact the Visual & Performing Arts Office at (843) 937-6423 or email us at Cynthia_Rawls@charleston.k12.sc.us.

    Visual & Performing Arts in Charleston County School District

    CCSD strives to provide Visual & Performing Arts opportunities for every student in areas of their Arts interests through the instruction of highly qualified Arts educators.

    CCSD offers many opportunities for students in the Visual & Performing Arts. Opportunities to participate include Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Music, and Piano, Visual Art, Dance, and Drama. Students not only learn about the Arts, but also participate in performances and showcases both within their schools, as well as in the community.

    We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments in the Visual & Performing Arts as they continue to be a part of award-winning Visual & Performing Arts programs.

    Our Services

    Gifted & Talented Artistic Program.

    Our emphasis in the Visual & Performing Arts Department is on building awareness of the tremendous impact the Arts have on the many children and young adults we serve. Our teachers use the College and Career Ready Standards for South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts to guide their instruction. We administer the Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) nomination, adjudication, and notification process, along with organizing the summer SMAART Program.

    Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) Process Timeline

    September 9 – November 1, 2019 Nomination Window opens at 7:00 a.m.

    December 6, 2019 Deadline for Recorded Audition/Art Portfolio Submissions

    January 4, 2020 Adjudication of Recording Auditions/Live Auditions for Strings

    January 11, 2020 Weather Make-up Adjudication Date

    February 18 – 28, 2020 Notification of Gifted & Talented Artistic Identification

    March 2, 2020, 5:00 a.m. SMAART Program Registration Opens


    SMAART Summer Program

    The SMAART Program is a three-week intensive program that takes place during the summer. Students can register for various Arts courses of their interest. Past course options have included Orchestra, Chorus, Visual Art, Playwriting & Acting, Choreography and Dance, Music Studio/Music Composition, Digital Graphic Design, and Steel Drums. The SMAART experience culminates in a day of performances where students showcase their work.

    Important Note: Students must be identified as GTR through the nomination process described above in order to be eligible to register for the SMAART Program. The nomination window was open from September 9 through November 1, 2019.

    Limited transportation is available for this program.

    SMAART Registration for GTR identified students begins March 2, 2020 at 5:00 a.m.

    SMAART Program Flyer 2020 

    District Orchestra

    Students in CCSD schools have the opportunity to audition and become a part of our District Orchestra program. Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to audition for the various levels of orchestras:

    • Preparatory Orchestra
    • Intermezzo Orchestra
    • Honors Orchestra

    Auditions for District Orchestra are held twice a year, once in May and once in August. For more information about auditioning for District Orchestra, please contact our office.

    Charleston Children’s Chorus

    Students in CCSD schools in grades 4 through 9 have the opportunity to audition for the Charleston Children’s Chorus. The Charleston Children’s Chorus is an auditioned group of unchanged voices. For more information about audition for the Charleston Children’s Chorus, please contact our office.

    Contact Us

    Cynthia Rawls, Technician II
    Visual & Performing Arts
    (843) 937-6423