Columbia Film Society (aka The Nickelodeon Theatre)
Columbia, South Carolina
The NEA grant will support the expansion of free public programming for the 2015 Indie Grits Festival. Though it began in 2009 as a film festival in Columbia, South Carolina, Indie Grits has grown to showcase diverse and innovative work of artists from across the Southeast. Columbia Film Festival and City of Columbia will partner to increase public programming throughout the festival, including video installations in downtown storefronts, pop-up arts experiences along Main Street, and public panels discussing how arts and culture can help shape the future of cities. Artists will activate vacant storefronts during the festival, demonstrating the potential for spaces to be used year round for creative endeavors. The population of Columbia is 130,000.