The Arts & Culture on the Grand Strand

Though the Grand Strand area is more well known for its golf courses and attractions, it is increasingly the home to a growing number of cultural events and opportunities. A variety of music, art, drama and any manner of combinations of these can be found in the area.

No discussion of art and culture on the Grand Strand should begin without mentioning Brookgreen Gardens. Located south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens houses over 500 beautiful sculptures by more than 300 American artists. In addition, the breathtaking beauty of the botanical gardens must be seen to be believed.

For music, look no farther than the Long Bay Symphony. Based in Myrtle Beach, the orchestra performs several concerts throughout the year and plays a range of music from pop to classical.

Art is also to be found on the Grand Strand. The Franklin G. Burroughs & Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wonderful place to start when looking for art from local and regional artists. Located in a renovated 1920's beach house, the museum features over 3,600 square feet of permanent and traveling exhibits.

Amateur and professional alike grace the area with performances of dramas and plays. Groups such as the Theatre of the Republic and the Myrtle Beach Players regularly perform pieces ranging from locally written one-act plays to Broadway shows.

And speaking of Broadway, one can't forget the shows at the Palace Theater, Spirit of the Dance features Irish dancing at its finest, and the theater is host to other shows as well.

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