One thing certainly not lacking in Charleston is art appreciation. Charleston is home to the Dock Street Theatre, the very first public theater in America, which is now only one of many. There are a vast number of community theaters, one being the new Gaillard Center, which is where you can hear the majestic sounds of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. And on any given night, you can also see modern dance, ballet, and stage performers. The Lowcountry also has numerous art studios and exhibits, as well as comedy improv and community-based poetry readings.
Charleston is also teeming with festivals and community arts affairs. It hosts internationally recognized festivals like Spoleto Festival USA and the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, which has people flocking from all ends of the earth. The Lowcountry encourages artistic display throughout the city where performers sing and act out in the open, talented weavers show off their sweetgrass baskets, and musicians are welcomed to play to their heart's content.