Palmetto Artisan Program Earns National Award

The Palmetto Artisan Program, a week-long, after-school entrepreneurship class, has won first place in the US Conference of Mayors’ city livability awards. Palmetto roses are created from Palmetto Tree fronds and are a recognizable art form in Charleston.


The program was developed after residents and officials complained about children selling palmetto roses, so in 2007, the City of Charleston created the program. To teach worthwhile business practices and promote their talent in a positive way, middle- and high-school students learn lessons in customer service, marketing techniques and social skills at the class. The kids also get snacks, mentoring and free palmetto fronds. Upon graduation from the program, youths are permitted to sell palmetto roses.

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