PAC Facts

FMU Department of Fine Arts

FMU logoThe PAC houses the Music Industry program of Francis Marion University, which provides training for students seeking an alternative to traditional performance and/or education paths to music. The facility includes lab space and practice rooms for classes taught onsite. For further information please visit

Resident Companies

Florence Symphony Orchestra

The FSO was founded in 1949 and performs concerts throughout the year on the Mainstage of the PAC.

Masterworks Choir

Founded in 1979, the 50 voice choir is a highly respected and critically acclaimed community chorus.

South Carolina Dance Theatre

Founded in 1976, the SCDT is a non-profit corporation that seeks to encourage and nurture the artistic growth of dance as a performing art.

Volunteer Opportunities

PAC Volunteers

The PAC is always looking for enthusiastic, friendly, and dedicated individuals to serve as volunteer ushers and ticket takers. If you are interested and would like more information, please email us at, or call 843-661-1896.

PAC Staff

Kimberly Harrell portrait

Kimberly Harwell


Austin Jones


Ann Kelly


Kate Glass



The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center plays a vital role in the university’s efforts to provide excellent education, stimulate inquiry and research, and serve the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. It is a multi-purpose facility that enriches the lives of students, faculty, and members of the community.

The FMU Performing Arts Center serves Florence and the Pee Dee in several ways. It enriches the lives of culturally and ethnically diverse audiences by offering access to outstanding performances and presentations of professional and emerging local, national, and international groups. Moreover, the FMU Performing Arts Center demonstrates its commitment by responding to the changing needs of the community and region. It acts as a cohesive force in bringing members of the area and the university together for cultural activities and challenges them to engage in unfamiliar cultural programming. It provides a venue for local and area productions, with due consideration for the fiduciary responsibilities for operating and maintaining the building. It fosters an environment that provides educational opportunities for children and adults of the area through such means as after school activities and various types of workshops.

The FMU Performing Arts Center is also an educational facility. The academic wing is used by the Department of Fine Arts Music Industry Program for teaching students and assisting them in achieving their highest potential. Its practice rooms and technology labs provide opportunities to explore the arts and encourage creativity. Students also benefit through interactive use of the mainstage and performance lab facilities equipped with the latest technology. The presentation of high quality programs in the visual and performing arts offers all FMU students the opportunity for cultural enrichment and critical analysis of ideas expressed through the arts.

The FMU Performing Arts Center is a catalyst in stimulating economic development and tourism growth. Its location in downtown Florence contributes to the revitalization of the city center and promotes the area as a cultural arts destination. Through collaboration with school systems, public agencies, and civic organizations, the FMU Performing Arts Center promotes excellence in arts education, creation, and presentation. The cooperation and mutual support of university, local, and regional institutions in this endeavor can only add to the vitality and continuing progress of this part of South Carolina.