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A Long Range Plan for the Arts in
South Carolina, 2001-2010

The 2001 Canvas Process

Guadalcanal (detail), by Manning B. Williams

The latest Canvas began with a telephone survey of 800 South Carolinians age eighteen and older to establish a "snapshot" of arts awareness and involvement among the state's general population.

Based on this research, the Arts Commission and local sponsoring arts organizations convened twelve town meeting-style public forums in Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. Some forums focused on specific topics, like organizational health or artistic quality. Some forums were targeted for specific people such as artists or board members. Other forums were held with key statewide arts organizations. Citizens who were unable to attend a public forum had the option of mailing written responses or emailing their thoughts through the SCAC web site, and many took advantage of these ways of participating.

The Arts Commission also conducted one-on-one interviews about the arts with fifty business, government, education, and community leaders throughout the state. All told, almost 1400 people took the time to participate by sharing their ideas and thoughts about the arts in South Carolina and what direction the future should take.

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The arts bring a special dimension to a community and are a vital part of recruiting new industry

Congressman Henry Brown
SC - 1st District