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

Preface

"It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state of South Carolina to join with private patrons and with institutions and professional organizations concerned with the arts to insure that the arts...will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experiences of our citizens. It is further declared that all activities undertaken by the State in carrying out this policy shall be directed toward encouraging and assisting, rather than limiting, the freedom of artistic expression that is essential for the well-being of the arts."


An Act to Create the South Carolina Arts Commission, 1967


Since accepting this legislative mandate in 1967, the South Carolina Arts Commission has worked to increase the understanding of, support for and participation in the arts in the Palmetto State. Now thirty-four years later, we stand in the dawn of a new century and look toward the future.


This comprehensive plan for the arts in South Carolina lays out a nine-year course to guide arts development in our state from 2001 until 2010. Hundreds of South Carolinians, from all over the state and from diverse points of view, have contributed their thoughts and shared their ideas in the creation of the plan. This broad input is the result of the South Carolina Arts Commission's determination to include as many citizens as possible in the long-range planning process.