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A Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina,

Canvas of the People 2010


Thursday, March 18

S.C. Arts Alliance board meeting


Here's what we heard at a board meeting of the S.C. Arts Alliance:


What is one thing that is working in the arts, either in your community, the state or elsewhere?


  • Participation: asked public/ prioritizing/programming
  • Children’s productions – great involvement
  • Spoleto festival – individual contributions up, ticket sales up
  • Columbia museum, S.C. Philharmonic – increased audience
    -others doing well with participation, depth of knowledge increased
  • Rural – cognitive awareness of arts – they’re vital, there will be a benefit from the arts (Florence)
  • Surge in personal participation, dance, etc. (Spartanburg); increase in the use of technology (texting $ to Haiti, e.g.)
  • Salkahatchie Stew – taking what we learned from national group and translating it to totally local grassroots effort- ages 3 to 9, very diverse
  • ABBCH counties – five-county regional effort

    Charleston – collaboration (school or arts, Gibbes) classes; art history and drawing; innovation/ participation – new arts groups; Pecha Kuchu; art in empty storefronts: walk gallery (art in windows); arts coalition – young innovative visual artists; enthusiastic

  • Arts education - when understanding of arts happens, participation happens – state arts infusion (it’s working) model ; Shy student learning in new way, e.g.
  • Florence - centralizing of arts – redevelopment of downtown; art trails gallery (empty furniture store); arts groups working together – all groups contributing to this effort
  • People looking for ways to come together – not cocooning as much
  • Arts infusion works: Hilton Head High School creative arts
  • Arts groups working together: bravo
  • Arts groups + community + tourism = collaboration
  • Artist community in Rock Hill
  • ACE public art
  • Four school districts Public Banner Project
  • Teachers choice art show
  • Brooks Center – free ticket; goal of making arts available to those not usually engaged – women’s shelters
  • Economic development in Greenwood – museum, arts co-op, artist in residence
  • More visibility, more requests for space to exhibit (new and emerging artists)
  • More partnerships with schoolsFrom 10 – 25 exhibits in one year


What is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts?


  • Charleston - Fear that established organizations are fighting over limited donor pool
  • How do professional artists continue to earn living in this climate? 
  • Spoleto sucks up the air (well established orgs. v. young/new ones)
  • Challenge of audiences – younger at “spectacle-oriented” events
  • New ways of communicating
  • Being creative in using technology
  • Tourism shifting – changing demographic; younger families want bikes, pizza
  • Regular audience
  • The message and the medium – demographic is looking for specifics; seeing split in cultures and expectation – need common ground in stories we tell
  • Testing pushes arts aside in classrooms
  • Emphasis on tracks in K-12 (SC Education  Econ. Dev. Act)
  • STEM needs to integrate arts to merge left brain thinking with right brain
  • Elected officials
  • Time to manage FaceBook and Twitter communications
  • Frenzy may be affecting quality purpose/relevance or art; reason why we’re doing art; blurring of lines
  • Do we have greater responsibility to advance creative side of the arts v economic development by arts?
  • Perception of art by parents that does not lead to encouraging students to participate or pursue


What is a great opportunity for the arts in our state?


  • Creative clusters (new ways of marketing, money moving and possibilities)
  • New arts standards now include media arts
  • Mobile data
  • Virtual arts
  • In push for innovation, arts should lead the way
  • Making connecting between artists/artisans and business – state as arts incubator
  • Look back and consider successes; accentuate positives