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Be Driven by the Arts
A Long Range Plan for the Arts in
Thursday, March 11
Here's what we heard at the Beaufort-area Canvas forum:
What is one thing that is working in the arts, either in your community, the state or elsewhere?
- Successful commercial arts. Consider including commercial enterprises as partners: framing, galleries, other for profits
- The way arts groups work with education system in S.C.
- Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) initiative – links to commercial sector (artist ventures)
- Realtors making space available
- Vibrant community includes producing and presenting groups
- Funders interested in Lowcountry art
- Good advocacy efforts/ network – Betty Plumb
- Wide range of opportunities for citizens
- The level of corporate and foundation support for arts education (statewide)
- Recognizing folk/ traditional artists – Folk Heritage awards, community scholars, etc
- General feeling – arts are important; tourism, awareness, character
- Beaufort #12 arts destination – American Style Magazine
- Art is being stolen!
- Arts/culture driving economies – make communities desirable, driving tourism, making healthy communities, places to live, work, play
- Definition of art is broadening – we explain it better, people value it more and understand that there are all kinds of ways to participate in the arts.
- Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – model of ART/ED in community
- Cultural/ arts exchanges with other countries.
What is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts where you live?
- Funding diminishing – SCAC, foundations, individual donors, A-tax, corporate giving
- Sale of art is down
- Providing art in a place/way that people like it and feel comfortable
- Getting artists to participate in this public meeting process
- Lack of venues/facilities – galleries, performance, etc. (in Jasper County)
- Using school facilities effectively
- Packaging arts experiences for visitors to be marketed with lodging partners
- Getting accommodations tax (a-tax) used properly
- Fair/educated committee distributing a-tax funds
- Keeping a-tax focused on intended uses at state level
- We react rather than envision
- Keep momentum even in tough times – use opportunity to advance for policy
- Building awareness/value of traditional art forms
- Defining the arts/arts community and talking articulately about them
- We don’t value individuals who are artists like we value others with more traditional educations. We’re not encouraging arts careers; artists are not valued as much as athletes
- Brightest/best not going into the arts
- Fully explaining/proving value of arts to elected officials
- Arts organizations are city/government agencies – political agendas, no room for other ideas, state funding should go to independent agencies
- Government organizations control facilities, access, etc.; compete with independent organizations. Some counties do not have independent arts councils; there is no room for other ideas because the arts entities are government entities with agendas and will do what’s best for politicians. Everything is filtered through the voting community
- Urban has too much, rural too little
- Need to communicate to patrons the importance of being advocates
- No one speaks for arts community, fractured leadership (to legislature, arts community, public)
- Keeping momentum of Arts in Education moving fund
- Overcoming acceptance/tolerance issues – making better environment for artists/ creatives
What is a great opportunity for the arts in our state?
- Overcoming negative image issues related to S.C. Perhaps the mayor of Charleston winning a national award will help.
- In small rural communities “it's never been done before” – can only go up!
- Culture/heritage has been preserved, particularly gullah, indigenous cultures
- Technology = new connections possible; access to the world
- Group state cultural agencies together – use arts as cultural attraction to tourists, save money, make more $ available (examples NC, WV)
- Put artists to work (Americorps, WPA, etc.)
- Help artists take advantage of opportunities
- Lots of people with lots of money
- Bill Gates is buying digital rights to great art. Be ready to tap into national models/digital world/ digital rights/arts ed. Programs in future.
- Arts organizations look at business structures – look to entrepreneurship models
- Create new models for funding – increasing SCAC operating support for small/mid size organizations
- Communicate economic value of the arts
- Corporations who give to the arts want a return on the dollar
- Getting the message out (challenge) decline of traditional media
- Embrace new media/social media/technology to over ride traditional media
- Digital world makes national resources possible
- Assessment/ review of prior plans
What did you like or not like about this forum?
- Time limit
- Relaxed, comfortable
- Three questions; simple, inclusive
- Need hand out on Ken’s info about the state survey
- Rainy weather
- No snacks
- Did not include results of prior canvas
- What are the needs?
The Canvas of the People
Here's what we've heard so far:
- Summary of all public comments
- Columbia public forum
- Beaufort public forum
- Greenville public forum
- Arts Alliance Board meeting
- Hartsville public forum
- Aiken public forum
- North Charleston public forum
- Spartanburg public forum