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A Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina,
2011-2020

Canvas of the People 2010

 

Thursday, March 11

Technical College of the Lowcountry, New River Campus

 

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
  • Partnerships
  • Digital world makes national resources possible
  • Assessment/ review of prior plans

 

What did you like or not like about this forum?

 

Likes:

  • Time limit
  • Relaxed, comfortable
  • Three questions; simple, inclusive

 

Dislikes

  • 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?