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Be Driven by the Arts
A Long Range Plan for the Arts in
Monday, March 29
Here's what we heard at the North Charleston Canvas forum:
What is one thing that is working in the arts, either in your community, the state or elsewhere?
- North Charleston – artists in classroom, residencies, lessons
- Teacher training through Spoleto/arts integration (annual Creative Institute for teachers)
- Chamber music in Charleston - interaction between the artists and the audience. This cultivates new ambassadors.
- VSA artists working with students with disabilities.
- Arts organizations, education and artists: there are many opportunities to network and get engaged in the arts
- North Charleston Cultural Arts makes arts accessible to large area. Opened up art to those who might not have access; includes various artists (affordable)
- North Charleston Cultural Arts – library participates in Arts Festival by hosting the event. This increases access.
- Great musicians and artists.
- Colleges provide arts opportunities to students in Title 1 schools
- Arts magnet schools/schools for the arts
- Plans call for arts-centered schools in every zone in Charleston
- Is Charleston top 3 in arts education?
- Artists/teachers also benefit from student interaction during arts education
- Charleston Fine Arts Dealer Association (exhibits art); fine arts programs in schools
- Arts Daily
- Radio promotes others areas and generate ideas
What is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts?
- Making arts sustainable amid cutbacks
- Individual artists being able to sustain/make living
- Lack of direction/multiple directions/agendas - organizations need to work in unity
- Public doesn’t know about/doesn’t participate
- Lack of access for public – make public understand the relevancy of art.
- Need to pool resources instead of competing.
- Put art/artists on tour
- Arts organization management/board leadership. Board member at different levels of interests. Need to take advantage of training opportunities. Need clarity in what a board needs to do.
- Need to collaborate with school district grants policies; schools’ priority might not be the arts’ priority
- “More with less” – there is a breaking point
- Lacking a MFA program in Charleston; lack of higher education opportunities for those who want to teach art. They have to go elsewhere for the education and usually don’t return to the area - arts “brain drain”
- New forms of media/compete with classic forms (different effects for audience; keep live art relevant)
- Artists having difficulty making a living – need incentives/assistance to support artists - Subsidized housing, e.g.
- Live/work spaces: safe, affordable housing for multiple artists from multiple disciplines to work together and interact
- Artists need to collaborate and “DIY”
- Separation between nonprofits and for-profit – commercial art businesses should be able to apply for funding and participate as equal partner in planning, etc.
- Commercial galleries go out of business but that doesn’t make the news. They are not eligible for funding, but they are always giving.
- How to get more participation in statewide planning process
- Artists feel like they are the “bottom of the barrel”; they are at the end of funding line. Need guidance and leadership.
- Arts education is also at the bottom of the funding line. It is the first to get cut
- “Broad thinkers” are supposed to “just appear” without having been exposed to the benefits of arts education.
What is a great opportunity for the arts in our state?
- Grow the arts “pie” by educating children; they then engage their family. Next generation of arts supporters are not being exposed to arts in education.
- Charleston Road Show to recapture 30s (young professionals) to grow participation/break down barriers
- Expand use of new media. Expose arts education success stories through You Tube and other social media outlets.
- Take arts to the public by placing it in nontraditional spaces (e.g., banks, town halls, etc.).
- Encourage nontraditional “expressions of arts” and expose students to a wider spectrum of arts. Encourage teachers to not be afraid to actively encourage other forms of arts as well.
- CharlestonCulture.com is free. Artists can post their profiles, events, etc. It’s an interactive place where artists can get the info out to the media, blogs, etc.
- Expand on outlets for adults/children with disabilities. The arts provides safety.
- Getting resources to people who need it.
- Face-to-face interaction: be your own ambassadors. Believe, imagine and tell everyone what you do. “Six degrees” of separation in the arts.
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