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

Canvas of the People 2010

 

Monday, March 29

North Charleston City Hall

 

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?

 

  • Piccolo/Spoleto
  • 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.