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Be Driven by the Arts
A Long Range Plan for the Arts in
Thursday, April 8
Here's what we heard at the Spartanburg Canvas forum:
What is one thing that is working in the arts, either in your community, the state or elsewhere?
- Local arts councils support arts education and community arts activities
S.C. Book Festival
Hub City Writers Project – has broad spectrum of events and arts disciplines
Spartanburg has a foundation in facilities for arts groups – access to space
ABC (Arts in Basic Curriculum Project) Schools
Performing arts programs in local colleges
Arts activities offered by local colleges
Parents are still willing to invest in their children's education in the arts
Increased arts-based grants at the Humanities Council
High-quality performing arts activities
Arts appreciation is good because citizens see arts education as a priority
Lots of opportunities to participate in the arts, not only in Spartanburg, but across the Upstate
Art walks and similar activities provide an opportunity for citizens to get involved in arts events and have a more intimate relationship with the artistic process
Good diversity of arts media
What is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts?
- Funding is spread thin among arts organizations, presenters
- Need more sales for artists
- Artists need help selling their product
- Challenges for earned and unearned income
- Encourage collaboration among arts organizations and educational institutions
- Arts education needs to remain a priority to maintain appreciation of arts
- Independence among arts organizations
- Attracting new audiences
- Inclusion of segments of community who haven't been exposed or reached
- 256,000 people in Spartanburg Co. Huge number of this group is either too busy to participate or is uninformed about the arts.
- Breakdown of the newspaper industry. They are more ads and less content.
- What is the next media? - How to communicate
- Utilizing Web to stream and promote arts events – reach beyond traditional audience
- Embrace new technology and social networking. Prepare for the next line of technology and products.
- Gap between those who do and do not appreciate the arts
- How to bridge the gap through education
- Dealing with audiences who are not experienced with technology - need to reach and engage non-tech savvy audiences and maintain a balance
- Create bridge to outlying areas not currently being reached by current media (Arts Daily, ETV, etc.)
- Inclusion – Participation should represent community
- Need creative solutions to deal with overall problem of inclusion
- Need to embrace various cultures
- Relevance - expand audiences by making activities relevant to all
- Art that speaks to people is worthwhile to invest their time in
- Jazz orchestra example - How do small arts groups get promotional opportunities and "play time"? How to build participation?
- Need performing arts events during the day for students.
- Want to see Spartanburg diversify board membership/get new members on boards and new perspectives and ages
- Lack of awareness; need help with marketing
- Consider allotting money for marketing consultants in the next 10 years to help increase audience sizes and types
- Boards – members need to take leadership roles; core groups do all of the work
- Board training and education – how to keep board members engaged?
- Many artists lack enthusiasm in their own art; need to try new techniques and step out of their comfort zone
- Don't need to rely on the same grant sources; nonprofits need to be able to make up deficit when funding is gone
- Nonprofit arts groups should follow more of a business model than nonprofit model; they need to retool and come out stronger.
What is a great opportunity for the arts in our state?
Need funding to export artists out of state and attract more tourists to state
Utilize public TV to spotlight arts organizations and arts events
Collaborate with city council – need advocacy from the grass roots level all the way up to decision makers
Challenge and opportunity – Boards working with other boards to strengthen one another; growing issue with smaller arts organizations
Partnership among municipalities to reduce/share costs
Communication/collaboration to maximize efficiency
“Trails” example – it's a unified effort to bring in multiple audiences
Difficult to get respect as an artist working in a non-traditional medium
How to keep talent in Spartanburg
SC does a lot to get corporations to come into the state: require corporations to support the arts
Never forget "arts excellence"
Need leadership and policy makers who value the arts
Need to get good artists in the schools
Leadership – need more leaders in the arts
“Spartanburg has the foundation, but needs to package it.”
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