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Be Driven by the Arts
A Long Range Plan for the Arts in
Here's a summary of all comments heard from the public:
What is one thing that is working in the arts, either in your community, the state or elsewhere?
- Collaborations, partnerships, and networking
- Many opportunities to participate – great accessibility and inclusiveness
- Good participation
- Technology and innovation in communications
- Arts education – all levels – arts ARE basic in many schools (ABC Project)
- Growth and development new and exciting programs and organizations – even during recession
- Arts as an asset to economic development
- There is an expanding, more inclusive definition of arts and arts participation – traditional, YAMS, VSA, immigrant cultures, informal, in churches, etc.
- Arts as builder of community
- National recognition of artists and arts event, arts towns in S.C.
- Artist-driven events/ projects – crawls, guilds, collaborations
- New arts facilities – catalysts for downtown development/revival
- Heritage corridors and trails
- Support from many sectors
- Good statewide advocacy
What is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts?
- Making arts relevant to people’s lives/ interests
- Drawing diverse participation – including age, race, economic, social, cultural
- Pressures on arts education due to limited resources
- Urban vs. rural/ geographic challenges
- Limited capacity in rural areas
- Lack of access, awareness, inclination to participate
- Need more support for art as a career choice for young people
- Difficulty of sustaining a career as an artist in S.C.
- Securing funding and other support from limited resources
- Consolidation/ coordination of information on the arts
- Recognizing and engaging informal, amateur sectors as part of the larger arts “ecosystem”—there is major growth in “do-it-yourself” arts
- Recognizing and supporting traditional arts – individual, indigenous, immigrant
- Need to include for-profit arts business in our thinking and programming
- Image of arts in S.C. What is our “brand”? What artists or institutions are recognized outside S.C. and identified with S.C.?
- Organizational health, sustainability, and capacity
- Board and staff development
- Articulating the value of arts and arts education
- No unified voice for arts
- Missed opportunities due to competition, lack of leadership, not being inclusive, lack of planning
- Lack of public policy to support arts
- Keeping up with technology – figuring how to harness it. Is it the competition?
- So much going on – how do the arts break through (sports, other)?
What is a great opportunity for the arts in our state?
- Use technology to our advantage
- Take advantage of existing resources – weather, e.g., long “outdoor” season; potential arts spaces in former mill towns
- Collaborations/partnerships – sharing resources, maximizing efficiencies, wise use of resources
- Develop partnerships with Departments of Commerce and PRT, linking arts with other “high value” efforts like business development and tourism
- Tell the good stories – marketing – enhance SC’s image
- Communicate public value/make the case – data, assessment
- SCAC = unified voice
- Take advantage of research capacity of colleges and universities
- Explore affiliation with Pew Charitable Trust’s Cultural Data Project
- Develop the next generation of arts leaders
- Tap capacity-building resources like SCANPO, experts from commercial sector for arts groups
- Two arts management programs in SC universities
- Pre-professional training in the business side of arts for undergrads and grad students
- Education for current leaders – civic, policy, (advocacy)
- Teach advocacy to arts orgs and artists – encourage more
- Make arts relevant to communities
- Diversity of media for artists – new methods of expression
- More arts education
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