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A Long Range Plan for the Arts in
Canvas of the People 2010
Online survey results
Anything else you'd like to tell us ?
- We should have more films & festivals. (Indie filmmakers within the state).
- I would like to see many (a lot) more arts and crafts festivals in our state, and specifically in Columbia. We also need a web site to sell local art. Just like ETSY.COM but only for S.C. artists. Centralized web site to have gallery openings, festivals, events, calendar, and art sales. Only for S.C. residents. Support small businesses and artists.
- What your definition of "art?" I could fill out this survey much better if you provided some guidance or definition of what art or arts you interested in getting feedback on. "Arts" can encompass everything from symphony to state fair bake show.
- Currently I'm working on a proposal for Spartanburg South Carolina on bringing a residency program that places emphasis on the older craft artisans, such as pottery, weaving, jewelry making,etc.
- What are you doing for quilters? This state is rich in quilters, from the mountains to the shore, old and young. What are you doing to suport this craft and art form?
- Again, Congressmen on the state and national level across the country need to support Native Americans and their arts. It is one of the oldest and quickly dying traditions. Tribes have been waiting for recognition for many, many years, and more are applying all the time.
- Thanks for all your efforts and inspiration. If there is a silver lining to these funding and economic downturns, it's increased creative thinking that produces new partnerships and new ways to accomplish our goals.
- It seems that there is a disconnect between the S.C. Arts Council and other arts organizations. This needs to be addressed.
- Living in a rural area and seeing so many people hit hard by the down turn in the economy, I think making the arts available for all is extremely impotant. People need ways to express themselves and experience beauty in many formats. With economic problems they need to be able to do experience these things in their back yard.
- We appreciate the ongoing efforts of the South Carolina Arts Commission!
- Any help the state can give in getting local news media to increase their arts coverage would be great!
- We need more attention focused on all the arts in K-12. If we don't do a better job of nurturing audiences at those ages, we won't have any when they get older.
- I think a lot of arts organizations do a lousy job of promoting their programs and communicating with their community. And, unfortunately, a lot of organizations "think they're doing a great job when they're not. The Arts Commission should create an internal audit that organizations could use to look at and check their communications and marketing.
- South Carolina has a rich history of involvement with the arts and perhaps that might be a focal point for a new campaign.
- Maybe if we offer first-time buyers reduced prices in exchange for contact infomation, we could build databases of supporter info that could be used later for promotion and future sales! The arts are businesses. Those with the best business practices will probably be more successful than those without. Maybe the SCAC should collaborate with SCORE!
- We should be utilizing our college campuses, like Columbia College, as arts venues - there is no reason public workshops and classes could not be held in the facilities there, and both the college and the public would gain. Just takes someone with some gumption to see the opportunities and get something going.
- I love Arts Daily.
- There should be a central calendar where arts groups, big and small, can schedule their activities and see if any, and how many, conflicts exist on that date. It might get some groups to reschedule their events to a more advantageous date and/or time.
- The S.C. Commission on the Arts is finally holding meetings/gatherings outside of Columbia. That's great. I look forward to the day that the Commission promotes visual art of excellence rather than what is trendy and fashionable or self- absorbed pseduo-intellectual blather. Art should speak for itself. The purpose of art is to communicate.
- I think the Arts Commission does a great job, but not many people seem to be aware of that. More visibility might help.
- Let us know if we can help out. Pocket Productions is a new nonprofit and the creator of the Playing After Dark series. The agenda I have outlined here is our agenda. We seek to champion the local artists and put South Carolina on the artistic radar nationally and internationally, thereby furthering state social and economic goals.
- Arts make better people, we need better people in this world! It complements sciences, which suffer in this state, also. There should be a way to combine them. Most people in the Lowcountry are broke, they need arts outlets and to be reached on their level to lift them, give them brightness, hopes, dreams.
- I would love to see more diverse public art in Columbia. I am sick of seeing realistic sculptures and fountains!!
- We are a very small town with extremely limited resources. Everyone has given until they cannot give any more. We keep hanging on and hoping for better days!
- I recently saw a wonderful documentary on PBS Frontline Digital Nation which directly addresses some of my concerns mentioned yesterday (under the category of being plugged in constantly/health concerns).
- Being on the Artist Roster list at S.C. Art Commission for the last 10 years helped me to get so far only two gigs. It seems that the people in charge of making decisions at S.C. Art Commission have a very blurry idea of what the art is. They are all very good in creating the buzz about art, but very few of them even go to the concerts or exhibitions.
- The S.C. Arts Commission has been one of the few positive reflections on our state over the past several years. I wish everyone felt as invested in the arts as those of us who try to participate.
- I would also like to see our communities support local nonprofit arts groups as an effective tool for improving the quality of life for the young and old within the community. The arts are not a frill but a necessity for creating problem solvers as well as people with empathy, compassion and a sense of beauty.
- THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE.
- Thank you for the chance to speak. Having grown up near New York City, I'm culturally astute. Living as a poor person in S.C., I'm culturally disappointed.
- Please continue to provide forums and surveys. Thanks for all you do!
- I moved here two years ago and I found South Carolina is a very arts friendly place to live. The creative culture here may be smaller then other states but it has so much to offer for its size from visual arts, opera, ballet, plays .....
- When I was young folks were available to help us reach our goals
- Just like academics or sports, arts are a crucial part of education. Some kids do well and stay in school so they can be on a sport team. Some kids stay in school because they are good at academics. What about kids with artistic talent who need arts classes (music, art, drama, and dance). Including these courses can keep some students in school.
- Before further state funding is given to this organization, then I would hope that the SCAC would look very closely at what the artists constituency is and whether they are being included. I would also look closely at how these resources are being used and at the policies which perpetuate the status quo.
- Thank you for your interest with our opinions, thoughts, and overall survey.
- People need to know about the Very Special Arts for artists with disabilities, and how it brings revenue and other resources into the state.
- It's sad that the newspaper no longer as many reviews of local performances. Perhaps a freelance website with reviews could be encouraged.
- I would like to see art in the public schools continued, enhanced and stressed.
- South Carolina does an impressive job with the arts, particularly considering the available resources. The S.C. Book Festival is considered one of the best book festivals in the country. Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto, Hub City Writers, the Governor's school, all of these are demonstrations of excellence in the arts.
- Be careful about educating our youth in the arts as a full time occupation without providing support for them after they are trained. Example: son is a Boston Univ. graduate with a Masters from Arizona State in music performance who cannot get a professional music job since there are none available.
- Thank you for being a voice for the arts and listening to the artists of S.C.
- NEA is great but when funding doesn't come to the S.C. Arts Commission, then they aren't able to make funding and programs available to the struggling arts organizations throughout the state. It is essential that this funding be available.
- Should we move our focus from "participation" to educating people to the fact that "art" is part of education?
- Support from the S.C. Arts Commission (both financial, bringing artists/groups together, and advice etc.) are vital to keeping groups and artists across the state connected and up to date with trends and solutions. SCAC being a convener of groups/individuals on many pertinent subjects is so helpful to all. Thank you!!!!!
- Providing Teaching Artist programs. SC can help independent teaching artists become financially self sufficient while benefiting S.C. schools, community organizations & individuals since the arts are languages that all people speak, that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, & economic barriers & enhance cultural appreciation & awareness
- Have more of these forums and get a Facebook page
- Re: number 9 above: I seriously doubt the S.C. legislature would ever consider the arts a significant item to support/subsidize, unless it were somehow connected to the much-beloved War of Northern Agression.
- I enjoy helping to spread the word. I enjoy helping to showcase the many variety of traditional arts in the area.
- The work of the S.C. Arts Commission is the plasma for state arts organizations, providing programs and grants that fuel the continued expansion of the arts.
- The SCAC grant program and the level of reporting it requires of grantees is inappropriate for the level of funding available. My organization is absolutely committed to accounting for performance when honored to receive a grant; however, the current SCAC grant application & reporting process is, frankly, onerous. There must be a better way.
- Make art events affordable and easy to get to and you will have more support and involvement.
- Myrtle Beach has come a long way in 20 years in offering the arts to their residents and visitors, but we have a long way to go. Most cities of our size have performance facilities available. I think Myrtle Beach could support such a facility. Hopefully we will have one in the near future in the Rivoli.
- Thanks for what you have done.
- How about ONE National Public Art agency that processed all public art. Similar to cafe' but free for all involved. There are at least a dozen arts newsletters sending out calls for art in addition to local, state, national and international agencies. One uniform format. No more CDs and FedEx and cross checking emails for redundant calls.
- Keep your chin up.
- Arts of all sorts should be emphasized in the public schools as well as higher ed
- Even though we say the same things year after year, we must find a way to communicate our concerns and ideas with those outside the arts community...I don't have an answer...just the certain knowledge that without support from the non-artistic community, educators, and politicians we will never succeed.
- thanks for the outreach..it is much appreciated!
- The role of public / private arts support groups is vital and necessary in creating the society and economy that will continue to support our towns, cities and states. That there is a vital role for government to play in attracting and supporting artists. That diversity in the arts is important too.
- If the public realized the influence art has on their life whether they realize it or not, it might not be dismissed so quickly.
- I am writing about the status of arts in the community that I live in as well as the community that I am a conductor.
- SC needs art. Contemporary progressive art.
- I have been teaching high school English (and, for the most part, loving it) for almost 29 years. Although I'm not quite ready to retire and leave teaching, I'd love to do some volunteer work for the arts after I do retire.
- SCAC should partner with the PRT and provide an artist trail of things to experience in the ARTS
- Keep up the good work.
- Please help this community to get art programs back!!!
- Would love to find a way to see the arts organizations lose a little bit of their individual egos and come together more to 1) collaborate and 2) support each other more. It would nice to be able to afford to see more art events in town (especially theater - tickets prices are sky high!).
- Just keep on keepin' on! (Clark Terry)
- The future is in the preservation of our environment and in the preservations and continued development of our arts. From vibrant communities to cultural tourism, our future needs this or S.C. will be a place no one is interested in visiting.
- Be broader and more inclusive. There are many artists who are being passed by by your organization.
- The Arts Council is an important part of our little community - I wish it could have a higher profile and reach more people.
- For the sweetgrass basket makers to thrive, they need 1) access to sweetgrass, 2) new market opportunities, and 3) protection from unbridled development. The Sweetgrass Pavilion in the new Waterfront Park is a good idea but has been inadequately advertised. The word "sweetgrass" and an image of a basket should be on all billboards and road signs.
- Thanks for doing what you do.
- We must keep the arts alive and well in SC.
- If the Alliance can help support the Commission or band together with other regional, city or grass-roots efforts to make our arts community vital, thriving and lively in every way, count me in!
- Rural artists have difficulty breaking into the 'clicks' that bigger city arts groups have formed...thus, when we enter a competition, we are not "known" and get bumped for the city artists..
- Some artists shouldn't think they own the state and are better than others!
- I have and will continue to support the arts in South Carolina.
- Enable the schools to visit the Spartanburg Science Center by either increasing or at least not cutting their funds for field trips.
- Spartanburg is going to get this done and done right.
- PR needs to be better for many events. So many good things are offered and often people don't hear or know about them. Again, the Internet is a great way of disseminating information. Maybe the Arts Commission could compile, or share their e-mail list with all the arts organizations in the state.
- Quality of life is the most critical element for economic development.
- Recognize that supporting traditional arts democratizes arts and culture funding, increases support for the arts commission across a wider spectrum, and preserves much of what our state should be known for (sweetgrass baskets and Catawba pottery should be what people think when they think S.C.--not Love Guv and "You Lie."
- As Poetry Ambassador, published author of two books, and a renowned international award-winning poet with credentials to turn this around, I will if you will not.
- The SCAC is a wonderful organization and I worry about your funding, too. Legislators need to know that arts funding addresses the spiritual needs of people just as the medical funding addresses the physical health needs, and we have to have both for quality of life. They need to know that the arts are NOT just "entertainment." Thank you, SCAC.
- My daughter was active in the arts while growing up here. She went to college in upstate NY and worked at a play house with paid actors. It made her realize that Spartanburg has some VERY talented performers in the area.
- If Spartanburg can reach this level of offering the arts to our public in such a short time, other cities and communities can, also.
- Arts are important to the culture of South Carolina. Our state needs to support the arts so we can attract the artists and employeers that appreciate the arts.
- Piloting programs and coordinating efforts and funds with the school districts make sense. The fine arts are often on the chopping block with the educational system. If a collaborative effort could be formulated, all would win. Keeping the arts available for our children is imperative.
- South Carolina has a bad rep, nationally. I'd love to see a PR campaign focusing on excellence in the arts in S.C. that would help belie that rep. Just a dream.
- Support for art in the community by continually funding art in our schools and helping and educating adults of the benefits of art in general. Teach them how much it improves the quality of life for people to be able to be creative and appreciative of art around you. We are fortunate to have so many talented and creative individuals call S.C. home.
- I would like to see detailed accounts/reports/minutes of meetings, encounters with legistlation. What is really being advocated? Let people know so that they can help support!
- There seems to be a real disconnect between the upstate, middle and Lowcountry. Our state is so small that this kind of division does us no good. We need to raise our profile on a national level- coming together as a whole and having a collective voice- most producers look to the S.C. Arts Comm. as a means to grants-not as a way to market together.
- Please keep working to provide arts programs throughout our state. Local artists really need the work and support.
- I would like to see more 3D artists emerge. it seems like 2D work has saturated the area and some art forms are not accepted as art. I weave and work on gourds. We have very little support to elevate this art form.
- S.C. will never thrive until the arts are respected in Columbia and in S.C. communities and not relegated to the periphery. The "business model" of arts funding doesn't always work.
- Nonprofit volunteers struggle to "grow the business" of artistic opportunities/programming in Spartanburg. While very difficult in this economic climate, Spartanburg has a large, dedicated, diverse population that recognizes how available artistic/creative programs contributes to a vibrant cultural community, creating a better standard of living for us all.
- We need to find ways to draw younger audiences to performing arts
- Open the roster, please. My school says they need my name to be on the S.C. Artists list to get a grant. I understand there is an interim application, but it looks better for me if I'm on the official roster.
- Thanks for keeping on.
- We love you and the great job you all are doing. Thanks for your many efforts on behalf of traditional and all arts in our state.
- I only think it's a shame that the public at large isn't more aware of the importance of arts, whether they be traditional, classical, audio, written or visual. There are many talented people in S.C. who are not considered artists because people do not understand what art is. There should be more education in schools.
- The Arts Commission does a great job and I hope funding is not cut by the state. I would love to see more artist opportuniies for development & perhaps an extended artist retreat or residency where one artist (or a small group) can go to simply have some studio space for a month or more w/ the intent of having uninterrupted time to focus on their art.
- The Catawba have been designated as one of the 10 flagships which are most historically significant to both the local, state and the country.
- Thank you for helping us with a grant last year with the Dickey Celebration.
- Reach beyond the middleman "arts councils" to the arts organizations that are presenting and to the artists and save a ton of money that is being wasted.
- This state needs to treat the arts as a major part in the everyday life of South Carolina.
- Please continue your work; reach out to the public more; and create some new funding partnerships so that as state money continues to dwindle, there will be other options to support the work you do.
- Keep up the good work
- Fight harder for the funds. Our citizens, young or old, need what you are offering.
- Thanks for letting me give you all my opinion.
- I feel the Art Commission is a wonderful place for folk art and other artists to be able to get exposure. I truly hope there is a way to keep this agency going for the next 10 years. They do a great job.
- The survey was a good idea.
- I would like to see MORE arts programs as budgets get tightened all around, because when times are tough, we need artists to express themselves and to have more avenues to do so. I believe many people feel the same sentiment.
- Yes, the same old people continue to receive the monies and resources to fulfill needs that are being unmet, yet they claim the speak for everybody.
- Many artist need to know tips on where to market their artwork.
- I am the director of Big Head Turtle Productions. I have been filming the Catawba potters and story tellers for the past three or so years and have amassed a large collection of data. I have also documented several folk artists at work and I hope to write a book on my folk art friends. We have a wonderful folk/outsider art repository here.
- Native American art is critical to the survival of our culture.
- For general purposes, distinctions among fine art, popular art, and folk art are meaningless. Encourage artistic/creative behavior at all levels.
- The more people you involve in an area, the closer the community grows and this gives people from other areas an interest in moving to there, which will increase more interesting traditions and things to share.
- While I realize funding has been cut in recent years, there should be more state-supported venues for emerging artists. New artists do not become recognized if no one sees their work. There should be open exhibits across the state that anyone can enter. Encourage artists, don't stifle them.
- Please give me information about how to successfully apply for grants and who I may seek out to help. Thanks.
- I think we will miss a great opportunity in fostering the arts if we do not try to reach the younger generation. A dedicated effort in promoting the arts to young kids is vital to its survival. We need to find a way to compete with sports and other popular idioms
by reassuring that art is a valuable profession and it can be cool also.
- I would like to see more programs supporting Hispanic artists within our state.
- The only areas of Native Art I have seen is at pow wows where art and crafts are sold. Never have I seen any art show in Columbia solely dedicated to S.C. recognized Indian Tribes or advertisment in any news media of art/artists being presented. Addresses for Tribes can be obtained from the S.C. Minority Affairs.
- I am sorry that your budget keeps getting zapped!
- SCAC is doing great work, thanks!
- I would welcome the opportunity to share with others (via workshops, etc) what we have done in Spartanburg to create a successful Arts in Healthcare program. It is my desire to see this type of program spread throughout the entire state and to be used as a model for other healthcare systems wishing to touch more lives beyond traditional medicine.
- Let the market support 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