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

Canvas of the People 2010

 

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What is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts in your community or in the state?

 

  • Participation and audience development that is lasting and not determined by specific programming, but rather by the intrinsic appreciation for the art form itself.
  • Money.
  • Small galleries. Individual artists. There are plenty big galleries and venues, but there are almost no arts & craft festivals. No affordable galleries. 80808 costs $150 per week, 701 is 1000 for a day. The biggest challenge is to have small local galleries and arts & crafts festivals. Close 5pts and Vista for traffic and have artists sell their work.
  • Lack of public recognition and participation. S.C. does not seem to have tradition of bringing young people to art venues. The focus is on sports and local bar bands.
    Lack of knowledge, lack of interest to the general public. Funding. and artist residency or studio co-ops that are affordable.
  • Ignorance, many people don't understand the arts because they challenge their known ideas, they also don't understand the art forms, what is the difference in "good" and "bad" art
  • Our tribal grounds are just off the highway leading into Myrtle Beach. Many people bypass the grounds to visit the city instead unless there is a huge festival going on (which takes funds).
  • Funding - high unemployment - engaging newcomers in one of the fastest growth areas of the state.
  • Artists of all levels need the support of their City, County and State working together build a support, and networking system for the artists in SC. Lack of funding. Lack of facilities for exhibit space and education.
    Lack of communication between the SC Arts Council and local arts organizations. (phone calls need to be returned!)
  • Getting people involved.
  • Making the arts affordable and convenient to everyone
  • General audience expansion and diversity. Budgets, budgets, budgets. Low paid arts staff.
  • Money and audience participation
  • Funding to support general operations, and teachers to expand our programs with diverse interests. Taking the scary assumption that art is only for artists, and making the general public realize that art is for everyone!
  • Funding, lack of community participation and support
  • Creating an environment where artists can actually make a living with their art, rather than having to hold additional jobs to make ends meet.
  • The biggest challenge for the arts in our community is funding for the Civic Center.  The local school district provides a major portion of the funding to keep the Civic Center going. With the cuts the State Board has made over the last year it may be difficult for the school district to continue its current level of financial support.
  • Recognition as a necessity by the public at large which would translate into more donor dollars.  We have to learn to talk to the general public in THEIR language and not ours.  Our language tends to - often - sound elitist and is off-putting.
  • Funding
  • Ability to make a full-time career.
  • Operational funding.
  • Publicity. Name recognition. We need help getting the word out about our purpose, rehearsals, performances. The same is probably true for many artists. There are so many artists in competition for the buyers time and money that those without the proper promotion lag behind those with it! USC is helping with their Chorus Columbia newsletter.
  • Maintaining funding during these tough financial times.
  • Not enough people with leadership skills and fundraising skills who are committed to the arts and who will stick with it and collaborate in order to follow through on the new efforts.
  • Funding and fairness. I worry that there's more bureaucracy and less support in the statewide system. I feel that there are "favorite" organizations, like Spoleto and the State Museum, which benefit from their special-interest status.
  • Maintaining public and corporate support in an environment of continued bad economic news.
  • Lack of money
  • Need more community support--news paper doesn't do enough publicity for performances--the radio stations do not do this either.
  • Money
  • The biggest challenge I see is getting the artists connected according to common agendas so that we can get more accomplished and reach more of the people who want to be reached.  Making communication and collaboration happen will take some careful planning, but the monetary benefits for the state and local arts community will be worth the effort.
  • My concern is for The Village Playhouse, since I feel the quality is excellent.
  • Dollars
  • $$, vision, understanding (there is ALWAYS $$ for sports esp football here), community concern
  • The biggest challenge I am aware of in my community is that most artists lack proper funding to create and must work 2 or 3 jobs to support their creative habits.  Individual artists here feel little or no support from centralized and well funded groups.
  • Funding
  • Lack of funding, lack of gallery space and lack of reasonably priced warehouse/studio space for $100 month.
  • Aside from the obvious-funding? Incubating artists and providing resources for them.
  • Government budget cuts and people generally putting the arts last in importance.
  • Without a doubt, it is lack of funding.
  • There is not enough of a varied musical arts program in the Columbia area - for example, the Colonial Center does not secure consistent, good musical acts - it's very spotty.  This is especially evident when compared to Charlotte
  • We have to gain an appreciation of the arts by reaching students.
  • In our community (Myrtle Beach) audience development for contemporary visual arts is a challenge.
  • Society is turning into a state of “always plugged in,” where the value of non-electronic/ tactile learning is diminishing. Students are looking to the Internet (Wikipedia) for historical information versus the cultural arts (music, theater, arts, literature, etc..) as a basis for what constitutes a society's backbone.
  • Lack of interest in a true (with a high standards) art. People are more interested in a cheap pop culture.
  • The economy has made everything tougher than it already was.  It's harder to find work, to find time to work on projects, and then to find buyers or even audiences because everyone is having to fight so hard to hang on to the few dollars they have.
  • Funds, getting people to come out for events that are not part of a major show like Spoleto or Food and Wine
  • S.C. is, in general, more apt to support sports groups citing their ability to enhance a young person's self esteem while building character and an ability to work in a team. The arts are equally responsible for creating young people with character, creative problem solving abilities, high self esteem and the ability to be a productive member of a team.
  • Second-rate funding, not merely from the state, but also from corporations who seem to have no respect for either creativity nor the intellectual property that results.
  • Solicitation of funds to make up for the shortage of prior grants and gifts.  It is hard to keep going to the same people. Of course everyone else goes to them too as money dries up
  • Making the arts available and affordable to the general population
  • Fiscal support and resources for low-income individual artists is pathetically missing. Recipients of grants for emerging individual artists is also a huge challenge. I have marketable works but not the income to preserve or frame them, thus, can't exhibit. I've requested help through "correct" protocols with poor response. Very discouraging.
  • Awareness of outsider artists should be focused upon more often, they give a more sense of our history & a lot of S.C.’s culture. Having a degree doesn't reflect an artist’s true real pure talent of those of outsider/self taught artists.
  • Having enough supporters to help fund the operations of theatre and music organizations.
  • Budget cuts! Unfortunately, the good teaching methods cost a bit more, but they're worth it!
  • As an artist the hardest challenge is to find gallery spaces in the state to show my work.
  • Funding
  • Budget cuts (government and state); grants are more competitive; and arts cuts in education.
  • Project support
  • In my community, the art center excludes by having a closed board not open for community input. All meetings are private   and election of board members is only by existing board members and not from the membership.  There are a number of artists who are practicing their art outside of this organization and organizing their own programming.
  • 1. Dwindling financial support from grants and government.  2. Lack of a suitable performing arts center.
  • Lack of funding for current programs, grants, and arts institutions in general.
  • Most communities enjoy the arts as long as they don't have to provide a living income for the artists.
  • Continued sales to help support independent artists in S.C.
  • How to maintain arts education in public schools when budget cuts are made.
  • Income for artists and a venue for selling work
  • Lack of funding
  • The need to "dumb down" the arts to boost ticket sales.
  • Funding and exposing and/or educating more people about the arts.
  • Funding. Only older people seem to have time for and appreciate the arts...younger folks worship computers...unlike Europe where all art forms are appreciated.
  • Continuing arts in the schools, and making exhibits more affordable for the unemployed
  • Artists need inexpensive studio spaces. The best area is the West end in G'ville.
  • Funding.
  • Funding
  • Economy.
  • Exposure for all
  • Probably, as in all things, financing.
  • Funding, relevance in today's society
  • Continued funding
  • Funding, of course.  But also the challenge of bringing in new audiences and keeping them.
  • Fundraising - in challenging economic times, donors re-direct their funds to more emergency need type charities.
  • To have organizations value Teaching Artists as integral to their mission. To educate administrators and Directors what really goes into implementing Arts In Education: living wage fees, prep time, research, travel, and opportunities for reasonably priced health, disability, and liability insurance.
  • Budget cuts, communication problems between the arts community and the political community
  • The international/national/SC economic meltdown
  • The financial support and the education of the public on the variety of artwork
  • The economy
  • Creating awareness in the business community about the economic importance of the cultural arts.
  • Making room for real art under the mountain of trash that is popular culture
  • Funding!
  • Newly added graduation requirement in visual and performing arts carries little funding for it to the schools
  • Access to experiences through media coupled with leisure time competition have eroded the value proposition for arts delivered through traditional means and arts organizations are being weighed against other community needs. This is not new, but the 1970s state-local partner model to support the arts in every corner of the state is not sustainable.
  • Art=architecture=environment. To the average observer, art is frivolous. Something we do for fun and leisure. How can we show that the arts actually create a blueprint and lay the groundwork for all the changes we wish to see in our immediate environment? First we create something that wasn't there, like an architectural rendering. Then we make it so.
  • Facilities; buildings etc.
  • Not enough offered for self-taught artist.
  • Annual operating expenses. Pay for qualified arts teachers averages $35 to $45 an hour of class. Our faculty travel an average of 40 miles to class.  Ad facility operations and students can afford about half of the cost of their lessons.
  • Maintaining organized groups/guilds that meet the needs of artists/writers in a meaningful way -- not just a social club but a group that can provide education, critics, growth and support to members.
  • Only one challenge - funding
  • I think that making sure that the arts are not dropped in any public school curriculum. EVER! Sadly, this I believe that this is a problem across the country.
  • Funding and venues that are appropriate for music presentation.
  • Advertising if it is out of our university, Misunderstanding of the value of arts in schools. Ignorance among administrators towards the arts The same people defend the arts in our town. The time it takes to get reasonable audiences. Rudeness, talking, and cell phones during presentations. Coming late and leaving early and disturbing others
  • There are pockets of "arts" in Clarendon County, but hopefully we can expand the interest and involvement of the residents and visitors when we are open and consistently offering programs and opportunities. There are some very talented people in this County who need an outlet and a support system
  • 1. Money 2. Selling the arts at a little higher level.
  • Making the arts a vital part of our children's education in S.C.
  • The lack of arts in our public school system is the worst I have seen after living in seven different states. Audiences are becoming much more ignorant of our local and national cultural heritage as a result. Political intolerance of the diverse viewpoints presented in artistic material restrict a wide variety of presentations locally.
  • Funding
  • Money. Budget cuts are slowing if not stopping art programs or opportunities.
  • Funding. We have to figure out how to impress upon the community and funding agencies how important the arts are to a thriving economy.
  • Lack of broad public interest and support in the arts - and therefore lack of financial support.
    Paying to go to concerts/etc shouldn't be as much as often is charged - (so think many people in this community)
  • Many organizations refuse to work with others and instead try to be exclusive.
  • A limited definition of What Is Art. An art market that does not encourage progressive contemporary art making. A lack of community art projects, due to the fact that there is no funding or support for such a thing. Because of these issues bright, intelligent artist and art supporters are leaving the area.
  • A centralized source of communication of available venues
  • Funding
    The McClellanville Arts Council is a closed organization not open to new ideas from the community.  The Council used to reflect the arts activity in the community but hasn't for a long time.
    Money and volunteers
    All the arts desperately need a "home" of their own to showcase their art. In 2009 I attended a seminar detailing plans for a new performing arts center. I hope progress is on going and pray it becomes a reality sooner rather than later.
    Financial with budget cutbacks.
  • The McClellanville Arts Council has not provided community programs in the last several years. It is a closed organization with closed board meetings and does not offer any programs in the local schools, churches or community centers. Where does the money from your grants go?
  • Trying to get arts organizations to come together, collaborate and organize resources and efforts. The price (ticket price) of arts events in this town.  Not practical or inviting for many young people, or those not making a lot of money.
  • Fundraising
  • The lack of understanding of the politicians throughout the state. Many do not see the multiple effects of arts on our communities. Humanity is found in the arts and I guess those folks struggle with humanity. It is all about elections and contributions so they can keep their seat. They are very slack in understanding the impact.
  • To  reflect on the last question, many, many people are taking part, in one way or another, in the arts, yet our legislators seem to "not see it." It is time our lawmakers take off their blinders and represent ALL OF US! The lack of support from our government leaders, and their willingness to only hear "the few" is this states biggest shame.
  • Getting funding for viable projects for the grass root level artists to support their events and inclusion in larger events. I keep seeing the same old players included over and over. How about expanding and drawing in more artists.
  • Unfortunately, the council board has had the same people for many years.  Meetings are not open and community participation on the board is not encouraged.  The organization has become stagnant. Our local arts council could focus more on the needs of the community and open participation from the residents.
  • In our community there are artists who feel that their participation at the Arts Council is not welcome, and as a result the Arts Council loses out.  The Arts Council could and should have more programs and more variety.  To make that happen the Council needs the support of a more active and diverse group of volunteers than what it presently has.
  • In our community the Arts Council has become insular and has failed to embrace the extraordinary resources and creativity offered by local artists.
  • Lack of government financial assistance.
  • Scheduling to avoid conflicts with all the different activities that are available in the region. Building dedicated audiences.
  • Community understanding the importance of public art, and garnering support for a variety cultural initiatives. Community festivals are so focused on family friendly events, that the young adult/single crowd is left out. Also, while there are some great student artists in town, the community seems reluctant to support (monetarily) public artwork.
  • We need much more diversity in the types of art & artists. More dance, eclectic theater & avant-garde art. Not just stuff the retired folks appreciate. We also need more funding for students who are artistically gifted & talented in our middle school & high school. It would be great to create a section of town just for art galleries.
  • Financial support from larger sponsors and corporations
  • A huge challenge is for our community to think BIG, dream BIG and step outside ourselves as individuals and think collectively about what can help us all soar to new heights. I also think some Charleston artisans can get stuck in mediocrity and need to be reminded of what lies outside county lines.
  • One of the biggest challenges facing the arts is the lack of funding for the arts in education.
    Funding.  It is hard to encourage and promote arts without money!
  • Lack of funding, people who have only a recreational appreciation for the arts and don't regularly support or attend events that few volunteers work hard to promote.
  • Cost of the ticket
  • Make people aware of the many forms of art. I/we have applied and received several art grants, our biggest challenge was to get the South Carolina arts representative to be aware of other arts not just paintings. Our mission statement does not have the work ART in it, this created a big problem.
  • Customers
  • Disinterest (hostility actually) of social conservatives to the arts
  • Affordability.  Many programs are beyond the reach of families in these economic times.  If children do not experience these and are not shown, by their parents, the importance of art in life, I fear for the future of arts in our community and state.
  • One of the biggest challenges is probably location. There are not enough theatres (i.e. - buildings) for the different acting companies. There's probably two or three in town, but there's one brick and mortar theatre.
  • Funding and reaching new audiences
  • Funding
  • The arts are perceived as secondary to more important things rather than an integral part of life.
  • We must change the business model for the arts within the state.  This requires a focus on fundamentals to understand the core mission and value added of each arts organization.
  • Budget cuts seem to threaten arts in the schools and in the community. Galleries are having difficulty in this economy. Artists are selling less work.
  • Money but most critical is the commitment of educators and leadership on the importance of the arts. It is in no way comparable to how we promote athletics from Kindergarten through college.
  • Funding. Donations are less.
  • Recognition of the value of traditional and folk arts, particularly in regard to their widespread popularity versus the lack of funding from state and local funders to support them.
  • Visualization, promotions, talent exhibits, no challenge here in SC. Nothing to motivate or explosions of creative talents. I feel suppressed and ripped off by this state.
  • Lack of funding
  • Snobby attitudes reflect badly on funding. If an organization is going to ignore all those except the ones who write big checks, the organization will suffer. "Well, they are "exclusive" so let THEM pay for it.” That's what a lot of people say.  Some organizations have created this problem, and it's tough undo this and make friends again after alienating your hard workers.
  • Funding necessary to continue offering these quality programs.
  • Funding.
  • Getting the word out.
  • Funding and participation
  • In Spartanburg, it is a lack of strong leadership (outside of Hub-Bub) and diminishing funds.  In my opinion, the lack of funds is a result of a lack of leadership.
  • Not enough funding.  Not enough publicity for upcoming events.
  • Building affordable youth programs
  • Old money. Blunt I know but there are individuals in the area that have power with in the community that tend to be resistant to change. I myself have heard many voice this.
  • Spartanburg as a whole does not get a lot of national theater tours coming thru which is a challenge to this community.
  • Economic cuts threaten community support and I fear that arts programs will be shelved in the schools due to low funding.
  • Total acceptance and support from the community.
  • Lack of community interest
  • Funding.  Offering opportunities for everyone, regardless of income and education levels.  Diversity in programs and exhibits.
  • Funding
  • Funding.  Pricey tickets will keep people out of seats in this economy and when state and local funding is cut or not available, the arts suffer and so do the communities.  Citizens need the arts and inexpensive tickets will help make the arts available to every member of the community.
  • Rural life necessarily imposes obstacles to involvement in the arts.
  • Internecine squabbling between artists, arts advocates, gallery owners and artistic directors.  There are far too many camps in my area (Columbia)-- which is why we lag behind Charleston and Greenville. The ballet companies hate each other, the gallery owners alienate people, and the artists are grouped into petty cliques.  They all need to grow up.
  • The expense to produce our shows increases every year but so many of our supporters are facing tough times that obtaining financial support is difficult.
  • To keep the arts as a priority and have everyone see the big picture rather than what is in it for them. Obviously this is a much larger problem that is endemic to the culture of this country
  • Sales.  Most people are less willing to invest in the art community given the current economy.
  • Lack of community participation and/or excitement about the arts among the locals who are not artists.
  • That the groups with the money and visibility are not connected with the individual artists/groups outside of the urban areas.  Also, it is not clear what our representative organizations are doing to lobby support and money for the industry.
    We need greater cohesive structure from top agencies down to individuals in the boonies!
  • Funding
  • MONEY and commitment by local and state  Officials to the arts in schools and in our community.  The arts enrich our lives.  They can bring economic development to rural S.C.
  • There should be more touring outreach performances to the rural areas.  That is where the major dollars should be for artists (individual and group) in the state sponsored dollars. Too much is spent on maintaining big arts organizations' salaries and activities. Continued on answer 8.
  • Lack of arts education in the last 20 years has deeply impacted our audience base. So few South Carolinians in their mid twenties to early 40's have any appreciation for arts-therefore they are not raising their children with an appreciation for arts and culture.
  • Financial support for all levels of the arts, especially theatre arts
  • No real urban or central area for arts
  • Creating an arts support group that understand the workings of arts support groups
  • Providing a variety of artistic performances and endeavors from visual to performing arts.
  • Finding venues for artists not so well known.
  • Economics
  • Funding
  • Money of course, and attracting younger audiences
  • We consider ourselves an arts community, yet it seems that art is seen as a luxury rather than something essential.  Public funding is woefully inadequate.  Lack of appreciation.
  • Always money, money, money.
  • Funding
  • Funding, awareness of artistic and cultural opportunities to all residents within our community, no matter a person's income, the need for education and a paradigm shift with regards to how everyone benefits from the arts.
  • The economy
  • Reduced revenue from the business and government sectors
  • FUNDING!
  • Personal donations are not as high. We are losing corporate sponsors for community theatre. Grant money is being cut, which affects the quality of our shows. If we can't afford the wood or rent the backdrop then aesthetically the show looks bad and how can you justify a $25 ticket for a crappy-looking show?
  • The notion that fine arts are "elitist."
  • Making the public aware of how important the arts are in education and in the lives of children
  • Funding, of course.
  • Funding seems to be scarce for everyone. Access to resources and to potential funders as well as opportunities to learn more in the field to grow as an artist should be addressed.
  • Lack of funding for artists is the biggest challenge, next to that, education, both in the schools and in the community at large is a hinderance to art appreciation and therefore to artists' abilities to support themselves solely with their work.
  • Lack of funding.
  • Funding
  • Sustaining the arts; not all can afford it, which goes along with supporting the arts.
  • The arts community needs to update our business models...as in any industry we need to increase earned revenue through sales.
  • Artist making a living through the arts.
  • Funding and support from the general public.  I think that there is not enough communication to the public about the arts.  People sometimes see it as elitist.
  • Awareness no one recognizes how many working artists there are and how much they add to the economy
  • Making it relevant to all and not just rich people who have time and money to enjoy the arts.
  • Event attendance
  • I don't know if the better answer is funding or ways to overcome apathy.  People have become so busy trying to make ends meet that they seem to have little time left for the aesthetics of life.  They don't see that life without art is like a meal of meat and no vegetables or dessert.
  • We need to record and develop the folk art market better.  SC has a treasure that is barely touched.  Communication.
  • Participation in programs
  • Not enough exposure for their art
  • Creating a culture of supporting the arts throughout the population.  Part of this is seeing the arts as relevant.  Part is decreased public participation in arts at schools.  Part of this is the current fiscal crisis.
  • Funding is the biggest problem. The state has cut grant funding and local districts who have to match funds also are feeling the pinch.
  • Consistent support for individual artists and arts groups, media arts. SCETV's Southern Lens and the Indie Grits Festival favors Southern themes while multi-cultural issues and international affairs don't get the attention they deserve. Result: many producers end up showing work out-of-state and many move out-of-state.
  • Not recognizing the artist in the community and providing that support needed my art organizations.
  • Cost of marketing art
  • FUNDING!  There is not enough money to promote the arts, particularly in the schools.
  • The economy
  • Paucity of arts education in public schools.
  • Operational funding that has to be divided all over the state. The need is definitely there, but the supply for a means of funding stops them short of providing more.
  • Misinformation about laws concerning Native American art
  • To transfer knowledge to younger generation in an effective way.
  • Budget Promotion the arts Give the opportunity to everybody
  • Lack of support from general public and business in general
  • Funding.
  • Getting financial support for new nonprofit organizations like my Orchestra  Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra, a professional Symphonic Jazz Orchestra based here in Spartanburg. Getting funding for the group to keep performing.
  • Being more effective in reaching out to the communities  that are more at risk in not being exposed to the arts.
  • Funds for marketing and advertising.
  • Money and the "football" mentality.
  • Diversity!
  • I would say the biggest challenge is not having  a variety of arts programs within the schools.  For example potential musicians are limited to only the band experience however this is not the route they are wanting to go. Traditional band and basic music class does not expand their talents or capabilities.
  • Funding, relevance, and contemporary art.
  • Communication and marketing and awareness (I think that's 3 challenges)
  • Lack of understanding, education and appreciation
  • Lack of local and regional Native American Indian Art shows of South Carolina Indian made arts and crafts. Classes designed specifically for youth participation in learning traditional beading, craft making, painting, pottery, mixed media, etc. and to be taught in their local areas so it will be more easily accessible for youth to attend.
  • I think that ticket prices are too high and I think that artists overprice their work
  • Money
  • Funding (for artists, venues, & arts education) & building demand/ arts appreciation
  • Funding support!

 

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