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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 help or support do you think is needed to address this challenge?

 

  • Collaboration and cooperation between the arts and the media.
  • Grants
  • City needs to agree to close Five Points and Vista to traffic and have art festivals throughout warm seasons. Parks and other areas need to be ready for artists to set up their tents. There needs to be a centralized information reference, perhaps a web site to host this information. Lots of people don't know what's going on in their own city.
  • More support for "family" events which include real art and artists
  • Marketing, bringing in new programs such as craft artist residency programs and education.
  • Education for everyone, not just children
  • We need more support from our Congressmen on the state and national levels supporting not only Native Americans, but also arts and crafts. We need better signage than the brown "historic landmark" highway signs as well.
  • Well-marketed, quality art programs and performances that are meaningful and relevant for audiences. (Perhaps a collaborative marketing campaign that local agencies can buy into.)
  • Grants provided for developing local arts organizations, funding of arts centers and advocacy from your council as to the importance of the arts.
  • Marketing/advertising dollars.
  • More arts in the form of performance, exhibits, and classes in the rural areas at affordable prices funded through the different art organizations and state and government.
  • Supportive mayor and city and county councils to continue to assist through significant funding.
  • Definitely more money and willingness to change to adapt to the times.
  • Legislative support, especially since the arts are being eliminated from the schools.
  • More funding; more community outreach, especially to children
  • Additional sales venues; additional publicity and PR opportunities both locally and statewide; more business training for artists at an affordable price and workable times and locations; more small grants to help artists with new initiatives.
  • Outside support is absolutely necessary if the adults and children of our county are to continue to enjoy the cultural benefits of the Marlboro Civic Center.
  • General marketing that points out the presence of the arts in everything we touch.
  • Help in creating new funding sources in communities for the arts, educate people to support the arts, guide artists/arts organizations in identifying new or alternate funding sources.
  • The community needs to face the value of home-grown talent and what it adds to the community's well-being. Also, what it adds to the lure of a community when folks are looking to relocate.
  • Free or subsidized ad space in the various media, i.e. radio/TV/newspaper/web sites, would be helpful. The listing the phone company gives us in their phone book community pages is helpful and appreciated. Guest appearances on radio and TV have been helpful. 'The State' is helpful at times. Some web sites have been offered, but we need member time.
  • An improved economy.
  • A much stronger arts council, with aggressive leadership and friends in both the legislature and the corporate world.
  • The arts commission should streamline its mission to providing supports for artists, arts organizations, and arts education. Dump all the rest. Eliminate the bureaucratic hoops, and send more real support, more dollars to the communities.
  • The S.C. Arts Commission should try to assist arts groups, especially of smaller size, by providing more grant support and opportunities towards increasing their ability to market and publicize their concerts and their group itself.
  • More of it to help arts organizations and artists
  • The powers-that-be MUST give more active support and not just lip service. We must have better financial support from the school systems--i.e. like they do sports.  Better support at school levels that students exposed to the arts do better in school & on admissions tests (SAT & ACT).
  • I think some federal programs (the LEARN grant program now before Congress would help), and backing pro-ARTS candidates.  Maybe we could endorse those who are pro-arts.
  • The Arts Commission already has a calendar that lists a lot of the events that occur around the state.  By making this calendar more user friendly, more broadly used by artists for publicizing their events, and more available to tourists, we can encourage a more unified approach to scheduling events for the benefit of all.
  • Government and private funding and people willing to help out on our board, and these are probably the same issues with every arts organization.
  • Better lobbying of press, politicians, and foundations
  • If there could be "bridge" programs, maybe two in a school year, where grade-school kids could go to an opera (Carmen is nice), or see the Nutcracker through the holidays. Trips to art galleries, visits by writers, artists. Here, there is just no $ by the schools or parents for this, & no love of this is fostered. No one here to make this an issue for the public
  • It would be great if artists could apply for funding help on a local basis and that this process not be based on who the artist knows, but rather by the quality of the artist's work. This funding could be distributed fairly to each county by the S.C. Arts Commission or some other organization.
  • More funding and a willingness by developers to make prices reasonable.
  • Programs to help and encourage artists to stay and work in urban areas.  I would like to see more RESIDENCIES AND PUBLIC ART in Columbia!
  • For the general public and all artists to find out about more about what they can do and what SCAC does and can do for you. Public support is the utmost and can be gained by using all media outlets, especially social networks.
  • Changes in government.
  • Getting more input from the community maybe. Look at Charlotte - they receive an incredibly better selection of arts
  • More community/arts support in the schools.
  • More group effort on a local level to promote the visual arts.
  • Educating businesses/ policymakers on the positive impact an arts education has on their bottom line. An investment in creating future well-rounded thinkers & creators. Emphasizing that an arts education is not 'frilly'. The arts are more than a decorative course filler, the arts constitute a true pillar in the educational curricula.
  • The art/music programs in the schools and colleges. Provide the opportunity for the artists to establish after-school programs in all districts. Allow the parents to support the after-school programs financially.
  • Any kind of positive support, any kind of financial support, a public platform that the arts matter (recent commercials on TV have been excellent -- would love to see more!) Schools need to consider all-around (smaller individual) cuts in programs rather than slicing off arts programs.
  • More funds for individual artists and authors
  • Our school systems need to put as much emphasis on the arts as they do on sports. As a matter of fact, in schools with excellent arts programs there are often more students involved than on any of the sports teams. I would like to see our business community focus on the arts for enriching their communities as well as the lives of their employees.
  • I think we need to emphasize the value of the arts and the creative process. We need to help our communities understand the arts not as frills in life, but the essence of human existence. Government's role is not merely to fund, but to set standards for funding. I don't think the base fee for an artist residency has risen in two decades.
  • Matching money.  Going out of the state's way to support very special shows and events in smaller towns.
  • Information and additional funding.
  • S.C. Arts Commission has, in its mission statement, an agenda for this, but attention to it is lacking. Letters go unanswered, interest seems minimal. An individual "outsider" artist with talent seems to have little chance or support. Suggestion: a grant set aside just for emerging outsider artists, PLEASE.
  • Having a self taught/outsider forum or web site/or location to focus more upon.
  • Research in how to raise support, more forums.
  • More volunteers if the budgets keeps getting cut.
  • I would like to see in the state capital grounds  a gallery space to promote local arts. Florida has been doing this for many years.
  • Grants; a person living in Charleston that helps artists write grants
  • An understanding from politicians, educators, and the public that the arts are imperative to education.
  • As this organization receives state funding, at least once a year that an open meeting would be held to allow board members to be elected from outside of the existing group. Allow the arts and general community to give input as to the programming and policies. This organization needs to return to being a community arts organization.
  • Continued funding from government and investment money to build an Arts Center.
  • More awareness of the important role the arts play in our community and society as a whole.
  • Throughout much of history the governing powers provided support for the arts as a part of the expression of their particular culture. I think that the support of the government for the arts reflects the character of its people.  There should be strong government support for the arts on which private sponsorship can grow.
  • Grants for artists.
  • Make parents and the general public aware of the benefits to young people of participation in creative experiences and belonging to groups like band, orchestra, chorus, etc.  Latter have been known to encourage good values, self-esteem, use of free time away from gangs, drugs, etc.
  • It would help if local galleries would support local artists instead of featuring those from far away.
  • Beyond a higher commitment by government agencies and schools to fund the arts, private industry is a source. Public/private partnerships.
  • More focus on arts appreciation education throughout the state.
  • Legislative support and encouragement of the arts would help drive both statewide and local initiatives.
  • Get technology to understand that the arts allow the mind to grow in profitable ways.Get business to sponsor memberships for their employees...through Chamber of Commerce..
  • Financial
  • City-supported renovation of existing empty buildings and incentives for artists to occupy them.
  • Increased public funding for the arts would be great, but I think each arts institution must concentrate on building audience.
  • Additional funding
  • More available grants from Arts Commission on the local level.
  • Smaller less expensive venues, like schools, where other locals can come in also. Maybe itinerant art specialists run by the state, paid for by the state.
  • I think communication is essential in all things. Making sure events, great and small, get as wide a spread of promotion as they can. Involvement is key. The simple act of becoming a member of my local arts council opened me to all sorts of opportunities and events that I knew nothing about.
  • Broader awareness of how the arts can build stronger communities
  • Must educate our lawmakers that art is part of education.
  • Advice on reaching different segments of the community and involving them in all aspects of organizations...as volunteers, board members, audience members, etc.
  • Continued emphasis on how important the arts are for economic development and quality of life
  • To provide professional development for schools and community organizations that have limited experience collaborating with artists. Create and provide grants to help pay wages for teaching artists and set up an arts learning program. For example: Grant amounts of up to $500 ($250/day for one or two days) to support artist fees.
  • Some form of a study about how the arts impact S.C., discussion with politicians so that they don't just cut the money
  • Art(s) education in the public schools, thereby attempting to show people art(s) (beyond the omni-present bad country-rock "music") are an important part of life
  • The education in all areas as to just is needed to support the talent of future artists.
  • Art groups should collaborate on a movement that showcases all state artists not just the ones in their area.
  • Advocacy emanating from the arts organizations. Member and boards should be more aggressive in spreading the word about the organizations they support and care about.
  • More and better art classes in the schools. Art history and appreciation as well as more "how to" art classes
  • Assistance with finding funding for what people are doing. Not making them create programming in order to get the funding just because its what the grant maker wants.
  • Additional teachers
  • Open up SCAC support for increased linkage of arts to other education and enjoyment spheres in the public trust that have retained perceived value such as parks, museums, zoos, aquaria, etc. Admittedly, these arenas are also under assault as stated in #7 above; but there must be a benefit to alignment with new partners that have a broader appeal.
  • Simple, repetitive suggestion in our media. Art Creates Environment!
  • Community support, especially from our business community.
  • More opportunities available, support. activities, grants.... for self-taught artists.
  • The S.C. Arts Commission is a unique supporter of operating expenses.  Keep it up.
  • Publicity of the group/guild and sources of funding (grants, sponsorships) to help bring in free or affordable workshops/training events.
  • Wider participation and understanding
  • I am passionate about this, but I also feel powerless. How can anyone in charge of local, state or federal funding think that the arts (music, graphic arts, dance, etc) are merely extra fluff?
  • Grant money.  Stressing to educators that arts ARE important to all children and adults.
  • Rules inserts in programs. Dress code. Ushers who are like policemen. Legislation for art opportunities. Addressing Senators and congresspersons about the lack of monetary support
  • Money, the interest is there; the funds are slim
  • 1. grants 2. assistance educating the public
  • Legislators need to understand how important the arts are in education. Cutting art, music and theatre programs removes vital tools for creative development. Students lose the ability to dream of a better way of doing things. They lose the ability to dream, imagine and create a better way of life. They lose a sense of community.
  • Public education both in schools and for the general population in the arts. Recognition in the state, local, and national political forum of the vital role that arts and culture play in everyday life and - most importantly - in creating the cities & towns where people and industry would like to live in. How the arts are central to our economy.
  • Awareness of the importance of the arts.
  • Money and awareness.
  • More funding and education on the community, state and national level. We need to supplement our funding so we can reach more audiences; not only the very young, but those who have moved here from areas where they have enjoyed live theater, etc. This is important for our community to continue to draw well rounded audiences who support our efforts.
  • A stronger arts program in the schools will help "grow intelligent people" who realize the value of studying music, art, theater, dance for self-development and enjoyment and who later in life will place a high priority on participating in and/or going to arts events - from their public schools to community groups to the professional artists.
  • I think the S.C. Arts Commission should offer grants to organizations who will partner with each other.
  • There needs to be more support for community art programs. Including education components and support for experimental art practices. There are very few venues for contemporary art in Charleston.
  • The newspaper is adequate for ongoing exhibits and galleries but not for workspace or venues for emerging artists. Work to make the web site the FIRST source that people go to for information.
  • A shift in people's ideas about what is TRULY important in life is needed, but that is, of course, a more than a challenging goal. Perhaps an exceptionally inventive ad campaign to start?
  • Need to encourage the Arts Council to open their board meetings at least twice a year to encourage community input.  Encourage the Arts Council to restructure their board to include artists and to reflect the diversity of the community.
  • More appreciation for the arts and their need for support from all of the community.
  • More awareness from corporations and businesses on the importance of classical music to the community.
  • Support from the city and community both intellectually and financially.
  • More funds need to be offered from the federal government to help offset expenses.
  • More opportunities for teaching artists to become involved in the schools.
  • I think the S.C. Arts Commission needs to investigate how the funds are used by the McClellanville Arts Council.
  • A unified and consolidated Charleston/Lowcountry Arts Organization.
  • More information on fundraising at the state level such as grants that can be applied for or a way of sharing fundraising ideas and successes from other arts organizations.
  • I don't really know...I just know when people are raised in an environment where they are exposed to the arts, they are more open minded and understand more about the world around them. The arts open up minds and hearts and get people to think outside of their box.
  • Elect new leaders willing to embrace diversity, and work across the aisle. The "whatever it is I'm against it" crowd that has been so loud here recently needs to be shown that they are not the boss of us!
  • A different approach/new blood for vetting artists for shows and events.
  • Grant money could require more oversight and participation from the community.  Board membership should rotate with a four-year term.
  • A first step might be to have open meetings of the Arts Council's board of directors - meetings where persons who are supportive of the Arts Council (e.g. its members and donors) could have input and make suggestions to the board.
  • The Arts Council board needs to be more diverse and inclusive.  The leadership has dwindled to a few individuals, essentially a clique. They need to hold open public meetings, expand the board, and allow the general membership to elect new board members and officers. Sponsoring artists in the schools also would help bring the arts to the people.
  • Bigger and more government grants.
  • A comprehensive (annual, seasonal and monthly) calendar of performances, festivals, etcetera for the city, state, and region--ideally including major events between Charlotte and Atlanta.
  • Revitalization of downtown and college area. Members of the business community are looking at how to achieve this, however, their working group doesn't include ANY reps from the arts/cultural community here. Community leaders need to recognize and include members of the arts community in the planning of the town's future!
  • A more sophisticated & educated leadership...not just volunteer based. Real artistic leaders.
  • Constant contact through various media to keep these folks informed and to educate them on all that the arts do for a community and our schools, to let them know we are not just about aesthetics.
  • I believe the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts can support our community by offering trainings, workshops and forums that shine a light on better business practices, heightened quality and artistry and collaborative initiatives. I look forward to working in tandem with the Commission to make this a reality.
  • All students should have access to the arts, and lawmakers should see that it has been proven that students of the arts are well-rounded and tend to perform better academically than those students who are not exposed to the arts.
  • A wide-scale sharing of ideas and pursuit of nonprofit status for various arts groups/organizations to both raise funds and utilize free/cheap promotional avenues.
  • State Arts Commission should have an active web presence, promoting via Facebook and Twitter. An interactive community calendar of events that would allow screened postings and an active promotion of all events, not just a few now and then on ETV commercials. Let the world know what's happening over the state...including events at small galleries, too!
  • reduced rates for advanced purchases
  • AWARENESS
  • $$$$
  • A miracle!
  • Hard one.  I know that arts must have paying attendees to survive and scholarships are difficult to administer.  Encourage as many low cost festivals as important, to reach as many people as possible.
  • Perhaps refurbish at least one or two vacant buildings into a theatre, and there's plenty of those in town. The county museum has had a sign about moving to an old school circa the late 1800's or early 1900's for at least 3 or 4 years. An auditorium is adjacent to the building. Refurbishing takes funding and there's not much of that to go around.
  • Creative approaches and collaboration
  • Money and volunteers
  • We need to improve educational training available for board members in the arts and other nonprofits.
  • I think we need to keep supporting the arts, even though there is less money. We need to be willing to do things in a more cost effective way. Spend less money. Go back to black and white exhibit postcards printed on card stock at a copy center, that kind of thing. Use the Internet more effectively.
  • Emphasis on the importance of the arts. It is truly something that lasts a lifetime.
  • More active fundraising at state, county and city and sharing with local arts organizations
  • Greater funding on the state and local arts agency levels for traditional and folk arts.  Regional arts directors need to understand and value the traditional arts in their communities.  SCAC should increase folk arts funding.
  • A complete makeover. A new era must ride in here and now so that beautiful South Carolina can lead the way to a better way of life on an INTERNATIONAL level. Yet, I know I waste time energy and breath with this deadbeat subject.
  • More public and patron support
  • Local arts orgs need to be more ethical about their boards. They need to be "audited" for board diversity AND board appropriateness by anyone who funds them. It is a HUGE conflict of interest to put elected officials and presidents of fund-seeking orgs on a board because their loyalty must be to others; someone needs to question the ethics of this!
  • More state support.
  • Better fundraising campaigns.
  • Money.
  • State support for local arts efforts would be helpful.  Though generally, funds alone do not fix a funding problem.  Possibly technical/strategic assistance for state-level staff could be helpful to local communities.
  • Grants, more state and local funding.  More community-based initiatives (the LEAF in Streets and Schools is a good example - www.theleaf.com)
  • Financial services to ensure youth programs are affordable to families.
  • Promote the theater and bring in the shows.  There is the Spartanburg Auditorium - why not have more shows come through.
  • More community awareness regarding the benefits of arts education, both in schools and in the community (things like the community interest classes).
  • Must find a way to involve more community members and have them attend activities regularly.
  • Try to find out what people are really interested in and will support, either financially or coming out and supporting the arts.
  • A leadership at state and local levels who is as understanding and insightful as ours in Spartanburg has been for the past several years under the leadership of Mayor Bill Barnet.
  • Stable funding
  • State funding.  Federal funding. Local funding. And, private funding...The doors to the theatre must be kept open and that means monies will have to come from all available sources. The arts are not optional.  Not exclusionary and certainly not without needs.  Funding for the arts is money well spent.
  • There are possibilities for greater involvement on the statewide level using web seminar formats, where people anywhere could access the event and interact with the presenters and the other web viewers. Apart from that, more funding is needed on the federal level: the arts, just like education, is an investment that shows lasting returns.
  • It's time to remove the problems. When artistic directors bring so much animosity and negative energy to the arena, their boards should remove them for the betterment of their program.
  • Some grant opportunities are available but the application process is tedious and often the online process is difficult.
  • Educating folks about how important the arts are to the general well-being of people as a whole
  • Perhaps more financial support for local artists....  but that gets back to the whole issue of the economy.
  • Get the artists themselves committed to working on bringing awareness to the community and everyday folks who are not artists the benefits of the arts.
  • Transparency of the existing systems and perhaps restructuring of those.  Involving geographic representatives to help communicate issues. Publish a newsletter that addresses concerns of geographic areas and makes them known to everyone.
  • State, federal, and city funding...we the citizenry seem to pay for everything else but can't provide adequate funds for those things that make life livable, that bring solace, comfort, and serenity to the very people who provide all the funds to these levels of government.
  • The ARTS commission needs to focus on marketing the necessity of the ARTS in education and economic development to the general public, to the business community and to state and local leaders. The people will pressure the public officials to act if they know that the public will support the arts funding.
  • Continuation of answer to number 7.The party line seems to always be about the maintaining of these big institutions of the upper economic level who really do none of this type of outreach activity that I am talking about here.  They are too busy courting the more well-off audiences to keep up their infrastructures. Continued on number 9.
  • South Carolina is woefully lacking in any real corporate or foundation support for the arts. There has been no true impact study to articulate the importance of arts on our community, especially on how we positively impact the revenue of surrounding businesses in thriving arts-centered communities.
  • More grants need to be made available without constraints such as the 1-1 or 2-1 matching funding.  Many smaller organization find this to be a hardship.
  • More exhibition space
  • Training for local arts councils
  • Funding
  • Having exhibits for artists not so well known in the community. Also be open to artists who use different materials.
  • Continue to push to keep the arts in school.  Art is critical for the development of children.
  • Money
  • Communication on the importance of art to a vibrant community; communication about art's role in economic development; changing our local culture to understand that the community's "creative class" is essential to a high quality of life; understanding that a culture that values art and writing is inclusive; more inclusivity is essential for state.
  • State budgetary appropriations to support more of the arts endeavors.
  • Funding
  • Certainly funding - nonprofits are struggling to continue programming and integrate new opportunities with very limited funds.  Each independent group has a heavy burden of raising funds within their own group because the Arts Partnership doesn't provide that much monetary assistance.
  • More state and federal funding.
  • New and creative ideas to deal with the financial issues
  • The economic downturn needs to end and funding need not only go to "at-risk" areas when other areas are doing the work that prevents them from being designated as "at-risk."  With funding cut, programs ended, more areas will become "at-risk."
  • The S.C. Arts Commission funding is vital!
  • The remedy needs to start by kindergarten, which requires that school administration is free of this attitude that only sissies care about the arts. (See, the good guys only care about GUNS, football, cars and GUNS. Girls should think like Sarah Palin.)
  • I think that public awareness needs to be widened in the importance of the arts, and PR needs to get constant attention. Advocacy is a tricky area when funds are not available. Delivery of information needs to come from a dynamic personality who can spread the word and make it more important than current issues which are in the forefront.
  • Dispersal of funds information and coordination of programs.
  • More community support (i.e. attendance at events, promoting of exhibits, attention given to local artists and their work) would help as would more funding.
  • It's great to go see a play or exhibition, but there aren't enough discussions going on between artists and their audiences.  Once people learn how you make your art (or produce your play), they have more appreciation for what you do.  That builds future attendance and support for individual artists and for the artistic community as a whole.
  • More governmental support.
  • Many people don't even know about Clemente. Although we put on a fundraiser with Piccolo Spoleto called the Southern Artists Celebratory Series - that event brings in only about 1,000 or so. It takes 12,000 a year to run our program.
  • If arts organizations can afford it, cut prices, like admissions fees, to allow more folk to be exposed to the arts.
  • Grants programs need to aim at excellence and business plans and not necessarily serving underserved audiences and Board diversity, important issues but not for survival in this century.
  • Sponsorships and a healthy market.
  • Better communication strategy.  More collaboration with existing organizations.  More work with schools, and other institutions to get the word out and to start young people on the road to supporting and understanding the arts.
  • Major campaign a statewide open studio, all art- related organizations and individual artists hold a huge statewide one weekend open studio. This would bring major media attention and have huge impact as everyone is working at once
  • A variety of art that will speak to a variety of people, more advertising of the events, events that are comfortable to people who might be new to the arts and a little afraid of not fitting in with the arts crowd, and low-cost or free events.
  • Funding and more programs to attract our youth.  Educators need to give strong incentives for their younger students to participate and show some proof of participation.  If that age group needs to go, their parents will take them. This will effect more than two birds with one stone; we will have arts-minded future parents.
  • The current art network has to be developed into a more honed unit.  The pieces exist, but more work needs to be done.  Communication.
  • More workshops to break the ice between artist and
    community
  • Sustained leadership that will work to develop "new markets" and renew current markets.  This would be a motivator/catalyst role to articulate a vision and encourage people to join, as well as a nuts and bolts fiscal folks who are good at raising and managing money.  Leadership could help local arts leaders build capacity of local organizations.
  • A concerted effort on behalf of the arts (all areas) to make sure that the ARTS are considered to be part of the CORE curriculums of each and every school in each and every district in the state of SC
  • Fair, balanced and equal display of work, more avenues for displaying art and work. Exploring the multi-cultural issues that are redefining our state, i.e. Latino issues.
  • Workshops as to how community development can benefit from vision planning, exploring the local artist needs, and providing money and resources.
  • Free television previews of artwork in the local areas.
  • Better public awareness of the arts. Fine arts, performing arts, folk art, etc.  I have put together two major art shows and sales without funding and out of my pocket, at no charge to artists or to the visiting public.  Both were successful, but they could have even been better if I had the support of the arts council.  They could not help, no $$.
  • Grant money for artists and arts/crafts shows
  • Recognition that creativity and artistic activities are essential for brain development, and for maintaining health and well-being throughout life.
  • The support of the leaders that delegate the monies for these important and most needed functions. These people that can afford the education and access to the arts need to visit these places and see how the make a difference in the peoples lives when they can be a part of it.
  • I feel that having someone from the Department of the Interior provide the correct information to the SCAC for distribution throughout the state on every level would make things much better for Native Americans struggling to show and sell their artwork.
  • If places are available where people with knowledge and interest can teach students, it'll really help in the process.
  • Help to promote the arts. Working directly with the community. Making partnerships between agencies to optimize resources
  • Greater understanding from the business world that a vibrant, viable arts community attracts more business and improves the quality of life in our state.
  • With the economic struggles already facing our state and our communities, we should not rely on the govt to provide the necessary funding. Communities and individuals must be engaged and  educated regarding the importance of art in the lives of the average person - not just the rich or those of a certain educational level. Individual involvement is key.
  • Active board members, Arts Partnership working with us and awarding us grant money.
  • Creating art programs and offerings that are portable. That can reach out to smaller communities that are further away from major art venues. Be sustainable and have a feedback component that helps measure their effectiveness. Be an event or show that can be packaged and transported to remote venues for display or performances.
  • Grass roots efforts can only go so far. We need funds and resources for marketing, promoting and advertising venues, exhibitions and shows in our community.
  • The arts need money, pure and simple, and the recession hit everyone hard.
  • Support under-represented groups.
  • Volunteers within the community who are artists in all facets to mentor these students and assist with programs. Funding sources. Political push and advocacy to include more arts programs in the school.
  • Funding and fresh ideas. New play submissions instead of the standard play adaptions.
  • Collaboration, partnerships and educational assistance.  Not worrying about your own turf.
  • Spread more arts and cultural events throughout Darlington.  Too much of a focus on Hartsville and not enough in the outlying areas
  • More notification sent to recognized Native Indian Tribes in South Carolina of art festivals, shows, etc.. that will showcase their art and crafts. Grants to help fund state-recognized Indian artists and information sent to tribal leaders to pass on to their people on how to obtain assistance from the S.C. Arts Commission.
  • Reduce prices on both performing and visual arts
  • Increased understanding of what art can do for communities and individuals.
  • Continued, growing financial support from local & beyond and increased community collaboration for cultivating demand for the arts through art appreciation/arts learning opportunities
  • Support in educating funders to the benefits of providing therapeutic cultural art activities to enhance traditional medical treatment.  The ability to reduced stress & anxiety, increased pain tolerance, increased social engagement & ability to self care, & increased self esteem & courage to self advocate and lower medical costs to name just a few.

 

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