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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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Online survey results

 

What is one thing that is working in the arts, either in your community, the state or elsewhere?

 

  • City of Columbia funding for the arts through the Hospitality Tax revenue has made a significant impact on the arts in the Columbia community. Arts-specific, designated funding helps establish and maintain fiscal continuity.
  • There are plenty of music venues, and Columbia is great about outside music and food events.
  • High quality shows are being brought in
  • Resources: Through the SC Arts commission for info on grants, how to write a grant and info on other programs that can help non profit art organizations.
  • The ABC program
  • Our tribe is helping expose more people to Native American culture. Using arts and crafts, music, and Pauwau festivals are several of the ways we do that.
  • Economic dev. corporation & private business helped establish 3 arts facilities including gallery, reception, office, performance space and 20 artist studios, a retail gallery and pottery center.
  • Partnerships with local restaurants to provide dining & entertainment packages has boosted sales & increased foot traffic.
  • We have been hosting Art Walks in downtown Conway since 2006. Art Walks continue to be successful in that they bring locals and visitors from all over the US to downtown Conway. The new Artisans of the SC Tobacco Trail will be a welcome addition to our area providing networking, education and exhibit opportunities to area artists.
  • Great art center in Greenwood.
  • There have been more collaborations among arts groups.
    Innovative thinking and events to draw more people into the world of art.
  • Augmenting what is NOT in the schools, including music, visual arts and crafts. Allowing children to expand their world with experiences that develop skills, awareness, and self-esteem with participation.
  • Fostering positive community activities
  • Commissions/councils with state and local support.
  • The Marlboro County Civic Center has great community support and provides the county with outstanding cultural/artistic performances.  It has a great partnership with the local school system, thus touching the lives of the leaders of tomorrow. Without the center most students would never experience the arts.
  • The Metropolitan Arts Council
  • Talented artists, and communities with great enthusiasm for the arts
  • Artists supporting artists. Arts Commission. Always something going on
  • Quality productions right at home at a fraction of the cost for road shows.
  • There are so many people involved in producing so many different arts, and many buyers even with the recession situation! Although demand has fallen, there is still a lot of support! My 'art' is singing group performance, both in a quartet and chorus. My group is also self sufficient, although a grant would probably help us become more successful!
  • The Columbia Museum of Art.
  • There always seems to be an ongoing attempt to "do something", to get something started in the arts in the midlands and in some other parts of South Carolina.  So there are people who are interested in the arts, and there are usually new events, shows, performances to attend.
  • The Metropolitan Arts Council (Greenville) brings together artists and arts organizations of all types, representing disparate viewpoints with prejudice toward none. Its grants process is fair and its objectives are appropriate.
  • That people, despite a weak economy which is adversely affecting them, will come out and see a concert or attend an arts event.
  • We have Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, S.C. and another arts center in Clemson, along with the Pickens Museum, all of which contribute to bringing the arts to the people of the upstate area.
  • University art theatre choral, art center, public high school theatre.
  • Art residencies in schools, as in using the arts to teach literacy (and just about everything else).
  • Artists are here.  There is a great deal of talent in this state waiting to be tapped.
  • South Carolina seems to value the arts.  We are members of the Gibbes in Charleston.  Not only do we have this museum and lots of commercial art galleries, we also have the Waterfront Gallery sponsored by the Chas. Art Commission. I'm on the Board of The Village Playhouse in Mt. Pleasant, and we have a dire need for funding.
  • Good performances and wide variety of shows
  • Where $$ allows, kids having arts in school are better rounded adults
  • Our public and private universities are providing large numbers of arts graduates who are actively searching for ways to help promote the state's art education.
  • Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and local artists taking initiatives to get their work out.
  • Local public support and enthusiasm is encouraging.
  • arts commission and their grants help the state in so many known and unknown ways. SCAC promotes the arts through their programs and outreach to better the community state. I wish the budget was higher!!
  • Apparent interest by a great many people in our juried art shows and local artists showcase events.
  • Art exhibits, plays, etc are well advertised in advance
  • Old fashioned "little theater", art lessons, summer camps for music students.  None of this is available in Jasper County, however.
  • In our community (Myrtle Beach area) support for the performing arts is strong.
  • Arts events are well publicized in the media. The Governor's School is an excellent testament to the value the arts provide for our community. There is a great wealth of talent in each community. It is important to support the blossoming of all types of talents in a community to foster greater mutual understanding/ diplomacy.
  • Connections
  • S.C, Poetry Initiative (of course, we can always hope for more involvement, funding, etc.)
  • Supportive community of artists and authors
  • My community has, over the past few decades, shown growth in the area of arts support.  We have many organizations for all ages to participate in a variety of arts areas as well as the opportunity of attending a variety of high quality local performances as well as professional performances.
  • Great community interest.
  • Highlighting artists. The Augusta Symphony in Aiken.  The performing concerts through the university. The Aiken center for the arts in downtown.  The Juilliard in Aiken.
  • LCCA, community events and festivals, arts and science camps
  • Increased access to affordable supplies; increased venues for individual artists to expose/exhibit work.
  • Implementing it into the daily education of children. Opening the eye's of the tourists & locals of the importance of showcasing artists of S.C.
  • Musicals are popular right now in our town. Classic theatre performances seem to be more successful than newer shows, because the community recognizes and supports them.
  • Teaching through the arts reaches students at a much deeper, more meaningful level than regular teaching. IT DOES WORK!
  • I am member of the Columbia Arts Center and it has been a great place for artist to create meet and exchange creative thinking.
  • We are full of art events weekly
  • Arts collaboration projects such as the ACE Project at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
  • Arts community working together
  • In Charleston, Redux and Halsey Institute provide opportunities for younger artists and diverse points of view.
  • Arts are thriving in our community in multiple forms, symphony, choral society, dance, visual arts, theater with great support from patrons
  • Support for the arts and those who are involved with projects. A lot is offered in our area for the public. New theater of performing arts this year.
  • People enjoy the arts, particularly when there is widespread community involvement.  Within the past two months, I've completed several residencies in the schools.  These projects gave to many of the students involved experiences which will last their lifetimes and creates a support for the arts for the future.
  • Continued support for arts in education, artists residencies, and sales.
  • The vibrancy of the S.C. Philharmonic.
  • Opportunities for showing work.
  • S.C. Book Festival
  • Academic institutions are maintaining standards of excellence that are becoming lost in other venues that support the arts.
  • The arts are becoming more recognized and are reaching more residents in our relatively small community through the Greenwood-Lander Performing arts, the community theatre, and the arts council.
  • Allows mind to expand beyond usual boundaries in this stressful time.
  • Strong emphasis on all the arts, including fiber, natural materials, etc.
  • There is more attention being paid to all the arts in the Greenville area.
  • The quality of theatre and other art being produced is at a very high level.
  • The exhibits offered are well attended by the community and surrounding areas.
  • The general support grants and other grants that are available make it possible for struggling arts organizations to get the critically needed infrastructure and special projects funding that they can't often access through National grants.
  • Art teachers association
  • What I have discovered and love about the Greenville Arts Ccmmunity is the sense of unity and support, almost like family...and it's very welcoming to new artists.
  • New collaborations between artistic disciplines
  • Adult education
  • Collaboration between organizations and individuals
  • Connecting the arts with the schools
  • Local (county/city) juried art shows. These shows offer the likelihood for artists of all levels to earn money for their work and gain local recognition. They also provide the opportunity to meet other artists and see work by professionals, emerging beginning artists in your area.
  • Film incentives keep work coming to the state
  • Artists continue to create art in all situations, worldwide
  • The blending of people who share the love of art and the love of supporting the work of artist
  • The town allows use to use an empty town building to showcase the local art talent.  Many of these folks would not be able to present there talent otherwise.
  • Arts organizations are using this economic downturn to plan for the future using creative initiatives. Also new arts organizations are being created as a result of these introspective initiatives.
  • Theater of the republic, Conway, S.C.
  • Collaboration - nonprofits are partnering to create activities for the public and the public is supporting it.
  • City entities who offer free or low cost meeting spaces and exhibit opportunities for artists guilds
  • Public private partnerships and collaboration, consolidations, mergers and other means to develop synergy to meet community needs in the face of shrinking resources.
  • Just barely enough talent is being showcased to show our citizens how incredibly creative and innovative our state and its communities really are.
  • Availability of many diverse options of the arts for viewing and participating.
  • I’m not aware of anything working in the arts in my community, or state.
  • Education parents and grand parents seek and pay as they can for music, dance, and visual arts classes
  • Having a central location/arts council to be a hub for the artistic ventures happening in the community and using this hub as a way to network with others with similar interests.  Also having an arts center that features local artwork and literary pieces.
  • The arts as economic development engine for uptown revitalization
  • In our area is an exciting upswing in creative endeavors in the arts.
  • Passion of our directors and composers.  Advertising, volunteering in community events, singing in programs at public schools.
  • Playing with churches, festivals, and various community symphonies.
  • The community enthusiasm about the potential of what Weldon Auditorium can do for the county and our children
  • "Grass roots" efforts....lots of local artists.
  • Bringing in quality shows to our local area that are usually only available and affordable in larger cities.  Block booking with other presenters makes this possible.
  • Aiken's education support group "Public Education Partners" is a valiant supported of arts in schools. Likewise the Washington Center, and arts complex built downtown has contributed greatly to the growth and stability of the downtown business district and provided a great outlet for adult community members to participate. Local art festivals work.
  • Black Creek Arts Council
  • Arts education. Despite the economy, the need for arts education seems to be a constant.
  • Volunteerism seems to be very alive, especially in Aiken. With so many young retirees, we are lucky to have a constantly renewing pool of help available, just for the asking.
  • The community theater and the community chorale. The Arts building and staff - especially its director.
  • The Arts Management program at the College of Charleston is creating dozens of well educated arts administrators in South Carolina each year.
  • Many artists are optimistic that progressive contemporary dialogue is attainable and continue to engage their community with their practice of art making.
  • Spoleto, 10 Storehouse Row, S.C. Hands Project
  • Loads of talent!
  • Village Art Walk which has been held the last two years in McClellanville around the first of December. Artist studios and businesses are open to the public to sell art and crafts. The Art Walk is organized by local artists, an artist initiated event, unpredictable and fun for all. The community visits artists studios.
  • Community involvement across all areas of the county
  • We have the Carolina Master Chorale (of which I am a member), and the Long Bay Symphony. They provide world-class music both individually and collaboratively for our community.
  • Children who are afforded the opportunity to participate in creative writing workshops gain positive school experiences and are happier when they create in an atmosphere that is less restrictive.
  • I have been living in McClellanville, S.C. for 25 years and for a couple of years I was the director of the McClellanville Arts Council. I am very involved with education and the arts in the community. I am an MD, I work in the field of mental health, and I believe that our children need artistic involvement in their lives in and out of school.
  • Some arts organizations are trying to collaborate more and work together.
  • Variety
  • Personally I have the opportunity to work with students in a residency situation supported by VSA Arts. The work is amazing and quite rewarding. I walk into the school with a lesson plan for my students and I walk out with so much more than I anticipated...they are amazing! I live in Charleston and we arts in the city...it enriches the community.
  • The people! Everywhere I look I see individuals making art, looking at art, promoting art, making the arts part of their life. And not just a few...
  • Community interest seems to be growing.
  • We are a small community but have an unusually large number of artistic residents for the size. People want to participate in activities and shows and are eager for new opportunities in the arts.
  • McClellanville Arts Council offers arts education programs and features an art gallery and gift shop
  • The new Cato Center for Contemporary Arts at the College of Charleston is fantastic!
  • Friday and/or weekend art strolls/open galleries.
  • Many high quality theater and music performances are produced regularly at both at the Aiken Community Playhouse and at USC Aiken. There are a surprisingly large number of truly talented singers, actors and other artists in this area.
  • Charleston, SC. I grew up there, and moved to Rock Hill about 5 years ago. The arts community in Charleston is constantly growing and changing.  It is so exciting to go home to visit. I wish I could move back! I miss living in a community that values creativity so much.
  • In my community, the arts center & funding for students who qualify as artistically gifted & talented in elementary schools.
  • Art education through Sculpture in the South
    There is a resurgence/renaissance in the arts where folks are opening up to social media and alternative, out-of-the-box ideas to survive and thrive.
  • I am a sophomore dance major at the Charleston School of the Arts in North Charleston. We have just moved into our new state-of-the-art campus a little more than two months ago. The facilities are great, and the new theater will be in operation by late April.
  • Our community has several arts festivals, and our city's arts council promotes the various events that are going on.
  • Grass roots organizations that are putting together programs or arts based events. Local artists who put on special events at their galleries without help or funding from grants because they are "for profit".
  • Better-known names are coming
  • We have a very successful Art Show and Sale. We also have several forms of art not just paintings. Please check our web site. www.colonialtimes.us
  • Artists support
  • writing is flourishing
  • In county--A good mixture of support from cites in county, local media, local culture.
  • One thing that is working is the presence of shows being produced by local theatre even if a lot of funding is not available.
  • Exposure to a broad community base that might not otherwise interact with the arts
  • The Chapman Cultural Center
  • Public private partnerships.  Arts are an important part of the economic development and attractiveness to bring business to a community.
  • Involvement, hands-on participation is critical.
  • Spartanburg Little Theatre
  • The encouragement and support of traditional artists and the documentation and preservation of folk traditions.
  • Zero. I am highly disappointed in the state of South Carolina. There is no motivation no creativity in promoting any of the arts and no memorable events much less talent scouting. Truly SCARC has become the dead poets society. I am ashamed.
  • Visibility
  • The ABC programs in schools and the artist in residency grants they receive. Greenwood Community Theater due to Bess Parks, her vision and total commitment to quality theater of, for and by the community.
  • As long as an organization fulfills a social need through outreach, they deserve our support. One example is Ballet Spartanburg which created outreach for medically challenged, disabled, and economically depressed children and adults.
  • Access to quality art programs.
  • Bringing in top artists and plays to the Spartanburg community enriches the lives of the citizens of the city.
  • Grass roots artist programs.
  • The Hub-Bub project has been a lasting, (seemingly) sustainable boost to arts and the arts community in Spartanburg.  What has been "working" so well is the collaboration between the nonprofit/grass roots realm and the city leadership.
  • I love all the programming at the Chapman Cultural Center, especially the movies. I also love Hub-Bub.  They bring fantastic acts to Spartanburg and their Artist in Residence program is a very unique offering to the Upstate.  Finally, WNCW 88.7 is a wonderful example of support for local artists.
  • Building youth programs
  • Live music. Spartanburg has many talented musicians through out the area. As a city, Spartanburg should pull together as a team more to support local and outside acts. Festivals, more utilization or Barnet Park etc.
  • There are different cultural events that happen in the arts throughout the area/community.
  • There is community support for the arts.
  • The Chapman Cultural Center is a great asset to Spartanburg. Their activities appeal to various age groups. Last year my nephew was assigned to report on a cultural activity. He waited until right before the project was due to look for an activity. While being scolded for putting things off he discovered many activities are now available.
  • I feel that with the economy the way it is, people are taking more of an interest in what is happening in the arts and seeing what is going on in their community.
  • Exposing children to the arts; giving them a chance to explore. Offering grandparents a wonderful way to spend time with their grandchildren. Giving us beauty and entertainment at affordable prices. Offering a respite from a troubled economy and hope.
  • Chapman Cultural Center
  • Involvement from the schools.  I like seeing children at events.  I am sure that is no small undertaking and it serves to keep children off of the street, expose them to the arts and fill seats. A triple win!
  • The Poetry Initiative in Columbia is working. The new Beaufort Theatre is working.
  • The University arts programs -- dance, theatre and visuals -- are excellent -- but not enough people know about them.
  • We have a very active community theatre, Laurens County Community Theatre, Inc. (LCCT).  Most of our productions are held in an old school building, the use of which is donated by a local businessman and supporter.  We have an active Board and our efforts are supported by local tax accommodations grants, individuals and some nonprofit foundations.
  • Not much other than a panic about funding being cut.
  • Citizens seem to be more interested in the arts in the local communities.  I think good publicity contributes greatly to this.
  • Grass roots support and desire for solidification of the industry and greater artist/geographic representation to be made known to the public.
  • Redux, the Charleston Museum, Spoleto, Charleston Public Library programs
  • Community Theater
  • No answer
  • The quality of arts in this state has risen in th 15 years I have participating here.
  • Conway starting to bloom - monthly artwalks
  • Arts in education...helps to further expose young Carolinians to professional arts and arts programs
  • Greenville is doing a superb job of making the arts available to all with their festivals, open studios, and activities downtown.  The Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is providing an excellent education for our state's future artists. I live in Anderson and we have a wonderful Arts Center. I hope our city begins to offer more.
  • We have several organizations dedicated to education and advancing the arts in our community.
  • Learning workshops for artists are popular
  • Talent
  • Collaborations with other artistic partners
  • The literary community in Spartanburg is very strong, both at colleges and in the community, i.e. Converse College MFA in
  • Creative Writing and Hub City Writers.
    Chapman Cultural Center added to Spartanburg.
  • HUB-BUB Artists Project, Hub City Writers Project, Music, History
  • The opportunity to attend a variety of artistic and cultural programs at the Chapman Cultural Center.
  • Despite the economy the past few years, we have survived!
  • Partnerships with other arts organizations
  • Good connection between artists.
  • Spartanburg County residents are attending the community theatre shows. Donations are down, but attendance is about the same.
  • Passion.
  • Community opportunities for children to enjoy the arts, Opportunities for grant funding in arts education, Opportunities for children to work with artists in residence.
  • Presenting events/workshops/classes that attract the average person.
  • The artists themselves. Even when there seems to be little state or government support, they still persevere to produce art. There seems to be quite a lot of networking among them.
  • Here in Spartanburg much progress in the arts has been made since I moved here 10 years ago...HUB-BUB, the Chapman Center, and several galleries have opened.  So it seems that support for the arts in this area is pretty strong.
  • Cultural education
  • Variety of offerings in the arts: visual arts, performing arts, etc.
  • We are proud and take pride all of the artistic endeavors within our state.
  • Increase in small galleries.
  • Attempts to preserve traditional art forms and to celebrate and "reward" the artists who are engaging in these art forms.
  • I am not sure what is working our local art groups are very dysfunctional, and most all of my income is made out of state at galleries and shows
  • Getting younger people (20-30) involved.
  • Art museums
  • Your outreach programs
  • I collect folk art.  Also, Robert Smith and I have coordinated a folk art show/sale at USC Lancaster for the last two years.  We are currently preparing a Cherokee Dance Mask show for Pickens Museum.  Our Big Head Turtle Productions records Catawba and Cherokee artists at work.
  • Education programs
  • Access to help and achievement
  • The amount of talent and interest
  • The artist-in-residency programs that allow schools to have additional exposure to art forms that are not normally taught in the school programs
  • Plenty of ballet companies, adequate visual arts shows, a few media/film related festivals/ screenings. Increased communication between arts groups.
  • As an artist (performing), I am resourceful to my community, the state, Benedict College, and elsewhere around the world.  I shared my talents among the people of Nubia, Ethiopia, and most recently Venezuela
  • Art shows, billboards, exhibits at local fairs
  • I feel that artists in general are getting the recognition that they deserve.
  • Shows
  • People continue to find ways to express their creativity--I think this urge is hardwired into the human psyche. People can do artistic things whether they are educated or not, rich or poor. Few of us can make a living, and almost no one gets rich, but we enrich our lives and those of our families and communities.
  • The Belton Center for the Arts and the Belton Area Museum Association have a great reception of the community at each exhibit opening. They include the children in both, teaching them about the importance of their mission to provide the community with easy access to learn about the people and of places and the importance they play in their future.
  • Public support
  • Brings people together, no matter what culture/religion/ethnicity they belong to.
  • Cultural preservation with new immigrants.
  • Artists and associated groups generally support one another.
  • The opportunities for art appreciation in so many different formats and venues
  • More artists are in this area.
  • Having venues where the opportunity of music, dance and the creative arts are offered to the community at large.Also the integration of these cultural offerings with some of the early educational programs in the nearby communities.
  • A very motivated group of artists and art lovers that are willing to donate their time and labor to help expand artistic shows and venues in Spartanburg.
  • There are a lot of people in the Columbia area who are talented artists - be they performing artists, visual artists, etc. - who are committed to pursuing their artistic vision here. Columbia has a lot of talent, so we have that going for us.
  • Lots of good gallery openings, and local live music.
  • Our county has scheduled events that allow musicians, painters, and performing artist to take part in these events. This helps bring exposure to the arts.
  • Community theatre, local and state museums, and collegiate arts and local festivals.
  • People being entertained.  If the arts had the word "ball" in it, the community would support it. And if children are involved, there is support.
  • Black Creek Arts Council does a wonderful job with the arts. Darlington School District has a magnet program that is arts based that does a great job introducing a wide variety of arts to school children 3rd grade through 12th.
  • People talk a good game.
  • Just getting the art out there for everyone to enjoy... art fairs, festivals, installations.
  • Access & support to quality arts programming & for arts creation.
  • More arts in healthcare program.  As coord. of Spartanburg Reg Foundation's Comm. Healing Arts Program, I oversee activities in all areas of the Sptbg Reg Healthcare System as well as multiple outreach sites throughout Sptbg. Co. Our efforts not only aid in the healing process, but help raise awareness of health issues faced by members of our community.

 

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