S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative
The Arts Commission began the planning phase of the S.C. Artists LINC project (now known as the S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative) in the summer of 2007 by gathering input from South Carolina artists of all disciplines. Attendees at an Artist Convening held in August 2007 honed in on the top concerns of artists across the state:
- Coordinating among ourselves
- Making a living with my art
- Professional development
Responding to this planning process and the issues raised therein, the Arts Commission created and submitted a proposal to the national Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC). The S.C. Artists LINC project has been awarded a $100,000 grant to implement practical strategies addressing these concerns on a statewide level. South Carolina is one of only 15 Creative Communities chosen for this opportunity, and the S.C. Artists LINC project is one of the only grantees expanding its reach beyond a major metropolitan area.
As other Creative Communities in the U.S. have focused their work on developing space for artists to live, work, display and perform, the Arts Commission chose to focus on the relationship between the other top areas of concern listed above.
In May 2009, the national LINC organization requested that the Arts Commission develop a separate name due to the plan to sunset the LINC name in two years. S.C. Artists LINC was renamed S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative.