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Statewide Arts Participation Initiative

To help South Carolina arts providers develop initiatives that will broaden, deepen or diversify public participation in the arts.


Broaden: attract more people
Deepen: increase current participants' levels of involvement
Diversify: attract different kinds of people than you already attract


Round Three Participants

Project Description
Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum Deepen Participation Among Core Supporters/Donors Horry
Marlboro Area Arts Council Increase Participation of Local  African American Community Marlboro
Black Creek Arts Council, Inc Increase Participation from Darlington and Surrounding Areas Darlington
Upstate Center for the Arts Increase Participation of Area Retirees Pickens
Cheraw Arts Commission Deepen Participation of Inclined Parents and Guardians Chesterfield
HubCulture Inc Increase Participation of Regional Readers and Writers Spartanburg
Music Foundation of Spartanburg Broaden Participation of 25-45 Year Old Individuals Spartanburg
PURE Theatre Broaden Participation of 35-44 Year Old Individuals (Note: changes pending.) Charleston
Hampton Co. Arts Council Broaden Participation of Youth via First Saturday Initiative Hampton
SC Orchestra Assn. Increase Participation of 23-39 Year Old Professionals Richland
Charleston Arts Coalition Increase Participation of 23-39 Year Olds Charleston
New Comers Project of the SCAC Diversify Participation of Newcomer Traditional Artists Statewide

History of the Initiative

Round One

The S.C. Arts Commission began the Statewide Arts Participation Initiative with support from the Wallace Foundation in 2002 to create a statewide learning community that explored the ways South Carolinians participate in the arts. This initiative resulted in partnerships throughout the state with local organizations that were engaged in building arts participation.


Round Two

workshopThe S.C. Arts Commission kicked-off the second phase of the Participation Initiative in February 2007 with a series of workshops to inform individual artists, arts organizations and *independent programmers about the project and Participation grants.


Workshop participants then took part in a two-day seminar that offered them the opportunity to join a statewide dialogue about arts participation. Through the competitive grant process that followed, organizations and individuals applied for funding to support an initiative that would significantly increase participation, create a positive and systemic change in operations, and have a long-term impact on a community, organization or art form.


These three outcomes are also referred to as broaden (attract more people), deepen (increase current participants' involvement) or diversify (attract different kinds of people).


*An independent arts programmer is any person within the state of South Carolina, who is not employed by any organization, but whose work includes the creation and/or implementation of arts events, art exhibits, and/or arts programs that are open to the general public.


Round One Participants

Colleton County Arts Council Colleton County
The Gibbes Museum of Art Charleston County
Spoleto Festival USA Charleston County
Greenville Symphony Orchestra Greenville County

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Kershaw County
Sandlapper Singers Richland County
Workshop Theatre Richland County

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg

Spartanburg County

South Carolina Traditional Arts Network


Round Two Participants

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Beaufort County 
Gibbes Museum of Art Charleston County
Charleston Academy of Music Charleston County
Cultural Council of Georgetown Georgetown County
Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts Greenwood County
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg County
Columbia Museum of Art Richland County
Nickelodeon Theatre Richland County

Columbia’s New Audience Roadshow

Richland County
Sandlapper Singers Richland County 

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg

Spartanburg County 
Arts Council of York County York County

Winthrop University and Clinton Jr.


York County

For more information about the Statewide Arts Participation Initiative, please contact Susan DuPlessis (803-734-8693).