South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Canvass of the People 2020

Now is the time…

to help shape the direction of South Carolina’s vibrant arts and culture community.

Where do we go from here? Well, we need your help.

At the turn of the past few decades, the South Carolina Arts Commission has endeavored to conduct extensive research among arts-inclined South Carolinians in order to form its “Long Range Plan for the Arts.” With a new decade on the horizon, the Canvass of the People is back to get your thoughts on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for the arts in your community and across the state.

Input will be gathered from October 2019 and into March 2020 in public and private forums and via the brief, anonymous survey at the bottom of this page. We hope to hear from as many citizens as possible, and we’d be grateful if you shared this page with your networks.

Make plans to join a public forum. Our team is working to schedule them in geographically diverse locations so we can meet, chat, and consider what could be for South Carolina’s arts and cultural scene. Check back frequently as we add locations and dates.

Thank you for making South Carolina a culturally vibrant state with your work, support, or both.

Where to share your thoughts

Canvass events listed here are open to the public.

You are cordially invited to attend the event closest to you. Team members from the S.C. Arts Commission will facilitate discussion and record your valuable input.

Let organizers and others know you’re coming on our Facebook events page (optional). We’d be honored for you to share those as well.


  • Monday, Oct. 14, 2019
  • Carlos Dupre Moseley Building
    Rainey Conference Room
    200 E. St. John St.

Rock Hill

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
  • Center for the Arts
    Arts Council of York County
    121 E. Main St.


  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
  • Arts Center of Greenwood
    120 Main St.

Myrtle Beach

  • Monday, Dec. 9, 2019
  • Myrtle Beach High School
    Media Center
    3302 Robert Grissom Pkwy.


  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
  • Holly Springs Center
    120 Holly Springs School Rd.


  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
  • Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center
    649 Riverside Dr.


  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
  • Patriot Hall
    Sumter County Cultural Center
    135 Haynsworth St.


  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
  • USC Beaufort
    Center for the Arts
    805 Carteret St.


  • Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
  • McCormick Middle School
    Media Center
    6979 Hwy. 28 South


  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020
  • UofSC Lancaster
    Native American Studies Center
    119 S. Main St.


  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
  • Columbia Museum of Art
    The Loft
    1515 Main St.


  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
  • 5-6:15 p.m.
  • Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
    506 E. Washington St.
  • Facebook event page


  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
  • 6-7:15 p.m.
  • Aiken Center for the Arts
    122 Laurens St. SW
  • Facebook event page


  • Monday, Feb. 24, 2020
  • (Rescheduled from Thursday, Feb. 6)
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Stone Academy
    115 Randall St.
  • Facebook event page

Hispanic Alliance/Greenville

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • 5-6:15 p.m.
  • Hispanic Alliance
    225 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
  • Facebook event page


Charleston/Higher Ed

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • 5-6:15 p.m.
  • College of Charleston Alumni Center
    86 Wentworth St.
  • Facebook event page

Canvass events listed here are for attendees of these events only.

Team members from the S.C. Arts Commission will facilitate discussion and record valuable input during conferences or meetings of these affinity groups.

Oct. 2 • Florence
Florence County arts/business focus group

Oct. 14 • Spartanburg
Palmetto State Arts Education annual conference

Feb. 8 • Columbia
South Carolina Music Educators Association conference

The S.C. Arts Commission extends its thanks to these groups for allowing us access to their events for the purpose of canvassing citizens.