South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Organization Think Tanks

The South Carolina Arts Commission is hosting a series of “think tanks” for arts organization leaders.

Unlike a webinar or panel, the Arts Commission is hosting the virtual space, but is not presenting information. Instead, we hope this think tank space will provide fruitful opportunities for arts organization leaders to connect, share resources, and bounce ideas off of one another. Sessions occur bi-monthly on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2-3 p.m., and attendance has no bearing on grant status or eligibility.

SCAC Specialist for Arts Organizations and Education Catherine Ntube will attend each session, and is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about what South Carolina’s incredible arts organizations are doing in and for their communities, and how the SCAC can better support and work in partnership with them.

For questions about active grants, grant applications, and funding opportunities, you might attend a “Grants Coaching” session, which you can find on our website here.

Think Tank Lineup

Find a topic relevant to your organization, or even just you, and register to participate.

This think tank is dedicated to bringing together leaders of small arts organizations—those with operating expenses near or under $75k per year. In the first session in early September, leaders considered changes being made in the context of COVID-19. Future sessions will provide an opportunity to continue to check in about how the crisis is being navigated, as well as to discuss what small arts organizations need and how they work to serve their communities and build organizational resilience more generally.

In response in part to inequities highlighted by the impacts of COVID-19 and instances of police brutality this year, many organizations across the state are committing or deepening commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. This is a space for connection, resource sharing, and consideration to help responsibly sustain this lasting and vital work.

Performing arts organizations have much in common, even across arts disciplines, and have faced unique challenges in the context of COVID-19. This think tank provides a space for performing arts organization leaders to support one another and share if and how they are finding ways to operate, employ artists, and provide live arts opportunities for South Carolina’s communities. This think tank poses the questions: What are you learning from pivots bring made this year? How can we protect the future of the performing arts in our state?

As schools across the state invest in virtual, socially distant, and hybrid learning models, the nature of afterschool activities, field trips, and teaching artistry are all in flux as well. Bringing leaders together to share their experiences, this think tank poses the questions: How are you rethinking youth or family programming? What continued or new roles can arts organizations play in bringing the benefits of arts engagement to youth this year?

Based on feedback from our first series of Think Tanks, the Arts Commission is working to produce a similar peer-to-peer affinity group series as well as targeted professional development opportunities for arts organizations staff later this year. Stay tuned!

To discuss this program and any questions you may have, please contact Specialist for Arts Organizations and Education Catherine Ntube ( | 803.734.8694).