South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Strategic Plan

The Vision

We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences.


The Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina.

Introduction to the Strategic Plan

Executive Director David Platts and guests introduce the plan and our values in this video.


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Our Values

Six core values inform our vision and guide our daily work.

We are committed to transparency, honesty, and integrity.
We are committed to and call for courageous leadership that advances equitable access to the arts through policy and practice.
We value innovation, creative expression, and a commitment to quality in artistic experiences.
We believe education is a right that must be accessible to all. Learning in and through the arts should be integral to a continuum of lifelong growth.
We believe building connections and working in partnership deepen impact and advance the arts.
We value diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. We believe in our collective responsibility to support culturally relevant and responsive art.


You might find yourself asking one of these questions:

  • How can the mission fulfill the vision?
  • What brings about success?
  • Where do I fit in?

The answers are in the five outcomes and their objectives below, all of which are intended to transition “The Vision” into a reality.

South Carolina citizens and visitors benefit from diverse arts experiences in
communities throughout the state.

Consistently award grants in all 46 counties.

Communities in every county have access to the arts.

Influence our constituency in their efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in policies and practices.

Provide leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion through our policies and practices.

Celebrate and support the many ways South Carolinians engage in artistic expression and creativity.

Artists have opportunities to build sustainable careers in South Carolina.

Cultivate partnerships and peer networks that create professional opportunities and make more efficient use of resources for artists.

Support and promote the essential role artists as citizens serve in their communities.

Provide opportunities for artists to participate in a learning continuum ranging from pre-professional to advanced career training.

Students receive a comprehensive education in and through the arts that develops creativity, problem solving, collaborative skills, and other knowledge, skills, and characteristics outlined in the Profile of the SC Graduate.

Work in partnership with public and private entities to advance arts in education.

Work with organizations, decision-makers, and advocates to affect local, state and national policies that ensure quality arts in education experiences for all students.

Provide opportunities for teaching artists, educators, and arts organizations to participate in a learning continuum ranging from pre-professional to advanced career training.

Arts organizations and other arts providers have the necessary resources to deliver diverse arts experiences throughout South Carolina.

Support collaborations between arts providers and local, statewide, and national funders to maximize impact of public funds.

Influence arts providers in their efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices.

Develop diverse cross-sector relationships that engage arts and culture providers to address local issues in matters that may include economic, community or workforce development, healthcare, education, public safety, housing or capital.

There is recognition of the essential value of public funding for the arts in South Carolina.

Develop and communicate unified messages about the role the arts play in quality of life, education, and economic vitality.

Equip and encourage commissioners, artists, educators, arts leaders, and advocates to communicate the value of public funding for the arts.

Conduct or commission research that documents the value of the arts and arts education.