S.C. Arts Commission Forum to Seek Public Input on Arts and Culture (UPDATED INFO)

The South Carolina Arts Commission is gathering public input to help it form the next long-range plan for arts and culture in South Carolina.

Every 10 years, dating back to 1980, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) conducts the Canvass of the People in public and private forums and through an anonymous online survey to gather South Carolinians’ impressions of the successes and challenges for the arts and culture scene in the state. They are also asked to look ahead and weigh in on what the next steps should be. Results culled from the Canvass of the People help the SCAC form its Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina.

“Public input is the cornerstone of this process. As we ask, ‘Where do we go from here?’ we need for our reach to be as far and wide as possible. There are several Canvass forums scheduled and more being planned, each chosen strategically for geographic diversity and, we hope, diversity of opinion and experience. The goal is to generate discussion about the arts to understand what South Carolinians envision for their communities,” SCAC Executive Director David Platts said.

Several public forums have taken place or will take place at locations throughout South Carolina. To reach Charleston-area residents, the SCAA has partnered with the College of Charleston School of the Arts to host a forum on the College’s campus on Tuesday, March 17 from 5:00-6:15 p.m. at the College of Charleston Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St. *MARCH 10, 2020 UPDATE*: The Canvass of the People public forum hosted by the S.C. Arts Commission is now ONLINE ONLY.

Registration link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=86ev4ecab&oeidk=a07egynw2wa208f8507

After careful consideration, the South Carolina Arts Commission is canceling the Charleston Canvass Zoom Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17. Instead, participants can share their views about S.C. arts and culture by filling out the brief survey at: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egmxf1j5k16wemt2/start

Updated listings of forum sites and the link to take the anonymous survey can be found at SouthCarolinaArts.com/Canvass/. The SCAC is planning for the Canvass of the People to finish in March so work on the Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina may begin. An estimated release of the plan is fall 2020.

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