Canvassing the people… at least nine times

Once-a-decade survey comes to you, S.C. arts lover


As you probably do, the South Carolina Arts Commission believes the arts are more than simply “nice things.”

They offer quality of life; promote creativity, understanding, and civility; and are often indicated as points of pride in communities across any map—all while pumping nearly $10 billion into the South Carolina economy.

And, and as you probably also do, the SCAC wants to them do even more of those things and do other things we haven’t considered. We never said we could do it alone, so that’s where you come in.

We’ve already announced Canvass of the People 2020, a once-a-decade checkup on South Carolina arts and culture. Since then, additional public forums have been announced, and we wanted to update you because we really, really request the honor of your presence at one of them. (Not an option for you? Hang tight; we’ll get to that.)

Here’s where the list stands going forward. Two public events have already occurred in Spartanburg and in Rock Hill (which boasted a significant turnout of about 60 informed and involved citizens).

  • Greenwood (Nov. 21, 2019)
  • Myrtle Beach (Dec. 9, 2019)
  • Pickens (Dec. 10, 2019)
  • Orangeburg (Dec. 12, 2019)
  • Sumter (Jan. 9, 2020)
  • Beaufort (Jan. 23, 2020)
  • McCormick (Jan. 27, 2020)
  • Greenville (Feb. 6, 2020)
  • Columbia (Feb. 12, 2020)
  • Aiken (Feb. 20, 2020)

Want more information on one or more of these? Our Facebook events page is serving as (pardon the term here) de facto “hub” for all event information. All current public forums are listed there.

Because it’s foolish to think everyone who lives in one of these areas and is interested in attending will be available when the forums occur, the SCAC website has an online survey you can take at your leisure and still be involved in this important process! To be frank, even if you can or do attend a public forum you can still take the online survey.

We are asking you where we go from here, and we’re eager to get to wherever that is with you.


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