Public input wanted on S.C. arts on Feb. 18

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The S.C. Arts Commission’s upcoming Canvass of the People will be at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market on February 18 from 5-6:15 p.m.

The evening will consist of dialogue and a screening of the Art of Community II film. The regular Tuesday open mic night will immediately follow.

“Our close relationship with the SCAC has developed over the past few years through the Art of Community program. This relationship is now bearing great fruit, and we will see a number of new and exciting ventures coming to our community over the next few years,” said Matt Mardell, director of the Colleton Museum, Farmers Market, Commercial Kitchen & Colleton Civic Center.

“We are honored that the SCAC will be here in Walterboro to hear what the Colleton community has to say as they begin to prepare their strategic plan for the next decade,” said Mardell. “I think it is very important that we get here in numbers to make our voices heard on what we want to see in terms of the arts for ourselves and our children so we can be a stand out community model, especially for rural S.C.,” he added.

The South Carolina Arts Commission has produced nationally recognized initiatives in:

• arts curriculum reform

•rural arts development

• dance touring and audience development

• community design

• electronic communications

• media arts

• traditional arts infrastructure development

With a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians.

The Arts’ initiatives need to be promoted in Colleton County because of the very important role arts play in boosting the local economy.

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