Today was a BIG day for the arts in South Carolina. The South Carolina Arts Alliance held an arts rally at the South Carolina State House as well as a Legislative Luncheon that was held at the Capital City Club. Today was just one day of SC Arts Advocacy Week. The rally began with a performance by over 350 choral students that came from Richland District Two schools.
After the performance we headed into the state house to meet and greet the legislators and to encourage them to attend the luncheon. We handed out arts advocate buttons and bracelets as the legislators came through. It was a pleasure meeting so many other arts advocates and seeing some familiar faces.
After that we headed into the gallery of the House where many of the arts advocates were recognized. They recognized the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the South Carolina Arts Commission and many others. They also recognized the 50th Anniversary of the SC Arts Commission and the 30th Anniversary of the ABC (Arts in Basic Curriculum) Program.
After we finished up at the State House we headed over to the Capital City Club. Many arts activists spoke as well as Dr. Doug Woodward, an economist who spoke of the economic benefits in the arts community. He spoke of small cities such as Lake City, South Carolina where they have benefited economically because of the arts. There were also speakers such as GP McLear (Executive Director of the SC Arts Alliance), Ken May (Executive Director of the SC Arts Commission) as well as Christine Fisher (Executive Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum). Many legislators attended the luncheon and even had their own chance to speak about their support of the arts.
Today was just one day of SC Arts Advocacy Week. Join me for the rest of the week in supporting the arts in your community. Not sure how to support the arts? You can either reach out to me or head to the SC Arts Alliance Website to view their toolkit on how to support the arts near you.