Creative Pillars Announced

“Creative Pillars” Forums Held Across the State

“What are some of the pillars needed in a community for a creative professional to have a high quality of life?” That’s the question the South Carolina Arts Alliance is asking as it hosts two forums across the state this summer.

The Creative Pillars forums will be held in the following locations and on the following dates:

June 26 – Warehouse Theatre, Greenville

June 28 – PURE Theatre, Charleston

All forums are free to attend and will run 5:30 – 7:30pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at each. Registration is requested in advance.

The forums, which are open to any creative professional or those with an interest in a creative field, will include group activities meant to identify key amenities within a community that help attract and retain creative professionals, and targeted discussions to dive deeper into specific topics. The series is supported by a grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We wanted to create a way to gather insight into areas other than pure arts and culture and how they play a role in the quality of life for a creative professional. We know that a high value on arts and culture is important, but what about access to healthcare, public safety, recreation, or even trash pick up – where do these kinds of issues lie in the hierarchy for the creative professional,” says GP McLeer, SCAA’s executive director.

“Whether you’re an architect, designer, actor, musician, nonprofit arts manager, or even a board member, this is an important discussion to have as people look for ways to effectively make a difference in their community,” says McLeer. The SCAA is interested in hearing from every kind of creative professional from the freelance graphic designer to the touring musician to the nonprofit fundraising professional.

Creative Pillars is also serving as a pilot for a new statewide leadership development program, CreativeSC, being planned by the SC Arts Alliance, in partnership with the SC Arts Commission, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, University of South Carolina, and Together SC, with more expected to join over the next few months. The comprehensive program will include networking, workshops / forums, and a selective leadership program, reaching every corner of the state. The SCAA is targeting an early Fall 2017 launch of CreativeSC.