Executive Director Named to National Advisory Council

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South Carolina Arts Alliance executive director, George Patrick “GP” McLeer, was recently named to the State Arts Action Network Council (SAAN). The SAAN is a national network of arts advocacy organizations and is a program of Americans for the Arts, the national arts service and advocacy organization. GP was elected by his peers to serve […]

Creative Pillars Report Released!

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Creative Professionals Need More Than Art! After wrapping up our Creative Pillars forum series on August 8 in Hartsville, we are happy to release our report on the feedback we received from you, the creative professional, at each of the three forums we held across the state. Each forum focused on the central question: What […]

Arts Alert: Governor McMaster Vetoes Arts Funding

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BREAKING NEWS TAKE ACTION NOW On June 12, Governor Henry McMaster issued 41 budgetary vetoes. Veto #24 eliminates $350,000 from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Veto #24 Message from the Governor: “This new line item in the budget gives private artists a permanent toehold in the state budget. A better use of these funds would […]

House Committee Adopts NEA Budget Numbers

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On July 12, the House Interior Appropriations Committee, which has under its jurisdiction funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, adopted its budget appropriations bill for FY2018 (Oct 1, 2017 – Sept 30, 2018). The NEA budget is set at $145 million in the Interior Appropriations bill. This represents a $5 million cut to […]

President’s Full Budget Eliminates NEA

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On May 23, President Trump released his full FY2018 Budget Plan. In March, the Administration released their “skinny budget”, laying out overall agency goals and budgetary priorities. In the “skinny budget”, the President called for the elimination of the NEA, among other cultural agencies. President Trump continued that call in his full budget plan released […]

Creative Pillars Announced

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“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 […]

Congress Set to Increase Arts Funding in FY2017

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NEA Sees $2 Million Boost Late last night (April 30 > May 1), Congress reached a bipartisan budget deal to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017. This comes after a one-week stop-gap measure was passed on April 28, giving Congress a few extra days to work out a more comprehensive deal. The National […]

Annual Meeting Announcement

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                    You’re Invited. Join us for the opening weekend of Spoleto Festival USA, and our Annual Meeting on Friday, May 26 in Charleston! This event, at the Harbour Club in downtown Charleston, is a great way to see all of your arts friends, celebrate the opening […]

President Calls for $15 Million Cut to NEA in 2017

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Earlier this month, we told you about the President’s proposal for FY2018, including total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. Now, we want to alert to a proposal that could impact NEA funding retroactively, for this current fiscal year. Today, the White House released its proposal for funding levels under the current FY2017 […]

America the Creative.

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This past Tuesday, our executive director, GP McLeer, led a team of eleven advocates from across South Carolina to Washington DC to join over 700 arts supporters from around the country for National Arts Advocacy Day. The annual event, organized by Americans for the Arts, puts arts advocates in front of members of Congress to ensure […]