2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Creating a New Framework for Arts and Culture in Rural America

Sunday, October 29, 10:00am – 11:30am

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Organized by Susan DuPlessis, Program Director, South Carolina Arts Commission.

Moderated by Ken May, Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission. Presented by Susan DuPlessis, Program Director, South Carolina Arts Commission; Dr. Yvette McDaniel, Director of Choral Activities, Denmark Technical College; and Bob Reeder, Program Director, Rural LISC.

In a new initiative called The Art of Community: Rural S.C., the relevance of arts and culture as leavening agents in rural community development is examined through three perspectives: a national community development leader, a state arts program director, and a local artist/educator working in a rural community. These perspectives will amplify the power of arts, culture, and placemaking as tools that build relationships, connections, and community in South Carolina’s rural “Promise Zone” region. What has been learned? Topics addressed will include how local citizens reimagine place and address community issues through the lens of creativity, arts, and culture; how a grantor changed its approach to get different results; and the array of cross-sector partnerships and resources that resulted.