What is this?

This blog will be a resource for recording thoughts, ideas, schemes, and anything else that develops on the way to forming a unified voice and center for the Charleston arts community. Everything presented here is subject to change.

How does this work?

There will be a designated set of authors who will be responsible for posting topics for discussion, to begin with anyone may comment on a discussion topic or suggest a new post but only the authors may post new topics (this is mostly to avoid spamming and over posting). In time this can develop into an online wiki or discussion board style web page of information and ideas, but at the moment a blog is the most direct, immediate and open way to track the development of the ideas being developed. if you have a suggestion or want to post please send email to

Saturday, April 26, 2008

linda fantuzzo's thoughts

I would like add these few ideas to the blog:

There is a great building at 645 Meeting Street know as The Car House or Trolley Barn. I believe the city owns it and is considering it's options for the property right now. It would be wise to investigate this as soon as possible. Perhaps a petition with many names would guarantee a response from the mayor and council.

There are other buildings of scale that might work, but they would be costly to purchase. They are the Uniroyal building at 311 Huger St ( near the tracks and over pass) and the Church at 554 Rutledge Ave.

We like the idea of a large cultural center, but the need for smaller spaces should not be overlooked. Studio space for individuals is tough because the property values are extravagant. I wonder if there some way the city or the state can offer tax break incentives to landlords in order to make downtown space available to artists of all disciplines?


Friday, April 25, 2008

Space the final frontier?

While last nights panel discussion began by discussing the rapid displacement of artists, musicians, and other creative practitioners from the Charleston peninsula, a positivity and energy emerged from the standing room only crowd. It is a testament to the vitality of the arts in Charleston that on a Thursday night, a crowd of enthusiastic, creative people came together to dialog. Through the course of the dialog one thread re-emerged continuously, what if we all worked together? In the time leading up to the next panel discussion/organizational meeting this blog will help flesh out ideas about what a unified voice for the arts might look like.