Collaborative Community Arts Discussion…

Grow Purpose Network recently hosted a small gathering of folks working in the ARTS COMMUNITY to discuss goals, obstacles, funding, collaboration, etc.


We were joined by Kerri Forrest of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation that operates both in Chicago and in the Lowcountry.

Here are a few notes from the inspiring discussion.


  • What is the message does the Arts community want to send to our elected officials, policy makers, and people with influence?
  • How do we organize support from the public?


  • The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation provides grants for general operations:
  • How do we connect with people who have the capacity and desire to help financially?
  • How do we grow the art audience, especially with young people? Can we cross-pollinate our audiences with some forms of collaborative performances?
  • Can we get people with means to purchase tickets for those that can’t afford them? (Crowd Funding, Creative Ticket Sales)


  • What spaces are available that might meet the needs of our arts community?
  • How can we collaborate to share responsibility for a proposal to use the space in exchange for sweat equity?
  • Could we possibly purchase a building collaboratively that can be used as an arts venue?
  • How can we get volunteers to help?


  • How can we get administrative help with things like social media, technical assistance, business planning, etc…?
  • Can we find ways to employ young people?
  • How can we share resources to reduce redundancy and increase our collective impact?

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Obviously, this is just the beginning of the discussion.

If you would like to join the conversation, please share your comments below and/or get in touch with us!

We also invite you to check out, and help develop, CharlestonGOOD’s Arts Resource Hub.


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