The South Carolina Arts Commission has notified the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center that its new executive director, David Platts, will lead the “Canvass of the People” forum at the Art Center on Dec. 12.

“Public input is the cornerstone of this process,” said SCAC Executive Director David Platts, when SCAC announced its recent itinerary. “The goal is to generate discussion about the arts to understand what South Carolinians envision for their communities.”

At the time of his appointment, SCAC then Chairman of its Board of Directors, Henry Horowitz, said of Platts, he “has the right skills to oversee the agency, develop a new strategic plan and implement it over the course of the next 10 years.”

The “Canvass of the People” forum, which began in 1980, surveys groups throughout the state for their “impressions of the successes and challenges for the arts and culture scene” and also for recommendations for SCAC’s long-range plan. This “Canvass of the People” Forums, which occurs every ten years, will become important elements for SCAC’s strategic planning.

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“We are very pleased that David Platts will lead the Canvass of the People” Forum here at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center,” said Susan Berry, Chair of OCFAC’s Board. “This is a well-timed opportunity for us to meet with the new executive director. We’re confident the forum will be beneficial for those participating and also productive for the staff from the Arts Commission.”

The Arts Center will host a reception for Platts and the SCAC staff immediately after the Forum, which takes place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center, 649 Riverside Drive, Orangeburg.

For more information, email oarts@bellsouth.net or call 803-536-4074.

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