Upcoming Public Town Hall Meetings

Amplify will begin hosting several meetings with cultural and community organizations this spring. Two of the meetings are town-hall discussions and members of the general public are encouraged to attend.

Amplify Town Hall Discussions:

Each town hall discussions will be facilitated and led by Margie Reese and artist facilitators. Attendees will discuss answers to questions like:

  • Do the arts and cultural resources in the Columbia area impact regional growth?
  • Which arts programs are exceptional in our community?
  • When considering the possibility of providing more access to the arts in your neighborhood, which are the three most important factors to be considered?
  • How can the arts help Columbia stand out as a city that values creativity?

With responses from attendees of these discussions and other scheduled discussions with arts, history and philanthropic organizations in the area, the Amplify steering committee will develop recommendations for celebrating and strengthening arts and cultural programs in our area. Having these meetings represents a significant step in creating a cultural plan for our region.

What is Amplify?

You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve seen the news. You’ve completely stumbled into this.

Columbia is an exciting hot spot – the Real Southern Hot Spot, some would say. And, because there is so much happening in Columbia, it’s time we get organized and make a plan.

One Columbia for Arts and History is collaborating with government, non-profit and corporate partners to create a comprehensive cultural plan for Columbia and the surrounding area. The Midlands of South Carolina are experiencing significant growth in population and economic development. The planning process that we’re taking on includes an assessment of the creative landscape and broad community input to develop a focused strategy with long-term vision that enhances livability and drives future cultural tourism.

This 12-18 month effort will result in a plan that takes into consideration current trends in the development of arts and culture at a national level, advances the growth of the local and regional creative community, and considers ways to expand access to the arts for the region’s culturally diverse and growing population and align with city planning efforts. We need your input, ideas and voice.

This site is only the start.