One Columbia will be hosting a forum for City Council candidates to serve as an opportunity for them to communicate their platform on arts and culture. The forum is open to the public and will take place on September 10 from 7-8:30pm at 701 Whaley in the Market Space.
This forum will allow citizens to hear directly from candidates before the election, as well as afford them a space to lay out their arts and culture platform. This forum will allow for discussion of some of the issues directly related to arts and artists that will be less-debated in other public forums.
Melanie Huggins, executive director of the Richland Library, will serve as moderator. The format will involve some pre-determined questions, some yes/no questions and some time for the audience to participate. Topics that we expect to cover will include how the arts contribute to Columbia, the role of artists, public support for the arts and a vision for arts and culture in our city.