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The Full Launch Announcement

Thanks to everyone that came out to the launch of Amplify. Speakers included One Columbia Board Member Heather Mitchell, Councilman Sam Davis, City of Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Artist and Educator Terrance Henderson and a performance by Indigo Soul.

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“I’m at a loss for words for how dope it was…”

Vlogger Xavier Parker (XaySzn) came out to the Amplify launch at the recommendation of a friend (Jelani – Studio 23) and found it pretty inspiring.

 

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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.