New grassroots group aims to grow Charleston's arts

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Child of an open forum at Redux held in the spring, the Charleston Arts Coalition has formed with an aim to unite and foster Charleston's creative minds and organizations, more namely: "the artist, the writer, the musician, the performer, the designer, the chef, the business owner, the arts patron, and the advocate."

They've just finished up their Web site up and are asking folks to fill out a five-minute survey to help narrow the group's sights on both what Charleston wants and needs.

Here's a bit more about what they're hoping to accomplish, from an e-mail:
The group has a vision to sustain, inspire and unite all of the arts by promoting a unified voice towards a better economy. We're establishing this through shared marketing, advocacy, support, outreach, professional development, events, exhibitions, and providing a space. In 2009, we will launch an interactive website, as well as, host Town Halls and events that will educate and enhance our creative community. Please join a committe, attend a meeting, or volunteer at an event to spread the word about the Charleston Arts Coalition.

Dues will be $30 for individuals, and $50 for businesses. Here's a bit about what a membership gets you.

Update December 21: John Stoehr over at The Charleston City Paper adds some more context on the group's forming.