Director of Community Arts Development, South Carolina Arts Commission
Susan DuPlessis has worked at the intersection of arts, and culture and community development for more than 25 years. An artist with a background is documentary photography, her approach is grounded in respect for people, place and shared story. Developing and leading the new initiative "The Art of Community: Rural SC" and its corresponding program "CREATE: Rural SC" Ms. Duplessis continues to practice listening, learning and connecting in rural and urban settings as local constituents organize to address community challenges using arts and culture as tools for change. Ms Duplessis sits on the boards of the South Carolina Artisans Center, "Journal of Appalachian Health" and The Charleston Rhizome Circle of Advisors and is currently on the 2019 conference planning committees for the Rural Generation Conference in Jackson, Mississippi and the Southeastern Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Columbia, South Carolina.