Chapman Cultural Center Awards Grants to Spartanburg Nonprofits, Artists

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Chapman Cultural Center, the leading local arts agency in Spartanburg County, awarded 20 arts, science, and humanities organizations and seven local artists a total of $621,200 at a public ceremony on June 12.

In the last twenty-three years, through generous donations to United Arts Fund, Chapman Cultural Center has awarded $14.7 million in grants to strengthen, develop, and promote  the cultural vibrancy in Spartanburg County in a sustainable way.

Board Chairman, Ethan Burroughs, stated “Together, these organizations serve over 143,000 people each year and the grants allow these organizations to continue to grow their collective impact.”

General Operating Support Grants were awarded to the follow organizations:  Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg – $16,000; Ballet Spartanburg – $114,000; Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve – $15,000; Hub City Writers Project – $25,000; Spartanburg Art Museum – $93,250; Spartanburg County Historical Association – $76,500; Spartanburg Philharmonic – $100,000; Spartanburg Science Center – $40,200; Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Youth Theatre – $104,000.

Chapman Cultural Center’s second grant opportunity, Community Grants, are awarded quarterly to nonprofits and individual artists who reside in Spartanburg County. This year Chapman Cultural Center has awarded $32, 249 to nonprofits and individual artists through this grant program. The grants are funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Melissa Earley, Community Impact and Outreach Director for Chapman Cultural Center, added: “Our community grants can be used for a specific project, continuing education or equipment upgrades. Community grants, along with other grant opportunities, ensure a diverse portfolio of strong, culturally-focused organizations which contribute to our creative ecology.”

The 2017-2018 Community Grantees include: Anna Elliott for “Untitled Reconstruction Project” ; Desiree Schmidt and Felicia Forte, Alla Prima Portrait Workshop; Kelsey Leahy – Oboe Rockstar; Ian Russell – Developing Voice Acting in Spartanburg; Robyn Hussa Farrell – CONNECT Videos to Empower Teens About Pregnancy Prevention; Timothy Farrell – Spartanburg Historical Landmarks Documentary Series; Spartanburg Juneteenth Festival, Inc. – Spartanburg Juneteenth Festival; Hub City Empty Bowls – The Hub City Empty Bowls Project; Converse College – Tri-State Sculpture Conference; Charles Lea Center – Artist Performance at Road Rally Fundraiser; Proud Mary Theatre Company  for  “I Am My Own Wife”; Spartanburg Community College – Ascend Magazine; Spartanburg Earth Day Festival – Spartanburg Earth Day Festival art contests; Spartanburg Repertory Opera – Increasing Educational Outreach to Make Opera Accessible for Spartanburg Youth; Speaking Down Barriers – Days of Transformation; Treefalls – Treefalls Presents NYC-based Pianist Vicky Chow;  and Woodland Heights Elementary School – Artsploration.

Lastly, in 2017, following the example set by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challent, Chapman Cultural Center developed the ArtsXcelerator Grant. A $10,000 award to an individual artist for a public art project that aligns with Spartanburg Community Indicators Project and local nonprofits that are working to make Spartanburg a more inclusive, stronger, healthier, prouder, and culturally vibrant community. This year’s winner, Daniel Zongrone, was awarded the grant for his STEAM Garden Project in Spartanburg’s Southside neighborhood. The garden is set to open this summer and is a collaboration with Spartanburg Science Center, Project Hub, Wofford College, HubCity Farmers Market, Carver Middle School and Mary H. Wright Elementary to further their STEAM educational programs. Other opportunities for the general public include providing fresh produce, workshops, concerts, and more.

“As the local arts agency of Spartanburg County, part of our mission is to further the significance of arts, humanities, and sciences in the life of our community and all of its citizens,” said Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center.

“One of the most impactful ways to do this is to fund critical operational needs of anchor organziations and help other nonprofits include the arts in their programs and provide local artists with funding for professional development.  It is an exciting time in Spartanburg and having a strong and vibrant cultural sector helps us maximize on our cultural assets and creative people. ”

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