Spartanburg County Cultural Organizations and Artists Awarded over $600,000 from Chapman Cultural Center

Spartanburg, SC – June 8th, 2018 – Chapman Cultural Center, the leading local arts agency in Spartanburg County, will award twenty arts, science, and humanities organizations and seven local artists a total of $621,200 at a public ceremony on June 12th, 2018. The ceremony will take place in the theater at Chapman Cultural Center at 3:30pm and will acknowledge grantees and the impact they make in our community.

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. And our community’s creative ecology is thriving because of it.

Chapman Cultural Center offers three different types of grants to local nonprofits and individual artists.

The General Operating Support (GOS) Grants are awarded to anchor cultural organizations that have been established for 3 years or more and have at least a part time staff person working to advance the mission of the organization. Grantees for GOS Grants were evaluated on the basis of artistic/historic/scientific merit, evidence of sound management & fiscal responsibility, and service to all of Spartanburg County. These awards support up to 20% of the grantees’ annual operating expenses.

“Our general operating support grant program is critically important to our grantees because it gives them a reliable funding source which allows them to plan strategically to expand programs, reach larger and more diverse audiences, and retain creative talent,” said Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center.

Chapman Cultural Center’s 2020 strategic plan includes assessing and revising their grant making portfolio to be more inclusive, collaborative, impactful, and supportive of the broader cultural sector. Chapman Cultural Center’s Board of Trustees determined that they wanted to broaden the organization’s grant-making impact even further and have increased funds available for grants this year to over $100,000.

Board Chairman, Ethan Burroughs, stated “This year we’re thrilled to announce the addition of Hatcher Garden and Hub City Writers Project to our General Operating Support Grantees. The cultural sector has grown since we first started providing these grants in 1995 and more demands are being placed on organizations as our community grows and prospers. We evaluate the grantees in a thorough process that includes thirteen volunteer grant reviewers representing our Board and members of the Spartanburg community. They conduct site visits, review applications and listen to presentations made by each organization. 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 are being 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.”

2017-2018 Community Grantees include:
Anna Elliott - Untitled Reconstruction Project
Desiree Schmidt - 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 - I Am My Own Wife
Spartanburg Community College - Ascend Spartanburg Community College Student 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
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.

Evins concluded, “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. 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.”