At a Glance…

Chapman Cultural Center, owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, is the community's preeminent common ground where the people of Spartanburg County and its visitors come together to discover, experience, and celebrate the performing and visual arts, science and history. The 86,000-square foot, three-building facility held its grand opening on October 3, 2007, after an extensive fundraising campaign.

Chapman Cultural Center’s 476-seat theater is home to The Spartanburg Little Theatre and Ballet Spartanburg, as well host to many local and traveling performances. Founded in 1946, Little Theatre presents a live stage production every month during the regular September-May season, including shows by Spartanburg Youth Theatre, the second oldest youth theatre in the state. Ballet Spartanburg, founded in 1966, is recognized as a regional dance company with an exceptional commitment to education and outreach activities throughout the Upstate.

Chapman Cultural Center also houses three museums. Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) is a regional museum supporting educational programming and diverse exhibitions from international, national and regional artists. Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, the longest established guild in South Carolina, supports a gallery in the Moseley Building. Spartanburg Regional History Museum and Spartanburg Science Center have hands-on exhibits, developed in accordance with the South Carolina Academic Standards in Social Studies and Science that attract individuals of all ages. Other “partner” agencies associated with Chapman Cultural Center are The Music Foundation of Spartanburg, The Repertory Company of Spartanburg, and Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee.

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, also located in Chapman Cultural Center, provides the major funding for, as well as education through, many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. The Arts Partnership’s Education Programs serve more than 40,000 public and private school students throughout Spartanburg County, with residencies by professional artists in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, literature, media, theatre and crafts.

Programs at Chapman Cultural Center are funded in part by the City and County of Spartanburg; 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.
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