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5 Takeaways from Downtown Programming 2018

November 12, 2018 | Features

If you haven't come across a musician or two while spending time in Spartanburg's downtown, you might need to slow down and take a minute to experience Spartanburg's cultural side. 

Chapman Cultural Center's Downtown Programming officially wrapped up October 31, fittingly, with local musicians dressed in their spookiest attire. 


The 2018 season saw a twist in its lineup. This year, the program was expanded to include performing artists as well. TheMADDDartist, TimTV of The Secret Cirkus, and Lydia Lundgren all participated for the first time and brought a new artistic component to the streets of Spartanburg.

Running Wednesday through Saturday from April until November, Downtown Programming has brought a "creative vibe" to our downtown that you might see in cities double the size.

A local favorite of musicians, artists, and residents, Downtown Programming was conceived to increase pedestrian and visitor activity, foster art and performances in public places, and ultimately attract new creative enterprises. With the recent boom in developments, restaurants, and storefronts, we think it's safe to say our goal of creating an interesting downtown is working. 

Check out five key stats from this year's Downtown Programming Series!


293 Entertainment Experiences



58 Unique Performers Hired



3,593 Observers 



$5,125 in Earned Tips by Performers



$36,625 Paid to Artists for Performances

A key component of Spartanburg's street performance series is the fact that our local artists are paid to perform, just like any other job would be. With the success already seen through this program, we hope to continue to gain even more support for our local artists and grow the program to create even more opportunities for local performers in our city!

We hope you'll join us in supporting Chapman Cultural Center this #GivingTuesday and support our local artists. With your financial donations, we can ensure this program continues to be funded and opportunities for local artists always exist.

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