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January 13, 2022 | Features

1) 8th Annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival

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Always a Spartanburg Favorite, Spartanburg Soaring! returns for its 8th occurrence in 2022! We'll be back in the Fall this year after such a great turnout last fall! As always, we've taken your thoughts and feedback so we can make this year's festival better than ever. Mark your calendar for October 8, 2022, and click "Going" on our Facebook Event!

2) Southern Studies Fellowship in Arts and Letters Final Project Presentation

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On May 12th, join Southern Studies Fellows, artist Benjamin Winans and writer Morgan Thomas, in a multimedia presentation of their research from their year of fellowship. Using the ritual of baptism as a device to explore Southern evangelical Christianity, ecological toxicity, and gender fluidity.

The evening will begin with an artist talk and reading by Ben and Morgan at the Glendale Shoals amphitheater, after which you may spend time with the work of both contributors as you make your way along the shoals. Works will consist of light, video, sound, and sculpture that work together with the environment itself, inviting you to consider the themes present. 

3) Completion of the Robert Smalls Townhomes Mural

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Artists are encouraged to apply for a two-part mural to be installed inside the soon to be completed, Robert Smalls Townhomes in Spartanburg. The townhomes are being constructed by Colliers International and should be ready for mural installation in the spring of 2022. This mural will be located in the clubhouse, which will serve the needs of the tenants and will be open as a meeting place for local groups and clubs. The purpose of the murals is to commemorate the life of Robert Smalls and educate the community as to his amazing feats of bravery and daring and his service in the SC government. 

4) Announcing our New President and CEO

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Over the last several months, our presidential search committee comprised of Chapman Cultural Center Board members and key community stakeholders has been hard at work searching for the next President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center. We are very excited to report that an individual has been selected and we can't wait to announce who they are and work alongside them to take the arts in Spartanburg to new heights! 

5) Begining the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study VI

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The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 is Americans for the Arts’ sixth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 proved that the non-profit arts and cultural sector is a significant industry in the Greater Spartanburg Area—one that generates $32 million in total economic activity. This spending—$21.4 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $10.7 million in event-related spending by their audiencessupports 1,130 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $22.4 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $2.7 million in local and state government revenue.

This study is intended to put to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 will reiterate that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!

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