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Chapman Cultural Center Awards Third Quarter Community Grants

January 03, 2019 | Features

Chapman Cultural Center is committed to broadening and strengthening Spartanburg's Cultural community. Because of this commitment, a major part of the work we do is centered around funding Spartanburg's arts and cultural community. 

One of Chapman Cultural Center's major funding opportunities comes in the form of our quarterly Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program awards up to $5,000 per application and is open to both individual artists and non-profits/government agencies. Learn more about the grant application process here.

We're proud to announce we've awarded the following artists a Community Grant for our Quarter 3, 2018-2019, grants cycle! Learn more about their projects and programs below! 


Josh Holt

Josh has always studied clouds, their textures, their ever-changing forms and their fluidity between light and dark. He's always noticed them - seen them from a distance, without ever coming into their space to conceive their form. In an effort to recreate and manually construct a very different and unpredictable part of mother nature He is starting a 7-9-piece 2D (charcoal drawing) study of clouds. His goal is to use this study/exhibit to engage with the artistic community of Spartanburg on the fluidity of shapes and the lights and darks of clouds. To bring together art departments, professional artists, art co-ops, community art programs, and art connoisseurs in one setting to show and appreciate the free forming shapes and the array of light and dark that clouds produce. This will allow those attending the show, art enthusiast and not, to openly engage and appreciate charcoal based works of art. 

Thomas Koenig

Thomas has worked for more than 20 years as a media professional and photographer in all aspects of the field. Art, Photography and Graphics Communication for him is not only a profession, but it is also personal, from changes in technique, technology to changes in communication itself. His Project's goal is to create a series of photographic images that will show arrangements that in their native physical appearance are very small and we would normally not recognize as things of visual interest. These things can be objects in repetition or can be close up looks at items that have an interesting component or texture that the human eye may not recognize as a visual interesting component by looking straight at it but not close enough.

156886.jpgJaneen Scott

As a member of the recently formed band, Howl in the Valley, Janeen has experienced success gigging in and around the upstate this year. Together, they have played in local venues such as Fr8Yard and Growler Haus Spartanburg, as well as out of town venues like Growler Haus Greenville, Wild Wings Greenville and Town Pump in Black Mountain, NC. In order to reach the next level of success, Howel in the Valley is in need of high-quality recordings of their original music. So far, they have recorded 5 tracks and will be using grant funding for the post-production side of their upcoming album. This winter, they will begin the mixing and mastering process, as well as creation, promotion, and distribution of physical and digital copies of the album. They plan to release their debut album in the Spring of 2019.

To continue to fund projects that support the Spartanburg arts community, we ask that you consider supporting local artists and organizations by donating to the Chapman Cultural Center. 

If you would like to more information or have questions about community grants, the application process, or other grant opportunities, please contact Grants Administrator Sam Veremchuck at 

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