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Chapman Cultural Center Awards '19-'20 Third Quarter Community Grants

January 02, 2020 | 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 artist and Community Organizations a Community Grant for our Q3, 2019-2020, grants cycle! Learn more about their projects and programs below! 


Andrew Dally

Andrew Dally, former Hub City Writers Project Writer-in-Residence, was awarded a community grant for the production of Condensery, a micro-press specializing in limited-edition poetry chapbooks. It was founded in 2019 by Jan Verberkmoes and Andrew Dally, two poets with an affinity for the impractical. Guided by a foggy but unfaltering conviction that the distilled language of poetry is best experienced through a handcrafted object, they strive to create books that bear the history of their making. By investing in the slow, deliberate methods of low-tech printing and binding, each chapbook becomes a vessel that holds both the labor of the writer and the labor of the printer. Their chapbooks are printed on a Vandercook 320 in Spartanburg, SC. All type is hand-set, all books are bound by hand.  


Local Takes - Aaron Pate

Aaron Pate was awarded a community grant towards the project, Local Takes, which aims to bring Spartanburg together by celebrating local artists and sharing their stories with the community through documentary films. This production will launch six short documentary films, each interviewing a Spartanburg artist about their life and work, their challenges and revelations, and the stories that have shaped them. Featured artists are: Addam Duncan, Beth Regula, Roderice Cardell "The Madddartist", Lucy Boland, Andrew Blanchard, and Annette Giaco. The Local Takes premiere screening and after-party will be on February 20th at Drayton Mills, bringing the community together to celebrate our sponsors and artists.

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 Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Barksdale at 

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