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Walmart Invests in Arts Education

December 16, 2019 | Press Releases


Spartanburg, SC (December 16, 2019) – Chapman Cultural Center is pleased to announce it received a $2,500 grant from the Dorman Centre Wal-Mart. The grant was used in support of Chapman’s Arts and Science Education programming.

Chapman Cultural Center provides STEAM: Advantage Arts and Sciences programming throughout Spartanburg County. STEAM programming takes the traditional STEM curriculum and introduces an arts component, which helps children develop the creative thinking skills they will need in a dynamic and ever-changing workforce. The program is two pronged, with the award-winning Muse Machine concept, which features three school-wide performances in theater, music, and dance. The program also includes an Artist-in-Residence, who works with individual classes to teach them a creative art, such as puppetry, metal work, or glass fusion.

Heather Daniels, Assistant Store Manager at Dorman Center said: “Wal-Mart is proud to support this wonderful program. We are dedicated to investing in our local communities to improve the quality of life for everyone here” Local Wal-Mart associates are also encouraged to volunteer at non-profit organizations, and the company will make additional donations based on their volunteer hours.

“Arts education is proven to dramatically increase student performance, as well as teacher satisfaction. Ensuring that we are able to continue providing our community with this vital resource is the bedrock of our mission,” said Lisa O’Connell, Vice President of Resource Development for Chapman Cultural Center. “Thanks to the support of Wal-Mart, every child in Spartanburg County has the opportunity to be introduced to the arts and to have world-class arts experiences.”


Notes to Editors

About Chapman Cultural Center

Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community.

Chapman Cultural Center is located on East Saint John St in downtown Spartanburg, SC. Please visit for more information.

For media inquiries please contact David Ocasio, Marketing and Communications Director, at:, or 864-948-5359.

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