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Mayfair Art Studios Secures Earmarked Funding for Debt Retirement

December 13, 2021 | Press Releases

Spartanburg, SC – December 13, 2021 – Chapman Cultural Center is pleased to announce that Mayfair Art Studios, a division of Chapman Cultural Center, has received $225,000 in earmarked funds from the State Legislature.

Located in the historic Arcadia Station lofts on the Westside of Spartanburg, Mayfair Art Studio is a unique, collaborative arts incubator. It was created to be an accessible and affordable space for local artists to expand the scope of their work and thrive, while simultaneously establishing a bridge to the surrounding community, inclusive of all ages and backgrounds and impacting the cultural arts at a grassroots level. With funding from generous and dedicated community members, businesses, and a loan from an anonymous donor, Mayfair Art Studios opened its doors in 2020. To further its sustainability, Representative Max T. Hyde, Jr., and Mr. Bruce Bannister worked tirelessly to advocate for the space and played an instrumental role in attaining $225,000 of earmarked funds from the State Legislature for Mayfair Art Studios’ debt retirement.

Referencing his commitment to arts and culture in Spartanburg, Max Hyde said, “The arts are so important. They inform who we are and where we are going. They help drive economic development and innovation. And they help us to live joyfully.”

Mayfair Art Studios was intentionally created to meet the needs of our artistic community while preserving and honoring the historic integrity of the former mill that operated for over 100 years. Since opening, it has served 1,000+ individuals through visual art and dance classes, events, valuable partnerships with Spartanburg Methodist College, The University of South Carolina Upstate, and is home to 17 resident artists based in Spartanburg County.

“Through the vital efforts of Representative Hyde and Mr. Bannister, Mayfair Art Studios can be a place of opportunity for the surrounding neighborhood, supporting our creative industry and adding value to Spartanburg for many years to come,” said Lisa O’Connell-Hall, Interim President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center.

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