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Updates and info on the 2017 Winner of the ArtsXcelerator Grant

The Southside STEAM Garden




The 2017 ArtsXcelerator Challenge winner, Daniel Zongrone submitted and won the grant with his idea of installing a STEAM Garden on the City of Spartanburg’s Southside, which is currently identified as a “food desert.” He is aligning his project to six of the seven Spartanburg Community Indicators: civic health, education, public health, natural environment, social environment, and cultural vitality. Zongrone is partnering with Project Hub, School District 7, Spartanburg Science Center, Hub City Farmers Market and other collaborators for the planning and execution of the project.  


Grant recipient and artist, Daniel Zongrone, says: “For me art is functional through education and inspiration. It should also reach across generations to touch both children and adults. Art is Magic! This project incorporates my three main objectives,  1.Education 2. Art 3. Inspiration”


The STEAM Garden will be located on land that belongs to District 7, at the former site of the City of Spartanburg’s Swim Center. This location will serve as a bridge between the Downtown and Southside areas of Spartanburg, improving the vitality of both neighborhoods by creating connections between individuals, schools, and organizations.


STEAM is an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in a collaborative way to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The STEAM Garden will work closely with Carver Middle and Mary H. Wright Elementary to further their STEAM educational programs. 





The main structure on the site will be a large gazebo that will collect rainwater via an inverted roof, diverting the water to a reservoir under the structure. Project Hub will be heavily involved in the construction process of the garden. It will be surrounded by five to six areas to install different types of vertical edible gardens. Adopt-a-plots for individuals or groups to maintain will also be available on the site.


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What is the ArtXcelerator Challenge?

The ArtsXcelerator Challenge is a funding opportunity for up to $10,000.00 that will be awarded annually for a creative project whose goal is to make Spartanburg a more inclusive, stronger, healthier, prouder, and more culturally vibrant community.

We know that art can be a tremendous catalyst for change and our goal with the ArtsXcelerator Challenge is to draw upon and support the wealth of talent and creative ideas that our artists have to make Spartanburg better.  

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