The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, awarded $3,000 through its Community Grants program during the recent winter quarter to five local organizations and artists who are promoting the cultural arts in Spartanburg. Annually, a total of $12,000 is awarded to people or programs that are “actively engaged in the performing, visual, literary or folk arts.” Grants generally range from $500 to $1,000. The Grants panel is chaired by Chris Crowly and nine other local citizens.
Those who received these most recent grants are…
· Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Imagemakers Program, Visual Art, $1,000
· HubCity Writers Project, SC First Novel Prize, Literary Art, $500
· Vivianne Carey, SPACE Sculpture Installation, Visual Art, $500
· Jody Raines, Threads of Our Heritage, Visual Art, $500
· Patty Wright, The Dupree House Photo Exhibit, Visual Art, $500
The next grant deadline is Mar. 9, 2012. Grants made at that time will be for projects that must end by June 30, 2012. To apply, please visit online at (www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org) and search under “The Arts Partnership” and “Community Grants.”
The ImageMarkers program will provide seven digital photography and photo-editing workshops to about 200 Boys & Girls Clubs members in the 4th through 8th grades. The workshops will take place January through May at 10 Boys & Girls Clubs locations throughout Spartanburg County. ImageMakers is designed to promote self-expression and communication through photography by teaching photography as a way of seeing, expressing, documenting, and storytelling. The workshops will culminate with youth exhibit at the Chapman Cultural Center, May 8-July 1.
The HubCity Writers Project will use its funds to underwrite the judging and the award of the South Carolina First Novel Prize, a developing program coordinated by a partnership that includes the SC Arts Commission, the State Library, and the SC Humanities Council. This project will include at least four Spartanburg readers—all with advance degrees in writing or literature—to do the first level of judging in this statewide project. The Spartanburg group will select six submitted novels, which will be forwarded to Charleston novelist Josephine Humphreys, who will pick the ultimate winner. The winner will receive a $1000 book advance and the opportunity to have his or novel published and marketed by Spartanburg’s Hub City Press.
Local artist Viviane Carey will use her grant to create and install a commissioned sculpture in memory of Janet White, a local woman who loved the outdoors but who died of cancer after a 10-year battle. She was also the owner of Broadway Bagels, a local eatery. In coordination with the Spartanburg Area Conversancy (SPACE), the sculpture will be at the Beechwood Drive public entrance to the Cottonwood Trail, where Ms. White often walked in prayer and meditation.
Jody Raines’s Threads of Our Heritage project will produce 15 quilts depicting historical homes, churches, and places of interest in Spartanburg County. Her focus will be on promoting the natural, historical, and manmade beauty of the county. As a fiber artists, quilter and photographer, the Spartanburg native used hand-dyed, commercial and painted fabrics, specialty textiles, threads and embellishments and free-motion thread paint by machine. She hopes to exhibit this collection throughout the region in museums, galleries, schools and other venues.
Patty Wright’s project will enable her to photograph and showcase her work on the Wallace Dupree House, one of the oldest homes in Spartanburg. In her May show with the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, she will display at least 20 of her photographs that depict this historic house. Two of her goals are to educate the community on the history of the house and to provide a glimpse of the past and the demise of a historic architecture when left alone.
“All of these projects are very strong in their focus and in the advancement of the cultural arts in Spartanburg,” President of the Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins said. “We are very proud to offer Community Grants to artists in our community because the work they do is so very important on many different levels. They preserve, educate, honor, and find new ways to engage people in the arts. They actually produce the images, the words and the ways and means for the rest of us to enjoy some of the most important aspects of life itself.”
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg’s quarterly Community Grants program is supported in part by its donors, the County and the City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
For further information contact Steve Wong, Marketing Director, Chapman Cultural Center by calling 864/278-9698