The Spartanburg Art Museum is collaborating with Partners for Active Living to breathe new life and excitement into ArtWalk this fall with a new community program called ArtCycle. The program kicks off Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
Spartans who begin ArtWalk at Spartanburg Art Museum on this date will receive a wristband, a free BCycle rental, and an interactive map of Spartanburg’s downtown. The map will show area galleries that participate in ArtWalk as well as local bars and restaurants. This ArtCycle Map, which is only available at Spartanburg Art Museum, also includes a special punch card section.
“We kept hearing the same thing from locals during ArtWalk – ‘I love the idea of ArtWalk but the various galleries are too far apart to actually walk to’ – and that got us thinking,” says Mat Duncan, Coordinator of Community Development for Spartanburg Art Museum, “ArtWalk could be more fun on a bike – and it’d be even more fun with a delicious pint or meal from one of our great local bars and restaurants! So we asked Partners for Active Living to work with us to make that happen, and approached downtown businesses too. The result of this collaboration is the ArtCycle program.”
On Sept. 17, participants in the new program will be able to rent a free BCycle at SAM and pedal to participating galleries. At each gallery, they’ll receive one punch on their interactive map. When they collect at least five punches from five different galleries, they can take their map to a participating bar or restaurant and exchange it for a special offer or discount on food and drink. Participating bars and restaurants are listed and marked on the ArtCycle interactive map, as well as on the SAM website. Hub City Tap House, RJ Rockers, Delaney’s, Monsoon Noodle House, Hub Diggity, and The Coffee Bar, as well as many other downtown businesses, are participating in the program.
“The new ArtCycle is not only a fun new way to experience ArtWalk, it also provide an economic stimulus to the downtown area, and fulfills the Partners for Active Living’s vision of making Spartanburg more walking and bicycling-friendly,” says Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum.
“ArtWalk has the potential to really grow into a strong and active community wide event”, says Goddard. “We at SAM want to see that happen, and we think that programs like ArtCycle are one way of reaching that goal.” Spartanburg ArtCycle will take place in September, October and November during the fall ArtWalk nights, which are on the third Thursday of each month. (Sept. 17, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19).
For more information please contact the Spartanburg Art Museum at 864/582-7616 or visit (www.spartanburgartmuseum.org).