Spartanburg to hold “Cultural District” event Thursday

Spartanburg is days away from an event that will celebrate the city’s “cultural district”.

Spartanburg debuts "Cultural District"

Spartanburg is days away from an event that will celebrate the city’s “cultural district”.

Opening night is Thursday on Morgan Square at the same time as Artwalk, a weekly art event that happens downtown.

President and CEO of the Chapman Cultural Center Jeniffer Evins, said the event will begin at 4:30pm and will continue throughout the evening with open galleries, live music, and public art installations.

Evins said state legislature designates an area as a “cultural district” when it has many cultural facilities and activities.

The Chapman Cultural Center started this effort more than 3 years ago.

Leaders are trying to make art and artistic displays more accessible not only to local residents, but also to visitors coming to Spartanburg.

Evins said the Chapman Cultural Center helped make this possible after being awarded three grants to fund the Spartanburg downtown “cultural district” launch.

The grants were from by South Carolina Arts Commission, City of Spartanburg and the Hughes Investment Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grant provided by Ten at the Top.

Evins also said a grant was awarded to local fiber artist Ashleigh Shuler.  She will be creating temporary public art installation and is creating and installing several public, textile-based artworks in the for the public to see.

The public is encouraged to attend art workshops where instructors will help you create art for the district.

No experience is necessary to participate.

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