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Tuning Up: Arts job at SCAC, arts ed, and more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


We're hiring... but not for long! The deadline to apply for the SCAC's community arts coordinator position is coming to a close soon. The deadline is Tuesday, March 19. Cool story, Spartan-bros. Chapman Cultural Center is celebrating Youth Art Month. There's a reception TODAY at CCC from 4-7 p.m. To highlight the importance of arts education, they put a local spin on the research results from the Gallup Student Poll (conducted in arts-rich South Carolina schools) that the SCAC released last month. Johnsons donate to IAAM Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr. of the Johnson Collection Gallery in Spartanburg are helping to create additional cultural offerings in South Carolina by pledging a $1 million gift toward the creation of the International African American Museum in Charleston. Governor's School announces 'Grand Jete' winners The first annual Grand Jeté student dance competition, hosted by the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, featured 47 dancers, ages 10-19, from eight dance schools across the state, including one independent dancer. Here's who came away with prizes.

Tuning Up: CCC awards grants + GCCA workshops + more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


So we didn't mean for this to be an Upstate Edition, but here we are.
  • Spartanburg's Chapman Cultural Center awarded three individual artists a Community Grant for Quarter 3, 2018/2019, grants cycle! One of CCC's major funding opportunities is through our quarterly Community Grants Program, which awards up to $5,000 per application and is open to both individual artists and non-profits/government agencies. See who was just awarded a grant this cycle.
  • TOMORROW is the deadline to register for Greenville Center for Creative Arts Winter Session I six-week classes (which start Monday, Jan. 7at GCCA). Click here to learn more and register by, again, TOMORROW. You'll find instruction in a diverse range of mediums for every age and artistic skill level. Try something new in the New Year!
  • Going back up I-85 a few stops, Hub City Press announced Lauren Groff will judge the 2019 $10,000 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. More to come here on this, but get a head start: the prize is open to emerging writers residing in 13 Southern states, and submissions are open until April 15, 2019.

3D metal and glass fusion studios coming to Spartanburg

Chapman Cultural Center announced last week that it received an $80,000 grant from the Timken Family Foundation of Canton, Ohio. The grant will support the construction of a 3D Metal and Glass Fusion studios at the soon to be open Mayfair Art Studios in the Arcadia neighborhood of Spartanburg. Scott Lamitina, HR Manager of The Timken Company’s Duncan location, said: “The Timken Foundation of Canton has a long-standing tradition of supporting the arts and education initiatives within the communities for which the Timken Company operates. The Mayfair Art Studios project is a great example of how the local community can come together to make art, learn about each other’s cultures, and build a new, vibrant, and economically sustainable community.” Mayfair Art Studios (right), scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, will feature a variety of arts studios that will support over 200 artists annually. Located in the Arcadia community, 4 miles west of Downtown Spartanburg, the studios will offer affordable space for artist, musicians, performers, and other creatives. The 3D Metal and Glass Fusion studios will be available to rent by the hour and provide a collaborative studio experience for artists to work together on projects. With this investment, Chapman Cultural Center will be able to offer classes, workforce development training, and scholarships to neighborhood residents. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this support from the Timken family,” said Brad Wright, Corporate Giving Manager for Chapman Cultural Center “We were already grateful to have local Timken support for our education programs from the Duncan distribution center, but to receive this kind of support from the family foundation is truly overwhelming. To see a family with so much business investment in the area that understands the community’s needs and invest in us is a wonderful and encouraging experience. This generous gift will have a lasting positive impact for Arcadia and our entire community.”
About Chapman Cultural Center
Our mission is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. Visit our website to learn more.

About The Timken Company
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com) engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, gear drives, automated lubrication systems, belts, chain, couplings and linear motion products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve the reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world.
The company’s growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Groeneveld®, Rollon® and Cone Drive®. Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $3 billion in sales in 2017. With more than 17,000 employees operating from 33 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.

Tuning Up: In with the “new new”

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


Arts-related construction projects are apparently the rage in South Carolina. Here are a couple new ones The Hub learned about this week. - Ed. SPARTANBURG By developing the Mayfair Art Studios (above), Chapman Cultural Center (CCC) will establish a new cultural destination on the Westside that creates a unique space for creative exchange and grassroots entrepreneurship. The desire is to engage both amateur and professional artists in a holistic experience of creativity within a neighborhood setting. "Our hope is the studios will be a dynamic arts incubator in the Arcadia village, that will bring together a diverse constituency to learn about and make art," according to the CCC "Connect" email. Go here to learn more. WEST COLUMBIA Much is made about Columbia's gradual reinvention, but a quick glance across the Congaree River is all you need to know it's spreading into Lexington County too, with construction projects obvious on the river's opposite banks in Cayce and West Columbia. The latter broke ground Tuesday on an interactive art park:

The park is billed as one-of-a-kind that will feature musical events, art displays, artists booths and a farmer’s market. It also offers parking space for patrons of the area’s restaurants and users of Riverwalk.

The park is expected to open in April.  

Two arts jobs open in Spartanburg

Want to help others enjoy arts experiences and get paid for it? Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg is hiring for two positions. Read brief descriptions of each below, and then go here to get full information, including how to apply. Best of luck!


Facilities Maintenance Technician

The facilities maintenance technician “FMT” is responsible for the efficient and safe operation of CCC including but not limited to oversight of structural, mechanical and electrical, IT, plumbing systems, and grounds. The FMT is responsible for a continuous inspection of the facilities for operating efficiencies. FMT provides light repairs/maintenance, janitorial, and event set-up and support.

Theatre Services Manager

The theatre services manager is responsible for the daily operation and management of the CCC Ticket Office and guest services, including all services involving theatre management, and for providing courteous and prompt service to ticket office clientele and customers, including VIPs, members of the community, and our resident partners. (Here's that link again.)

Tuning Up: Additional ArtsReady resources + arts and justice

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


After the storm. Though we're keenly aware of Hurricane Florence's effects on communities in the Pee Dee and northern Grand Strand, most of South Carolina was spared relative to what was expected when our offices closed on Tuesday last week. In addition to the resources we posted last week, two new ones came to our attention thanks to the S.C. Arts Alliance. While ArtsReady issues are still pretty top of mind, develop a plan now so you don't have to scramble later.
  1. The Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers grants to arts organizations to develop emergency plans and continuity of operations plans. The National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) is taking over the Arts Ready component, and working on a simpler online tool to develop such plans. The PAR website also has recorded webinars that we have been producing on different areas of readiness as well as the grant guidelines.
  2. The NCAPER website is being developed but currently has a webpage on Americans for the Arts' website. You can download a PDF of the Cultural Placekeeping Guide which was published by NCAPER after Hurricane Sandy.

The arts on social justice. We switch gears now to another hot topic: social justice. Here are two arts-related items on the topic in South Carolina:
  1. The Columbia Museum of Art is to hold For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Expression – Arts and Justice, a free event in participation with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. A panel of artistic and legal experts will discuss this First Amendment right from artistic, local, and global perspectives. Serving on the panel are poet, Verner Award winner, and 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney and Trustus Theatre Artistic Director Chad Henderson. For Freedoms is a national platform for greater engagement in the arts and in civil society. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
  2. Photographer Antonio Modesto (right), who received a grant for his work from Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg (an SCAC grantee!), was in the CCC spotlight for his "Faces of the Upstate" project. It provides insights into the lives of Upstate South Carolina's unique and often marginalized residents.

Tuning Up: Spartanburg grants + veterans ‘Paint & Jazz’ in Columbia

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


Grants ceremony in Spartanburg. Chapman Cultural Center, the leading arts agency in Spartanburg County, will award 20 arts and cultural organizations and 7 artists a total of $621,200 during a public ceremony on June 12. The ceremony will take place inside the theater at the Chapman Cultural Center at 3:30 p.m. and will acknowledge grantees and the impact they make in the Upstate community. Free. RSVP and get more details here. A little Saturday morning "Paint & Jazz." Our partner Arts Access South Carolina and the Richland County Recreation Commission are presenting an art event tailored for veterans and their adult family members to become actively engaged through the arts and jazz! Enjoy a Saturday morning of painting and jazz with Columbia area artist Keith Tolen in this "Year of the Veteran" on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Register (required) here before it fills up! (We'll remind you again closer to the event.) ICYMI... The SCAC exhibition SC.FELLOWS Part II is offering three, free lunchtime talks starting next week at the Ponder Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia.  

Tuning Up: Eclipsing 50 at SCSM, Speaking Down Barriers in Spartanburg

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


  • Eclipsing 50. Originally scheduled to come down in June, the State Art Collection will remain on display at the South Carolina State Museum into August, so consider this a periodic reminder to go check it out. With the wet weather this week and summer's heat looming, this is a way to escape both. It's rare to see so much of the collection displayed in one place... unless you visit the S.C. Arts Commission. Free with museum admission.
  • Speaking Down Barriers in Spartanburg. This Saturday, our friends at Chapman Cultural Center and South Carolina Humanities are planning to use music, poetry and art to help bring people together to build a better community in the Upstate. Speaking Down Barriers holds the first "Day of Transformation" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg (210 Henry Place, Spartanburg). $15. Read more about it here and here. (The SCAC provided support for this event.)
  • More Spoleto! On Monday, May 28, Palmetto State Arts Education will host the opening performance of the 2018 Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Series, showcasing young actors, dancers, musicians, writers and visual artists in the high profile venue of Spoleto Festival USA through its affiliation with Piccolo Spoleto. A series of six programs, each program will feature 5-7 young artists and/or ensembles in a conversation and performance format. All programs are presented at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church across from Marion Square on King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston at 4 p.m. $8.00.

Scholarships available for Spartanburg arts students

Chapman Cultural Center doesn't just offer Youth Art Galleries, Artist in Residences and Muse Machine Performances in 6 out of 7 Spartanburg School Districts. They also want to help rising freshmen pay for college! The application deadline is April 13th for one or more $1,000 Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarships, awarded annually to Spartanburg students pursuing college degrees in the visual or performing arts. Applications are being accepted now by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg at Chapman Cultural Center. The annual award is funded by the Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts. Also available is Chapman Cultural Center's own Peggy Gignilliat Scholarship in Strings award, available to one Spartanburg County student each year who plays a strings instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass).  The winner receives one academic year of private lessons at Converse College’s Lawson Academy of the Arts, up to a limit of $1000. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of musical talent, and the recipient is selected by audition. More information on these scholarships is available by clicking here.

‘Trailblazing’ Spartanburg artists highlighted

In honor of Black History Month, Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg is highlighting a few of the many trailblazing black artists who’ve made their mark on Spartanburg. They've selected seven artists of various media who’ve impacted the county:

  • Geri Dye
  • Winton & Rosa Eugene
  • Raymond Floyd
  • Offrey L. Hines
  • Pat Kabore
  • Daryle Rice
  • Winston Wingo
Read more about these magnificent artists on the CCC website's story.
Image credit: Spartanburg Art Museum