Spartanburg Art Museum launches new program for the art-savvy senior

Spartanburg Art Museum launches new program for the art-savvy senior

Spartanburg Art Museum has launched a new program to provide senior citizens, ages 55 and older, a creative, educational, and social outlet. Classic Contemporaries is designed to encourage arts enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art-making activities in a studio environment.

“This new initiative offers an in-depth look into our current exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance,” Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard said. “Classic Contemporaries encourages discussion about concepts and specific works of art within the exhibition. We will provide some historical connections that directly relate to the materials and creative practices within Cognitive Dissonance, which is a group show featuring contemporary ceramics by nine artists.”

Four main components within the Classic Contemporaries program bring education, socializing, and creative exploration together. Participants will take part in a presentation that gives some historical background to the medium of ceramics, followed by a tour of the current exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance. Lunch is served, and for those feeling encouraged to stretch their creative muscles, there is time to learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting.

Spartanburg Art Museum and Janna Phillips, a graduate student of Savannah College of Art and Design, have been working together to develop this program over the course of many months. “Spartanburg is such a wonderful community. Classic Contemporaries is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to engage in the arts, education, meet new people, or become more involved in the SAM community,” Phillips said.

Classic Contemporaries launches on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and includes the presentation, exhibition tour, and lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for SAM members ages 55 and older and $30 for non-members. The two-hour studio portion of the program is an additional $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

Register at, by phone (864.582.7616), or in person at the museum’s main reception desk.  For more information, contact

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