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Spartanburg community-based choir announces new name

The Spartanburg Festival Chorus, Spartanburg’s choral union of community singers and Converse students, has a new name: The Spartanburg Master Chorale.

The new name more accurately reflects the purpose of the chorus: to present masterworks of choral and choral-orchestral repertory from the 16th century to the present day. The group has been together, under various names (Spartanburg Symphony Chorus, Spartanburg Festival Chorus) for more than 50 years and has presented high-profile concerts with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and with Ballet Spartanburg, and they have participated in major choral festivals in Prague, Paris, and in Oppenau, Germany. The Spartanburg Master Chorale has also been a part of the immensely popular "Lessons and Carols" holiday program at Converse for many years. On Nov. 17, 2022, the Spartanburg Master Chorale will present Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories to the Spartanburg Community, in collaboration with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Writing in the Choral Journal in October of 2018, Kody Wallace wrote about Alzheimer’s Stories, One of the greatest achievements a work of art can hope to achieve is to bring us to our darkest places and show us a light. To illuminate our fears, ease our anxieties, and heal our pain. Whether or not you’ve struggled with this disease personally or as a caregiver, this is what makes Alzheimer’s Stories a truly special experience.”
The Spartanburg Master Chorale rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. on the Converse campus, beginning on Aug. 23. Interested singers should contact Dr. Keith Jones (keith.jones@converse.edu or 864.596.9004.

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11 to receive FY23 operating support from Chapman Cultural Center

[caption id="attachment_49964" align="aligncenter" width="950"] A 2018 installation exhibit at Spartanburg Art Museum by artist Jonathan Brilliant. Photo by Jake Francek/Social Design House.[/caption]

Chapman Cultural Center is pleased to announce we’ve awarded $539,400 in General Operating Support (GOS) Grants to 11 arts and cultural organizations for the 2022/2023 fiscal year.

Chapman Cultural CenterThe funds are the highest amount awarded since the 2019/2020 fiscal year and will be critical to supporting Spartanburg’s arts and cultural community as it continues to recover from the pandemic. Grantees use GOS funding to support annual operating expenses and general funding to support and progress the mission of their organization. In the last twenty-five years, through donations to the United Arts Fund, Chapman Cultural Center has awarded $18 million in grants to strengthen, develop, and promote the cultural vibrancy in Spartanburg County in a sustainable way, and our community’s creative ecology is stronger because of it. Chapman Cultural Center is the leading Local Arts Agency in Spartanburg County. Each year, GOS grants are awarded based on a stringent application process to arts and cultural organizations that have been established as a 501(c)3 for three years or more and work towards advancing the arts and cultural vitality of Spartanburg County. Grantees are evaluated based on merit, need, evidence of sound management and fiscal responsibility, and service within Spartanburg County. “We are thrilled to be awarding these grants as arts and cultural organizations emerge from the pandemic and strive to increase service to students and underserved citizens, and to bring together the community at the Chapman Center and at other venues throughout Spartanburg County. The arts and culture unite us and these grants represent important operating funds that sustain nonprofits in our area and enable us all to celebrate what makes our community so special and unique,” said Daniel Mayer, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center. General Operating Support Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Artists Collective | Spartanburg Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Ballet Spartanburg Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve Hub City Writers Project Proud Mary Theatre Company Spartanburg Art Museum Spartanburg County Historical Association Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Youth Theatre Spartanburg Philharmonic Spartanburg Science Center 

Upon receiving the grant, Robin Ruppe, Executive Director of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve said, “On behalf of Hatcher Garden Board and staff, we sincerely and most gratefully thank the Chapman Cultural Center for their very generous GOS Grant award. With this support, we can continue collaborative arts partnership activities for all ages in the community and greatly appreciate the generous financial support of Hatcher Garden!” This year, Chapman Cultural Center received additional funding through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to aid in the arts and cultural sectors’ recovery from the pandemic. Chapman Cultural Center received $250,000 in funding which was used to supplement and distribute GOS grants to eligible organizations. To learn more about Chapman Cultural Center’s various grants programs and processes, please visit our website.

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Spartanburg arts orgs to share relief award

Balmer Foundation gifts $155,000


Chapman Cultural Center is pleased and honored to announce Spartanburg’s leading cultural organizations received $155,000 in emergency funding support from the Balmer Foundation.

Through this gift, $130,000 went towards funding Chapman Cultural Center’s General Operating Support Grantees and $25,000 will be designated to cost of operating Chapman Cultural Center. The Balmer Foundation trustees presented each organization with their funds at a limited-capacity ceremony on June 2 to encourage social distancing. Chapman Cultural Center, the leading local arts agency in Spartanburg County, awards General Operating Support Grants (GOS) to cultural organizations each year that have been established as a 501(c)3 for 3 years or more, and must continue working to advance the mission of the organization. Grantees for GOS Grants are evaluated on the basis of merit, evidence of sound management and fiscal responsibility, and service to all of Spartanburg County. These awards support up to 20% of the grantees’ annual operating expenses. The Balmer Foundation Board of Trustees offered the following statement in regards to their gift:

“The current trustees of the Balmer Foundation, inspired by the historic and remarkable commitment of Hans and Lucia Balmer to proactively support the Spartanburg community, have chosen to assist key institutions in this unique time of stress and challenge. The Balmers loved animal education and the arts, as they did other key projects that are important to our lives (such as Spots of Pride). While the foundation does not encourage grant requests, it believes the Balmers would want the foundation to commit to this contribution and thereby encourage your good work.”

In the last 25 years, through generous donations to the United Arts Fund, Chapman Cultural Center has awarded over $17 million in grants to strengthen, develop, and promote the cultural vibrancy in Spartanburg County in a sustainable way. “We are very concerned about the financial stability of the arts during these uncertain times. Our General Operating Support Grant program is critically important to our grantees because it gives them a reliable funding source which allows them to plan strategically to expand programs, reach larger and more diverse audiences, and retain creative talent. We are beyond grateful for the support of generous donors such as the Balmer Foundation, who truly see the value the arts bring to a community, especially during the most difficult times,” said President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins.
Emergency funding by The Balmer Foundation was awarded to the following organizations:
  • Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg*
  • Ballet Spartanburg*
  • Hatcher Garden
  • Hub City Writers Project*
  • Spartanburg Art Museum*
  • Spartanburg County Historical Association
  • Spartanburg Philharmonic*
  • Spartanburg Science Centre
  • Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Youth Theatre
* arts organizations CCC’s Board Chairman Bert Barre, stated “The cultural sector has grown since we first started providing these grants in 1995 and more demands are being placed on organizations as our community grows and prospers. We evaluate the grantees in a thorough process that includes thirteen volunteer grant reviewers representing our Board and members of the Spartanburg community. They conduct site visits, review applications and listen to presentations made by each organization. Together, these organizations serve over 143,000 people each year and the grants allow these organizations to continue to grow their collective impact.”

About Chapman Cultural Center

Chapman Cultural CenterOur 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. Visit our website to learn more.

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Eight NEA grants designated for South Carolina

Federal government to provide $155,000 in funding


Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced today that organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects from the National Endowment for the Arts in this round of fiscal year 2020 funding. Overall, 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million will provide Americans opportunities for arts participation, and this year include projects that celebrate the Women's Suffrage Centennial. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.” This funding announcement includes the Art Works and Challenge America grant programs.
  • Click here for a list of recommended grantees sorted by city and state.
  • Click here for a list of recommended grantees separated by category: Art Works (sorted by artistic discipline/field) and Challenge America.
  • Click here to use the Arts Endowment’s grant search tool to find additional project details for these and other agency-supported grants.
  • Click here for the lists of the panelists that reviewed the applications for this round of funding.
Eight arts organizations in South Carolina from Abbeville, Aiken, Charleston, Richland, and Spartanburg counties are getting a combined $155,000 to present varied arts programming. Examples include high-profile events like Spoleto Festival USA and smaller public performances at Joye in Aiken and the Abbeville Opera House, among others. The former Tapp's Arts Center, now known as Tapp's Outpost, in Columbia (in the news recently for losing its Main Street space) received $40,000—the largest South Carolina grant—for its Cultural Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. "The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is delighted to hear that federal support is coming to these organizations and programming, all of whom are supported this fiscal year by state funding through Arts Commission grants. The combined support will ensure South Carolina citizens have access to and benefit from the highest quality arts experiences," SCAC Executive Director David Platts said.

Art Works

Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Art Works projects this round include:
  • A $30,000 award to Shreveport Regional Arts Council to support the new arts partnership with historically black universities Southern University at Shreveport and Grambling State University, documenting and celebrating the schools' artist alumni, who will be commissioned for artist talks, workshops, and residencies.
  • A $10,000 award to support the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust’s Yup'ik Dance Festival, where singers and dancers from villages in southwest Alaska will gather to exchange songs and dances, celebrating traditional dance in the region. The event will be the subject of a documentary film that will serve as an educational tool for future dancers.
  • A $45,000 award to support the 2020 Open Style Lab Summer Program in Great Neck, New York, which will bring together emerging fashion designers, product designers, engineers, and rehabilitation therapists to co-design adaptive clothing for people with disabilities.
For fiscal year 2020, the Arts Endowment encouraged Art Works applications for artistically excellent projects that honor the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, celebrating women’s voting rights in the United States. Among the many upcoming projects in this area are:
  • A $20,000 award to the Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky to support Metalworks for the Modern Muse. Master artists will offer metalworking and blacksmithing instruction, highlighting its relevance to Appalachian culture. Intended to serve girls ages 12-14, the project will recognize the contributions of women artists to the suffrage movement and the reforms that laid the groundwork for settlement schools in Kentucky.
  • A $15,000 award to the Chautauqua Institution to support Women’s Suffrage Centennial: Claiming a Voice, Claiming a Vote, a week-long summer opera festival that will highlight new works by a female composer-in-residence. The festival will be preceded by school performances addressing the centennial of women’s suffrage. Selected works will illustrate the challenges women have faced and the victories claimed throughout the past 100 years.

Challenge America

Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Each grant is for a fixed amount of $10,000 and requires a minimum $10,000 cost share/match. Challenge America projects approved for funding include:
  • A series of multidisciplinary Latinx cultural heritage arts events at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, a first-time applicant for Arts Endowment funding. Artists will engage with the college’s largely Hispanic district population through workshops, school activities, dance, and music performances. Among the featured guest artists is National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza and a culminating event will include a Dia de los Muertos panel discussion with guest artists.
  • NOMADstudio’s visual art program for incarcerated youth at Florida’s Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Guest artists will work with youth to create a mural and provide instruction on how to produce art independently during studio time. Artworks will be displayed during culminating events at the center and a local art gallery.
  • Theatre for Young America’s production of the play Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America, about the history of Negro League baseball, and corresponding educational activities that include in-school workshops for K-12 students in rural Kansas.
The next funding deadline for applications to the Grants for Arts Projects category is February 13, 2020. Note: Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The next funding deadline for applications to Challenge America is April 9, 2020.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

Tuning Up: Literally (spoiler: it’s about orchestras)

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...


This morning we offer some news and notes from South Carolina orchestras. ICYMI: Three Mor-ihiko Years. The South Carolina Philharmonic announced a three-year contract extension for Music Director Morihiko Nakahara this week, keeping him in Columbia into (at least) 2022 for a total of (at least) 14 seasons. The Free Times caught up with the well-traveled maestro, who begins his 11th season, and the orchestra's 55th, Saturday, Sept. 29. Rock Hill Symphony debuts tomorrow night. Literally. As in, first-ever concert, not just new season. Pianist Marina Lomazov (an SCAC music performance fellowship recipient) is the featured soloist for the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto on Music Director David Rudge's premiere program, which also offers works by Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, and more. It is sold out (and has been), but check out the first season's offerings here. Season's greetings! Rock Hill joins 10 other professional orchestras in South Carolina. September and October are typically when orchestra season gets going. Here are start dates for others from around the Palmetto State: Did you have any idea South Carolina has so many orchestras? This doesn't even count the college and community orchestras. All 10 listed above will receive operating support (or more) from the S.C. Arts Commission in FY19.

Music Foundation of Spartanburg seeks development director

The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is seeking a development director to develop, implement, administer, evaluate, and monitor an aggressive fundraising program. This is a 30-hour per week position requiring some nights and weekends.  Salary commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Primary responsibilities will be to develop and secure funds to reach/surpass fundraising goals through a variety of financial development vehicles including:  1) individual gifts and individual donor upgrading, 2) corporate gifts and sponsorships, 3) foundation support for specific programs and projects, 4) advertisement solicitation, and 5.) special events. Duties and responsibilities

  • Major and planned giving: Expanding the number of leadership gift-level ($2,500+) and planned gift supporters. Developing goals and strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each donor. Engaging in face-to-face solicitations with donors and prospects and securing leadership-level gifts. Conducting prospect research and actively leading the identification of major gift prospects to bring new supporters into the organization.
  • Annual support: Implementing strategies to most effectively renew and increase gifts from annual support donors (gift capacities of less than $2,500). Solicits donations and cultivates relationships with donors in order to develop, secure, and maintain new income sources for present and long term financial support.
  • Corporate sponsorship and ads: Identify, solicit and cultivate new and existing corporate sponsors and advertisers to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  • Grants: Leading and expanding the foundation grants program. Cultivating relationships with local foundations as strategically appropriate.
  • Events: Planning and executing strategic cultivation and stewardship events, as applicable.
  • Database: Maintaining confidential fundraising information in our database (eTapestry). Ensuring the accuracy of donor records. Creating and running relevant reports (including donor activity, revenue projections, and development program performance) and sharing them with the Executive Director, finance staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Communications: Ensures that all communication to and from donors and potential donors (individual and corporate) are handled in an accurate, timely, and professional manner.
  • Goals: Working with the Executive Director, creates financial development goals, monitors progress, and develops strategies to ensure fundraising goals are attained.
  • Other duties as necessary.
Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, marketing or a related field with specialized training in fundraising management highly desirable.
  2. Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising and fundraising management, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities, project management and meeting deadlines with strong planning and organizational skills.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to music@spartanarts.org. Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2017, for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. About The Music Foundation of Spartanburg The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is the largest professional performing arts organization in Spartanburg with roots reaching back to the 1880s.  Our mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high quality music.  The numerous mission based programs include: the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (including a Classics Series and Espresso Series), Music Sandwiched In, SPO on the Square, Spartanburg Music Trail, Link Up, Peanut Butter & Jam, and, the most recent addition, the Bluegrass Concert Series.

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant. The $20,000 grant  will support outreach events and an orchestra performance with visiting percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra has invited Glennie from her hometown of Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom to Spartanburg, S.C. for the week of February 12-16, 2015. Glennie, who is profoundly deaf, is considered to be one of the most eclectic and innovative percussionists of our time. The Valentine’s Day concert, with Glennie and the SPO, will present a new percussion concerto, "Portraits of Immortal Love,"  featuring the waterphone and written by composer Sean O’Boyle specifically for Glennie. The world premiere of this concerto was performed in late October with SPO’s Music Director Sarah Ioannides and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, the project will include a master class with five auditioned high school and college students in Daniel Recital Hall at Converse College on February 13 from 4-6 p.m. “Dialogue with a Difference," a lecture-demonstration exploring the importance of listening skills, will be presented in the Chapman Cultural Center Theatre on February 12 beginning at 6 p.m. During her stay, Glennie will also work with music students from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. More information about the events can be found on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra website. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people, and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.” SPO Executive Director Kathryn Boucher said, “We are thrilled to receive such high accolades from the NEA for this extensive project. We are honored to be one of five South Carolina organizations to receive an Art Works grant and believe this reflects the high level of artistic excellence that our orchestra has achieved. We are grateful for the prestige this grant brings to the Spartanburg community.” Ioannides believes this award “is the culmination of 10 years of working towards a level of excellence and establishing community partnerships. Now we are there and we plan to build on this.” Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website. For more information on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org or call (864) 948-9020. Via: Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra