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The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is a wonderful place to experience the performing and visual arts, science, and history. It is owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and is located at 200 E. St. John Street, just east of downtown. The complex consists of three buildings on a five acre campus. The Chapman Cultural Center opened in 2007, but was 17 years in the making.
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg consists of several agencies. They include the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Ballet Spartanburg, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, The Music Foundation of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg County Historical Association, Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Youth Theatre, The Spartanburg Repertory Company, and Spartanburg Science Center.
There are several exhibit and museum areas in the complex. These include the Artists’ Guild Gallery, SAM Art Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Spartanburg Science Center. A separate admission fee is charged for each museum or gallery.
Three buildings make up the Chapman Cultural Center complex. The Carlos Moseley Building contains the Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild Gallery, SAM (Spartanburg Art Museum) Art Gallery, and the Ticket Office. The Theater Building in the center of the complex contains the David Reid Theater and the Black Box Theater. The Montgomery Building houses the Spartanburg Science Center and the Spartanburg Dance Center.
Special camps on the calendar for July include Musical Theatre Camp, July 5-9 for grades 4-12 and Advanced Acting Camp, July 12-16 for grades 8-12. On July 10 at 7:00PM the classic movie Jaws will be shown on the big screen. The Artists’ Guild Gallery will host wax and oil paintings by Carol Beth Icard from July 1-28. The Spartanburg Art Museum will be showing the nationally touring bronze wildlife sculptures of Swedish artist Kent Ullberg from July 13-31.
For tickets call (864)542-ARTS. For additional information visit the center’s website at
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