Chapman Cultural Center is calling all creative and entrepreneurial people – such as, but not limited to, artists, inventors, business start-ups, craftsmen, and food vendors – to attend its #1Spark! festival Saturday, Sept. 6, in downtown Spartanburg.
#1Spark! — where creativity and innovation collide – is a festival of ideas – bringing together all the creative forces of the community, especially those associated with business and the arts. The goal is to ignite creativity and innovation by connecting people and ideas. Chapman Cultural Center is seeking artists, entrepreneurs or inventors, who are looking for opportunities to interact with the public or who desire feedback from potential customers in a low-risk environment in product/service development.
Jennifer Evins, Chapman’s President/CEO, said: “Spartanburg is already known throughout the region as a vibrant arts community. We are known nationwide as a pro-business community. What better way to celebrate two of our most valuable assets than to combine them into a single concept and event? It will be a unique experience, and one that I’m sure the general public will find informative, creative, and fun”
To be a creator (entrepreneur, artist or inventor) and to have a booth to demonstrate and/or sell goods or servicesis a simple application process and a $30 fee. To apply, please call (864) 591-5604 or email jPickens@SpartanArts.org.
The outdoor festival will start at 11 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. between Chapman Cultural Center and “The George,” along North Liberty Street. Major partners in the festival include USC Upstate’s The George (the Johnson College of Business and Economics) and the Iron Yard, the downtown business accelerator.
“We are about entrepreneurship. We’re about art. We’re about education. We’re about ideas. What better way to encourage innovation and creativity than to bring arts and business together,” Evins said.