Chapman Cultural Center is staged to host 1Spark!, a free public festival featuring artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on North Liberty Street between its campus and USC Upstate’s The George Dean Johnson, Jr. School of Business and Economics.
Businesses across the globe recognize creativity as key to innovation, and Spartanburg continues to step up the challenge. 1Spark! is one way the community continues looking toward the future, bringing together artisans, inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs to showcase what Spartanburg has to offer.
Tapped as “where creativity and innovation collide,” 1Spark! features dozens of regional artists who display their work and techniques alongside entrepreneurs and makers who share ideas, start-ups, and new companies to the area.
“You can’t have innovation without first having a spark of creativity,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said, “and Spartanburg is full of both. New businesses are sprouting up all the time to serve the needs of our community, and artists are always creating new works that challenge our way of thinking. It’s a perfect matchup.”
At the inaugural festival in 2014, numerous partnerships formed between businesses and artists, helping regional artisans turn their work into creative enterprise and helping businesses build creative solutions to their products and services.
In addition to visiting artists’ and entrepreneurs’ booths, patrons also participate in creativity challenges, witness live 3D chalk art, experience a beer garden, enjoy live music and eat from a host of regional food trucks.
Artists, businesses, and food trucks that want to participate in the festival must complete the application and pay the $30 fee. The application can be found on Chapman Cultural Center’s website by searching “1Spark 2015.” Vendors may pay in check, card, or cash.
For more information, visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.