1Spark! Festival Shines Spotlight on Artistic, Innovative Collaboration

August 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

The third annual 1Spark! Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on North Liberty Street between the University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics and the Chapman Cultural Center.

New to this year’s event is the first “Chalk-Off” competition on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. where local artists will demonstrate their talent and compete for prizes. Top international professional chalkers will also be exhibiting their skills by creating large 3-D pieces for all to enjoy.

Another addition to the Saturday event is a contest for culinary plate presentation featuring Spartanburg’s finest chefs showing off their art skills in presenting beautiful food designs.

The established Creativity Challenge will be held on Saturday offering everyone an opportunity to showcase their unique technique, processes and skills. Attendees can then vote for their favorite artist or entrepreneur.

Started as a way to highlight creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, this festival underscores the value of collaboration, inspiration and innovation found in the Greater Spartanburg community as it brings together more than 100 local and regional artists, inventors and entrepreneurs to demonstrate the best of their work.

Visitors to the two-day festivities can enjoy fare from local food trucks, entertainment from regional musicians and dancers, as well as fun and games for all ages.

Also on Saturday, USC Upstate’s Johnson College will be open for tours. Information about its business and entrepreneurial courses will be available in the atrium of the building.

For more information about the festival, you can go to the Chapman Cultural Center’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1046733052074768/