TheMADDDArtist kicked off the new expanded street art program on Wednesday, painting near Wall Street.
Street Art: Visitors to downtown Spartanburg will be seeing more than just musicians performing on the street corners. The Chapman Cultural Center recently announced it would be expanding its street music programming to include visual and performing artists as well.
“We have some really great performing artists, (and) we wanted to open up this opportunity for them,” said Melanie Terry, special events coordinator at the Chapman Cultural Center.
Terry said that Chapman’s leadership made the decision to expand after hearing feedback from the community and local business owners, many of whom have benefited from having street musicians. Terry said she felt that by allowing visual and performing artists to participate, the program would help represent Spartanburg’s cultural vibrancy.
The street musician program was born out of the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District’s programming in 2017 with the goal of increasing foot traffic downtown and fostering public art. The program has brought 241 live musical performances to downtown over 21 weeks.
The newly expanded program will include live visual arts performances, dancing, acrobatics, improv and theater. There are currently nine non-musicians in the program, and Terry said the center is looking for more.
Hoffman said she hoped some live-performance visual artists, like Maggie MacDonald of Kindred Spirits or theMADDDArtist, who kicked off the newly expanded program Wednesday afternoon on Wall Street, would be placed near the Coffee Bar.
Converse College alumna Lydia Lundgren, a multidisciplinary performing artist, started her act with sidewalk karaoke on Wall Street Saturday afternoon.
The performances are free and meant to be “casual encounters” with the public, the center said.
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