On October 4, 2016, residents across Spartanburg rejoiced during the celebration of the City’s Annual National Night Out event. This year’s celebration was unique in that Spartanburg was also celebrating the beginning of City-wide initiative entitled “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light”. The City of Spartanburg was awarded a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organization that awards four $1 million grants to cities addressing critical issues through public art projects. Spartanburg will focus their efforts on the City’s dedication to crime prevention and the safety of its residents. Art installations are located in 10 neighborhoods across the City, all of which debuted during the National Night Out celebration.
The lead artist for the Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light project, Erwin Redl, is working with the Chapman Cultural Center to install the art and inform local residents of the movement. So far, the project has been a catalyst for sparking conversation amongst Spartanburg neighborhoods and communities.
For more information, please visit the project’s website, seeingspartanburg.com.