A group of Spartanburg artists and creatives formed in 2004 soon will be under the umbrella of Chapman Cultural Center.
This summer, Hub-Bub will become part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Outreach and Community Development Division, which manages the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District and various neighborhood public arts programs.
Jennifer Evins, CEO and president of Chapman Cultural Center, said the merger is a good business move that will be able to leverage the center’s capacity as a leading arts agency with Hub-Bub’s strengths as a creative manager of public spaces.
“We are thrilled to be joining creative forces with Hub-Bub,” she said. “Their mission is critical to what has strengthened the arts in Spartanburg for the last 10 years.”
Evins said Chapman Cultural Center intends to build upon Hub-Bub’s offerings and programs to benefit area artists and Spartanburg’s economy.
“The arts are fueling tremendous momentum in our city and county,” she said. “We believe that working together is a better use of our resources to the benefit of our community.”
Hub-Bub’s showroom gallery and performance hall was located at 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave. from 2006 until 2015. The showroom provided a space for the group’s events and a venue for artists to present their work. Since moving out of the building, Hub-Bub has occupied a space off of Spring Street.
This past summer, Hub-Bub launched a variety of new downtown programming with plans to bring up to 150 free, public events each year for the next three years to Morgan Square.
Eric Kocher, managing director of Hub-Bub, said the group is excited about the upcoming union with Chapman Cultural Center.
Kocher said the merger will help expand Hub-Bub’s inventory of public art and provide new events and opportunities to spend time in downtown Spartanburg.
“We also look forward to re-imagining and expanding our artists-in-residence program, through which we will recruit talented artists and creative professionals from around the country to live and work in Spartanburg,” he said.
By Alyssa Mulliger