Middle Schoolers Use Photography to Raise Money for HUB-BUB’s Artist-in-Residence Program / by HUB-BUB

Only 15 minutes into its fundraiser, McCracken Middle School’s photography class, which is a part of the school’s YES (Year End Studies) program, had already sold 12 original photographs to raise money for HUB-BUB’s Artists-in-Residence (AiR) program.

The class teaches students about digital photography while letting them explore the Cultural District of Downtown Spartanburg taking photographs. During the semester, students also learn about other forms of art while visiting the Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center.  

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“I’ve always loved the arts, so I decided to start a photography class,” said Jennifer Hallenbeck, who teaches the photography class. “It worked out great! Most students already had their own digital cameras and were really interested in learning how to take, edit and frame photos.”

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By the end of the semester, each student had a complete photography portfolio and sold their original pieces to fundraise for AiR. AiR, which has served the Spartanburg County community for 10 years, offers two studio artists an 11-month residency, which includes a monthly stipend, studio space and housing with paid utilities.


Each artist-in-residence provides 15 – 20 hours of artistic community service every week, serving projects like the Sparkle City Mini Putt course. Our 2018 – 2019 artist will host open studio hours at the Chapman Cultural Center’s new Creative Placemaking Studios, located on the first floor next to the ticket office.

Be on the lookout for the announcement of our two new artist-in-residence later this month!