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Field for community vibrancy grants down to 5 finalists

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 17, 2015

Five finalists have been named for the 2015 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants.

The five finalists — Art in the Park in Woodruff, Greer Made, Celebrate AgriCulture in Greenwood, Music at the Museum in Greenville and Spartanburg’s Walkable Cultural District — will give overviews of their initiatives on Thursday at the Ten at the Top Regional Forum. The two grant recipients will also be announced following the presentations.

Hughes Investments contributed $10,000 to the program this year. The two recipients will receive $5,000 to support “a new vibrancy program in the Upstate.” The program began in 2013 in conjunction with Ten at the Top’s Community Vibrancy Workshops.

Phil Hughes, president of Hughes Investments, said the goal of the program was to look at “what types of initiatives or programs might help spark vibrancy” in a particular community. He said the program is meant to provide seed money to get some of those programs started.

“In the three years we have done this program, I have been amazed by the great ideas and passion of communities across the region to grow their vibrancy and sense of place,” Hughes said. “It was a real challenge to narrow the field to five finalists.”

The Regional Forum takes place 3-5 p.m., Thursday, at the Greenville Marriott.

Here are the five finalists’ initiatives:

  • Art in the Park, Woodruff — The Woodruff Living Arts Festival will be a downtown event that aims to bring art to life in the Upstate.
  • Greer Made —Greer Made will focus on highlighting companies and products made in the Greer area.
  • Celebrate AgriCulture, Greenwood — The Arts Council of Greenwood County plans a six-week celebration of National Farmers Market Week with activities such as tailored pieces of art, a family fun day focused on agriculture and cooking demonstrations.
  • Music at the Museum, Greenville — In a partnership between the Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the Furman University Partners in the Arts Program, student and faculty ensembles will perform a series of miniconcerts.
  • Walkable Cultural District, Spartanburg — The Art Partnership, in collaboration with the Spartanburg Arts Museum, is planning a temporary public art installation to launch the newly designated Spartanburg Downtown cultural district.

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