The City of Spartanburg has been selected as one of four cities to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.
Spartanburg’s winning project, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, will bring temporary art installations to public spaces in 10 city neighborhoods on October 4, 2016. The project is a partnership among the City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and neighborhood associations in the City of Spartanburg. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light builds on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie.
Starting in late Fall 2015, artist Erwin Redl began collaborating with the city’s police department and selected neighborhood associations to design and develop LED light installations that transform open spaces and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. Redl is a visual artist internationally renowned for his LED light installations and his capacity to bring dynamism and vibrancy to ordinary spaces. The ten distinct neightborhoods selected to receive installations are: Beaumont Village, Downtown Spartanburg, Forest Park, Hampton Heights, Highland Neighborhood, Maxwell Hills/Duncan Park, Northside, South Converse, and Andrews Farm and Converse Heights, which will participate in a joint installation on the Cottonwood Trail that connects both neighborhoods.
For complete information on this exciting initiative, please visit Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light's website.