Arts & Culture
Upstate Visual Arts began officially in 1991, when a small group of area business and cultural leaders resolved to serve both area artists and the community by celebrating the vast talent of local artists. UVA now exists as a thriving non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, almost 500 members strong, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within the community.
The Governor’s School presents classes on creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts, and hosts many performances and concerts throughout the year.
The Upcountry History Museum strives to promote, present and preserve the history of Upcountry South Carolina through education, research and service.
Spartanburg’s grand old lady, the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, reopened after an extensive $10.5 million renovation, and is a great venue for entertainment. The new renovations include a new lobby, complete with custom carpeting, a specialty coffee bar, copper chandeliers, and arched skylights. The concession stand has rich oak cabinets behind the counter, and just around the corner is a new souvenir booth. Call (800) 745-3000 to order tickets.
Come join Carolina Ballet Theatre and Hernan Justo, Artistic Director for a new era in DANCE. See innovative, classical, and more at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. Celebration of Women, Grandma’s Storybook Ballets, The Nutcracker, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are all here for you and your individual taste in dance…..
Phone 864.884.0107 Studios 864.297.1634
The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University is recognized as “one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Masters Paintings in America.” The collection features works by major artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo, aesthetically exhibited with period furniture, sculpture, tapestries, and porcelains.
An auditioned community orchestra composed of professional and non-professional musicians, the Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra strive to educate, entertain and enrich people’s lives through Contemporary, World and Jazz oriented music.
Chicora Voices, based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the premier choral experience for young singers living in the Western Carolinas. The six single-gender choirs that make up Chicora Voices serve children and youth ranging in age from 7-18.
The Warehouse Theatre is a professional theatre organization dedicated to the concept of theatre as a serious art form; to high-quality, diverse and challenging productions; to the training of theatre professionals; to community outreach; and to student education. The theatre chooses plays to stretch the imagination of Upstate audiences, to energize and excite the community with Intimate, Intense and Unexpected performances that explore and celebrate the complexities of our time.
GCAC currently presents 4 plays per season, offers summer arts camp programs, and provides for other artistic opportunities throughout the year, including acting, drawing, dancing, and music.
The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center is organized and shall operate exclusively as a nonprofit corporation to develop the educational, artistic, cultural and economic growth of the Upstate by providing means for North and South Carolina artists to demonstrate the creative process and to showcase the products of their talents to a wide variety of citizens and by providing a place for citizens to learn about and purchase the work of Carolina artisans.
The Bi-Lo Center is the place to see sporting events, concerts and much more, and is home to the Greenville Grrowl, Greenville’s hockey team.
The Peace Center, located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, is the premier performing arts center in the Upstate and home to The Greenville News Broadway series. Come in, explore, and enjoy.
Celebrating its 22nd season, South Carolina Children’s Theatre combines local talent and the magic of the stage to provide the finest family entertainment and live theatre experience to the Upstate community. Sit back, relax and let our totally professionally and delightfully immature casts entertain you with everything from beloved musicals such as ANNIE to classic holiday fun with shows like A CHRISTMAS STORY. Experience one or all of SCCT’s five main stage productions at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre, a state-of-the-art performance venue, conveniently located in beautiful downtown Greenville. See you at the show!
Flat Rock, NC
Flat Rock Playhouse is the state theatre of North Carolina and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world, the theatre is home to the Vagabond School of the Drama. Check their web site for ticketing information and a schedule of performances.
An informal group that meets monthly to study and discuss the art of bonsai. Meetings range from general work-sessions to guest artists with lots of variety in between.
Visit the 34th Annual Asheville Quilt Show “Quilts: Colorful, Creative, and Cozy” from Sept 30 through October 2th, Friday, Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the WNC Agriculture Center, Davis Center. Featuring over 300 quilts, quilts for sale, kids sewing station, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors, and product raffle. Entrance fee is $7.
Every year GLT stages six shows by the greats of theater, from Shakespeare to Wilde to Cole Porter. It’s rich, evocatively staged and costumed classical theater — drama, comedy, and musicals — right here in the Upstate of South Carolina. For more information visit our website or call.
Sparklenet.com is a search engine for local arts, culture, and education. Find information on local events, exhibitions, performances, and festivals, as well as news about Spartanburg groups working to promote the arts in this area.
The Greenville County Museum of Art offers its visitors a way to sample the very best in American art through traveling exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from its own collection. It also offers art classes, evening programs, and information for teachers and school classes.
The Tryon Fine Arts Center is a cultural institution and an umbrella organization for multi-disciplinary affiliates serving a regional community through visual and performing arts programs. The mission of the Tryon Fine Arts Center is to enhance the quality of community life by fostering broad participation in the visual and performing arts
The orchestra’s approximately 100 members represent many of the high schools in the district, as we as other public and private schools from across South Carolina’s Upstate.
Founded in 1948 as a creative outlet for Greenville musicians and music lovers, The Greenville Symphony Orchestra has grown into a widely respected professional regional symphony. In more than 100 performances a year, the group remains true to its original vision, as it entertains and educates our region’s music lovers.
The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) was established in 1967, as an agency of state government to develop and implement a comprehensive statewide program to advance the arts in South Carolina, and to assure their excellence.
The Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) is the only organization in Greenville, South Carolina working daily to support every discipline of the arts. MAC provides support to area arts organizations and many individual artists through its grants program, through its cultural planning process, by advocating on behalf of all artists and arts groups, and by providing cooperative marketing opportunities promoting arts groups that might not have resources available to them. The organization also maintains a calendar of art events in the Greenville area.
The Greenville Ballet performs many beautiful ballets a year. Visit there site for a complete schedule.