SCC Receives Literary and Arts Magazine Grant from Chapman Cultural Center

Article by: Cheri Anderson-Hucks | SCC

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Spartanburg Community College students are one step closer to producing a new student-managed literary and arts magazine thanks to a grant from the Chapman Cultural Center. Awarded as part of the Center's Community Grants Program, SCC received $517.33 towards the production of Ascend Magazine, which will be released in spring 2018.

SCC received the grant as part of Chapman Cultural Center's mission to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by supporting local artists and non-profit organizations for various projects and programs in Spartanburg County. The grants are awarded quarterly and are funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The college was one of five non-profit organizations that received funding for the first quarter in 2018.

"We are so grateful to the Chapman Cultural Center for the support," explained Ember Smith, SCC English faculty member and the magazine advisor. "Ascend will provide our students the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents, as well as gain experience in project design and management. They are excited to have a chance to express themselves and build their skills, and this grant will help them reach their goals. We look forward to showcasing work by our talented students later this spring."

Students will manage the magazine from beginning to end - everything from soliciting submissions from peers, layout and design work, to coordinating final production with a local printing company. The name Ascend was chosen by SCC students to reflect that they are ascending to new heights through the creation and development of the new magazine.

Smith adds, "All of this work not only teaches our students soft and hard skills, but it also allows them the opportunity to learn how to best present their peers' creative efforts. And, once the magazine is released, students will have an example of a publication for their portfolio, which will them help tremendously after they graduate and apply for jobs."

Initial planning for the magazine has been ongoing for many months, with the majority of work begin completed by SCC students fall 2017. The debut of the magazine will be at the college's annual Student Awards Day in April. Many students have worked together to develop the magazine and are now excited to see it finally coming to life. "Working on Ascend has proven to be a worthy challenge; we have been given the opportunity to take the skills and tools we have learned in the classroom and apply them collaboratively, as we would in a workplace setting while creating a work that represents not just ourselves, but SCC," explains SCC digital design student, Amanda Jones. "When I was approached about working on the magazine, I knew it was going to be amazing; SCC is rich in talent and potential, and to be able to capture that and showcase the amazing, unique, and wonderful people I go to class with every day? That was something I knew I had to join! I am excited to see the magazine taking shape before our eyes; the reward of soon having a tangible fruit of our labors is thrilling!"

This program is funded in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

To download samples of SCC student works included in Ascent, click on the following link:

One of the many student submissions to Ascend, SCC's new literary magazine. Cardboard Red Panda sculpture by SCC student, Jonathan Ringel.

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