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"No Vacancies" Art Display Fills Storefronts In Spartanburg

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"No Vacancies" Main Street Public Art "No Vacancies" Main Street Public Art
"No Vacancies" Main Street Public Art is a new display in downtown Spartanburg that is filling up empty store fronts with art and bringing more people to downtown.

Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Art Museum, came up with the idea when she took a stroll downtown last year.

Property owners provided the space and local college students created the art. 

"The landlords have been tremendous," Goddard said. "They're so excited to transform the empty, the dark, into something that's really vibrant and kind of engaging for anyone who walks or drives by."

Now the storefronts are filled with art displays like cloth creating strung to symbolize Spartanburg's textile past, and water bottles creatively hanging from the ceiling for a recycling theme.

Goddard has seen for herself how art can transform communities.

"Business owners are taking note that the arts and culture sector will bring in a significant amount of revenue, to a downtown area, when you put art downtown," Goddard explained. "When you bring people downtown to look at things, they're going to stop, they're going to have coffee or a beverage, buy a meal, do a little shopping it's all part of a large picture here, to help boost the downtown area."

Goddard says they hope to do this project again next year and maybe even expand it.

Click here to see a map of the addresses of the art.

To learn more about "No Vacancies" click here.
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