Last March, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra executive director Kathryn Boucher wrote a letter to the National Endowment for the Arts, requesting a grant to assist with worldrenowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie’s guest appearance with the SPO this week. It worked. In early December, NEA chairperson Jane Chu announced that the SPO was to receive a prestigious Arts Works grant for $20,000.
In a written statement, Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works, including the award to the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people, and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”