Family & Friends Weekend at Converse University

Family & Friends Weekend at Converse University

Join the Converse community for an engaging weekend of events for you to experience our beautiful historic campus, learn from our talented faculty, meet our athletic coaches, watch a game or two, listen to our incredible music performances, hear from our Interim President on all that is happening at Converse, and enjoy great food.

Whether you are a parent, an alum, a prospective student, or a friend of the community – we have something for you!
Most events are free to attend! There is a fee of $25 to attend the Saturday BBQ and Carnival (Converse students, staff, and faculty: no charge if you show your Converse ID!)

Curator’s Talk: Immigrant and Expatriate Artists in the Johnson Collection

Curator’s Talk: Immigrant and Expatriate Artists in the Johnson Collection

On Thursday, September 16 at 6:15pm, join TJC graduate fellow Mary Kathryn Alexander for a curator’s perspective on We Speak of Exchange: Immigrant and Expatriate Artists in the Johnson Collection at TJC Gallery. The exhibition, which highlights first-generation and expatriate artists who have made significant, but in many cases under-recognized, contributions to the art landscape of the American South, opens September 15. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Art Exhibition: Reflections on a Southern Summer

Art Exhibition: Reflections on a Southern Summer

Opening June 9 at Spartanburg’s TJC Gallery, the exhibition Reflections on a Southern Summer honors the abiding allure that the South holds as both a destination and a homeplace. During the languid, gauzy days of summer in the South, leisure is a time-honored tradition – and an art in and of itself. When the heat rises, beachcombers rush the coastal waves, generations of fishers cast hope-laden hooks into mountain waters, and the shade of sprawling live oaks offers welcome respite. Charged by the season’s lengthening light, verdant landscapes, and recreational offerings from summit to shoreline, artists have created lasting impressions of this region’s summers for centuries.

On view through September 4, 2021, Reflections on a Southern Summer features works by Ernie Barnes, George Bellows, Margaret Burroughs, Josephine Couper, Lamar Dodd, William Dunlap, Clementine Hunter, Helen LaFrance, Margaret Law, Alice Smith, Eugene Thomason, and more. TJC Gallery, the Johnson Collection’s hometown exhibition space, is located at 154 West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg. Open from 12-4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and the first Saturday of the month, gallery admission is free, and all are welcome.

About the Johnson Collection

Hailed by The Magazine Antiques with having staged a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional” through its “exhibitions, loans, publications, and institutional partnerships,” the Johnson Collection seeks to illuminate the rich history and diverse cultures of the American South. Learn more at thejohnsoncollection.org.

Mobilize Community Power

Mobilize Community Power

Community Power Building is an essential ingredient to establishing and maintaining a Culture of Health for all residents. Is there something happening in your local neighborhood that you are unhappy about? Something negatively impacting your quality of life? Do you want to work with your neighbors to make a change?

Join us in our second community Zoom event as we engage in effective community mobilization strategies to increase community power within Greenville County.

This community event series is held virtually on Zoom.

Although the events build on each other, you do not have to attend all three, join us when you can & share with others!

Miracle Hill’s Annual Fundraising Banquet

Miracle Hill’s Annual Fundraising Banquet

This year Miracle Hill’s Annual Banquet will have a different, yet special feeling to it. In accordance with the current times and with the support of generous sponsors, the banquet will be held virtually for all to enjoy the blessings the ministry experiences year by year. The event will be on Tuesday April 13th at 6:30 p.m. on Miracle Hill’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Viewers will be able understand how the ministry serves hurting and broken people in the Upstate and hear a powerful story of life-change:

Despite the challenges of 2020, the impact of the ministry in the community was great. Last year, Miracle Hill attended 3,654 men, women and children; provided 234,751 shelter beds and served 388,885 meals throughout their programs. The donations received from the Banquet will be used to attend the needs of the ministry’s rescue missions, addiction recovery programs, foster care program, food ministry program, thrift stores, and auto sales operation.

The public in general may enter Miracle Hill’s webpage for further details and to get personalized reminders to join the virtual event: https://miraclehill.org/events/annual-banquet/