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July 19, 2011

Jennifer Evins named director in Spartanburg

Jennifer Evins
After serving for four months as the interim president of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and the Chapman Cultural Center, Jennifer Evins has been hired full-time and permanent in that leadership position for the cultural arts in Spartanburg. Jennifer can be reached at 864-278-9663 or via email, jevins@spartanarts.org. 

As President and CEO, Evins, 44, heads a conglomerate of nine nonprofit “partners”: Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Ballet Spartanburg, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center (Chesnee), Spartanburg County Historical Association, Music Foundation of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, Spartanburg Little Theatre, and Spartanburg Repertory Company. These organizations work together through The Arts Partnership, and most of them reside at the Chapman Cultural Center.

Evins first came on board as a paid staff member as the Senior Director of Development in August 2010. Since assuming the duties of the president, she has worked in both capacities. She plans to continue serving as president and as the development (fundraising) officer.

Evins has been heavily involved with the arts in Spartanburg for nearly 20 years, serving on many of the partners’ boards of trustees. Most notably, she spearheaded the capital fundraising campaign that built the Chapman Cultural Center, raising more than $40 million.

Her work history includes Capital Campaign Manager for the YMCA, Director of Public Affairs for WSPA-TV, Promotions Director for JB White Department Store, and Marketing Director for McMillan Smith and Partners Architects. As a community volunteer she has served on a long list of local organizations, including chairwomen for the Spartanburg County Foundation, trustee for College Hub of Spartanburg, City of Spartanburg Public Safety Committee, President’s Advisory Board at Wofford College, Creative Energy, Creative Taste, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Spartanburg Board of Regents, and Junior League of Spartanburg. Her honors include being selected a Woman of Achievement 2011 by the SC Business and Professional Women; recipient of the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award in 2007 by the Chamber of Commerce; and elected an Upstate Diversity Leadership Academy Fellow by the Riley Institute at Furman University in 2006.

She and her husband Alex Evins, a local attorney, have two school-age children. She was born and reared in Indianapolis, IN, and graduated in 1988 with bachelor’s degree from Hanover College.

“We have set a certain course for the Chapman Cultural Center,” Evins said. “And now is the time to stay that course. Our mission is three fold: provide the Partners with opportunities to grow and succeed; be good stewards of the Chapman Cultural Center; and promote arts education. This translates into fundraising and awareness raising for the nine Partners; keeping the Center well maintained and accessible to the public; and providing the arts to all children. These are the things we are called to do, and all of our work and actions are toward those goals.


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