The Talladega Racetrack in Alabama was originally slated to be built in Spartanburg, S.C. David Pearson, Cotton Owens and Bud Moore, all of whom are Spartanburg natives, are among those who share their thoughts on what might have been.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. These cosmograms can be created in various media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and so forth. However, the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand. From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan, the art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders.” As with the sand painting tradition as a whole, mandalas have their roots in the Tantric legacy of Buddhist India, extending back some 2,500 years. The Chapman Cultural Arts Center in Spartanburg played host to Tibetan Monks as they demonstrated this art form.
Imagine That is responsible for helping youth deal with difficult, serious issues, such as substance abuse, violence, teen pregnancy, and much more. These issues are addressed through a unique form of expression, improvisational theatre. Interactively with the audience, cast members are able to act out situations and explore possible solutions through the art of theatre and the use of improvisation. Imagine That takes on the task of opening the minds of youth and adults by addressing social issues in a safe environment, encouraging open discussion, evoking emotional responses, and inspiring positive change. This innovative group is becoming well-known for its impact in the Upstate community.