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Privacy Policy

Spartanburg Art Museum takes your privacy seriously. For more information, give us a call at 864.582.7616 or email

  • Why has the membership program changed?
    During the past several years, the majority of our members have not been taking advantage of the benefits and perks that the membership program offers, instead preferring to purchase memberships as an act of generosity and philanthropy, in order to support the free exhibitions, programs, and education we provide for the community. At the same time, as we have grown, maintaining those unused perks and benefits has become a very challenging administrative task for our small staff. We hope that allowing you to donate directly to our community’s specific needs through one of our five program areas will both streamline our administrative operations and help create a more sustainable financial model for SAM.
  • I bought a membership before the change; is it still valid?
    Your membership is still valid until the expiration date shown on your membership card or in your purchase confirmation email. You can continue to claim any benefits associated with your membership until it expires. You can also choose to convert your membership into a recurring tax-deductible donation under our new program. To request that change, email
  • Can I still get a discount on art school classes?
    If you have a valid, un-expired membership, you can continue to receive an Art School tuition discount by calling or emailing our Art School Coordinator, Kathleen Digney, and requesting it. Going forward, Art School tuition discounts will only be offered through our Art School discount card program. Using the card, after you purchase four classes, you can receive a 20% discount on the fifth. For more information on the discount card, contact Kathleen Digney at 864.582.7616 or email
  • I want to make a donation. Is it tax-deductible?
    All donations - of any amount - made to SAM are fully tax-deductible. We are a federally recognized 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization. Our EIN is 23-7041876. After making a donation, you will instantly receive a recognition email that can be filed with your taxes. Additional copies of this letter are available by request. For more information, contact
  • How does SAM collect this information?
    The information outlined above may be entered into our website by you or by the staff of the Spartanburg Art Museum upon your instruction (for example, if you wish to sign up for a class over the phone or via paper registration, SAM staff will input your information manually for our records so you will appear on the class roster.)
  • Do you sell or share my information with third parties?
    Spartanburg Art Museum does not sell or share your information to third parties such as telemarketers or other advertising agencies. The only third parties which receive your information are in our content management systems such as Donorbox, WIX, Square, Stripe, Paypal, etc., which are industry standard software and are SSL secured.
  • Why does SAM need this information?
    We need this information to process payments, mail purchased items to you, and to send you emails and/or physical mail to let you know about our upcoming exhibitions, classes, events, and products.
  • How long does SAM keep this information?
    Spartanburg Art Museum will keep your information until it is no longer viable (e.g., a bounce from a discontinued email address or returned physical mail will result in your information being removed from our records) or until you request to no longer receive correspondence from us.
  • How is my information secure?
    Look at your browser search bar where the URL of our website is displayed. The green lock symbol indicates that is SSL secured by our hosting service. If you do not see any symbol next to our URL, your browser may need to be updated as older versions of web browsers do not support SSL. Other content management systems used by Spartanburg Art Museum include Donorbox, Square, Stripe, and PayPal. All of these services are industry standard and are SSL secured. Spartanburg Art Museum does not sell or share your information to third parties such as telemarketers or other advertising agencies.
  • Please remove my information from your records.
    We’re sorry to see you go! You can unsubscribe from our email list at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. To be removed from our content management services and our physical mailing list, please call 864.582.7616 or email and a SAM staff member will complete your request.


In order to strengthen the its ability to deliver under its stated aims and serve the public interest, the Spartanburg Art Museum owns or manages 3 types of Intellectual Property (IP),  all of which are available for use under the conditions of public copyright license CC BY-NC-ND. 

Any use of Spartanburg Art Museum’s IP which does not conform to the conditions of said license will be subject to legal action, including, but not limited to, a DMCA takedown notice issued to the infringer's website host and other service providers, such as search engines and ad networks.

The types of IP owned or managed by SAM are as follows:


Owned or held copyright-protected assets

  • Photographic images of artifacts and artworks in museum collections and exhibitions

  • Audio recordings and publications, including, but not limited to: audioguides, exhibition guides and catalogs, labels, and signage

  • Audio-visual works

  • Multimedia productions whether on physical drives or available on the Internet

  • Publications, and educational material, whether in print or electronic

  • Databases of information about collections


Trademark Law-protected assets

  • The museum’s name and all identifying logos or graphic work

  • The areas of the building wherein the Museum is housed as concerns their use in video or photography

  • Titles of exhibitions and programs

  • The packaging or color of museum-based objects

  • Works of art wherein the work is inherently tied to the museum in such a way that patrons will immediately be reminded of the institution or the artwork when thinking of either, including, but not limited to, “The Girl with Red Hair” by Robert Henri.


Trade Secrets

  • Academic activities, such as the contextualization of information about collections, written by the curators and employees of the Museum

  • Technologies, such as specialized collections management methods and technical applications; specialized html code; scientific conservation techniques; business methods concerning various social media and e-commerce platforms

  • In the administration of the museum, such as its database of patrons, donors and sponsors, its business practices and methods concerning fund-raising; its organizational management structures

  • ICANN-registered domain names which perform functions similar to trademarks or include trademarks and trade names held by the Museum, including, but not limited to:,,,


Conditions for use of IP


  1. Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work only if they give the Spartanburg Art Museum credits (attribution) in accordance with the following conditions:

    1. (Where applicable) Copyright notices placed by Spartanburg Art Museum (the copyright holder) must be left intact, or reproduced in a way that is reasonable to the medium in which the work is being re-published.

    2. The Spartanburg Art Museum is cited by name.  If the work is published on the internet, the licensee must include the Spartanburg Art Museum’s handle, screen name, or user ID appropriate to the platform where the work is being published, or, where the is no such applicable ID, include a link to

    3. The name or title of the program, exhibition, event, author, or other work is cited

    4. In cases where a substantial amount of content is being reproduced, the license under which the work is being used is cited.

  2. Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work, but only for non-commercial purposes.

  3. Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works and remixes based on it.


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