Arts & Science Council Investments Focus on Education and Strategic Initiatives

(Charlotte, N.C.) – The Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) Board of Directors has approved $501,051 in funding to support a variety of arts, science, history and heritage projects and strategic initiatives to support Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community for fiscal year 2010-2011.  The investments are in addition to the $8.3 million announced in July.

The investments are a combination of $200,051 budgeted and $300,000 generated through fulfilled campaign pledges and better than projected year-end results.

“We are grateful to our generous private and public donors who support ASC and our work in the community,” said ASC President Scott Provancher.  “Because our year-end results were better than projected and more campaign pledges were fulfilled, we will be investing an additional $300,000 in one-time strategic initiatives as well as programs and planning to support the cultural sector.”

ASC’s investments in one-time strategic initiatives include:

$20,000 – National Black Arts Festival will consult with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture about expanding the national festival, based in Atlanta, to Charlotte

$50,000 – The Charlotte Symphony will help underwrite the cost of the use of symphony players by North Carolina Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina to enhance the live music experience

$10,000 – The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film will purchase a new lighting system for the Knight Gallery at Spirit Square to showcase artwork appropriately

$75,000 – One-time bonus grants to FY11 ASC Operating Support recipients based on their budget size.  This represents a little over a one percent increase in the amount award in June.  The bonus awards will not become part of the operating base for future funding.

  • $1,000 – Organizations with budgets between ($50,000 - $299,999) – Carolina Voices, Charlotte Chamber Music, Community Arts Project, Clayworks and Davidson Community Players
  • $2,500 – Organizations with budgets between ($300,000 - $999,999) – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Charlotte Children’s Choir, Community School of the Arts, Latta Plantation, The Light Factory, Theatre Charlotte and Wing Haven
  • $4,500 – Organizations with budgets over $1 million – Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte Symphony, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Discovery Place, Levine Museum of the New South, McColl Center for Visual Art, Mint Museum, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, NC Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina

Cultural Innovation grants

$45,000 – ASC is providing matching funds to support a $60,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to provide two years of funding to invest in emerging cultural organizations that show promise programmatically and innovate in serving the diverse population.  The investments will support programmatic opportunities, assist professional and volunteer leadership to gain the necessary expertise and abilities to strengthen the institution and improve financial stability, strategic risk management and/or growth capacity.

Cultural Innovation grant recipients:

  • $15,000 – Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre will expand into a modern facility allowing for both cost savings and growth while maintaining its branding of Experiential Theatre
  • $15,000 – Charlotte ARTery will accelerate their five-year strategic plan in two years.  Their goals are to secure a permanent space, increase membership, establish non-profit status and develop ongoing funding sources
  • $15,000 – Charlotte ViewPoint will launch the first content-rich, interactive and mobile-friendly website dedicated to high-level and accessible arts and cultural engagement in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region

Special Project and Technical Assistance grants

ASC’s investments in Special Project and Technical Assistance grants are one-time, matching and restricted funds that support capacity building projects either for unique special projects or to provide access to professional counsel and training that advance the organization’s mission.

Special Project grant recipients:

  • $2,500 – Associacion De Mujeres Latino will present “Doctor, Doctor!...a Latino patient visits the doctor” – a theatrical skit at the Latin American Forum depicting health and cultural issues of the Latino local community
  • $5,000 – Carolinas Medical Center will conduct music interventions for hospitalized patients in restraints
  • $5,000 – Charlotte Children’s Choir will commission a twenty-fifth anniversary work
  • $5,000 – Charlotte Museum of History will bring renowned scholars to share their historical research and perspective of history to the public as part of A Scholar’s Forum series
  • $5,000 – Mint Museum will earn a copyright license and racetrack access fees associated with a NASCAR-themed video to be created by artist Janet Biggs as part of a special exhibition in the “VantagePoint” contemporary series

Technical Assistance and Professional Development grant recipients:

  • $3,589 – Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will send their staff to conferences
  • $4,062 – Community School of the Arts will begin a strategic planning process
  • $5,000 – Discovery Place will conduct an urban agriculture visioning workshop
  • $900 – Historic Charlotte will attend the Preservation N.C. Annual Conference and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference

Cultural Education grants:

ASC’s investment in arts, science and history education programs for children remain a critical focus, even with a major reduction in funding from government sources this fiscal year to support education programs.

“We are working hard to maximize the dollars we have this year to support academic achievement through arts, science and history education programs and other initiatives focusing on early childhood development,” said ASC Education Committee Chair and Board Member Nancy Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Cultural Education grant recipients:

$140,000 – Cultural Education Support grants fund curriculum-based art, science and history programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools produced by cultural organizations

  • $10,000 – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte Symphony, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Community School of the Arts, Discovery Place, Levine Museum of the New South, The Light Factory, McColl Center for Visual Art, Mint Museum, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, NC Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina
  • $5,000 – Charlotte Museum of History and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Grant recipients for education projects:

$100,000 – Discovery Place Kids - I CAN CREATE exhibit providing early childhood education development.  Funded by ASC and the ASC’s Duke Energy Science Education Endowment

$25,000 – ASC will partner for a second year with to provide matching funds for arts, science, history and heritage education projects from teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

For a complete list of ASC’s investments, visit


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