Cultural Planning

Expansion and development of our vibrant and diverse cultural community has been guided by the Arts & Science Council's twenty-five year history of community cultural planning. 

Cultural planning is a process which identifies the arts and cultural needs and preferences of residents, examines existing resources and opportunities for arts and cultural development, and proposes strategies a given community can use to meet its citizens' needs for arts and cultural experiences.  Three cultural action plans have been commissioned since 1976.

Cultural Facilities Master Plan

A 25-year vision for cultural facility development across Mecklenburg County developed in partnership with the Foundation For The Carolinas and Charlotte Center City Partners.

View the Cultural Facilities Master Plan adopted by the Cultural Facilities Master Plan Blue Ribbon Committee and the Arts & Science Council.

Supporting documents include:
Appendix A
Appendices B & C

Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the Cultural Facilities Endowment Campaign.

Theatre Task Force

In September 2006, the Arts & Science Council (ASC) appointed a Task Force to develop prioritized recommendations, both short and long term, or incremental investment strategies for theatre that would strengthen the theatre offerings and infrastructure in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.The Task Force was composed of both theatre professionals and theatre patrons. Chaired by Jill Flynn, members of the Task Force were: Mark Bernstein, Lon Bumgarner, Ann Marie Costa, Tom Gabbard, Terry Milner, John Moore, Cyndee Patterson, Jim Putnam and Cheryl Queen.

The Task Force met four times between October – December 2006 to identify key issues facing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg theatre community, learn from recognized leaders in the U.S. theatre community regarding national trends in theatre, explore current efforts by both established and emerging organizations interested in developing professional theatre for Charlotte-Mecklenburg, examine current efforts by the ASC and develop recommendations for consideration by the ASC Board and staff.

Click here to view the final report and recommendations.

Public Art Master Plan

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Art Master Plan outlines goals, objectives, and implementation strategies to enhance and expand the public art program as administered by the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  The plan contains findings and recommendations, five year funding projections, a public art ordinance and guidelines for both the City, the County and the Charlotte Area Transit System, and recommendations on program administration and staffing, as well as potential project areas.

The plan is a result of more than a year of meetings, interviews with individuals, workshops for the public and for artists, focus groups, community presentations, and extensive national and regional research. The planning process was overseen by the Public Art Master Plan Steering Committee, a body that was appointed by ASC and the Public Art Commission.  The final plan captures the aims and intentions of the community and focuses on specific action steps for implementation.

Click here to view the Public Art Master Plan.

Town Cultural Action Plans

ASC has also dedicated resources toward developing cultural action plans for Mecklenburg County towns outside of Charlotte. Town planning efforts have included:

Mint Hill Cultural Action Plan

In January 2005, the Town of Mint Hill and ASC initiated a cultural planning process in Mint Hill to learn what arts and cultural resources and activities citizens of the community desire. The completed plan is designed to guide the arts and cultural development work of the ASC and the Town of Mint Hill over the next several years. The plan acknowledges and relies on a number of important assets within Mint Hill upon which cultural development can build and makes connections between recommended arts and cultural development initiatives and broader community goals.

In January 2006, the Cultural Action Plan was adopted by the ASC Board of Directors and endorsed by the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners as a guide for addressing the cultural needs of Mint Hill.  The first phase of implementation planning is now underway.

Click here to view the Mint Hill Cultural Action Plan.

Pineville Cultural Action Plan

The Town of Pineville and ASC were involved in a cultural planning process to determine what arts, science, history and heritage programs the citizens of Pineville want for their community. In March 2006, the Cultural Action Plan was adopted by the ASC Board of Directors and endorsed by the Pineville Board of Commissioners as a guide for addressing the cultural needs of Pineville.

Click here to view the Pineville Cultural Action Plan.

Matthews Cultural Action Plan

In February 2005, the Matthews Town Board unanimously accepted the Matthews Cultural Action Plan as a guide for addressing the cultural needs of Matthews. The ASC Board of Directors has also adopted the Plan and approved implementation funding to support local cultural programs.  ASC and Matthews have now begun moving forward with implementation strategies.

Click here to view the Matthews Cultural Action Plan.

North Mecklenburg Cultural Action Plan (Cornelius, Davidson & Huntersville)

In 2003, the three north Mecklenburg towns decided to work together in a joint cultural planning process.  Over the course of a year, a steering committee comprised of five members from each town in collaboration with the local Mayors and with feedback from hundreds of other citizens, worked to craft a plan that would provide a blueprint for future cultural programming initiatives and investment in North Mecklenburg communities.  All three Town Boards endorsed the completed plan in the Fall of 2004 and appointed an Implementation Committee to begin next steps, including the allocation of ASC funding to support local cultural programs.

Click here to view the North Mecklenburg Cultural Plan.


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