Differences Dissolve Through the Arts
Barriers – racial, language or otherwise – are broken each spring on the Central Piedmont Community College campus.
They are torn down by graceful movements during Dances of India performances that promote unity and celebrate diversity.
“We bring people together through performing arts to show that we are more alike than different,” said event organizer Dr. Maha Gingrich.
The performances highlight how traditional Indian dances have influenced dance forms across the world. They also showcase the beautiful diversity that exists in the Charlotte region.
Support from ASC has allowed performances to grow exponentially and expose broader audiences to CPCC, Gingrich said.
“When people support ASC,” she said, “they’re supporting a vision of Charlotte as not only an international city but a city that has a history, a city that supports science and takes pride in the art and artists that exist in our city and the region.”
ASC provides needed cultural experiences for students
For many Charlotte-Mecklenburg students a class trip may be the only opportunity they ever have to experience our region’s many cultural and historic offerings.
Cultural field trips engage students in real-world experiences to investigate and apply curriculum-based knowledge, making connections between the classroom and the community they share with all of us.
During the 2014-2015 school year, 43,201 out of 144,000 CMS students experienced a cultural field trip because ASC provided funding for the experience to happen.
ASC is dedicated to giving Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s next generation a chance to find their cultural passions because we know that nurturing their creativity will help them develop into well-rounded and innovative individuals – successfully leading our community in the future.
Culture For All means ensuring students have the opportunity to have cultural experiences.
Be fun, alive and fascinating
ASC’s aspiration is that all residents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg have access to excellent, relevant and innovative cultural experiences that are fun, alive and fascinating.
That’s why ASC provides funding for arts, science, history and heritage organizations, community festivals and projects, cultural education programs, and individual artists – providing everyone access to millions of cultural experiences throughout our region.
Last year, ASC provided grants to over 75 organizations, supporting work all over Mecklenburg County, and enabling over 2.3 million audience and participant experiences.
We know providing access for everyone to our cultural community directly impacts quality of life, economic prosperity and educational excellence. Culture For All ensures Charlotte-Mecklenburg is always a great place to live, work and play.
Culture For All means ensuring that our cultural community remains fun, alive and fascinating for you, your family and your friends.
What happens when you put a violin in a child’s hands?
GPAs and test scores go up, and dropout rates go down.
It’s why making arts, science, and history central to every child’s education is vital to ensuring that Charlotte-Mecklenburg students are developed into critical, creative thinkers – the most sought skills in the 21st century workforce.
Offering high-quality education, that includes arts and culture experiences and intentional space to create, attracts economic growth and maintains that Charlotte-Mecklenburg is, and will continue to be, a desirable place to live, work and play.
At Community School of the Arts (CSA), a cultural partner of ASC, over 30 intermediate and advanced students participate in an annual violin camp each summer. Throughout the week of camp, students learn and enhance their skills in a number of different repertoire areas, including fiddle, ensembles, large groups, and theory.
Kayeii (pictured), along with the other students, performed their newly learned pieces and techniques in front of family and friends at an end-of-camp concert.
Her experience in continued arts education throughout summer break is transformative. Participation in CSA’s programs unleashes creativity and builds confidence for each student, preparing young leaders throughout the region.
With support from ASC, Community School of the Arts models equality and inclusiveness, and is able to welcome every student, regardless of ability to pay, making high-quality arts education accessible to all Charlotte-Mecklenburg children.