Task Force Appointed to Study Sustainable Funding Model for Cultural Sector

(Charlotte, N.C. / May 28, 2013) --- A diverse group representing local philanthropy, non-profits, government and business will spend the next seven months studying the financial state of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural sector and make recommendations for how to create a sustainable funding model to secure it. 

The Cultural Life Task Force (CLTF) is made up of 21 members appointed by the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Foundation For The Carolinas, Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, the Charlotte Chamber and the Arts & Science Council (ASC). Co-chairs are Valecia McDowell, an attorney with Moore & Van Allen, and Pat Riley, president of Allen Tate Company. 

The group was appointed to examine the history and current state of the arts and cultural sector; identify the challenges it faces given dramatic changes in the region’s demography, economy and other factors; and establish priorities to ensure a healthy vibrant cultural community by responding to the public’s needs and expectations expressed in the 2012 Cultural Vision Plan. 

“Regardless of our respective backgrounds, all of us value our arts and cultural offerings and understand that they are a major contributor to the quality of life here,” said CLTF co-chair McDowell.  “The task force’s charge is to assess the existing public/private model for how Charlotte invests in its cultural sector, a model that has remained unchanged for decades, and determine how to realize healthy and sustainable funding for the future.” 

“Sustainability is our first priority because it is an immediate need,” said co-chair Riley. “Since 1975, the public and private sectors have worked together to achieve a cultural vision that has been the envy of cities across the nation: $1 billion in public/private investments, dramatic growth of new facilities and institutions, $200 million in economic impact. Building on that track record, and on the work done for the 2012 Cultural Vision Plan, the task force will work to define a new, sustainable funding model that will provide a solid financial footing for a healthy cultural sector for many years to come.” 

The first-round of public meetings will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the ASC (227 W. Trade St., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28202) on the following dates:

  • Monday, June 10, 2013
  • Monday, June 24, 2013
  • Monday, July 15, 2013
  • Monday, July 29, 2013

The CLTF will review findings, gain input from stakeholders including the public at-large through social media, develop options for the future model and present the recommended actions in early 2014.  Most of its meetings will be open to the public.

Cultural Life Task Force Roster


Appointed By:

Business/Civic Affiliation

Valecia McDowell, Co-Chair

Arts & Science Council

Moore & Van Allen

Pat Riley, Co-Chair

Arts & Science Council

Allen Tate Company

Shirley Fulton

Arts & Science Council

Retired Judge

Hazen Blodgett

Arts & Science Council

Town of Matthews

Susan Patterson

Arts & Science Council

Knight Foundation

Madelyn Caple

Arts & Science Council

Wells Fargo

Charity Bell

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Zone Superintendent

Lucia Zapata Griffith

Charlotte Chamber

Federal Reserve Bank

Charles Bowman

Charlotte Chamber

Bank of America

Edwin Peacock

Charlotte Chamber

Pomfret Financial

Todd Gorelick

Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust

Gorelick Brothers Capital

Laura Meyer Wellman

Foundation For The Carolinas

Foundation For The Carolinas

Tom Murray

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Mohammad Jenatian

City of Charlotte

Charlotte Hospitality/Tourism

Laurissa Hunt

City of Charlotte

Behavioral Health

Martique Lorray

City of Charlotte

Centaur Arts

Janice Travis

Mecklenburg County

Civic leader

Stephanie Tyson

Mecklenburg County

Health care professional

Wayne Powers

Mecklenburg County


Joan Lorden

UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte

Melissa McGuire

Charlotte Center City Partners


 To join the conversation, go to:

  • Twitter:           @ASCCharlotte (#myculturallife)
  • Facebook:        Facebook.com/ASCCharlotte
  • Website:          ArtsAndScience.org

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Arts & Science Council
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