Cultural Life Task Force

The Cultural Life Task Force 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 forthcoming Cultural Vision Plan.

The task force reviewed the findings, gained input from stakeholders (including the public at-large through social media), developed options for the future model and presented the following recommended actions:

Cultural Life Task Force Report
(Report cover artwork by Sharon Dowell)

Cultural Life Task Force Report: Table of Contents
Cultural Life Task Force Report: Executive Summary
Cultural Life Task Force Report: Chapters 1-6
Cultural Life Task Force Report: Appendices A-C
Cultural Life Task Force Report: Appendix D
Cultural Life Task Force Report: Appendices E-K

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Executive Summary of the Cultural Vision Plan

Graphic: 40 Years of Community Input & Planning

Meeting - June 10, 2013

The first meeting of the task force focused on understanding: Why communities support arts and culture, What is a local arts agency, What is a united arts fund, How Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Cultural System is structured and What is ASC, its core programs and services?

Agenda: June 10, 2013 
Presentation: Local Arts Agency/United Arts Fund | Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Cultural System & ReachASC & Funding Model | ASC's Investments | ASC's Investments (pt.2) | Decade of Funding Cuts

Meeting - June 24, 2013
During the second meeting, a panel of leaders within Charlotte-Mecklenburg's cultural community gave task force members insight concerning the funding struggles and successes of entities within the cultural sector.

Agenda: June 24, 2013
Presentation: Shaping the Cultural Vision for Charlotte-Mecklenburg | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Cultural Life Survey | Researchers' Forecast for Fundraising Recovery

Meeting - July 15, 2013

The third meeting gave task force members a deeper understanding of funding from the state, county, city, and the Cultural Facilities Endowment Campaign.

Agenda: July 15, 2013
Presentation: Cultural Life Task Force City Funding PresentationCultural Life Task Force County Funding PresentationCampaign for Cultural Facilities Update | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Cultural Facility & Endowment Campaign Results 1977-Present | City ASC and Cultural Contributions Consolidated | City Cultural Contributions: 1995-Present | CMS Funding | Mecklenburg County Allocation to ASC: 1995-Present | Cultural Facilities Implementation: Phase I | NC Arts Council Grants & NC Grassroots Science Grants | NC Museum of Art, History, Natural Sciences, Zoo and Symphony General Assembly Appropriations: FY96-Present | Public Funding Overview

Meeting - July 29, 2013

Agenda: July 29, 2013
Presentation: A Focus on the Cultural Endowment | Private Sector Giving

Meeting - August 26, 2013

Agenda: August 26, 2013
Presentation: Cincinnati PresentationDallas PresentationDenver PresentationNashville Presentation

Meeting -
September 16, 2013

Presentation: Randy Cohen Presentation

Cultural Life Task Force Key Findings
Key Findings Report

Cultural Sector Data Points
Fact Sheet

News Releases

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