3 Reasons Why Our Work Is Important:

For You, Your Family & Friends

We seek to engage all residents in participating in a vibrant cultural life and create pathways to opportunity. Access to experiences range from Culture Blocks and Connect with Culture Day to Studio 345 and Public Art.

For Your Community

We promote the cultural community’s positive impact on the economy. In fact, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $359 million in economic impact, annually.

For Our Future

We provide services and training to develop and strengthen cultural professionals and volunteers. Opportunities range from learning about equity and effective board leadership to digital marketing and fundraising strategies.

Our Impact


Awarded in Grants to Artists, Organizations and Schools

We started GoU, a conservation-based education program designed to bring life-changing experiences to kids 6-18.

NC Wildlife Federation


CMS Students Served Through Education Programs

Cultural field trips expose kids who would never otherwise see these places to the wonders of the world around them.

Veronica, Matthews Elementary Teacher


Audience Experiences in ASC-funded Organizations

I love being able to experience so much culture in my own region. There are always plenty of events to choose from.

Robert, Huntersville Resident

Cultural Community Highlights

Underpass Mural Builds Community in North End
2 February 2018

Why This Matters: ASC Cultural Vision Grants respond to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community’s interest in cultural programming by helping Mecklenburg-based creative individuals and groups pursue projects that build community and increase relevance. By Bernie Petit Communications Manager Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Charlissa Reiber’s creative idea to brighten a much-traveled underpass transformed what was a problem area …

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Addressing Opportunity in the Cultural Community
31 January 2018

Why This Matters: Because the cultural community plays an important role in connecting people and strengthening communities by using arts and culture to create pathways and bridges to opportunity. By Robert Bush ASC President In conversations at most civic events over the past year there has been a common theme – the report of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist

Cato Excellence in Teaching Awards
Extended Deadline!

We’re seeking nominations for exceptionally creative Arts, Science or History teachers. They could win $1,500 and an original work of art.Nominate A TEACHER TODAY