3 Reasons Why Our Work Is Important:


Being a Trusted Resource

COVID-19 has impacted the cultural sector in many ways. We’re helping organizations, artists and residents navigate during the pandemic by building a plan for thoughtful investments in those who rely on us
to serve the cultural community.

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Ensuring Cultural Equity

Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts and cultural sector. We have begun to address systemic and inequitable areas related to funding, discourse, leadership and resource allocation.

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Serving the Community

Listening and responding to residents' needs through arts and culture is why we exist. From building social capital to strengthening the creative economy, we want everyone to
have a vibrant cultural life.

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Our Impact


Awarded in Grants Supporting the Operations of Organizations

We are proud to invest in the critical operations of 37 organizations that represent arts, science and history.

Pictured: Carolina Raptor Center


Residents Served through ASC’s Culture Blocks Initiative

Ensuring access to arts and cultural experiences close to where people live is critical to our mission.

Pictured: Clayworks


Contact Hours of Capacity Building Efforts

Training for artists and nonprofit employees span from equity training to financial management.

Pictured: Local artist Stacey Rose

Stacey Rose

Cultural Community Highlights

ASC Statement on City Manager’s Recommendations for Arts and Culture Funding
19 April 2021

By Susan Patterson, ASC Board Chair, and Krista Terrell, ASC Acting President We are writing to address the Charlotte City Manager’s recommendations for the arts and culture sector. We want to be very clear. ASC is excited about the commitment from the City (as well as the private/corporate sector) to increase funding for the cultural …

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Mentor & mentee collaborate to enliven bus shelters in Hidden Valley
1 April 2021

By Jonathan McFadden At first blush, you might not guess that Unique Patton and Tom Stanley have much in common. Unique is a 20-year-old Black design student at N.C. State University. Tom is a 71-year-old white retired college professor living in Rock Hill, S.C. Unique’s career is just taking off; Tom jokes that his is …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist