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

Moving Poets Challenge Misconception and Prejudices Through Art
30 January 2020

Why This Matters: An ASC Cultural Vision Grant supports “Heaven,” the Moving Poets Charlotte production that uses contemporary arts and a range of voices to challenge misconceptions and prejudices that currently divide our communities. By Bernie Petit Communications Manager Getting to “Heaven”—the culmination of four previous developmental stages of the larger evolving project “We See …

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Black History Month: Experiences to Read, Hear, See and Visit in Charlotte
30 January 2020

Why This Matters: Arts and culture play a significant role in shining a light on the events and people central to the African-American experience. By Giovanna Torres Communications Manager Few things shine a light on the people and events central to the African-American experience more powerfully than arts and culture. It is why there are …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist

Cato Lifetime Achievement
in Teaching Award


We’re seeking nominations for exceptionally creative Arts, Science or History teachers. They could win $5,000.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2020.