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

Charlotte’s Tony Arreaza Turned His Pandemic Downtime Into Music
1 October 2021

By Page Leggett Independent musicians can’t just write a song, record it and hope people buy the CD. They have to market their music. Charlotte’s Tony Arreaza has a process for putting out an album. It includes making videos of a couple of songs and releasing those in advance of the album. “It’s very typical …

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Charlotte Artist John Burgin to Have Work Featured on Birdsong Brewery Cans
1 October 2021

By Bernie Petit Public Relations & Marketing Director Charlotte artist John Burgin focuses on making art that is whimsical, brightly colored and fun. “I like to take people away from the day-to-day,” he said. His vibrant, approachable aesthetic made Burgin’s artwork perfect for the Craft + Creatives design challenge, an initiative by ASC and Birdsong …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist

Craft + Creatives Beer Pickup

Get your limited edition Birdsong Paradise City IPA 4-pack and support local creatives!