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

$13.7M

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

167,828

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

2.9M

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

How to Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month This October
4 October 2019

Why This Matters: National Arts & Humanities Month is a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. By Lillian Parker Communications Manager   Is it possible October is the best month of the year? In addition to fall-time fun and Halloween spookiness, October is National Arts & Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration …

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Jazz Education Building Future Audiences, Musicians in Charlotte
3 October 2019

Why This Matters: Jazz education in Charlotte-Mecklenburg is thriving thanks to talented musicians and groups that are teaching and fostering a love of the American art form in the next generation. By Bernie Petit Communications Manager Legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’ became a standard in the home of Charlotte parents Matt and Gwen …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist

Create New Possibilities!

Enroll in Studio 345 Today

Studio 345 is a free, creative, out-of-school youth development program that empowers and inspires high school students to stay in school, graduate and pursue goals beyond high school.

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 first trimester will close Friday, October 18, 2019.

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