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 to residents and responding to their needs through arts, science and history 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

Arts & Science Council President Resigns After Leading Successful Restructuring of ASC and Extensive Crisis Support for the Cultural Community
13 January 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 13, 2021) — R. Jeep Bryant, who has led the Arts & Science Council (ASC) through the most challenging period in its 63-year history, is resigning effective January 29. Bryant moved quickly to reengineer and strengthen ASC prior to the COVID-19 crisis and led the organization’s extensive response to the pandemic. “We …

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Eleven Emerging and Mid-Career Artists Awarded ASC Fellowships
4 May 2020

Emerging Creators and Creative Renewal Fellowships highlight ASC’s investment in fiscal year 2020 of more than $500,000 in artists that contribute to Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2020) – Eleven creative individuals whose work is strengthening Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community will receive a combined $90,000 from ASC in order to refresh their creative energy. …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist