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

3.1M

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

ASC Grant Helps InReach Teach Acceptance Through Puppetry
2 November 2018

Why This Matters: An ASC Cultural Vision Grant is allowing InReach to expand its puppetry troupe for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By Bernie Petit Communications Manager Jillian Bockenek said she’s noticed a change in herself since joining a touring puppet troupe organized by InReach, which provides a range of services for individuals in the …

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Using Art to Break Barriers and Bring People to the Table
23 October 2018

Why This Matters: Arts and culture can act as the entryway that allows people to come together to talk about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community as part of the second On The Table CLT, a day that encourages meaningful communitywide conversations. By Bernie Petit Communications Manager Art can be the icebreaker that allows uncomfortable conversations to happen, …

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Artwork by Jean Cauthen, 2016 ArtPop Artist

Create New Possibilities!

Enroll for 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 second trimester closes Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

The second trimester of the 2018-19 school year begins Monday, January 7, 2019.

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