ARTS Day 2019: Celebrate and Support the Arts in North Carolina

Categories: ASC, Blog, Fundraising
Why This Matters: ARTS Day is an annual gathering of artists, advocates and leaders from across North Carolina to advance public funding of the arts. In 2019, we’re advocating for state investment that equals $1 for every person in North Carolina.


By Rebecca Scroggins 
Director of Government Relations & Grants

Ready to organize and advocate for your arts community? ASC is organizing a trip to the ARTS Day conference on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 for Legislative Visit Day in Raleigh. Ride with us to the capital city where you can meet one-on-one with state legislators to advocate for public funding for the arts.

We invite you to share your story and discuss how public funding has impacted you and your community. ARTS Day is a unique opportunity to come together with other arts advocates and promote policies that sustain and grow public funding for the arts. Make your voices heard!

Join us in Raleigh and share your story

On March 26 and 27, 2019, Arts NC will host its annual ARTS Day in Raleigh. ASC will attend Legislative Visit Day on Wednesday, March 27, and will coordinate bus transportation to and from Raleigh on March 27. Tickets for this day cost $35 and include lunch. The bus will leave from Center City Charlotte at 5:30 a.m. and will return around 4:30 p.m.

Interested in attending the 2019 ARTS Day conference? Please contact Lieke Janssen by March 5 and indicate whether you would like to travel on the bus with ASC. Click here for more information about this year’s ARTS Day.

Arts advocates met with Representative Becky Carney at the 2018 ARTS Day in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Last year, cultural organizations in Mecklenburg County were awarded close to $1 million in grants from the state through the North Carolina Arts Council. As part of this support, ASC received funding from the Grassroots Arts Program, which we invested in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community through our Cultural Vision Grants and Operating Support Grants for emerging grassroots organizations.

With funding from the North Carolina Arts Program, ASC also provided Regional Artist Project Grants and an Arts in Education Grant that supports North Carolina Wolf Trap, an early childhood education program that incorporates the arts into the Pre-K curriculum.

This year, we will advocate that state investment in the arts should equal $1 for every person in North Carolina. This proposal sets our goal at $10 million statewide, an increase of $3.7 million, to support cultural organizations and creative individuals, and promote innovation and excellence in the arts.