CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 8, 2019) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC), the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community, launched a new podcast titled “Culture For All” to inform Mecklenburg County voters about the proposed quarter-cent sales tax to stabilize and transform the arts and cultural sector and ensure cultural equity.
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commission has placed the measure on the ballot that will generate $50 million with $22.5 million for arts and culture, $17 million for parks and recreation, $8 million for teacher pay supplement and $2.5 million distributed among the six Mecklenburg County towns for their own use. ASC is seeking to secure a designated revenue stream for the sector to extend the reach of arts and cultural opportunities to residents across the county.
“It is critical for voters in Mecklenburg County to be informed and understand how the proposed sales tax will benefit them as they prepare to vote in November,” said Jeep Bryant, ASC president. “This podcast is one effective way to provide facts and impact stories from residents across Mecklenburg County and also hear from listeners and answer their questions.”
Season One provides listeners with facts about the proposed sales tax and stories on the public benefits of the arts and cultural sector. The five episodes are hosted by Mecklenburg County residents:
- Culture For All – hosted by Valecia McDowell
- The Role of Creative Individuals – hosted by John W. Love, Jr.
- Arts In and Out of the Classroom – hosted by Mary C. Curtis
- Community & Belonging – hosted by Banu Valladares
- The Arts Mean Business – hosted by Glenn Burkins
The “Culture For All” Podcast is produced by Andy Goh with GohJo Studios with original music by Harvey Cummings. It is available on major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, TuneIn and on ASC’s website at ArtsAndScience.org/Culture-For-All-Podcast. Listeners can ask questions and leave their feedback by calling or texting 704-286-6288 or emailing email@example.com. Responses may be used in a future episode of the podcast.
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ASC will release Season Two of the podcast in September.
ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.
ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
Krista Terrell, APR