Layers of Story – Jeff Jackson, 2018 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship

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By Michael J. Solender  Readers of Jeff Jackson-authored works are quickly immersed into nuanced character-driven stories where his protagonist’s emotional wounds and fractured souls strengthen their resolve and ironically serve as scabbards in insulating them from the darkly dystopic realms they occupy. “Since college,” says Jackson, “I’ve been drawn to fiction for its ability to …

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A Sense of Place. A Point of Pride.

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Why This Matters: International Sculpture Day is April 28. ASC invites everyone to celebrate what sculpture can do for a community. By Page Leggett Think of the most famous public sculptures you’ve seen in person or in pictures – Anish Kapoor’s silvery “Cloud Gate” (a.k.a. “The Bean”) in Chicago, or Robert Indiana’s bright red-and-blue LOVE in …

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2018 Spring Festival Roundup

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Why This Matters: Cultural festivals provide access to arts, science, history and heritage experiences in neighborhoods and towns across our community. By Giovanna Torres Marketing and Communications Coordinator After some long winter months, we’re ready for some warm weather and longer days, and what better way to make the most of the season than heading to …

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Underpass Mural Builds Community in North End

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Part of a community mural at the 16th Street underpass. An ASC grant will support a second mural at the underpass.
Why This Matters: ASC Cultural Vision Grants respond to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community’s interest in cultural programming by helping Mecklenburg-based creative individuals and groups pursue projects that build community and increase relevance. By Bernie Petit Communications Manager Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Charlissa Reiber’s creative idea to brighten a much-traveled underpass transformed what was a problem area …

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Addressing Opportunity in the Cultural Community

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Why This Matters: Because the cultural community plays an important role in connecting people and strengthening communities by using arts and culture to create pathways and bridges to opportunity. By Robert Bush ASC President In conversations at most civic events over the past year there has been a common theme – the report of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg …

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