Cultural Sector’s Response to COVID-19

Charlotte-Mecklenburg CARES for
Arts, Culture & Creativity Fund

Charlotte is Creative, Hue House, ASC and Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) are pleased to announce the Charlotte-Mecklenburg CARES for Arts, Culture & Creativity Fund with a mission to invest in and, directly, impact individual artists/creatives, as well as arts and cultural organizations experiencing COVID-related challenges.

Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and the THRIVE Fund each contributed toward this effort.

Foundation For The Carolinas, in partnership with THRIVE, distributed $4.8 million to large organizations. The Arts & Science Council, with planning and promotional support from Charlotte Is Creative and Hue House, distributed $1.2 million to small to mid-sized organizations and individual creatives.


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Advocacy Efforts for Arts & Culture
Federal, State, Local

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Resources for Arts, Science and History Organizations & Creative Individuals

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Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund at this time. To-date, the fund has invested $88,000 in 176 artists.

ASC’s Response to COVID-19

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is aware of and closely watching the rising number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in North Carolina and the U.S.  

It is ASC’s priority to ensure that our employees, as well as the individuals and community partners we work with, remain healthy and safe.  

With that in mind, all scheduled in-person meetings will be done through conference call and/or  videoconferencing.

Should individuals and/or organizations that currently receive funding from ASC to support community gatherings/events and/or domestic/international travel have questions about those activities, please call your ASC grants officer to discuss. 

We are in conversations with organizations and artists to better learn the potential impacts of COVID-19 to their work. 

We strongly encourage you to take the following steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect yourself and others: 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds – especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 through the following resources: 

We are thinking about everyone that are being impacted from COVID-19 – especially arts, science and history organizations and artists that serve the community.