Cultural Sector’s Response to COVID-19

Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund

ASC has launched the Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund to support artists and performers living in Charlotte-Mecklenburg that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The fund, established with an initial contribution from ASC, provides $500 grants to eligible artists as long as funding is available. The fund will also accept donations from the public. Requests will support reimbursement for medical expenses related to COVID-19 testing or care, including mental health counseling, unanticipated childcare or dependent adult care expenses due to social distancing and compensation for lost income due to a cancellation of a specific scheduled gig, exhibit, sales or similar opportunity due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

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Cultural Sector Impact Survey

To learn COVID-19’s impact on Charlotte-Mecklenburg County’s Cultural Sector, including artists, scientists, historians and the organizations of the creative community, ASC is offering an ongoing survey and asking that you provide us with updates as necessary. 

The data collected will help ASC advocate for resources to support creative individuals and organizations impacted.  

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Enjoy Virtual Experiences by arts, science and history organizations and artists


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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Arts, Science and History Organizations:
Closings, Cancellations and Postponements

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Hue House Virtual Workshop Series


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. 
  • 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.