Why this matters: Because when ASC receives public sector support, all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg benefits through greater community enrichment.
By Amy Mitchell
Advocating for arts and culture in Charlotte-Mecklenburg is essential in keeping our communities enriched, our students creatively engaged and ensuring Culture For All. The cultural sector directly impacts our region’s quality of life, economic prosperity and lifelong learning opportunities for students of all ages. Now is the time to advocate for the future of our cultural sector and the prosperity of our region; here are six ways you can start today and be an advocate.
Use your voice
Your voice is essential in providing Culture For All. Whether at the federal, state or local level, you have the opportunity to keep Charlotte-Mecklenburg culturally engaged. When ASC receives public sector support, all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg benefits through greater community enrichment. Our community’s cultural institutions rely on operating support from ASC to stay open. Businesses and tourists alike are attracted to well-rounded cities with plenty to see and do. Students learn how to be creatively literate. Quality of life abounds.
Keep current on the issues with VoterVoice
VoterVoice is a free tool that keeps you updated on arts advocacy issues and offers quick and easy ways for you to contact legislators to express your opinions. Sign up today and start advocating for the arts and cultural sector in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Attend local arts and culture events
Showing up for a festival, a performance or visiting one of our local museums is a powerful way for you to actively demonstrate what’s important in our community. Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com regularly to find arts and culture events that ignite your passion. Even better, sign up for our weekly CulturePicks! email and we’ll make it easy for you to stay up to date on cultural happenings in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Support local artists and creative individuals and help our region thrive as a hub of creative industries, attracting the best and the brightest in information technology, architecture, advertising, film production and research and development – all essential components of a thriving, creative economy.
Know the facts
Did you know Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s non-profit cultural sector generates $202.8 million annually in direct expenditures by audiences and organizations into the local economy? Or that for the past two years, 100% of high school seniors (38) enrolled in Studio 345 graduated from high school? Follow ASC on social media (Twitter and Facebook) and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date on the impact of our region’s cultural sector.
Use your voice and vote this year. Make sure you are registered by October 14, 2016 here. Think about more than just the national elections; be sure to be informed about local races that are taking place as well.
Pick an action and start this week. Sign up for VoterVoice now so that you can be informed the public sector budget process this year. Plan to attend the Levine Center for the Arts Festival on May 21st with your friends and family. Register to vote. Find an action that inspires you, and then, just like that, you’re an arts advocate.
How are you advocating for the cultural sector this week?