Why This Matters: Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts directly impacts cultural organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
By Bernie Petit
Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the McColl Center for Art + Innovation will use art and artist-led programs to activate the North Tryon corridor in Charlotte’s North End neighborhood.
And Mint Museum will feature a range of leading artists of the American South – including Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden – in the exhibit “Southern/Modern: American Art in the South, 1900-1950.”
On June 14, the NEA announced a $117,500 investment in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community in its second round of fiscal year 2017 funding – a portion of the $82.06 million in support that the NEA will provide nationally to artists and cultural organizations. In December, the NEA awarded a combined $30,000 in Art Works grants to Charlotte Ballet and the Obey Foundation.
“The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”
Here’s a closer look at how NEA funding will benefit Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural organizations.
- Charlotte Symphony will receive a $12,500 Art Works grant to support a performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” with related educational activities. In collaboration with the Charlotte Ballet, as many as 80 middle school non-dance students will dance the work along with professional ballet dancers. Performances will take place at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center as well as in area high schools. Educational activities and teacher’s guides and supplemental materials will be developed for classrooms.
- McColl Center for Art & Innovation will receive receive $75,000 – a $50,000 Our Town grant and a $25,000 Art Works grant. The Our Town grant will support artist residencies and community engagement projects focused on the North Tryon corridor in Charlotte’s North End neighborhood. The Art Works award will support residencies for visual artists, which provide housing, workspace, technical assistance, transportation costs, a materials budget and opportunities to engage the community.
- Mint Museum will receive a $30,000 Art Works grant to support the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, “Southern/Modern: American Art in the South, 1900-1950.” The exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures created by the leading artists of the American South during a dynamic period of growth and change in the region. Artists will range from Elliot Daingerfield and Eugene Thomason to Will Henry Stevens, Romare Bearden, and Gregory Ivy.