New ASC Cultural Vision Grant Recipients Announced

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Seventeen groups and individuals receive a combined $88,965 in funding for cultural projects that build community and increase relevance and innovation.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) – From a mural that will unite Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers with community members in Charlotte’s North End to #ImAnArtistDammit, a month-long residency program for four artists from underrepresented communities, Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors will have opportunities to experience more community-focused and innovative cultural programs thanks to ASC Cultural Vision Grants.

Cultural Vision Grants respond to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community’s interest in arts, science, history and heritage programming. The awards provide funds of up to $10,000 for Mecklenburg County-based creative individuals and nonprofit groups to pursue projects that do one of the following:

  • Build community by:
    • o connecting individuals across points of difference to increase understanding, acceptance and positive regard between communities; or
    • o nurturing, celebrating and supporting the authentic cultures and creative expression of specific neighborhoods.
  • Increase relevance and innovation by:
    • o activating nontraditional performance or exhibition spaces close to where people live; or
    • o providing groundbreaking and participatory experiences that reflect the changing communities in which we live.

More than 30 groups and individuals applied for this round of Cultural Vision Grants, with 17 recipients selected to receive a combined $88,965 in funding for cultural projects. All projects are scheduled to begin by June 30, 2018, and conclude before June 30, 2019.

Award recipients are:

  • The Arts Empowerment Project – $7,500 to bring together youth and law enforcement officers through shared visual arts experiences.
  • Bunong Indigenous Community Association – $1,000 to create a series of Charlotte-based workshops on traditional Bunong performing and visual arts.
  • C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church – $3,000 to support the Global Peace International Festival, a cultural heritage celebration that brings together performers and artists from 11 different countries in a traditionally African-American community.
  • Central Piedmont Community College Foundation – $5,000 to produce “Dances of India,” an authentic Asian Indian cultural program that builds appreciation and understanding of Charlotte’s Indian community through the sharing of performing arts traditions.
  • Charlotte Dragon Boat Association – $5,000 to support the 2018 Charlotte Dragon Boat/Asian Festival at Ramsey Creek Park – a celebration of Asian traditions, arts and heritage.
  • Charlotte Jewish Film Festival (CJFF) – $5,000 to support valued-added programming in the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival that promotes cross-cultural understanding and engagement through partnerships with Charlotte’s LGBTQ, autistic and African-American communities.
  • CrownKeepers – $3,500 to support #ImAnArtistDammit, a month-long residency program for four artists from underrepresented communities that will showcase their individual talents and culminate in a collaborative exhibit that explores similarities across their experiences.
  • Davidson College – $5,000 to support the gallery’s exhibition and performances of “Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves,” an exploration of female rebellion and the shifting nature of a woman’s identity, including what it means to be a feminist in the South.
  • Girls Rock Charlotte – $4,925 to provide a one-week camp for girls and trans youth ages 14-18 learning to create a short films using accessible technology.
  • Latin Americans Working for Achievement – $5,000 to support Dancing for Diversity, a series of Latin dance classes for Latino elementary students and their peers that will bolster the understanding and appreciation of Latin culture, boost self-confidence and foster friendships across cultures.
  • Let Hope Rise Foundation – $2,500 to create a two-week arts, performance and technology academy for 50 students from the Steele Creek area, after which students will present a musical production for the community.
  • Moving Poets Charlotte – $10,000 to support “We See Heaven Upside Down,” an evolving multidisciplinary arts project responding to challenges of migration, displacement and identity in contemporary society.
  • NorthEnd Partners – $5,000 to foster community pride by bringing together artists from the collaborative Brand the Moth, volunteers from NorthEnd Partners, guests of Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and CMPD officers to create a mural for the underpass at 16th and North Tryon streets.
  • Project Art Aid – $4,290 to support The Mobile Device Creativity Lab, which brings hands-on instruction and creative art making to the residential communities of seniors and members of African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American communities.
  • Que-OS – $7,500 to produce the 3rd year of BOOM Festival, Charlotte’s artist/community-led fringe arts festival that showcases experimental visual and performance art over three days in Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.
  • Stacey Rose – $10,000 to support open developmental workshops for the play “The Danger: A Homage To Strange Fruit,” which will bring West Boulevard-area residents together with theatre professionals for the creation of a new work that represents their lived experiences.
  • Jimi Thompson – $4,750 to support Wake-n-Make, a bi-monthly art education program that increases art literacy in communities of color surrounding Camp North End through creative problem solving skills and traditional art education.

Mecklenburg County-based creative individuals and nonprofit organizations that want to apply for the next round of ASC Cultural Vision Grants must submit a letter of intent by noon on Friday, March 2, 2018. Full application guidelines are available at

Organizations that have a current operating or project grant from ASC are not eligible to apply at this time. Funded projects must start between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, and conclude before June 30, 2020.

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Bernie Petit