Workshops & Training for Creative Individuals

Workshops & Training offerings for 2019 – 2020.

Accommodations Requests

If you require accommodations to attend any workshop and training event hosted by ASC, please call 704-335-3050 or email at least one week prior to the event.

ASC Sponsored Workshops & Training


ASC Grants Workshops & Info Sessions

Dates and Audience: Listed below.
Cost: Free.

In July and August, ASC Staff will host workshops and info sessions in and around Mecklenburg County focused on upcoming funding opportunities for individual artists and cultural organizations.

ASC supports Mecklenburg County-based nonprofits and creative individuals who are providing high quality arts and culture projects that respond to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community’s interest in arts, science, history and heritage programming through Cultural Vision Grants and Culture Blocks. ASC also supports Mecklenburg County and regional artists through Regional Artist Project Grantsand the Community Supported Art program.

The following info sessions and workshops will be offered:

  • August 7, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
    Arts & Science Council (227 W. Trade St., Ste. 250, Charlotte, NC 28202)
    Opportunities Covered:
     Cultural Vision Grants
     Creative individuals and nonprofit cultural organizations
    Click here to register 
  • August 12, 2019, 6-7 p.m.
    Arts & Science Council (227 W. Trade St., Ste. 250, Charlotte, NC 28202)
    Opportunities Covered: Community Supported Art, Regional Artist Project Grants
    Audience: Creative individuals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region
    Click here to register
  • August 28, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Matthews Community Center (100 E. McDowell St., Matthews, NC 28105)
    Opportunities Covered:
     Cultural Vision Grants, Regional Artist Project Grants, Culture Blocks, and Community Supported Art
    Audience: Creative individuals and nonprofit cultural organizations
    Click here to register 

Forward Faster: Human Centered Design for Nonprofits and Creative Entrepreneurs

Dates: Workshop dates 8 a.m.-noon September 17 and 24 and October 1, 2019, McColl Center for Art + Innovation (721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202). Virtual follow-up sessions 10 a.m.-noon October 15 and 22. Attendance to all workshop dates required.
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Audience: Employees of nonprofit organizations and creative entrepreneurs. Participants are strongly encouraged to register as part of a work team.
Cost: $150.

In today’s rapidly changing environment, organizations are realizing the value of continually evolving to accomplish their mission. Groups who develop a deep empathy for their audience have the ability to connect and continually create meaningful experiences to meet the changing needs of their supporters, guests, board members, volunteers, and other constituents. Knowing the reality of your beneficiaries also gives you an advantage in both speed to assistance and impact of effort. This interactive and informative workshop focuses on critical tools used in Design Thinking to truly comprehend the reality of whom your serve while providing a framework to quickly identify, evaluate and evolve to build an impactful institution.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Create and implement a plan to discover unmet needs.
  • Identify, evaluate and test new opportunities with techniques which deliver results.
  • Create new, impactful, and provocative experiences.
  • Leverage existing resources to produce maximum effect.

Perfect for teams who:

  • Want to create a new or enhanced experience for participants, donors, volunteers or other beneficiaries.
  • Struggle to fulfill a mission or vision with limited resources.
  • Seek progress while minimizing risk.
  • Want to devise new ways to connect their mission to an unknown audience of interest.

Convince your leadership:

  • This discipline has been a highly successful way to create a sustainable improvement function in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations for decades.
  • You will learn something new while getting stuff done for your team.
  • You will collaborate and gain additional knowledge from other organizations, which you can bring back to your team.

Learn more and register.

Other Opportunities

Our State Seeking Submissions for Fourth Annual Made in North Carolina Awards, Deadline: August 14, 2019.

The Johnson City Public Art Committee Accepting Art/Demo Activity and Vendor Applications for Art•Struck Festival, Deadline: August 16, 2019 for vendor applications.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Invites Applications for Fall 2020 Artists-in-Residencies, Deadline: August 31, 2019.

The City of Rock Hill Hosting Artist Call for Bleachery Heritage Project Sculpture, Deadline: September 10, 2019.

New York Public Library Invites Applications for 2020-21 Cullman Center Fellowship, Deadline: September 27, 2019.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Accepting Applications for Emergency Grants, Deadline: Open.

Foundation for Contemporary Art Accepting Applications for Emergency Grants, Deadline: Rolling.

Artfully Reimagined Invites Submissions for ‘Reimagine It’ Grants, Deadline: Rolling.

Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art Accepting Applications for Pop-Up Residencies, Deadlines: Multiple.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Accepting Grant Applications From Artists in Need, Deadline: Open.


Questions? Contact Holly Whisman at