Arts & Science Council http://wfae.org en Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Will Close This Month http://wfae.org/post/carolina-actors-studio-theatre-will-close-month <p>After more than two decades in Charlotte, the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is shutting down because of declining ticket sales and continuing financial challenges.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:02:09 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 53278 at http://wfae.org Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Will Close This Month Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions http://wfae.org/post/task-force-recommends-dedicated-tax-funding-arts-institutions <p></p><p>For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.</p><p>Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.</p><p>So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.</p><p>After more than a year of work, the<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201406/ASC_Report_Draft_Edited_June_10_%281%29.pdf"> Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations</a>.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:24:42 +0000 Tom Bullock 52873 at http://wfae.org Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions Making Art 'Pop' On Highway Billboards http://wfae.org/post/making-art-pop-highway-billboards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sometimes highway billboards are an eyesore. But the Arts and Science Council and a group called </span>ArtPop<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are trying to change that by placing the work of 20 local artists on billboards. Fifteen have already been chosen. And this week, the public can vote on the last five artists.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:50:51 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39937 at http://wfae.org Making Art 'Pop' On Highway Billboards Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence http://wfae.org/post/light-factory-members-want-keep-independence <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.</span></p><p>The museum of photography and film <a href="http://wfae.org/post/light-factory-suspend-operations" target="_blank">announced last week that it was suspending operations </a>while it tries to reorganize.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:36:17 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 37405 at http://wfae.org Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A 'Taste' Of Local Art http://wfae.org/post/new-take-collecting-gives-donors-taste-local-art <p>A new take on art collecting launched in Charlotte Tuesday morning with the <a href="http://www.artsandscience.org/programs-a-services/community-supported-art-csa-program" target="_blank">Community Supported Arts </a>program.&nbsp; It's a spin on a long-standing tradition in farm-fresh produce courtesy of the Arts and Science Council.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:23:51 +0000 Julie Rose 32345 at http://wfae.org New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A 'Taste' Of Local Art While Arts Groups Struggle, Discovery Place Thrives http://wfae.org/post/while-arts-groups-struggle-discovery-place-thrives <p>Declining grant money and budget shortfalls plague many of Charlotte's large arts groups. But one big cultural institution is in a different boat from the rest.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose 31540 at http://wfae.org While Arts Groups Struggle, Discovery Place Thrives Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government http://wfae.org/post/arts-funding-task-force-turns-government <p>As a group of community and cultural leaders works to find an answer to Charlotte's crumbling arts funding system, they're looking to individual donors, corporations <em>and </em>the government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday, the <a href="http://www.artsandscience.org/programs-a-services/cultural-planning/cultural-life-task-force" target="_blank">Cultural Life Task Force </a>heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:51:19 +0000 Julie Rose 31406 at http://wfae.org Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive http://wfae.org/post/arts-funding-troubles-part-2-what-it-will-take-survive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arts and Science Council was created decades ago to be the primary fundraiser for Charlotte's cultural sector. But it is no longer the money-raising powerhouse it once was. Cultural institutions that rely on the </span>ASC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose & Briana Duggan 31044 at http://wfae.org Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive Arts Funding Troubles, part 1: How We Got Into This Mess http://wfae.org/post/arts-funding-troubles-part-1-how-we-got-mess-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a group in Charlotte called the Cultural Life Task Force meeting every couple of weeks with a charge to save the city’s cultural sector. The traditional way arts and culture is being funded in the city is no longer working, and as a result, Charlotte’s arts institutions face an uncertain future.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Briana Duggan & Julie Rose 31048 at http://wfae.org Arts Funding Troubles, part 1: How We Got Into This Mess Where Is Queen Charlotte? Holding Court In Yard Between Parking Decks http://wfae.org/post/where-queen-charlotte-holding-court-yard-between-parking-decks <p>Queen Charlotte isn’t greeting visitors to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport terminal these days. But she’s not hiding – she’s just keeping watch from a new location.</p><p>The airport’s iconic statue of the city’s royal namesake has been temporarily relocated. It has been moved from its home of more than 20 years in front of the terminal while the airport undertakes several long-term construction projects.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:41:20 +0000 Sarah Ellis/Charlotte Observer 28575 at http://wfae.org Where Is Queen Charlotte? Holding Court In Yard Between Parking Decks