Arts & Science Council

Local News
9:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte Symphony CEO Discusses Good Financial News, Future Challenges

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Local News
5:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program

Credit Thomas Bus Company

CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

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Arts & Life
5:02 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Will Close This Month

Credit CAST

After more than two decades in Charlotte, the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is shutting down because of declining ticket sales and continuing financial challenges.


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Arts & Life
10:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions

For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.

Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.

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.

After more than a year of work, the Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations.

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Arts & Life
10:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Making Art 'Pop' On Highway Billboards

Monique Luck used pieces of paper, lace, glass beads and acrylic paint to create this piece called, 'I see my daughters'. Luck says she spent about 50 hours over the last few months working on this piece. It's inspired by a photo of one of her sisters. When her mother saw the photo she said, 'I see my daughters'.
Credit Monique Luck

Sometimes highway billboards are an eyesore. But the Arts and Science Council and a group called ArtPop 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. 


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Arts & Life
11:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.

The museum of photography and film announced last week that it was suspending operations while it tries to reorganize. The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A 'Taste' Of Local Art

Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell is one of nine participating in the new Community Supported Art program where people can buy a 'share' and get surprise boxes of original art.
Credit Julie Rose

A new take on art collecting launched in Charlotte Tuesday morning with the Community Supported Arts program.  It's a spin on a long-standing tradition in farm-fresh produce courtesy of the Arts and Science Council.


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Local News
5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

While Arts Groups Struggle, Discovery Place Thrives

Ticket sales, parking and gift shop revenues raise enough money to cover 70 percent of the expenses for Discovery Place Inc.
Briana Duggan

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.


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Local News
9:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government

Cultural Life Task Force
Credit Carolina PR

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 and the government.

On Monday, the Cultural Life Task Force heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.


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Local News
6:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive

The Mint Museum and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010 as part of the Levine Cultural Campus.
Briana Duggan

Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.

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 ASC, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."


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