Discovery Place

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.


Lisa Miller

Gross things have a way of enthralling kids.  A new exhibit at Discovery Place called Animal Grossology tries to leverage that reaction to teach them something about science.  You can learn about vomit munchers, blood slurpers, poop, and smelly stuff. 

Blood suckers, slime makers and vomit munchers. Discovery Place has a summertime exhibit sure to grab your kids . . . and probably make you gag. We go inside "Grossology" on the next Charlotte Talks. But first, we sit down with some people on a mission to make sure the city's museums and cultural institutions – like Discovery Place – have stable financial future. Government grants and workplace giving have declined so dramatically in recent years that Charlotte's arts leaders are sounding the alarm. They've formed a task force to come up with solutions. We talk to the co-chairs of that task force, when Charlotte Talks.

Charlotte’s arts education just got a boost.

PNC Bank has donated more than half a million dollars to fund early arts and science education in the Bethlehem Center’s Head Start programs.

Executive Director of the Bethlehem Center, William McDonald, says that this funding will enrich the program, which serves children whose families meet federal poverty guidelines.