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Project Scientist one of ASC’s initial 2014-15 investments in cultural community

1 Aug

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

A program that encourages young girls to develop their talents in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is being strengthened, thanks to funding from the Arts & Science Council (ASC).

ASC recently announced an initial investment of $6.6 million in the local cultural community to fund 49 neighborhood cultural projects, festivals, programming in all Mecklenburg County municipalities, and support the operations of 22 cultural organizations.

Project Scientist is one of the many programs receiving funding through ASC's initial 2014-15 investments in the local cultural community.

Project Scientist is one of the many programs receiving funding through ASC’s initial 2014-15 investments in the local cultural community. (Photo courtesy Project Scientist.)

“Providing access to cultural experiences that are personally empowering and transformative is fundamental to the continued growth of our community,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “ASC invests in an array of arts, science, history/heritage and community-based projects that are not only educational, entertaining and enriching, but also keep our region fun and fascinating.”

Among those investments is Project Scientist, which started three years ago with summer programs conducted in the guest home of founder Sandy Marshall before finding a home at Queens University and expanding this year to a second site at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte.

Marshall had decided to do something about the disadvantages girls and women have in STEM majors and careers.

Project Scientist “stemmed from my desire to provide better opportunities for my two young daughters and other girls in the community,” she said. “By looking at the factors that affect a girl’s perception of ‘who is a scientist’ and ‘what does a scientist do,’ we developed a pipeline for girls that nurture their growth over the course of their educational experience.”

Project Scientist will receive a $5,000 ASC Cultural Project Grant to develop and implement a quality method and curriculum that integrates STEM and the arts in its summer programming for girls ages 4 to 12.

“Ours is the only program to start girls as young as four years old, even though the research says that for girls and minorities, you need to get them interested in science at 4, 5 and 6 years old in order to prevent gender and cultural biases from setting in,” Marshall said.

After relying on community artists to volunteer their time to work with girls in the summer program last year,

Project Scientist encourages young girls to develop their talents in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Project Scientist encourages young girls to develop their talents in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). (Photo courtesy Project Scientist)

the grant will allow Project Scientists to pay teaching artists this year. It makes a real difference, Marshall said.

“If we didn’t have funding from ASC, we would be relying on interns to do the arts component of our camp,” she said. “This grant allows us to get the best of Charlotte in here to inspire the girls.”

On one recent afternoon, several elementary-aged girls created poems about explosions, bones and other concepts they’d been learning about. Another day, they worked on life cycle quilts, altering the color of the cloth by boiling down objects from nature and basing their work on stages of the life cycle.

“It’s exposing the girls to things they normally might not be exposed to,” said teaching artist Amy St. Aubin, “and by utilizing the arts, you’re integrating art forms with science, so it’s cross-cultural learning and holistic learning.”

To view ASC’s first round of investments, click here.

Thank You From ASC

29 Jul

By Robert Bush

ASC President Robert Bush.

ASC President Robert Bush.

Thanks to the support of public and private donors, like you, the Arts & Science Council has secured $13 million to invest in the cultural sector for fiscal year 2014-2015. These dollars incorporate funds raised through the 2014 Annual Fund Drive, restricted gifts for special projects (such as Project L.I.F.T. intercessions and Knight Innovation), endowment earnings, foundation grants and public funding from the city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Arts Council, and Mecklenburg municipalities.

I am pleased to announce that ASC’s Board of Directors has approved allocations totaling $10.8 million for 2014-2015. ASC’s initial awards for the year total $6.6 million. These grants fund 49 neighborhood cultural projects, festivals, programming in all Mecklenburg County municipalities, and support the operations of 22 cultural organizations. Additionally, ASC has received $750,000 that will be passed to Blumenthal Performing Arts for the operations of Spirit Square. We anticipate ASC will distribute $1.4 million in education, $1.2 million in public art and additional project and technical assistance funding in the coming months.

Although ASC is funding organizations and programs, the cultural sector continues to face a revenue challenge. Unfortunately, that challenge has impacted the sector’s work in cultural education more than ever this year.

Due to ASC’s Annual Fund Drive having an $800,000 shortfall on a $6.9 million goal, ASC has suspended its support of arts, science, and history curriculum-based field trips for students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This cut impacts more than 50,000 CMS students. ASC has also made reductions internally and in other grant programs including Cultural Project Grants, Festival Grants, Technical Assistance Grants and School Grants.

These cuts were not an easy decision to make. Without an increase in financial support from the public and private sectors, ASC cannot sustain the funding for these field trips to Discovery Place, Latta Plantation, Blumenthal Performing Arts and other cultural organizations.

I am happy to let you know that despite the campaign shortfall, there is no decrease in funding to the 22 cultural organizations in Mecklenburg County that receive unrestricted operating support in fiscal year 2014-2015. These grants had been cut annually for years, so it was a top priority to keep the funding level flat to help them retain a strong financial footing.

Even though the cultural sector faces a setback related to the field trips, I am proud of the initial round of investments that will help provide access to cultural experiences that are personally empowering and transformative. I hope you, your family and friends will be able to experience many of them for yourselves.

Thank you again for your support of ASC.

Cultural Life Task Force releases its findings

16 Jun

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

CLTF Final Report-Instagram

Artwork by Sharon Dowell

The blueprint for creating a sustainable funding model to secure Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural sector has been revealed.
The Cultural Life Task Force – a diverse group representing local philanthropy, non-profits, government and business – has released its final recommendations for funding the arts and culture sector. Over the last 13 months, the citizen task force examined the history and current financial state of the local sector, as well as similar cities across the nation, to offer insight for how to pay for the Charlotte region’s cultural life.
In order to ensure vibrant, accessible arts, science and history programming for future generations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the task force recommends four key goals:
1) Restructure private sector giving to increase donations directly to cultural organizations. This includes establishing the Arts & Science Council (ASC) as the gateway for new cultural donors and participants who enter the sector through a workplace campaign.
2) Engage local and state government to recommit and expand support for the cultural sector to restore the public/private partnership that built and grew the local arts, science and history sector.
3) Redesign ASC and its mission so that it can be more effective in leading the cultural community’s adaptation to 21st-century trends in philanthropy, demographics and citizen participation.
4) Support ASC cultural partners with administrative, fundraising and managerial resources as they revise, build and improve their programmatic, revenue and governance operations and sustainability.
“The sector-wide transformation begins with stabilization by private donors and government, continues through increased efficiency, engagement and outreach by local cultural groups, and moves toward long-term solutions through a restored public/private funding partnership,” the 174-page report reads.
For decades, the public-private fundraising model of workplace giving campaigns and partnerships with local and state government earned the dollars necessary to support cultural institutions and fund neighborhood projects, education programs for school children and grants to individual artists.
But over the past several years, local arts, science and history nonprofits have endured severe revenue reductions from public and private source, a trend exacerbated by the severity of the downturn in Charlotte resulting from the national financial crisis.
Some groups have since closed their doors, while others cut administrative functions. In many cases, organizations have attempted to do more with less, spending money on programming while trimming staff and fundraising resources.
“That’s a great plan if it’s a temporary plan,” task force co-chair Valecia McDowell, an attorney with Moore & Van Allen, told The Charlotte Observer. “Eventually you get to a place where that begins to cripple the organization, and it begins to crumble under the weight of its own infrastructure.”
Civic, corporate and community leaders formed the task force in May 2013 to examine the history and current financial state of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural sector and to ensure its viability.
Task force members were appointed by the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Foundation For The Carolinas, the Charlotte Chamber and ASC.
“Arts and culture are imperative to our region’s vitality and are a major contributor to the quality of life her in Charlotte,” said task force co-chair Pat Riley, president of Allen Tate Realtors. “The path we’re on will not sustain the cultural sector we need to remain an outstanding place to work and live. This task force has worked diligently to make sure no stone was left unturned and every factor was considered. I am proud of the blueprints we have presented that will, hopefully, spark positive change in Charlotte.”
The report also recommends shifts in ASC’s strategy. Among them:

• Redesign the annual fund drive to a year-round cultural campaign;
• Launch a major data collection, warehousing, analysis, and sharing project;
• Strengthen ties with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to make the city more of a cultural tourism destination; and
• Design and implement a $125 million endowment campaign over the next decade, in collaboration with its cultural partners and the Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust.
“There is nothing in here that scares me,” ASC President Robert Bush told the Observer about the recommendations. “There is much here that makes me think in new ways. We’re up for the task.”

A community appeal from ASC

12 Jun

From 2014 ASC Annual Fund Drive Chair Richard T. “Stick” Williams and ASC President Robert Bush

Whether you live, work, go to school in or visit Charlotte-Mecklenburg, you benefit from the organizations and programs supported by dollars from the Arts & Science Council (ASC).

For that reason, back in January we asked the community to dig deep to help ASC reach its 2014 Annual Fund Drive goal of $6.9 million to sustain the cultural sector. And it’s why we’re asking you to dig a little deeper to help ASC reach its goal.

2014 ASC Annual Fund Drive Chair Richard T. "Stick" Williams.

2014 ASC Annual Fund Drive Chair Richard T. “Stick” Williams.

The public portion of ASC’s campaign was scheduled to end April 30. In May, ASC worked to wrap up remaining employee campaigns as well as finalize corporate and foundation gifts. However, as of June 1, we have commitments for $6 million — $900,000 short of the goal.

In order to finish the job, ASC is making a special appeal to the community to help us reach our annual campaign goal by June 30.

Reaching this goal is vital. Fewer dollars to ASC means fewer dollars to support cultural groups that have suffered more than a 40-percent reduction in funding since 2009. It also brings less cultural programming; cuts to grant funding that provides greater access to arts, science and history experiences; and possibly the elimination of cultural events our community has grown to cherish.

This year’s $6.9 million goal represents a 7-percent increase over the $6 million in unrestricted dollars and $450,000 in education funding ASC raised for the cultural community in 2013. Last year’s campaign fell $500,000 short of its unrestricted-gifts goal, resulting in a 4-percent cut in operating support to organizations.

ASC President Robert Bush.

ASC President Robert Bush.

The Annual Fund Drive campaign cabinet believes ASC can fill the gap by extending this opportunity for individuals and companies to donate.

Please remember – and tell your friends – that every dollar to ASC matters. Individuals can make a gift online at or can mail a check to Arts & Science Council, 227 W. Trade St., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28202. If you have already given, please consider giving a little more. If you just haven’t gotten around to making your pledge, please make it happen by June 30.

Thank you to all of the campaign volunteers for your hard work to date and to those individuals and companies that have donated to ASC.

For 56 years, our community has rallied together to raise the funds that have built and sustained our arts, science and history organizations. Together we can meet this challenge again.

ASC is You & Me!


A new place to spark STEM learning

30 May

By David Fowler
Communications Intern

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats


Ribbon cutting for the new Discovery Place Education Studio.

Ribbon cutting for the new Discovery Place Education Studio.

So it reads on a wall inside the new Discovery Place Education Studio in Uptown Charlotte, a professional development program for pre K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) educators. However, these are more than decorative words on a wall.

The quote defines the purpose of the Education Studio and its mission.

The studio will train educators through hands-on methods, awe-inspiring curriculums, and collaborative partnerships in hopes of bringing a sense of wonder back to STEM classrooms. By developing STEM teachers through various programs, Discovery Place hopes to have a massive trickle-down effect to the students in those classes. So often all it takes is a spark of intrigue to light a fire of passion.
The studio will provide teachers with the opportunity to hone their craft and become inspired, impactfulEd Center 3 STEM educators. With workshops ranging anywhere from DIY rockets and catapults to hydroponics, and various field experiences in topics like archaeology and sea turtles, there is no shortage of opportunity for growth, inspiration, and ideas for STEM teachers to bring back to their classrooms and incorporate in their own curriculums.
There is no universal way of learning that works the same for everyone, and Discovery Place recognizes this fact. Because no two students learn the same way, programs at the studio will aim to arm educators with resources and curriculum ideas, while also encouraging teachers to adapt these tools to fit the needs of their own students.
With the support of Bank of America, Duke Energy, UTC Aerospace Systems and OrthoCarolina, Discovery Place will open its doors to educators this summer. Through the creation of other partnerships, Discovery Place hopes to continue to develop the studio and grow its impact on STEM education in the community.
The future of STEM education in Charlotte is bright.

Your red-hot cultural guide to the summer

29 May

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager


Authentic North Carolina adventures are at your fingertips with the N.C. Arts Council’s arts tourism trails. Photo credit:

Bookmark this, print it, tweet it, share it on Facebook – whatever you have to do.

You’ll want to refer back to this throughout the summer.

Whether your plans include staying close to the local pool or traveling from Murphy to Manteo or anywhere in between, this will be a quick reference for how you can enjoy the arts, science, history and heritage experiences that makes North Carolina special.

Consider it your red-hot cultural guide to the summer.

No matter where you are in the state, there’s always something fun to do. Here are our tips for making the most of your summer vacation closer to home.


The North Carolina Arts Council has developed North Carolina Arts Trails, web-based guides to authentic experiences from music, craft, literature and other traditions found in the Tar Heel state.

The seven trail guides featured are: the Blue Ridge Music Trail, the Cherokee Heritage Trails, Discover North Carolina Craft, Historic Happy Valley (a legendary home to the arts, storytelling and living traditions), HomegrownHandmade (focused on authentic folk artisans, farmers and creative entrepreneurs rooted in the state’s rural countryside), Literary Trails of North Carolina, and the African American Music Trail.

Each guide typically includes a calendar of upcoming events, fun facts and tidbits and interactive maps – the Literary Trails guide offers instructions for walking tours of uptown Charlotte, for example.

You can find all seven North Carolina Arts Trails at


The fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums will offer free admission to more than 2,000 museums across America to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families through Labor Day 2014.

Participating Blue Star Museums in Charlotte are:

The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

For a complete list of participating museums in the U.S., visit


The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops series kicks off June 8 with “A Night on Broadway,” where the orchestra will play some of the most memorable music of Broadway, including selections from My Fair Lady, Chicago, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

Series concerts take place at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road (behind SouthPark Mall), Charlotte, with prelude performances at 7 p.m. and symphony performances at 8:15 p.m. If you go, get there early (gates open at 5 p.m.) and take a picnic.

This season’s Summer Pops schedule includes:

  • June 8: A Night on Broadway
  • June 15: Orchestra Americana
  • June 22: Instrumental Opera
  • June 29: That’s Amore
  • July 3: Celebrate America!

Tickets are Adults $10 and free for children younger than 18 for June performances and $15 adults and free for children for the July 3 performance. An adult summer pass to all five concerts is $40. For tickets or more information, visit or call 704-972-2000.


One of the ways the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra provides greater access to symphonic music is by performing outdoor summer concerts throughout northern and southern Mecklenburg County. This year the symphony will also perform at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.

Performances are from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The symphony’s outdoor summer concert schedule includes:

  • June 14: Music of the Movies, Romare Bearden Park, uptown Charlotte
  • June 20: Music of the Movies, Energy Explorium, Lake Norman
  • June 21: Music of the Movies, Stumptown Park, Matthews
  • June 28: Celebrate America!, Bailey Road Park, Cornelius
  • July 1: Celebrate America!, Belle Johnston Park, Pineville

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is partnering with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation to offer the Music Box Lunch Series in the Park. The series will feature live music from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in late May and June at Romare Bearden Park.

  • May 30: Roy Daye
  • June 3: Tom Billotto
  • June 6: John Alexander
  • June 10: Caution! Blind Driver
  • June 13: John Franklin
  • June 17: Jeff Brown
  • June 20: Dave Haywood
  • June 24: Alan Barrington
  • June 27: Colby Dobbs


Whether you’re looking for something free to do with the kids, making last minute plans, looking for the perfect pre- or post-date activity or taking a break from the pool, is your ultimate resource of everything cultural happening in and around Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

You can also sign up for CulturePicks!, a weekly email highlighting upcoming arts and cultural events in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

To stay up-to-date on all the events, festivals, concerts and things to do in the Charlotte region, just visit

Advocating for the Arts at ARTS Day

29 May

By Sara Simmons
Public Sector Liaison


Nearly 30 Charlotte-Mecklenburg community leaders and students took the bus to Raleigh last month to advocate for the arts.

It was part of the annual ARTS Day, a two-day event where arts advocates come together to promote the arts. The event, held May 20-21 in Raleigh, allowed individuals to engage in arts-related seminars and performances and meet directly with state legislators to emphasize the importance of the arts.

Sharing their stories with legislators in Raleigh were representatives from the Arts & Science Council (ASC), Community School of the Arts, Charlotte Symphony, UNC Charlotte, UMAR, and Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works, as well as staff members and students from ASC’s Studio 345, the out-of-school youth development program for 9th through 12th grade students.

While in Raleigh, Charlotte-Mecklenburg community members divided into teams to meet with legislators about how the arts have affected their lives and community. Students that met with Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, went on a behind-the scenes tour of the Legislative Building.

Other students shared their personal stories with legislators, engaging elected officials in deep conversations about the impact the arts have had on their lives. Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, was so impressed with the Studio 345 students he spoke with that he offered to write each of them a letter of recommendation to the college of their choice.

In addition to participating in legislative meetings, Bria Alexander, a 12-year-old Community School of the Arts student, sang on the portico of the legislative building with her dad, Fred Alexander, on keyboard. Bria wowed the crowd with her big voice, as onlookers were amazed with the young girl at the microphone. Several legislators even took the time to step out of their busy offices to enjoy her spectacular voice.

ASC staff, local students and Charlotte-Mecklenburg community members made a strong showing at this year’s Arts Day, said Studio 345 instructor Sean Beck.

“What a great, productive, awesome, super fun day with everyone!” Beck said. “I truly feel like we made an impact out there with our legislators.”

Arts Day provided an impactful experience for all involved and we hope to keep the momentum of our advocacy efforts going. To join our advocacy campaign, where you too can have your voice heard by your legislators, sign up for VoterVoice here:

Charlotte museum awarded NEA grant

17 Apr

Compiled by Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

A Charlotte museum has been awarded an Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding.

ImageThe Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will receive one of the coveted Art Works grants, which support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts.

The Gantt Center will receive $40,000 to support a digital plan for the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. The collection includes 78 two-dimensional works by 20th-century African-American artists such as Romare Bearden, Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley and Henry Tanner. The project will include expanding the interactive capabilities of the website and improving image and video streaming quality to make the collection widely available.

McColl Center for Visual Art, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina previously received a combined $42,500 in Art Works awards during the NEA’s first round of grants for 2014.
For every dollar invested by the NEA, grantee organizations raise an additional $9 in support from other, non-federal sources.

“We know that arts and culture play an important role in our nation’s economy, with the most recent numbers showing the sector comprising more than 3.2 percent – or $504 billion – of GDP,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “The NEA is proud to support the nation’s nonprofit organizations which are an integral part of the arts and cultural sector. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

ASC helps theatre reach all generations

4 Apr

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) supports Matthews Playhouse and its mission through a Cultural & Community Investment grant.

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) supports Matthews Playhouse and its mission through a Cultural & Community Investment grant.

A funny thing happened when Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts began offering productions for kids nearly 20 years ago.

Adults wanted to play, too.

So the playhouse expanded to give adults in southern Mecklenburg opportunities to shine.

“We try to be a big arts presence in Matthews,” said playhouse representative Melisa Verch. “They love the arts here and we try to be a big venue for that.”

It’s why more than 6,000 students will see a Matthews Playhouse performance with their school this season.

“Introducing them to live theatre is important,” Verch said. “It helps their favorite books come to life, it sparks their imagination and it creates a love of the arts.”

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) supports Matthews Playhouse and its mission through a Cultural & Community Investment grant.

“A grant from ASC,” Verch said, “helps us to do things just a little bit better than maybe we would have otherwise.”

ASC supports our entire community.  Its impact reaches all corners of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and Matthews Playhouse’s multi-generational cultural experiences are further proof that everyone benefits.  ASC is you and me.


Spring festivals provide outdoor cultural experiences

4 Apr

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

If you’re looking for something to do outside in the coming weeks, you’re in luck.

The arrival of spring means outdoor festival season is upon us, and the Arts & Science Council (ASC) is helping give families across our community plenty to look forward to this season.

ASC supports festivals throughout the year primarily through Town Initiative Grants and Cultural Festival Grants, which increase access to arts, science, history and heritage offerings and strengthen the quality of cultural programming in neighborhoods and towns throughout Mecklenburg County.

Several of festivals supported by ASC take place in the spring, when the warm weather and longer days beckon us outside after the cold and gloom of winter.

Here’s a look at five festivals taking place in April and May you won’t want to miss. Admission is free unless noted.

Charlotte World Parade and Festival.

Charlotte World Parade and Festival.


When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26.

Where: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte.

What’s Happening: The hometown multicultural and international event celebrating all cultures in North Carolina starts with a Parade of Nations, an authentic exploration of cultures showcasing more than 45 countries from all over the world with vibrant, colorful, native dresses. The festival includes a variety of live cultural entertainment all day, as well as cultural displays and interactive exhibits, and international crafts and food.


Kings Drive Art Walk.

Kings Drive Art Walk.


When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27.

Where: Little Sugar Creek Greenway on Kings Drive, 600 South Kings Dr., Charlotte.

What’s Happening: Presented by Festival in the Park, the annual event focuses on fine and emerging artists. Nearly 80 artists, ranging from clay and metal to mixed media and painting, will have their work on display and available for purchase. There will also be a jazz music stage both days.


Art on the Green.

Art on the Green.


When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 and noon-4 p.m. April 27.

Where: Main Street and town green in downtown Davidson.

What’s Happening: North Mecklenburg’s largest annual art festival brings thousands of people to Davidson to enjoy art, live music and food. The juried art festival features booths filled with art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend also includes musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from on-site vendors and area restaurants.


Hello Huntersville Festival.

Hello Huntersville Festival.


When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10.

Where: Downtown Huntersville.

What’s Happening:  Huntersville’s annual music and arts festival will feature regional artists, live music, chalk drawing demonstrations, local restaurants and food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides and activities and more.


Romare Bearden Park.

Romare Bearden Park.


When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 3 and noon-4 p.m. May 4.

Where: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte.

What’s Happening: The inaugural Romare Fest at Romare Bearden Park will feature performances from regional artists, art, children’s activities and more.


*Romare Fest is not supported through an ASC Cultural Project Grant or Town Initiative Grant; ASC hired Seattle artist Norie Sato to work with Charlotte-based LandDesign to integrate themes from Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden’s work in the park, which opened last year.


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