Tag Archives: Charlotte North Carolina

ArtWorks 945, ASC Grant Provide Access to Struggling Artists

4 May

By Maria Mazzocco, Urban Ministry Center

ArtWorks 945 participants and volunteers at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts for Pilobolus.

As a program of Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, ArtWorks 945 is a functioning gallery and studio comprised of local artists who struggle with homelessness and urban poverty. In celebration of the power of human resilience, ArtWorks recognizes that profound healing and validation is possible through the act of creating. By offering arts instruction and open studio time, ArtWorks provides a safe space for positive action. In turn, relationships are built and people can work towards transitioning out of homelessness.

During the month of March ,ArtWorks participants engaged in a study of Surrealism. Starting in the 1920’s, Surrealism emerged as an art movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. With guidance, ArtWorks artists explored how their dreams are connected to art making, and navigating the reality they live in. This included playing the Surrealist game “Exquisite Corpse” where artists collaborated on drawing figures without first seeing the work of their partners.

The result of the class’ game of Exquisite Corpse.

These studies culminated on March 26 when ArtWorks took a field trip to see Pilobolus Dance Company at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts – made possible with a $582 Special Project Grant from ASC. For many of the artists, it was their first time seeing a live dance performance. Pilobolus, an internationally renowned dance company, is known for its playful choreography that uses physical interaction to create new forms. Human bodies morph into the shapes of cars, trees and other unbelievable shapes such as an elephant or camp fire. Not only did this performance expand ArtWorks artists’ understanding of visual art and human movement, it also challenged their understanding of what is possible in their lives. When the first dancers appeared on stage, one attendee exclaimed, “Wow! This is unbelievable.”

For more information about the ArtWorks 945 program contact Artworks945@urbanministrycenter.org or click here.

Cultural Leadership Training Class Teaches Future Leaders

3 May

By Katherine Mooring, Vice President, Capacity & Community Engagement

CLT class members take part in a class with Community School of the Arts.

Spring is in the air, and that means applications for ASC’s Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) Program are now online! This program is designed to identify new volunteer leaders for our Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural sector and prepare them for board service. With the graduation of our seventh class next week, ASC will have placed more than 200 alumni in leadership roles with 35 local arts and cultural institutions.

Monthly sessions focus on the legal responsibilities of boards, fundraising roles, arts advocacy, audience development, strategic planning, board/staff relations and how to find your own perfect fit for board service.  Participants in this program also need to be good sports…willing to engage in every experiential learning activity we throw your way during the nine months you spend with us. From running up and down Tryon Street for a cultural scavenger hunt, to dialoguing about difference at Levine Museum of the New South, learning to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a tiny Suzuki violin with Community School of the Arts, jamming with the Jazz Arts Initiative, or walking the trails at Carolina Raptor Center, there is always something new to explore that will deepen your understanding of and appreciation for the sector you will be supporting as board leaders.

ArtsMarket President Louise Stevens talks to the class about the role of board marketing.

The individuals who participate in this program, year after year, never fail to amaze us with their wide range of experiences, talent, insight and genuine commitment to advancing arts and culture in our community.

If you are interested in taking your involvement to the next level, click here for complete program details. The application deadline for our 2012-13 class is June 15. We invite you to get on board with us!

The CLT program is supported in part through the generosity of Parker Poe Attorneys and Counselors at Law and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Meet CLT Class Members Sean Gautam and Emily Walker

26 Apr

The Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) class is a nine month, nine class program that trains members of our community in board leadership and helps place them on the board of an arts, science or history organization. With just a couple of weeks to graduation for the 2011-2012 CLT class we wanted to introduce you to two future board members, Sean Gautam and Emily Walker

Name: Sean Gautam

Employer & Position: Intelligrity Capital Management – Founder and President

Hometown: New Orleans & New Delhi

College/University: Georgetown Law, University of New Orleans

Major: Securities Laws and Finance

Length of time in Charlotte: 5 years

Why were you interested in CLT program? I wanted to bring my energy and passions to help support and promote the cultural sector in Charlotte.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: Visiting museums and art galleries.

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: Good people, light traffic, and growing diversity.

Favorite book: ‘A Gift to my Children’ by Jim Rogers (acclaimed investor)

Favorite band/musician: Led Zeppelin/Eddie Vedder

Favorite movie: Il Postino

Favorite vacation spot: Venice, Italy

Favorite activity in your free time: Motorcycling

Person you would most like to meet: Jim Rogers (the investor, not the Duke Energy CEO)

Favorite Quote? “There’s one life to live — make it count.”


Name: Emily Walker

Employer & Position: Program Manager, Continuing Education, Queens University of Charlotte

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

College/University: Elon University

Major: Leisure & Sport Management

Length of time in Charlotte:  5 ½ years

Why were you interested in CLT program? I was interested in the CLT program because I wanted to explore the variety of arts and science organizations in our community. I knew I would learn a great deal from the speakers about board involvement and was excited about the possibility of connecting with a board that I may have not otherwise considered.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: The CSO’s Pops in the Park series – I look forward to gathering with my friends each year on summer evenings in June for a picnic, wine and wonderful sounds from the Charlotte Symphony!

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: There is always something to do! I love that Charlotte has all of the offerings of a big city but still manages to have a small city feel.

Favorite book: Bethenny Frankel’s “A Place of Yes” – this book provides ten rules for pursuing your goals with authenticity and drive.

Favorite band/musician: Lady Antebellum

Favorite movie: Father of the Bride – Pt. I & II!

Favorite vacation spot: Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Favorite activity in your free time: Being president of the Young Affiliates of the Mint (and catching up on all things BRAVO on the DVR!)

Person you would most like to meet: Kate Middleton – I think it would be fascinating to hear about her life has changed over this past year, from her perspective!

Is there anything else you’d like to include? I love trying new things, meeting new people and being engaged in this great city that I call home.

Interested in joining professionals like Sean and Emily on a cultural non-profit board? Applications are now available for the 2012-2013 Cultural Leadership Training class! Find more information and the application here.


Getting To Know CLT Class Member Ann Saari

17 Apr

Next month the Arts & Science Council will graduate 31 Charlotte professionals from the Cultural Leadership Training program. These leaders will go on to serve as board members or board trainees/apprentices at cultural organizations throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Ann Saari is one member of this year’s class.

Employer & Position: Bissell, Tenant Services Coordinator

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

College/University: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Major: Urban & Regional Studies

Length of time in Charlotte: 8 years

Why were you interested in CLT program? It is the perfect program for someone who wants to be involved in the community, but not sure which organization is the best fit for them. The program outline educates the group about the various organizations and also provides the tools to understand how non-profits operate.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: “Speed Dating” with over 10 different organizations.

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: Warm weather in a picturesque city.

Favorite book: Geography of Nowhere and The Thank You Economy

Favorite band/musician: Too many favorites to pick just one!

Favorite movie: The Family Stone

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach.

Favorite activity in your free time: Spending time with friends and family.

Person you would most like to meet: Tom Hanks

Interested in joining professionals like Ann on a cultural non-profit board? Applications are now available for the 2012-2013 Cultural Leadership Training class! Find more information and the application here.

Take A Run and Support the Arts

30 Mar

One mile separates the McColl Center for Visual Art and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown Charlotte. It is in that stretch that the 2nd Annual Charlotte Museum Mile, benefitting the Arts & Science Council, will take place on April 21.

The race is the brainchild of Charlotte attorney Marc Gustafson. Gustafson, an active member of the community and Public Art Commissioner, came up with the idea for the Museum Mile while running a similar one mile event in New York City.  The race, down New York’s 5th Avenue, took runners by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection.

“My wife and I talked about it and Charlotte has Tryon Street which start to finish has a number of cultural facilities that creates its own museum mile,” Gustafson said. “This is a great opportunity for Uptown and a great chance to show off the cultural facilities.”

Beginning near the corner of 11th Street and North Tryon Street, participants will run 5,280 feet to the Levine Center for the Arts.  Runners are separated into different start times based on ability with more experienced participants starting later in the day.

The race is chip-timed with prizes going to overall and age group winners. Participants also receive a race t-shirt and special offers to cultural facilities along the mile. Eight organizations including the Mint Museum Uptown and North Carolina Dance Theatre, will offer performances and activities.

“We envision this becoming a regular cultural event for Charlotte,” Gustafson said. “We want it to drive people downtown on a Saturday morning with their families to enjoy the cultural amenities Charlotte has to offer.”

Registration is $25. Children 15 and under run free with a paying adult.  To register and for more information, click here.

ASC Supports STEM Education with 100 Black Men of Charlotte

28 Feb

Every year ASC makes investments in hundreds of cultural institutions, cultural programs and individual artists. Together these investments help ASC shape a vibrant cultural life for all.

Part of that vision for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is strengthening educational offerings to students in our community. And so, this fiscal year ASC awarded, among many others, 100 Black Men of Charlotte a $4,000 cultural project grant to implement a robotics program. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) focused initiative was tied together with the organization’s 20-year-old mentoring program and brings the program to more than 50 African-American mentees, with an eye to future expansion.

100 Black Men of Charlotte invited us to check out the program. See your ASC dollars at work in the community below.

ASC Education: CMS Field Trip at the Mint Museum

4 Jan

For the 2011 Annual Fund Drive, the Arts & Science Council raised an additional $1 million to support arts, science and history programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Part of the investments ASC made in education this year included bringing 5th graders to the Mint Museum Uptown so they can experience Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections.


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