Tag Archives: Mecklenburg County North Carolina

Building Cultural Communities with power2give.org

29 Feb

More than a year and a half ago, ASC set out to create a new way to support arts, science, history and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. After almost a year of research, design and build-out we launched power2give.org in late August 2010. power2give took the concept of internet based crowd funding to local cultural organizations.

The project rapidly hit benchmarks and today, thanks to the generous support of hundreds of individual donors, including matching grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Foundation for The Carolinas, more than $254,000 has been contributed to support various 501 c (3)’s with cultural projects and/or missions.

It has supported bird feeding at Wing Haven, helped the Charlotte Symphony bring orchestral music and education to students at Winterfield Elementary and provided dance uniforms for North Carolina Dance Theatre REACH! students.

Charlotte Children's Choir raised $10,000 to pay for travel to The White House for a holiday concert through power2give.org

It was with that success that we were eager to expand power2give beyond the borders of Mecklenburg County. A sister site was launched in Louisville, Kentucky in mid-December. Through a lot of hard work,  the Fund for the Arts has raised more than $221,000 supporting projects throughout the state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Following not too far behind was the Department of Cultural Affairs in Miami-Dade, Florida. They too have worked hard with the cultural organizations in their area and raised more than $217,000.

If you’re counting, power2give.org has helped raise almost $700,000 for 181 projects in three states. The continued growth of the site and enthusiastic involvement of organizations, businesses, foundations and donors has demonstrated the power of the project.

ASC is excited about the future of and possibilities for power2give.org. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be announcing new matching gifts and expansions. Stay tuned as we help shape a vibrant cultural life for all in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and help other communities do the same.

Surprising Charlotte with Random Acts of Culture™

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On August 17, 2010 we set out on a two year journey with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring arts and culture to the people of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in very unexpected ways. On that day, 11 performers from Opera Carolina converged on the Atherton Mills and Market around 12:15pm singing three song selections.

The first Random Act of Culture at Atherton Mills and Market

The seven and a half minute show surprised, delighted and excited the crowd. Afterward the audience applauded, asked questions and shook hands. It was an exciting experience and just the first taste of what was to come.

Since that time we have hosted more than 100 Random Acts of Culture™ with Opera Carolina, the Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina Dance Theatre and others at sites as diverse as Crisis Assistance Ministry, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Belk department store.

Two weeks ago we brought Opera Carolina to IKEA near UNC Charlotte. On a rainy Sunday the staff led three performers through the back areas of the store surprising shoppers at the cash registers, in the cafeteria and the bedding area. The very full store paused at each of the performances taking photos and video, and chatting with ASC staff and opera performers.

With thousands of people through on weekends, it was one of the best RAC performance locations we’ve experienced to date. The enthusiasm of the performers and the IKEA staff was infectious.

Random Act of Culture at IKEA Charlotte with Opera Carolina

With performances like the one at IKEA and so many others, we’ve been lucky enough to see how much our community values culture and is excited by the performances that are brought to them. From tears of joy to big smiles and more thank you’s than I can recall, it has been a great experience for all involved.

ASC’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Through Random Acts of Culture we’ve been able to do that and more.

Stay tuned for the remaining few months of the Random Act of Culture™ program. You never know when you might experience one!

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.


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