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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.

The Experience of The Lady of Charlotte Mystery

26 Mar

In February, the Arts & Science Council (ASC) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation brought murder, mystery and intrigue to the streets of Uptown Charlotte. Mysterious author J.P. wrote The Lady of Charlotte Mystery which took readers on a journey through the fictional account and subsequent investigation of a murder at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts.

J.P. crafted a suspenseful tale while incorporating the collection of the Mint and historical Charlotte artifacts. At the end of the three week challenge to solve the mystery, before the final pages were posted, one lucky winner received a prize pack allowing him to experience arts and culture in the center city.

Along with the story, J.P. compiled a video of The Lady of Charlotte story experience in Charlotte. Check it out here:

We look forward to working with Knight Foundation on innovative future initiatives to show-off all the great cultural venues and activities that make Charlotte a vibrant place to live.

ASC Kicks Off 2012 Make Your Mark Campaign

3 Feb

Last Tuesday, the Arts & Science Council kicked off the 2012 Make Your Mark fundraising campaign by announcing an $8.7 million goal. The goal represents a five percent increase over last year’s campaign.

Dollars from the campaign allow ASC to invest in arts, science and history organizations, education programs and community projects.

Campaign Chair Bob James announcing the $8.7 million goal

“Diversifying ASC’s revenue portfolio is a key strategy in how we can continue to support the cultural sector,” said ASC President Scott Provancher.  “The Make Your Mark campaign and over 25,000 individuals and 400 companies that participate in it remain a critical piece of our revenue model.  We have also diversified ways the community can support ASC through power2give.org and the restricted fund for education programs.”

Bob James, vice chairman of Fifth Third Bank’s North Carolina board of directors, is leading the community-wide fundraising campaign.

This year’s campaign will run through the end of ASC’s fiscal year, June 30. The final tally of the campaign will be announced at the annual Impact and Investment Lunch in July.

ASC also used the occasion to kick off a murder mystery, called The Lady of Charlotte.  The story, supported by the John

Kicking off the Lady of Charlotte Mystery Story with ASC staffer Alex Aguilar and ASC President Scott Provancher

S. and James L. Knight Foundation, follows the investigation of a murder at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts.  Individuals can read the story page-by-page at kiosks in Center City Charlotte and guess the suspects on ASC’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ASCCharlotte. Those who guess the correct villain will be entered in a contest to win a 1 year membership to the Mint Museum and a $100 CarolinaTix Gift card. The mystery’s author and the story’s villain will be revealed at a public event on Feb. 14.

To find out more information about the story, click here.

To make a gift to the Arts & Science Council, visit Giving.ArtsAndScience.org.

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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