The City of Charlotte’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board awarded $2.01 million on June 21 to the Arts & Science Council (ASC) for fiscal year 2023. With this award, the board is working to fulfill a commitment by the city and its partners to the whole of the local arts community — individual artists, and arts groups big and small — to meet needs by funding new and existing opportunities.
The $2.01 million includes $950,000 to support ASC operations and nearly $1.06 million for the ASC to give grants to arts and culture organizations and individual artists. The decision funds the ASC at the full amount the ASC requested from the Infusion Fund for FY 2023.
The Infusion Fund is a partnership of the city, Foundation For The Carolinas, and private donors to support Charlotte-area arts and culture with roughly $12 million annually for three years. The Arts and Culture Advisory Board is in the process of allocating the Infusion Fund’s second year of funding.
“The Infusion Fund’s purpose is to support people and groups at every level of the arts and culture sector in a new way — to create more opportunities for them to access the funding and support they need,” said Priya Sircar, the city’s arts and culture officer. “With this decision, the advisory board is ensuring the ASC’s established programs endure alongside new resources only possible because of the Infusion Fund.”
The board has already approved the bulk of the $12 million available in FY 2023. On June 14, members voted unanimously to award a total of $8.9 million to 38 arts and culture organizations in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The vote ensured these organizations — some of the area’s best-known attractions, as well as small and mid-sized organizations offering a wide range of arts and cultural experiences — can maintain their current operations while the advisory board develops a long-term plan for the future of the cultural community. The $8.9 million approved on June 14 included more than $300,000 in funds that the ASC has a contract with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to provide the museum.
Additional FY 2023 funding under consideration includes about $900,000 that board members could use to fund creative projects and opportunities as they arise, or to incentivize collaboration among arts groups of all sizes. This program, unique to the Infusion Fund, would include approximately $200,000 rolled over from the previous fiscal year.
Among the organizations that will benefit are:
A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Blumenthal Performing Arts
Carolina Raptor Center
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Charlotte Art League
Charlotte Center for Literary Arts
The Charlotte Folk Society
The Charlotte Symphony
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Davidson Community Players
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Historic Rosedale Foundation
Levine Museum of the New South
Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works
Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
Mint Hill Arts
The Mint Museum
One Voice Chorus
The Carolinas Latin Dance Company
The Light Factory
Three Bone Theatre