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Scale DataKind programs

To scale existing DataKind programs advancing data-driven practice in the social sector while piloting new strategies for generating review to grow and sustain the organization's work.

Citymart USA Demonstration Project

To demonstrate an innovative approach to city government procurement that could generate substantial cost-savings for cities, create greater transparency and accountability in the procurement process, match the needs in the community with the best available solutions, and create a clearer model for citizen engagement and open up cities to local social and urban entrepreneurship.

Tow Center

To promote excellence in journalism through support for leading-edge research at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism that tests and adapts new technologies for the industry, and infuses the practice and teaching of journalism with innovation.

Out of Eden Walk

To promote long-term user engagement and excellence in journalism by experimenting with and sharing new storytelling technologies through the Out of Eden Walk project.

Cuba Entrepreneurship Series

To support further connecting and elevating the startup and entrepreneurial communities in Miami and Cuba through a series of events that will pair Cuban private entrepreneurs with their counterparts in Miami.

'Dances of the Soul'

To engage Charlotte audiences with Dances of the Soul, a workshop series that paired professional artists and dancers with community leaders and residents to participate in the creation of dance and performance art.

100 Words Film Festival

To launch a film festival that challenges professional directors and student filmmakers to focus on the essence of storytelling by creating films that use exactly 100 spoken words. The first event was held Nov. 22 at the McGlohon Theater. A sold out crowd saw 30 film premieres, many by award-winning filmmakers.

40 and Counting - Celebrating the Gantt's 40th Anniversary

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, with “40 And Counting” – an exhibition and programming series that culminates this month. “40 and Counting” highlights the institution’s journey and influence on the region, featuring works of sculpture, painting, textiles, photography and more from 16 previous exhibitions.

Charlotte Film Lab Screening and Speaker Series

To provide otherwise inaccessible films to enthusiastic audiences, through screenings in both indoor and outdoor venues around the city. The Charlotte Film Lab series then brings in prominent filmmakers to talk about their pieces at events following the showings, including recent discussion led by L.A.-based Charlie Siskel, director of the acclaimed documentary “Finding Vivian Maier.”

Cultural Innovation Grant 2014

To support the Arts and Science Council's Cultural Innovation Grant - a fund for emerging cultural organizations in Charlotte which are unique in programmatic approach and reach diverse audiences.

Enhanced Digitization /Mel Chin 'SEE to Sea'

To support Mint Museum’s Enhanced Digitization Project, which is creating virtual tours of the museum and its collections and special exhibitions, plus interviews with curators and artists. Funding also commissioned “SEE to Sea,” an immersive large-scale installation by renowned North Carolina artist Mel Chin celebrating the centennial of the Panama Canal.

Jazz Room Series Expansion and Marketing Improvements

To expand the successful Jazz Room @ Stage Door Theater, which transforms the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s black box theater into an intimate jazz venue featuring local, regional and international performers. Funding helps to present this monthly concert series twice in one night, instead of just once.

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