Fostering conversation among strangers by installing Charlotte’s signature porch swings in public spaces.
To address one of the region's most pressing problems - to improve air quality - through a business-led awareness, education and change effort
To expand dance and movement classes to four preschools and add a part-time volunteer coordinator
To introduce local decision-makers to detailed scientific data about the region's tree canopy and green infrastructure and to tools and techniques that can be used to balance development with environmental concerns
For "South by South Africa: Crafting Cultural Understanding," a project to use cultural programs as a catalyst for civic dialogue on racism through the lens of South Africa
To invest in emerging arts organizations to fill gaps in local cultural programming
To support continued investment in emerging cultural organizations that are viewed as having the capability of filling gaps in local cultural programming or are unique in their programmatic approach, either artistically or in reaching emerging audiences
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
Rethinking municipal signs that typically tell people “what not to do,” to spur fun, imagination and positivity throughout Charlotte; the project will create signs that provide amusing, enchanting, fun options: You can dance! You can sing! You can skip!
To foster civic engagement by providing technology planning and tools to transform a historic movie theater into an active public space in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.
To plan for the development of the Catawba Regional Trail, an extensive greenway encompassing natural lands in 14 counties in the Carolinas
To strengthen the sense of regional community by supporting the Carolina Thread Trail, a green "interstate" of major trails and linear parks that will link more than 2 million people to places in 15 counties