CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Six cultural and performing arts groups will launch projects to enrich the Charlotte region and engage the community in new and innovative ways, with a series of grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The grants, totaling $432,500, are the first in Knight Foundation’s new nationwide arts initiative, focusing on eight communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.
In Charlotte, Knight Foundation is targeting programs with the potential to inspire community engagement and transform the region’s cultural arts scene.
The wide-ranging projects are designed to spark conversations around the region’s diversity, open an important art collection to new audiences and strengthen both established and emerging institutions.
“All residents can become more engaged in their community through a vibrant arts scene,” said
The recipients are:
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: to increase the young museum’s reach by creating a digital library of the rarely-seen 1,400 piece collection ($107,500);
- McColl Center for Visual Art: to raise the center’s profile by bringing nationally renowned contemporary artists into its artist-in-residence program ($80,000);
- Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg: to fill the gaps in local cultural programming by investing in emerging arts organizations ($60,000);
- WDAV Classical Public Radio: to engage the area’s growing Hispanic community by developing Concierto, a nationally syndicated Spanish-language classical music service expected to launch in 2011 ($55,000);
- Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: to bring alive African-American arts and history by creating a dynamic educational outreach program at the center’s new facility ($50,000);
- Levine Museum of the New South: to engage a broad audience and spark dialogue by creating innovative programming for the return of the nationally acclaimed Civil Rights exhibit, COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America ($50,000);
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg: to showcase the areas’ cultural vibrancy by creating a series of public “random acts of culture” ($30,000).
“We thank Knight Foundation for its continued commitment and investment in supporting arts and culture on a national level,” said Arts & Science Council President and CEO Scott Provancher. “We are thrilled and honored that cultural organizations in Charlotte were selected to be a key part of the foundation's national initiative.”
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.