© 2022 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Charlotte Talks: After Voters Said No To Tax Hike, What's Next For Arts Funding?

ballet.jpg
JEFF CRAVOTTA FOR WFAE
/

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Finding a solution to the crisis faced by Charlotte’s arts sector: Arts and Science Council President Jeep Bryant and others explain what’s at stake and make their cases for the latest solution.

In the lead up to a vote on a sales tax increase to fund arts, parks and education, voters were warned of a looming crisis in Charlotte’s art sector if that referendum didn’t pass. Well, it didn’t pass and now, those warnings are becoming a reality.

IMG_0573.jpg
Credit Chris Miller/WFAE
/
ASC President Jeep Bryant in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.

Once one of the nation’s most successful arts fundraisers, the Arts & Science Council’s traditional funding model no longer works. It simply doesn’t have the money to fund arts groups at a healthy level.

Now, the ASC has approached the city and county for a combined $12 million. And they still face skepticism. The ASC’s president and others share what’s at stake and detail this latest solution.

Guests

Jeep Bryant, president of the Arts & Science Council

Chip Decker, executive director of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

Hannah Hasan, local writer and spoken-word artist, performer, storyteller

Stay Connected
Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.