Arts & Science Council

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council

The head of Charlotte's Arts & Science Council has announced plans to retire. Robert Bush said Wednesday he will step down at the end of council's fiscal year, June 30, 2019. 

Interconnected includes three large digital screens with constantly changing images derived from airport data.
David Boraks / WFAE

Passengers this week began flying in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport's $200 million expansion of Concourse A. As they stroll to nine new gates, travelers pass what's billed as the nation's largest data-driven digital public art installation.

WFAE/Sarah Delia

If you’re voting today, you may be surprised by what greets you at the polls. Musicians will perform at some precincts in Mecklenburg County. The goal is simple: to bring smiles to people’s faces as they wait in potentially long lines to do their civic duty.

One performer is ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to him as he prepared to play from a particularly unusual stage.

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Monday night was an open mic night of sorts at the Charlotte City Council. It was the public’s chance to have their say on the city manager’s proposed budget. It includes an increase in property taxes and cuts to city services. 

There wasn’t a flood of angry protesters lamenting cuts to the city’s 311 service last night. In fact just eight people spoke to the council last night. The speakers broke down into one of three categories.

Sarah Delia

The Arts and Science Council requested $2.3 million from the Mecklenburg County Commission. The money would fund arts and science education programs. But some commissioners were not impressed with how the request was made. WFAE's Sarah Delia reports.


Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program

Jul 29, 2014
Thomas Bus Company

CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

CAST

After more than two decades in Charlotte, the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is shutting down because of declining ticket sales and continuing financial challenges.


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If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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