Arts & Culture Board Awards Over $719K to Artists and Creative Groups

Published on June 22, 2023

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Latest allocation brings recent total to more than $10M from the Infusion Fund

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 22, 2023) –  On Tuesday, the City of Charlotte’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board awarded $719,577 to support 34 projects by local nonprofits, individual artists, and creative groups through the Infusion Fund, a partnership among the City of Charlotte, The Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) and private donors. Applicants submitted proposals for a variety of projects including performing arts, visual arts, educational programming, training and development, exhibits and festivals.

$719,577 Award Allocations

Applicant Project Recommendation
Arts+ Arts+ Collaborative Performance Series $15,000
Ashley Tate From Brooklyn to Brownes Ferry: The Migration of Grace AME Zion Church $20,000
Baran Dance Homegrown $30,000
Burnt Reeds Quintet Home-Grown Melodies $28,600
Carla A aron-Lopez Local Street 2023 $26,000
Charlotte Is Creative Charlotte Reciprocity Circles $20,500
Charlotte Master Chorale Unity: Earth $30,000
Charlotte New Music CNM Organization Expansion and Audience Reengagement Initiative $16,800
Charlotte Street Art Collaborative CLT Edge Fest $30,000
Cine Casual Charlotte Latino Film Festival $30,000
Comité de Fiestas Patrias y Tradiciones de Charlotte Hispanic American Countries’ National and Independence Days $30,000
Davidson College Common Thread Theatre Collective $30,000
El Alma de la Luna Dance Academy The Third Root/ La Tercera Raiz $8,000
GiGi's Playhouse Charlotte GiGi's 3D 2023 $29,826
Girls Rock Charlotte (DBA We Rock Charlotte) We Rock Youth Stage - Festival in the Park and We Rock Band Music Enrichment Programs $20,000
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American A rts + Culture Harvey B. Gantt Center: Community Big Read $25,000
Hispanic Federation North Carolina FUERZAFest $30,000
Julio Gonzalez Dia de Los Casi Muertos $10,000
Junious Ward, Poet Laureate On Game $7,000
Loose Leaves Loose Leaves Choreographic Showcase $21,250
Lorien Academy of the Arts After-School Art Clubs $30,000
Maria Napier Centering Art Healing Project $4,500
Metrolina Association for the Blind, Inc. Sensory and Disability Inclusive Art Exhibition $30,000
Mixed Metaphors Productions Swimcap $10,000
Monroe Road Advocates Bard at the Barn $9,763
Moving Spirits, Inc Long Memories: A Call to SHOUT! $20,000
OBRA Collective Modern Artesanía: Art Exploration Workshops $22,338
Phoenix Down RPG V ideo Game/ Classical Music Collide $18,000
ReeCee Raps Why Did you Stay?: An Artistic Representation of Domestic V iolence Through the Lens of Survivors $15,000
Tarik Kiley The Charlotte Poetry Festival $20,000
The Broken Crayon LLC Art for A ll: Creating Space $30,000
Thrive A rtist Group Thrive Exhibition $10,000
Tosco Music Parties, Inc. ("Tosco Music") V iva La Música CLT! $24,000
Wall Poems, Inc. Four New Poetry Murals and Culminating Event $18,000
Total $719,577


The awards come from a portion of the Infusion Fund known as the Opportunity Fund, a relatively new mechanism that supports local arts and culture projects, programs and initiatives that may fall outside existing grant cycles or structures in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area or that need supplemental support, and that signify new or expanded programming opportunities for the applicant and/or for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

The current grant cycle, which opened in February, brings the total amount of these grants awarded since the inception of the Opportunity Fund to $1.6 million in new support for arts and culture projects that was not previously available.

In this grant cycle, 165 grant requests were received and, and proposals were evaluated by review panels of arts and culture practitioners. Based on application data, of the approved applicants, 82% serve historically underserved or marginalized populations:

  • 70% serve African, Latinx, Asian, Arab or Native American populations.
  • Nearly one-third serve the LGBTQ+ community.
  • 50% serve one or more of the City’s Corridors of Opportunity.

Advisory board members initially allocated $325,000 in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) funds for the Spring 2023 cycle of the Opportunity Fund. Recently, another $1.325 million from FY24 funds was allocated for Opportunity Fund grants, with the ability to use a portion of them to enhance the grant support provided through the current cycle. The board’s vote on Tuesday leaves $930,423 to award through the Opportunity Fund in FY24.

This spring, the board awarded another $1 million in support of the Arts & Science Council’s grantmaking programs to individual artists and creatives and groups, namely the Artist Support grants, Cultural Vision grants, and Founders Grants, for which the Infusion Fund provided seed funding in FY23. The board also voted to award $8.48 million in FY24 support for the operations of 37 arts and culture organizations of many types and sizes across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that receive annual operating support.

$8.48 Million Award Allocations

Organization FY 2024 Unrestricted Operating Grants
A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas $20,000
Arts+ $266,202
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art* $113,471
Blumenthal Performing Arts $295,780
BNS Productions $20,762
Carolina Raptor Center $100,363
Carolina Voices $51,762
Carolinas Aviation Museum $119,160
Charlotte Art League $30,000
Charlotte Ballet $801,473
Charlotte Center for Literary Arts $27,452
The Charlotte Folk Society $16,268
The Charlotte Symphony $1,049,055
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte $501,420
Clayworks $60,000
Davidson Community Players $55,000
Discovery Place $1,033,714
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte $32,500
Goodyear Arts $45,088
The Harvey B. Gantt center for African-American Arts + Culture $703,628
Historic Rosedale Foundation $17,250
JazzArts Charlotte $117,786
Levine Museum of the New South $525,333
Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works $12,133
Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts $100,000
McColl Center $388,125
Mint Hill Arts $14,789
The Mint Museum $1,026,777
One Voice Chorus $55,000
Opera Carolina $464,000
BOOM Charlotte $50,000
The Carolinas Latin Dance Company $7,500
The Light Factory $50,000
Theatre Charlotte $150,000
Three Bone Theatre $30,000
Tosco Music $40,277
Wing Haven $89,063
Total $ 8,481,131


The upcoming fiscal year will be the third and final year of the Infusion Fund. Before the Infusion Fund ends in June 2024, the board and other local stakeholders will finalize a long-term cultural plan.