The Charlotte Arts and Culture Plan

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The City of Charlotte is developing a comprehensive plan that will sustain and grow arts and culture in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

The Charlotte Arts and Culture Plan process involves listening to communities, gathering and analyzing data, and building consensus on a shared, community vision for the future of local arts and culture. This vision will be used to create policies, funding strategies, and an actionable plan that will cultivate and support a thriving, sustainable arts and culture community that benefits everyone.

Planning is underway and will finish in late spring or early summer of 2023. Help us shape the future of arts and culture by telling us what is important to you, how you participate in the creative sector, and where we need to focus our efforts. Let your voice be heard!

Questions about getting involved in cultural planning work? Email

State of Culture Report

Read the State of Culture Report(PDF, 6MB), a 360-degree review of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area's current cultural environment. The report includes:

  • Analyses of existing data and plans pertaining to the area's arts and culture sector.
  • A cultural asset inventory and map.
  • An in-depth assessment of how arts and culture is funded in the area, including grants, fees for service and building maintenance, and of funding strengths and challenges from the perspectives of artists, organizations and funders.
  • An examination of arts funding and governance in comparable communities across the nation.
  • A robust, three-month, areawide community engagement effort.

For a snapshot of the report’s findings, read the State of Culture Report At a Glance(PDF, 435KB).

A survey is also available to provide input on the State of Culture Report and the cultural planning process. The deadline to complete the survey is March 15.


State of Culture Report Virtual Public Meeting

The city will host a virtual public meeting on March 8, 6-8 p.m., to walk residents through the State of Culture Report and to solicit feedback.

Register on Eventbrite to receive a Zoom meeting invitation from the city’s consultants, Lord Cultural Resources. Registrants will be asked to indicate which of the eight insights they would most like to discuss during a breakout session at the meeting.