Kevin Patterson: Cultural
planning in any city is vital.
And the reason why it's vital
[is] because it allows the
community to take part in what's
going to happen in their city.
Text: After a months-long selection process, Charlotte’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board
has reached a milestone in its efforts to revitalize and invigorate the local creative community.
A committee of board members selected consulting group, Lord Cultural Resources,
to help create a comprehensive cultural plan for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
We talked to a number of,
companies that do this for a
living, and many of them were
great. But Lord, when they
presented to us, as well as
their proposal, really showed
how they would get into the
nitty gritty of the community.
We don't want a plan that is,
quote — unquote, "tops down." We
want a plan that is more "bottoms
up." A plan that incorporates
individual artists, incorporates
organizations, both small and
large. And Lord has the
experience of doing this.
Text: The cultural plan will include a vision and strategy to sustainably fund and resource
local arts and culture for years to come. It will aim to increase tourism,
and bolster collaboration, equity and inclusivity in the creative sector.
As the work on the cultural plan begins, the advisory board is also focused on allocating $12 million
in the next fiscal year from the Infusion Fund, a public-private partnership to support arts and culture over three years.
When you go through a pandemic,
when people can't go to art
buildings, they can't go see an
artist's painting. They can't
hear musician, there was really
a huge economic impact. So
fortunately, this community
came together, and we've got $12
million to give out to a number
of organizations and individual
artists. And we've got to do it
in a very, what I'll call
practical, judicious fashion,
not making it cumbersome, but
making sure we allow this art
community, quote — unquote,
"post pandemic," to
thrive again like it was doing
Learn more about the City of Charlotte’s arts and culture initiative
and the Infusion Fund at charlottenc.gov/arts-culture.