Grants Awarded Summary: Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture The Women’s Impact Fund has awarded a total of $5 million to 62 non-profit organizations since 2003. We are honored to share the following information about our Arts & Culture Grants.

THE ACTOR’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE

$70,000 to support the creation of a New Play Festival “New Voices for a New Generation,” which solicits new plays from emerging American playwrights. About 450 plays were submitted for the 2016 festival and more than 1,000 tickets were sold. (2011 Grantee)

BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

$54,600 to increase accessibility to art for underserved populations; specifically, to expand their Artists in Schools program and Community Outreach program for incarcerated youth and adults, and to research and pilot a program tailored to individuals with low to no vision. (Grant awarded in 2014)

CENTRAL AVENUE BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL (Now Charlotte Bilingual Preschool)

$70,000 to launch a multi-day arts program targeting at-risk Latino children, with the dual goal of (1) causing tangible improvement in students’ school readiness and (2) to enrich the preschool experience for students, parents and staff.  Currently, a part-time art enrichment teacher offers art enrichment activities twice a month (Grant awarded in 2008)

CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE

$62,000 to launch its Preschool Global Theatre Series, a series of new theatre work with a central theme of multiculturalism. Through this project, CTC forged a strong partnership with Charlotte Public Libary and was able to start several new activities with them. Plus, many of the books purchased are still in circulation at the library. (2010 Grantee)

CLAYWORKS

$50,000 to purchase and upfit a van for its Claymobile project. The Claymobile brings pottery supplies to afterschool centers, local churches and libraries, and CMS. The program has expanded its reach and hired another full-time position since being awarded in 2013.

COLLABORATIVE ARTS THEATRE

$49,000 to support two seasons of the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival (formerly Shakespeare at The Green), featuring free Uptown performances of Shakespeare’s plays and free workshops for Charlotte’s amateur and professional acting community. Production was halted indefinitely in 2015. (2007 Grantee)

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

$76,000 to train preschool teachers in low-income schools to develop and implement lesson plans that integrate the arts through the “School Ready with Art” program. (Grant awarded in 2015)

THE LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH

$90,000 to launch The Latino New South, a new program creating a national model for using museums to foster the integration of immigrants into our community. This grant helps the Museum use the arts to address the challenges and opportunities presented by our rapidly growing population of Latino immigrants. (Grant awarded in 2012)

MUSICALMINDS NC

$93,000 for its Musical Arts Program for Elementary Students to engage students from low income neighborhoods in after school musical arts programing designed to promote social change through character education, promoting self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and social responsibility. (Grant awarded in 2016)

NORTH CAROLINA DANCE THEATRE (Now Charlotte Ballet)

$78,000 for its Community Outreach Dance Program, Reach (formerly NCDT REACH!). Reach offers high quality dance instruction, dancewear, and transportation at no cost to low-income members of our community. After the 29 sequential weeks of instruction, participants have access to teaching assistantships, intern positions, and scholarships to continue their training. Since its inception in 2009, Reach has served 699 with the highest ever enrollment in 2015-2016 at 88. (2009 Grantee)

ourBRIDGE for KIDS

$100,000 to support its After School Creative Arts Learning Program, incorporating arts initiatives and cultural experiences into summer language programs for immigrant and refugee children. (Grant awarded in 2017)