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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Robert Bush Speaks Out on Trump's Proposed Cuts to NEA Funding

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:15 PM


Robert Bush, president of the Charlotte-based Arts & Science Council (ASC), released a statement this morning regarding reports that President Donald Trump's first federal budget proposal would strip all funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

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Bush, who was named president of the ASC in March 2014, noted the value of the arts to the country's economy. According to figures from the NEA and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released in 2013, the arts contributed $704 billion to the economy that year alone, accounting for more than 4 percent of the nation's GDP and employing nearly 5 million workers.

"Funding to the NEA serves as a significant leveraging tool that has helped create an entire industry of locally based small businesses and jobs that cannot be outsourced," wrote Bush. "Investment in the NEA provides funding that promotes artistic innovation and addresses access social, technological and healthcare issues."

Bush went on to list the ways the NEA-funded ASC helps folks here in our community, and called on local residents to contact their representatives and demand the budget not be approved as proposed.

"In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, military families can explore Charlotte museums for free, Charlotte Symphony musicians can engage with music students at Northwest School of the Arts, public art animates our community and a UNC Charlotte professor can be featured in the New York Times for re-creating a long-lost dance," he wrote.

"Everyone should have access and opportunities to experience the arts regardless of their economic status, where they live, ethnicity or disability. This budget proposal must not be approved. ASC, the cultural community and its supporters are reaching out to their representatives in Congress now and advocate to keep funding the NEA. It is my hope that fellow residents will do the same."

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 22, 2016 as selected by us folks at Creative Loafing.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Visulite Theatre
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Christmas Karaoke at Milestone

Uptown Crawl

Leanna Eden and the Garden Of, Blu House and Monty Mak at Petra's

America Is A Mistake at Lunchbox Records

Monday, December 19, 2016

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 19, 2016 as selected by us folks at Creative Loafing.

Carolina Shout w/ Ethan Uslan at Petra's

Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

WBT Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame

Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

Find Your Muse Open Mic at The Evening Muse

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Dec 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 11, 2016 as selected by us folks at Creative Loafing.

Starving Artist Market at Charlotte Art League
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Copeland Now/Then Tour w/ Rae Cassidy at Neighborhood Theatre

Jazz Workshop and Improv feat. John Shaughnessy at Petra's

Kane Brown at The Fillmore

Omari & The Hellraisers at Comet Grill

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 10, 2016 as selected by us folks at Creative Loafing.

NoDa Krampus Krawl at North Davidson and 36th streets

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Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton at Double Door Inn

Deck the Walls: A Holiday Photography Sale at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy

Rippin' Weekend at Snug Harbor

Girl Tribe Pop-Up at Sugar Creek Brewing Co.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 1:49 PM


Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 9, 2016 as selected by us folks at Creative Loafing.

Clara's Trip: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story at Booth Playhouse

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Charlotte Symphony's Magic of Christmas at Belk Theater

Rippin' Weekend at Snug Harbor

Rippin' Weekend at Petra's

Southern Culture on the Skids w/ Wooly Bushmen and Aqualads at Wet Willies

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 8, 2016 as selected by us folks at Creative Loafing.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Spectrum Center

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Pothead Party at Mama's Caribbean Grill

Shiprocked at Snug Harbors

Holly & Tinsel at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson

Improv Comedy 101 at Wet Willies


Friday, December 2, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 2, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Neighborhood Theatre
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OTC Improv at Fort Mill Community Playhouse

Sinners & Saints, Rinaldi Flying Circus, Carolina Gator Gumbo at Petra's

All Arts Market at Behailu Academy

Jarekus Singleton Band at Double Door Inn



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 1, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Sharon Dowell Studio Sale at C3 Lab
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Holly & Tinsel at Armour Street Theatre

Elise Davis with The Black Lillies and Radio Birds at Visulite Theatre

Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Chocolate and Wine – That’s Amore! at The Secret Chocolatier

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Nov. 30, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at Knight Theater
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El Malpais w/ Modern Primitives, Pig Mountain at Snug Harbor

Monthly Talent Show at Chasers

CraftXcraft at Rock Bottom

Run Club at NoDa Brewing

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