Opportunity Fund awards $251,000 to 13 arts and culture projects | entertainment

CHARLOTTE — The City of Charlotte Arts and Culture Advisory Board awarded $251,000 in grants to 13 arts and culture projects on Oct. 25.

The awards are the latest grants from the Opportunity Fund, which supports local arts and culture projects, programs, and initiatives that may fall outside of existing grant cycles or structures in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Projects must also meet the goals and policies of the larger Infusion Fund, which is a partnership of the city, the Foundation For The Carolinas, and private donors to support arts and culture through June 2024.

After approving nearly $400,000 from the Opportunity Fund in the current fiscal year, the Advisory Board also voted to suspend acceptance of new grant applications while it evaluates the Fund’s progress to date and refines the grant application process. Applications from applicants who have already submitted letters of intent and have been invited to submit a full application can be considered for grants from the remaining funds in November. These complete proposals must be received by November 3rd to be considered for an award.

“The aggregate funding requests the Board has received since its inception in early September, totaling well over $400,000, demonstrates the need for innovative tools like the Opportunity Fund to fill gaps in local funding,” said Priya Sircar, who City Arts and Culture Commissioner. “We will now review the best next step for the fund and look forward to opening new opportunities in 2023.”

Recent recipients of Opportunity Fund grants

10-Minute Play Festival by the African American Playwrights Group and the Performing Arts and Literary Society.

2023-2024 dance and circus performances by Caroline Calouche & Co. and the Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center.

  • Performances include Clara’s Trip: A Cirque and Dance Nutcracker Story, the cabaret-style Rouge, and Stargazer: A Trek Into Outer Space.

  • Grant Amount: $25,000.

Culture Bearers Artist Residency by QC Family Tree.

Fresh2Death by CrownKeepers

Hunnid Dollar Art Fair by BLMRKTCLT.

“Move to live; Migrating to Survive: A Woman’s Dancing Body” by Movement Migration.

Queen Sugar Bash by Holiday Wish Foundation.

  • A showcase for black LGBTQ+ artists to be seen, heard, followed and fairly rewarded.

  • Grant Amount: $18,500.

Street Culture Arte directed by Jose Valentin Ramirez Cardiel.

“The Flirt Bar” produced by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway.

  • A concert reading of The Flirt Bar by Susan Lambert Hatem, Michelle Malone and Amy Ray, a new musical about women who transform a former club into the Flirt Bar, a place for women to flirt.

  • Grant Amount: $10,000.

The Little Prince adaptation by Moving Poets.

The Print Shop Concert Series by Shoot2Edit Studios.

  • A live recorded concert series featuring independent singers, musicians and instrumentalists of all genres from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg music community. During performances, screen printers create custom t-shirt designs that will be future merchandise for the artists.

  • Grant Amount: $40,000.

“Violence/Enough” (a working title) by Carlos Alexis Cruz and the Nouveau Sud Circus project.

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