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Arts & Science Council to invest $14.5 million

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Arts & Science Council, a nonprofit organization that supports cultural efforts in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County area, plans to invest more than $14.5 million in community efforts in 2008-09.

Nearly $14 million will be direct funding to support arts, science, history and heritage through cultural education, community projects, operations of cultural institutions and new public artworks.

More than $579,000 in indirect investments will support development opportunities for the staff and board members of cultural and community organizations.

The council’s board has approved more than $12.7 million as the first round of direct support to 102 organizations.

The funding has been made possible through corporate and individual gifts to the council’s 2008 annual fund drive, along with public dollars from the City of Charlotte; Mecklenburg County; the North Carolina Arts Council; the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville; and earnings from the council’s endowment.

The grants provide unrestricted dollars to support operations of cultural institutions and restricted project support to nonprofits whose programs connect individuals with arts, science, history and heritage in a way that encourages participation.

Projects that received support range from a music therapy program for autistic children to an expansion of youth orchestra opportunities.

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