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Charlotte arts drive sets $7.3 million goal

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Scott Provancher

Scott Provancher

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Arts & Science Council has set a goal of $7.3 million for its annual fund drive, up from the $7.2 million it raised last year, when the drive fell far short of its $11.2 million goal in the face of the recession.

In the wake of last year’s short fall, the council cut its workforce by 37 percent and will invest 27 percent fewer dollars in the community.

“The needs of the cultural community are great and arts truly matter, now more than ever,” Scott Provancher, the council’s president, says in a statement. “In order to sustain the cultural sector, we must continue to engage our current donors to support the campaign.”

Chairing this year’s drive, which ends March 12, are Madelyn Caple, senior vice president and regional director for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo company, and Tom Zweng, senior vice president of medical affairs for Presbyterian Healthcare.

The council uses funds it raises to support arts, science, history and heritage organizations, as well as artists, education programs and neighborhood cultural programs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

For every dollar the council receives, it uses 87 cents to support its mission of building appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history and heritage in the region.

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