by John Clark
“Artistic Ambition,” the January 2007 article by Meg Whalen in Charlotte Magazine, demonstrated that Charlotte lagged behind comparably sized cities in its development of the arts and created a stir among the arts/cultural community. Two interview programs on public radio WFAE have been devoted to the topic.
The article inspired my own opinion-editorial article in the January 29th issue of the Charlotte Observer in which it was suggested the Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) approach to the arts is flawed, and the chairperson of the Arts and Science Council Board of Directors Jennifer Appleby responded with her own opinion article published in the Observer. Additionally, affiliate members of the ASC (those that receive annual basic operating grants–BOGs) met in late January, and, although it is not clear if the response is due to this recent public discourse, the ASC is organizing meetings among members and individual artists scheduled in March.