The June general membership meeting of Can Do! will explore the current economic, social, political and cultural conditions that form the field upon which Charlotte’s civic organizations attempt to create a vibrant, culturally active community. Can Do! vice chairman Curtis Scott will discuss modes of collaboration and support necessary to attract individuals and families to use our facilities and consider relocation. As resources dwindle, the arts in all forms face, in some cases, insurmountable odds. Detroit, for instance, is pressed to sell off the most valuable art in the DIA – perhaps the most precious cultural asset in the state – to cover the debts of the city. Similarly, public school arts programs in neighboring school districts and our own are falling victim to budget axes to save diminishing school resources. The feeder programs for future musicians, artists and actors are in peril nearly everywhere.
The arts are in distress for lack of funding throughout most of Michigan and the United States, yet Charlotte has the infrastructure, organization and perhaps unique opportunity to create a cultural haven for individuals and families drawn to places that still support the arts. It will, however, require expansive collaboration between local and regional individuals, organizations and businesses to make this happen. With Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Alive, Windwalker, the Senior Center, the Courthouse and a potential outdoor venue as anchors, Charlotte has the assets to become a cultural island for the entire region.
At June’s Can Do! meeting, Mr. Scott will discuss untapped opportunities for collaboration and the benefits of being perhaps the last community standing when it comes to adequately supporting local arts programs. He will paint a vision of people throughout the region perceiving Charlotte as their destination place to be entertained, informed and enlightened, as well as how and why we need to prime the pump, so to speak, and the steps we as an organization and as a community need to take to make it happen.
The June general membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spartan Room of the Charlotte Community Library. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided free of charge. The public is welcome to attend.