Especially now, we should support and celebrate the arts

September 13 through 19 is National Arts in Education Week, a nationwide celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education.

There is much to celebrate about the arts in our region: from the vital programs of the Arts and Science Council to the regional artists on display during Tosco Music Party; from the aspirations of the Theatre Charlotte’s TC Jr. program and the award-winning curricula at Northwest School of the Arts to the professional artistry performed by our venerable Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte Symphony, and Opera Carolina; from the stages of the Blumenthal Performing Arts and the Harvey Gantt Center to the Levine Museum of the New South and the McColl Center for Visual Arts, all of which are “hubs” for arts programming; from the cultural offerings by our beloved institutions of higher education at CPCC, Davidson College, JCSU, Queens University, and UNCC, to our invaluable Bechtler Museum of

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