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ASC: HB2 threatens Charlotte arts and culture community
$203M in economic impact at stake with law
Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:43 am
by Ashley Mahoney

HB2 could have a negative impact on Charlotte’s arts community.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Arts & Science Council expressed concerns about how the legislation could impact their role in the community should others follow rocker Bruce Springsteen and take their business outside North Carolina. Springsteen cancelled a concert scheduled for Greensboro Sunday to protest the law, which prohibits local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules. HB2, signed last month by Gov. Pat McCrory, also bars local jurisdictions from considering ordinances that affect wages, work hours, benefits, work leave and minority vendors set-aside programs.

“HB2 puts our cultural sector and its role in attracting a talented workforce, creative individuals, major exhibitions and performances, educators, tourists and other cultural opportunities at risk,” read the ASC statement.

With an economic impact of over $203 million per year, Charlotte’s arts and culture community is one of the region’s largest industries.

“In fact, over 50 percent of the 3.1 million members of our audience in 2015 traveled from outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg to experience innovative, relevant and diverse arts and cultural programming,” ASC stated. “In 2014, through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Cultural Vision Plan, residents articulated to ASC and the cultural community that they want arts and culture to play a more intrinsic role in enlivening, engaging and enriching all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s communities, helping to build strong bridges and increase dialogue and understanding across differences.”

As a city of transplants, the ASC advocates for Charlotte to welcome people who spend time in the Queen City.

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural sector is a major contributor in building community, driving economic development and supporting educational attainment,” ASC stated. “Arts and culture enrich the quality of life of residents and visitors. Attracting talent to grow businesses requires a vibrant, welcoming and accepting community.”

ASC’s statement does not call for the HB2 to be repealed, but rather modified.

“We urge city and state leaders to work together to find common ground and modify HB2 to build an even more vibrant, inclusive and equitable vision for our shared future,” ASC said.



This bill needs to be repealed, not modified. You are not allowed to care about LGBT+ people only when not doing so threatens your money. The ASC obviously only cares about the monetary ramifications if this is their stance.
Posted on April 12, 2016

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