What We Do
Artists and cultural organizations should be leaders and partners in civic engagement and social change. One of the most critical issues facing Charlotte, the Carolinas and the Southeast is lack of socio-economic mobility. Access to education and social capital are crucial catalysts for mobility. Our community engagement initiatives both inform about our art and provide access for and to diverse groups in our community. We create opportunities for relationship building and increased social capital.
Our education programs engage communities throughout the Carolinas, cultivating and reinforcing content mastery and key cognitive strategies required for college and career readiness and providing access to new experiences and new networks of instructors, mentors, and professionals. First Nights at the Opera bring students and families into the theater to experience the opera and interact with Principal artists.
First Nights at the Opera is the final dress rehearsals of each grand opera are open to regional K-12 students, community youth groups, and families. You can send a CMS teacher and 2 students or a family of 3 to First Night at the Opera for $35. Donate today and help bring new experiences to students all over the Mecklenburg county.
Other community engagement initiatives include: pARTnership CMS, The Academy, #STEAM Saturdays, Opera Xpress, Family Opera Series and #VoicesEngaged