Looks like others are also aware of Charlotte’s lack of “arts” or at least diversity. Reading the papers I missed while out of town last week I came across an article at the bottom of Thursday’s Observer headline section titled- “Charlotte stages pale in comparison”.
It starts like this- ‘Now playing in Atlanta: “The Color Purple.” Now playing in Charlotte: the color white’ then goes on to bemoan the lack of ethnicity in local staged productions and notes Atlanta audiences have a mixed makeup where Charlotte’s are “largely white, affluent and middle-aged”. That type of audience wants “feelgood, uplifting, nonchallenging, nonconfrontational work”. Winston-Salem and Asheville are seen as better markets for cultural diversity than Charlotte. (having spent time in both cities I would agree)
I’m not surprised when the only time I was engaged by someone locally about an upcoming event was when a co-worker repeatedly asked if I was going to see “Mama Mia”.
Charlotte’s idea of cultural diversity is inviting people to your Carolina Panthers pre-game tail gate party who enjoy hamburgers AND hotdogs.