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North Carolina Performing Arts Center At Charlotte Foundation

Where Charlotte Comes Together

aka Blumenthal Arts   |   Charlotte, NC   |  blumenthalarts.org

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Mission

To present the best in the performing arts and, in partnership with others, share and employ the arts as a major catalyst to strengthen education, build community cohesiveness, and advance economic growth.

Ruling year info

1988

President

Mr. Thomas Gabbard

Main address

222 S Church Street Suite 300

Charlotte, NC 28202 USA

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EIN

58-1791724

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Blumenthal Arts is a regional performing arts center serving a 16-county region in the Carolinas. It builds its season around the PNC Broadway Lights with new touring shows from Broadway with "extras" available. It manages four theaters in the center city where the curtain goes up on more than 1,000 events annually, an astounding number, including performances by our 16 resident companies. Music, Plays, Dance, Comedy, Festivals, Original Works and more make up the buffet of choices presented by Blumenthal. Education, outreach and access programs for youth, families, and adults are often underway several times a week, reaching more than 150,000 students each year. With free community programs like the new Charlotte International Arts Festival, Blumenthal Arts now reaches more than 500,000 individuals per year, altering the culture and local landscape of the Charlotte region, and infuses more than $75 million annually into our local economy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts Presentations

Blumenthal Arts is a state-of-the-art cultural facility comprised of four theaters. It presents the largest Broadway season in the Carolinas, hosting more than 18 weeks of Broadway shows annually, along with a large array of special attractions and festivals, from concerts to comedy to dance and everything in between.

The curtain goes up on more than 1,000 events annually, including performances by our 16 resident companies. More than 7.9 million people attended events in our theaters during our first 25 seasons. Each year, it offers 1-2 Broadway show season packages, along with single tickets for regional, national and international artists and attractions. The organization is strongly committed to fresh, innovative programs that inspire community members, and lift the quality of the entire arts scene.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Arts Presentations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total tickets sold as a percentage of capacity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Arts Presentations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts Presentations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Arts Presentations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total performances presented by Blumenthal Arts.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts Presentations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of free performances presented for the community in our theaters and on the plazas.

Total number of show tickets provided for underserved students/families.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

Arts Presentations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of subsidized or free tickets provided to audiences in need.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Innovate in all we do. Provide the community a diverse range of programming artistically, culturally, and affordably. Invite participation in the arts through free community programs. Provide arts education and access for all who wish to participate. Bring the performing arts OUT of the theater in fresh and exciting ways to expand audiences and enjoyment.

Diverse programs include a multitude of concerts, comedies, events and Broadway shows -- over the course of a year everyone will find something of interest in the varied programs we present. Arts education programs begin with Broadway Junior and special student performances and continue through high school with The Blumey Awards, the Charlotte region's high school musical theater awards, and Blumenthal L.E.A.P. (literacy engagement through arts programs). Arts for All access scholarships provide tickets to community partner clients (YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Freedom School Partners and many more) who are least able to purchase tickets to shows. Programs that are available outside of our Broadway Season include the Charlotte International Arts Festival, Open Mic nights, Community Cues, Comedy Fest, Charlotte Jazz Festival, and our Juneteenth Jam. These events are mostly free and open to the public, and help Blumenthal give educational and engagement opportunities to our community.

Blumenthal Arts has three campuses with four theaters, a professional staff of 100, a board of trustees (25-30) that represent our diverse community, and visionary leadership. Financially stable with strong operating performance and earned revenues of 85-90%, Blumenthal has the financial stability to undertake new strategies that are not high revenue generators but are important in fulfilling community goals.

Examples of 2022 accomplishments include the following. Many of these programs are underway for 2023. These are just a sampling of programs that meet organization goals.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit—Charlotte
• Record-Breaking engagement with a local economic impact of more than $40 million dollars
• Dates extended three times due to popularity
• Employed more than 200 people during the run
• Nearly $500,000 put into local artist’s pockets
• 3,400+ subsidized tickets for students, teachers and community members

Charlotte International Arts Festival Recap
Total number of events: 207
• 31 ticketed events saw guests from:
o 266 different cities in the Carolinas
o 41 states and Washington, DC
o Countries outside the US including the UK, Spain, Canada, and others.
• 176 free pop-up events
o 18 at SouthPark Mall
o 44 at Levine Avenue of the Arts
o 5 at the Government Center Building
o 2 at The Green
o 52 at Ballantyne’s Backyard
o 52 at Romare Bearden Park
o 3 in Uptown Charlotte

Engagement Opportunities Included:
• 13 Blumenthal Fellowship Program installations representing 34 visual artists
• 17 artists painted 19 custom picnic tables
• 165 festival volunteers
• 319 job opportunities

Blumenthal L.E.A.P (Literacy Engagement through Arts Programs)
• 160 total students served in 2022
• 140 total classroom hours for the program
• 95% of students served were black and brown
• 1 huge culminating event (LEAP Day) for the students to perform their stories on one of the largest venues in Charlotte; for many, it was their first time in a theater

2022 Arts for All - Arts Access
• Arts for All granted a total of 1,741 tickets during the last fiscal year to community groups and audiences in need
• Donations to Arts for All allowed for more than 400 Freedom School Scholars to attend DISNEY’S FROZEN
• Almost 3,000 students and 2,000 veterans had access to low-cost tickets

Moving forward, Blumenthal aims to tap into the Immersive Theater world. Currently, Blumenthal is searching for a location that would allow Blumenthal to mount large-scale performances, exhibitions, entertainment, and community events by capturing contemporary art and technology and merging it with more traditional forms of theater. Bringing immersive experiences to Charlotte will renew energy to the public and grant new opportunities to community arts groups. It would increase Charlotte's economic ability by attracting technology professionals and providing training for those interested in learning a new art and technology form.

2023 goals include: Develop partnerships to share content, create a major celebration of the Blumey Awards, and use our work to strengthen community, inclusion and respect for each person.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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North Carolina Performing Arts Center At Charlotte Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Giannuzzi

Deloitte

Term: 2023 - 2027

Tariq Bokhari

Charlotte City Council

Brian Cromwell

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein

Dena Diorio

Mecklenburg County

Tom Eiselt

Community Volunteer

John Giannuzzi

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Jen Henry

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.