Feb 8, 2018
Robert Bush is president
of the Arts & Science Council, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
region's lead resource hub and cultural advocate. Robert serves as
the chief strategic and executive officer of the organization and
lead representative of the ASC to the broader community. Prior to
joining the ASC, Robert served as president of the United Arts
Council of Raleigh and Wake County and president of Arts United of
Greater Fort Wayne, as Director of Development with the Mint Museum
of Art, and as Executive Director of the Catawba County Council for
the Arts. He is a recipient of the Salina Roberts Ottum Award for
Arts Leadership from Americans for the Arts, the Legacy Award
from the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts +
Culture, and the Governor's Award for meritorious service to the
citizens of North Carolina. Robert holds a B.S. and M.A. in
Education Administration and Supervision with a concentration in
Community Education from Appalachian State University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the
development of art and culture in community and the power of art to
IN THIS EPISODE
- Robert describes
the Arts & Science Council (ASC) and what makes it
- He responds to assertions
about the Charlotte arts scene, how arts and
culture has been the core of the economic development strategy of
the city, and what is changing.
- He reveals the question that haunts him in his
- He answers whether there is a sufficient pool of
artistic talent in Charlotte to shift the
- Robert talks about what a creative community is and why
he does what he does.
- He shares what Charlotte doesn't talk about
and what it needs to do better.
- He reflects on Charlotte's bid to attract Amazon
- He describes the vision the ASC has for arts
and culture by 2025 and the three things the vision is based
- Robert discusses what ASC is winning at in
differentiating the Charlotte arts scene.
- He shares the ASC response to the Keith Lamont Scott
shooting in Charlotte, why access and inclusion is
the business of the ASC, and why its personal to him.
- He talks about how the power of art changed
- He describes where he grew up and why he had a perfect
- Robert discusses his first career as a teacher and how
he sees the city as his classroom today.
- He answers what he learned from the
three ASC presidents he served: Harriet
Sanford, Lee Keesler and Scott Provancher.
- He responds to whether he felt passed over
during the changes in presidency at the ASC.
- He reflects on what is different about being
president versus being a senior vice president of the
- He reveals how he thinks the ASC is different because of his
leadership and what he thinks is his greatest
- Robert shares what art he loves and when he is
Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "Robert
Bush's passion for the arts is real and exciting. His love for the
arts overflows as he reveals what art means to him. You can
hear the jazz fusion in the air..."
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