Culture for All


Airdate: February 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 changes lives.  


  • Robert describes the Arts & Sciences Council (ASC) and what makes it unique.

  • 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 work.

  • Robert describes the vision the ASC has for arts and culture by 2025 and the three things the vision is based on.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert reveals how he thinks the ASC is different because of his leadership and what he thinks is his greatest accomplishment.

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And support is provided by the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.