About Spectrum of the Arts

The Betty Stovall Spectrum of the Arts is a unique arts experience for current 4th– 8th grade Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who are talented in the area of art, music, dance, drama, or creative writing. Students are nominated for this program by the arts area teachers in their schools. Spectrum of the Arts, now in its 25th year, offers students the opportunity to spend five and a half hours a day in an intensive study of the arts. Three hours of each day are spent in a primary area (referred to as a “major”) of talent, and the remainder of the day is divided between each of the other arts areas (referred to as “minors”).  This eight day experience will be held June 15 – June 25, 2020 (Mondays-Thursdays only) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. . On the final day of the program (June 25, 2020), students “share” a sampling of their creativity with guests. Students are selected for the program based on teacher nominations from each school. If you are interested, please reach out to your child’s Academic Facilitator, Talent Development Teacher, Dance Teacher, Art Teacher, Drama Teacher and/or Music Teacher. Nominations will begin in January 2020.

Welcome to the Renaissance

Program Cancellation 2020

Dear Spectrum Parents & Guardians,  

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the postponement of the Spectrum of the Arts 2020 program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This decision was made after much consideration for the health and safety of our staff, students, and the community at large.  We want our students to have the full “Spectrum experience” of integrating the arts and realized we could not do that given the current circumstances. 

We realize this is a disappointment to everyone involved, but please know that we plan to continue with the program next summer.  Students who are already registered and paid for the 2020 program will receive full refunds. The same students will be automatically invited back to attend the program in the summer of 2021 without having to go through the lottery process or losing alumni status.  This also applies to students who would have “aged out” of the program this year; they will also be invited back to attend in the summer of 2021.  More information will be sent in January 2021, so please make sure you have a current email on file with us

While we held out hope that the program would go on this summer, we wanted to make sure we could bring you the highest quality program many of you have come to expect and, sadly, the reality is that we can’t right now.  However, we will keep DREAMing and look forward to seeing you in June 2021. The tentative dates for the 2021 program will be June 7 - June 17, 2021 -  mark your calendars! We will DREAM together then!

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please allow four to five weeks for your refund to be processed. If you have any questions regarding your refund after that time, please contact David Ferguson at david.ferguson@cms.k12.nc.us or (980) 343-2795. 

We wish you the best summer and look forward to seeing you in June 2021! Stay safe and well!


Trinette Atri

Director, Spectrum of the Arts