On a recent trip to North Carolina, we stayed a night in Charlotte and discovered the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
To our surprise, on Wednesday nights they stay open late and admission is FREE! We also lucked up and walked in right as the curator of their main exhibition was starting a guided tour.
Presence is Present, curated by Carla Aaron-Lopez, is an exhibition that navigates through surreal African-American experiences as told by 20 emerging and established contemporary artists in and around the Carolinas. Each participating artist purposefully creates work in response to our inherent memories and identities of growing up and living in the American South.
Hearing Carla speak about the stories behind the artwork reminded me of the importance of art and how it is a representation of dreams, struggles, celebrations, and the realities of life.
I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro- American Cultural Center) celebrates the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature, and community outreach.
551 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202