Welcome to Summer! Just because school is out doesn’t mean the arts programming stops! Here are HappeningsCLT’s top Arts news and events that you should be paying attention to!
Arts and Science Council
The City of Charlotte’s funding for the Arts and Science Council is currently under review by City Council as a part of the City of Charlotte’s overall budget. On June 8th City Council will vote to either keep the ASC funding level flat at $2,940,823, or cut the budget by up to 10%! A 10% reduction would impact public/private partnerships, the work of the Cultural Life Task force, and would directly cut all grants and services to the city’s cultural and community groups.
On June 3rd at 6:30 pm support the Mint Museum’s Annual Fund by enjoying some summer fun at Party in the Park. Event is free but there is a suggested donation of $10. Live music, outdoor games, and of course – see the amazing collection at the Mint Museum Randolph!
Internationally renowned fiber artist Nora Fok will teach a Master Artist Workshop in jewelry design on June 17. Learn how to work with monofilament and create a woven bracelet and ring from this unique material! 6-9pm.
If you are a member of the Bechtler Museum, join your fellow arts supporters at Summer Reflections a Member Appreciation Event with remarks by John Boyer taking a look at progress and activities that have take place at the museum over the next year. We are excited to hear more about the Bechtler’s new curator, Jennifer Edwards.
Another members only benefit is happening on June 16. Bechtler President and CEO will lead a private tour through the exhibition, The Art Books of Henri Matisse. For more information about Museum membership click here.
Finally, visit the museum on June 24 for a deeper look at the current exhibition with a Guest Lecturer, Todd Cronan, associate professor of Modern Art at Emory University. Doors open at 6:30 pm, lecture begins at 7pm.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture will hold a family friendly closing celebration on June 6th for the powerful exhibition, Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness. During the 11 am-2pm event kids can participate in hands on events, guided tours and a film screening.
McColl Center for Art and Innovation
On June 13 stop by the center and visit the current Artists-in-Residence during Open Studio Saturday and see the progress that they have been making this summer. Or for a more hands on approach, sign up for the June 18 Assemblage Workshop with Rock Hill artist, Caroline Rust
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Head outside for a different kind of art experience and visit “ZimSculpt” at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. ZimSculpt is a traveling exhibition of more than 100 sculptures from Zimbabwe. Learn more about the program here.
Several galleries in town have some ongoing exhibitions on display. If you haven’t been out to see them yet, make sure you do before they are gone!
Colleges & Universities
Collected: Works in Alumni Art Collections will open in conjunction with the College’s reunion festivities. Opening Reception is June 5th from 3:30-5:00pm. The show features nearly 50 works by 20 different Davidson families including works by NC Wyeth, Roy Lichtenstein, Dennis Oppenheim, Nancy Rubins, Eugene Boudin, Elaine Kooning, African Art objects and more! Summer gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-4pm.
Mark Leach recently uncovered a hidden art treasure in Charlotte, the Moses Luski Contemporary Collection and shared it with us here. Not even yet mentioned on the UNC Charlotte Galleries webpages, you have to venture up through the UNC Center City building to see these contemporary works. There are 41 pieces throughout the collection. The building is open daily. We can’t wait to check this out.
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