Arts & Culture

News and information about arts and culture from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Alvin C. Jacobs at the entrance of his exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte.
Nick de la Canal / WFAE

A new exhibit opened up this month at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte that examines a small neighborhood south of uptown and the people that live there. Brookhill Village is not wealthy like Myers Park. It’s not booming like South End. Many of its residents are poor and African-American, and are making a home in the hundred-or-so deteriorating dwellings that make up the neighborhood. Many of those homes are in the process of being demolished by developers.

Nkieru Okoye composed "Charlotte Mecklenburg" for the Charlotte Symphony.
The Charlotte Symphony

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra launches its season tonight with famed violinist Joshua Bell playing Braham’s Violin Concerto. But before that, there will be a piece that has never been performed for an audience.

New Mint Museum CEO Todd Herman talks to supporters and community members at an introductory breakfast Wednesday at Mint Museum Uptown.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Mint Museum's new CEO says he wants to help raise Charlotte's profile on the national arts scene. Todd Herman was introduced at a breakfast for supporters and community members Wednesday at the Mint Museum Uptown, where he talked about his decision to accept the job.

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council

The head of Charlotte's Arts & Science Council has announced plans to retire. Robert Bush said Wednesday he will step down at the end of council's fiscal year, June 30, 2019. 

Briana Duggan / WFAE

A woman who treated hundreds of incarcerated young men like her own grandchildren passed away last week. Millie Gordon was a music and choir director at churches in Morganton. But it was at Morganton’s Western Youth Institute where she found her calling and earned the name “Music Lady.”

Blumenthal Performing Arts

Musical theater fans were in a frenzy Wednesday morning as tickets went on sale for "Hamilton" - the blockbuster musical that comes to Charlotte Oct. 10 - Nov. 4.

Interconnected includes three large digital screens with constantly changing images derived from airport data.
David Boraks / WFAE

Passengers this week began flying in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport's $200 million expansion of Concourse A. As they stroll to nine new gates, travelers pass what's billed as the nation's largest data-driven digital public art installation.

Northwest School of the Arts grad Renee Rapp wins Jimmy Award this week.
The Broadway League Foundation

A recent Charlotte Northwest School of the Arts graduate won a Jimmy award, the top national award for high school musicals. Renee Rapp won Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Sandra in the school’s production of “Big Fish.”

Jaki Shelton Green
Courtesy of Office of Governor Roy Cooper

Writer and poet Jaki Shelton Green has been named North Carolina's ninth poet laureate. She's the first black woman to receive the honor. Green replaces Shelby Stephenson, who has been poet laureate since 2015.

Dr. Willie Griffin has been named the new staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South.
Levine Museum of the New South

The Levine Museum of the New South has named Dr. Willie Griffin its new staff historian amid an expansion of programs.

Griffin, who will join the museum in June, is a civil rights scholar and Charlotte native. He most recently served as the assistant professor of African-American History at The Citadel in South Carolina and holds a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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