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By Bonita Buford, Gantt Center On June 15, 2011, the Gantt Center hosted a group of twenty-three children from South Carolina’s Blackmon Road Community — one of the poorest areas in the nation — whose residents live without indoor plumbing, trash pick-up, street lights or paved roads on the border between the city of Rock […]

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There is special show up at Fredric Snitzer‘s gallery, a quietly intriguing, group show with an equally intriguing origin. The 13 works from local and international artists are inspired by Kurt Schwitters, the German painter, sculptor and designer associated with Expressionism and Dadaism, who worked during the war-torn years in the Europe of the 20th century. He […]

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By Janet Brown, Grantmakers in the Arts Last week I had the privilege to speak about our National Capitalization Project at two very vibrant, national conferences. I was fortunate to present with GIA members Janet Sarbaugh, the Heinz Endowments at Chorus America in San Francisco and Ben Cameron, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, at TCG in […]

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We could hear the powerful, rhythmic sound of Biba Bell’s six-inch heels striking the floor above our heads before the dance even started. Around 50 people (a good turnout for an avant-garde dance and sound art performance on a Sunday night in Detroit) were all seated in the basement of the 2:1 Gallery, the new […]

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Public art can be found throughout Charlotte. To highlight some of these diverse artworks in the uptown area, the Arts & Science Council put together a Public Art Walking Tour podcast. This is so easy to use, and it guides you through a cross section of the free art in our city. Even if you […]

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Illegal immigrants are human. This may seem like an obvious statement, but director Chris Weitz’s film, “A Better Life,” which opened last night to a packed audience at the historic Tower Theater on Calle Ocho for the Miami International Film Festival, won the hearts of the audience by putting a human

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Likely the visitor leaving the sensory overload currently taking place at Museum of Contemporary Art will have strong reactions to what they’ve just seen and heard. That’s good, though, those reactions might not all be positive. On opening night, the video extravaganza from Ryan Trecartin elicited a wide range of reviews, ranging from “awesome” to […]

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It still smells like fresh paint inside Kunsthalle Detroit, the city’s new art museum. (That feels really great to say, so I’m going to do it again: Have you heard? Detroit has a new art museum.) When our Kunsthalle (that’s German for “art hall” and denotes a non-collecting museum) opened two weeks ago, it came […]

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Looking for some local theater to entertain and get you thinking? This weekend is your last chance to catch some shows from a summer crop of quite interesting performances. From local original productions to classics, our Charlotte venues are offering diverse themes for a variety of audiences. Theater, like so many of the arts, is […]

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This week, the University of Miami released the program information for the upcoming 28th iteration of Festival Miami, beginning Sept. 30. I’ll focus on the classical front, though there’s major news on the jazz side of things in an appearance by the legendary saxman Benny Golson (perhaps I’ll address this in a different post). One […]

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