Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture#10 in Best Things To Do in Charlotte
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Named after Harvey Bernard Gantt, the first African American student admitted to Clemson University and Charlotte's first African American mayor, this center aims to celebrate the art, history and culture of Black Americans and those of African descent. The center's collection includes nearly 60 works from John and Vivian Hewitt, who spent 50 years building their personal collection. Among the collection's 20 featured artists are Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence. The center also displays temporary exhibitions. Past exhibitions have included a photography exhibition by Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. that documents Charlotte's Brookhill Village neighborhood, a historically Black community that is under threat from the city's rapid gentrification.
In addition to its collection and temporary exhibitions, the art and culture center also hosts speakers for its Heritage & History series. The events feature nationally recognized "culture keepers" who are preserving Black culture through a variety of disciplines and media.
Past travelers said the center is well worth a visit and appreciate that its manageable size makes it easy to tour in an hour or two. Others described the artwork on display as "impressive."
You'll find the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Uptown Charlotte. It's located one block northeast of the Stonewall Street LYNX station. There are several parking garages within walking distance if you arrive by car. The attraction is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays, its hours are extended to 8 p.m. Admission costs $9 for adults, $7 for youths ages 6 to 17, as well as seniors, military members and college students; children 5 and younger can enter for free.
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