Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Bank of America in Charlotte, NC, Sponsor Local Art Project

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Local Charlotte, NC, artist Monique Luck will collaborate with residents of the Renaissance West community on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016, to create “Dreams of the Past, Present and Future” – a mixed-media collage that will remain as a permanent art installation in the new community. This Community Arts Project is a new Gantt Center initiative funded by Bank of America. The competitive artist-in-residence program is designed to use the visual arts to enhance community engagement.

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“This residency aligns with our strategic priority, Gantt Beyond the Walls,” says Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. “By expanding our reach through workshops in schools; partnerships with ASC in Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries; online access to our permanent collection; and, now, this project, the Gantt Center is providing access to countless numbers of people who may not have the opportunity to come through our doors.”

Monique Luck is no stranger to public art. Locally, she won an Art Pop Billboard in 2014 and received a commission from the Cornelius Community Garden. In Pittsburgh, she’s painted murals for the August Wilson Center, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Sprout Fund.

“As a public muralist, it amazes me how simple imagery and color can transform a space in a community,” Luck says. She will hold two sessions in Renaissance West – one with seniors and the other with children and families – requesting that residents bring an item from history, one from the present and another to represent their futures. She will work with the participants to create a collage incorporating their treasures. The final, original artwork will remain in the community.

The two collaborative sessions are scheduled this week:

·Seniors Project
Friday, May 13, 2016
2-4pm
The Retreat at Renaissance
3240 New Renaissance Way
Charlotte, NC  28208

·Children and Families Project
Saturday, May 14, 2016
1-3pm
The Crawford Renaissance Center
3610 Nobles Ave
Charlotte, NC  28208

The Community Arts Project is designed to serve intergenerational audiences in underserved Charlotte communities.

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural & Service Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and people of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey Bernard Gantt — the prominent architect, community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte — the  Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America.

For more information on the Gantt Center, please visit (www.ganttcenter.org).

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