Gantt Center Hosts Interactive Workshops and Feature Film for Black History Month

Local journalist Steve Crump to debut film about Rock Hill’s Friendship 9

View. Invent. Dance. This February, the arts will engage visitors to physically connect with the exhibitions on display at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture. The programming is an extension of the theme, “re-defining art,” which the Center achieves by offering audiences a vast spectrum of art activities.

“The accomplishments of African-Americans and excellence in arts, history and culture are celebrated every day at the Center; however, we try to capitalize on the heightened awareness of the community at large during Black History month to bring these achievements to the forefront on a larger scale,” says Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor.

Events scheduled in February include:

VIEW  Principle, Punishment, and Redemption
February 3 l 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

An exclusive preview of the new documentary, Principle, Punishment & Redemption, produced by local documentarian and WBTV reporter, Steve Crump. Author of No Fear for Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9, Kimberly Johnson, will be present and signing her book.

INVENT – Family First: The Inventors Workshop with Dulce Tavares
February 4 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Workshop participants are invited to bring found objects and tools to The Inventors Workshop with Dulce Tavares. This event is an opportunity to honor African-American inventors whose creations have gone unrecognized and to participate in a workshop focused on developing a new, creative and experimental invention with your family.

DANCE – Moving Spirits: A Community Intensive Dance Workshop
February 11 l 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Led by Gantt Center teaching artist and Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte, Tamara Williams, this monthly movement conservatory will focus on bringing the forms and techniques of the African Diaspora to the Gantt Center. Throughout these five classes, participants will travel, through dance, to Brazil, Cuba and Trinidad. Integrating themes of the current exhibition, Alison Saar: The Nature of Us, Williams will demonstrate the importance of empowerment of the female form, explorations of spirituality and ritual practices as they relate to movement of the body.

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About Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a multi-disciplinary arts institution located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1974, the Gantt Center’s mission is to present, preserve and celebrate excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. The Gantt Center features fine art exhibits from around the world and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America, and is accessible online.

Named for Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Bernard Gantt, the Gantt Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure designed by architect Philip Freelon, co-designer of the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. For more information, about the Gantt Center, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Posted on Friday, February 03, 2017

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