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Family First: Jewelry Making

May 3 - Join us for a hands-on jewelry making workshop suitable for the whole family. Learn how you can create your very own original jewelry using various materials, beads and metals. Have special beads and baubles that mean something to you? Bring them an...

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African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center

October 26, 2013 - Current - African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center is an exhibition in which works by renowned artists Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and Sam Gilliam are coupled with the work of exciting new visionaries, including C...

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Gantt Center and Wells Fargo Partner to Present Kinsey Collection

Exhibit Opens June 29 in Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

To honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Wells Fargo joins with the Harvey B. Gantt Center to display The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey - Where Art and History Intersect. This exhibition - which will open to the public on Saturday, June 29 - contains a collection of art and artifacts examining 400 years of the African-American experience, including an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

"We are thrilled to bring the Kinsey Collection to the Gantt Center," said David Taylor, Gantt Center President & CEO. "The Gantt Center serves as the perfect showcase for this inspirational collection. Our primary objective is to serve as a catalyst for African-American arts and education and we believe this collection fully embodies the spirit of African-American achievement and contribution."

"Wells Fargo embraces the arts as a voice for history and culture," said Kendall Alley, Community Banking Regional President for Charlotte. "We are proud to partner with the Gantt Center to present the Kinsey Collection as a way to share an important story involving the rich history of African Americans, a history of identity and struggle for equality that is both unique and shared by other diverse segments of our society. This connects directly with the vision and values of our company. Our goal is to help build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference."

The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect offers an insightful journey through centuries of African-American history, culture and heritage. This exhibition celebrates Bernard and Shirley Kinsey's passion for collecting objects of extraordinary historical significance that tell the often untold story of African-American contribution and achievement. With education as the goal, the Kinsey Collection has been on national tour since 2007 and has been seen by over 3 million visitors. Presently, 40 of the Kinseys' pieces are in the gallery of Disney's Epcot American Adventure.

"The Kinsey Collection strives to give our ancestors a  voice, name, and personality, enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, obstacles, triumphs and extraordinary sacrifice of African-Americans who've  greatly contributed to the success of this country, " said Bernard Kinsey.

Through more than 40 years of marriage, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have accumulated one of the largest private collections of African-American artifacts and artwork. The Kinsey Collection includes rare books, manuscripts, paintings, prints, sculpture, and photographs.  Some of the most notable artifacts include letters by Zora Neale Hurston and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., correspondence between Malcolm X and Alex Haley, slave shackles, a first-edition copy of poems by Phillis Wheatley, a 1795 Bannaker's Almanac, and 17th century slave documents. The Kinsey Collection also consists of works by renowned African-American artists such as Romare Bearden, Henry O. Tanner, Richmond Barthé, Lois Mailou Jones, Richard Mayhew, Artis Lane, and Jacob Lawrence.

In addition to hosting this nationally acclaimed collection, Wells Fargo has also partnered with the Gantt Center to welcome Harvard University's Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as the speaker for the 2013 inaugural Gantt Symposium on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30pm at Knight Theater. Dr. Gates' lecture, Finding Your Roots, will be a lively discussion about individual lineage and American history.

Immediately following the symposium on June 27, the Gantt Center will host a special Wine + Champagne reception with Bernard, Shirley and Khalil Kinsey. During the reception, the Kinseys will provide an exclusive, guided preview of the collection before the exhibit opens to the public on June 29.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey will also host An Afternoon of Art and Legacy on Saturday, June 29 during the exhibit's opening weekend. The Kinseys will present and discuss their extensive collection of African-American art and artifacts designed to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for African-American culture and heritage. A guided tour of the Kinsey Collection will follow the lecture.

Tickets for the June 27 Kinsey Collection preview and Gantt Symposium are $25 for students and $35 - $50 for adults and are available online at Advance tickets for An Afternoon of Art and Legacy go on sale June 1.

About The Kinsey Collection

The Kinsey Collection strives to educate, motivate & inspire Americans to learn more about the remarkable contributions of African-Americans in building America. The Kinsey Collection has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and scores of television and radio shows and in newspapers and magazines nationally. It has been cited in three national awards including the nation's highest honor, The President's Medal for Museum and Library Services, and was selected one of the "Top Ten Exhibits to See in the World." With their son Khalil, the Kinseys have developed a 198-page coffee table book that has been adopted by the State of Florida to teach African-American history, and a companion lecture series titled "What You Didn't Learn in High School History." The Kinsey Collection exhibition has been on display in eight museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, with an iteration of the collection showing at EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World Resort through 2015.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank's customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune's 2013 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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