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The Harvey B. Gantt Center Closes To Slow The Spread of COVID-19

In an abundance of caution and safety, the Gantt Center will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, January 13, until further notice. This closure is in response to Mecklenburg County's directive encouraging residents to stay home unless for essential activities. Though the Gantt Center is not required to close, this is a preemptive measure to help curb the community spread of COVID-19.

"Although this directive is a recommendation and not a mandate," said David Taylor, President & CEO of the Gantt Center, "the Gantt Center will lead by example to take appropriate steps to keep our community safe."

The museum is closed to the public, but all of our upcoming programming will continue to be presented virtually. This includes our upcoming Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend activities consisting of a virtual film series starting Friday, January 15, and a full day of music, performances, discussions and activities on Monday, January 18.

Staff will remain responsive and available for inquiries. Please call (704) 547-3700 or email for general information and see media contact information below for media inquiries. To stay up to date with the latest Gantt Center news, updates, and programs or learn more about our upcoming exhibition opening, please visit or connect with us @hbganttcenter Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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 visual and literary arts, dance music, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. The Gantt Center features fine art exhibitions 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 (NMAAHC). For more information about the Gantt Center and the Initiative for Equity + Innovation, visit

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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