Many employees will be off for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is hosting community celebration and commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The full day of programs and activities for all ages – admission is FREE! Please note that COVID Precautions and Protocols will be in effect. Proof of full vaccination. Be prepared to show a valid vaccination card or photo of your vaccination card, and a current ID.
To see all events visit website. Please see an abbreviated version of activities below.
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm“ M.L.K.” Collaging Drop-In Art with Shane Manier (Harper Roddey Grand Lobby, 2nd Floor) – collaging visions of the future in the celebrated initials of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm: “Tag Your Dreams” Community Mural by Marcus Kiser (3rd Floor Mezzanine) – Blending the legacy of Dr. King with street art by tagging community dream on this uniquely designed diptych.
- 9:00 pm – 9:45 am: Theatrical Performance of MLK Speeches by Three Bone Theatre (Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor) – A reading of some of Rev. Dr. King’s most epic speeches via an ensemble cast of bright performers from the Charlotte-based theater group.
- 9:00 am – 11:00 am: “Painting The Dream Workshop” with Ricky Singh (Classroom, 2nd Floor) – Children and adults alike will create a mixed-media piece of artwork that remembers the themes of Dr. King’s dream.
- 9:00 am – 11:00 am: Panel Discussion: “Multi-Layered Movement” (4th floor) – The panel will include an educator, activist, artist, and more who represent critical roles to lead to effective change. Join the conversation with creative and educator De’Les Green-Morris, artist Steven M. Cozart, and Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston, moderated by beloved media personality Ohavia Phillips.
- 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Guided Tour (1st Floor Lobby)
- 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Live Music: “Jazz Speaks for Life” with Quentin Talley (Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor) – In a speech that opened the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Rev. Dr. King said that “jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.” Enjoy the lively sounds of classic and contemporary jazz with Quentin Talley and his bandmates.
The Gantt stands as a tribute to the rich culture and widespread influence of Africa and the African Diaspora, we strive to provide an environment of creativity, culture and community. Guests will be able to enjoy engaging art workshops, lively lectures and panels regarding social issues, in-depth film discussions, unique performances, and more.