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

551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC



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Movies @ The Museum- Zootopia


ABOUT THIS EVENT The Gantt Center is the place to be Tuesdays in July! Take a mid-morning break with our family-friendly animated film series and boost your creativity with an art making session after each movie. FEATURED FILM Zootopia (PG) - In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. After the film, participants will create masks inspired by the movie's characters. GROUP RESERVATIONS * For group reservations (10 or more people), please contact Guest Services at


• Tue 7/24/18 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Callaloo Kids Puppeteers + Performance

Puppet Theater

Two experiences, one exciting program. Enter the world of the Callaloo Kids (pronounced KAH-LAH-LOO) – Winston, Marisol and Zoe in a magical performance workshop and interactive book reading that explore puppetry and improvisation theater. The creators of the Callaloo Kids children’s book series, Marjuan Canady (writer) and Nabeeh Bilal (illustrator), will lead two action-packed sessions based on the final book in the Callaloo Kids trilogy, Callaloo: The Trickster and the Magic Quilt, which takes readers on a journey from the Gullah Sea Islands to the imaginary island of Sankofaland. Book Reading with Puppets | Book Signing | Q&A 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM Ages 3-7 and caregivers Interactive Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM All ages Attend one or both sessions for the same price. ABOUT THE ARTIST Callaloo, founded in 2013, by Washington, D.C.-based creatives Marjuan Canady Nabeeh Bilal, is a children’s media brand that creates, produces, and distributes educational content that encourages literacy, cultural understanding and social awareness for children. Callaloo has partnered with notable institutions such as the Smithsonian Institute, the White House, Sesame Street, Washington Nationals, National Park Service, Sankofa Bookstore, Children’s National Medical Center, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, DC Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, Kipp Charter Schools, Kweli TV, Rainbow Me Kids and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, to name a few.


• Sat 8/11/18 at 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

The Classic Black Cinema Series - A Raisin In The Sun


(1961) Walter Lee Younger (Sidney Poitier) is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...


• Sun 8/12/18 at 2:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Revolutionary! Stories of Freedom and Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Living History, For the Family

Sally Hemings (1773-1835) is one of the most famous—and least known—African-American women in U.S. history. For more than 200 years, Hemings’ name has been linked to former President Thomas Jefferson as his “concubine,” obscuring the facts of her life and her identity. Come and learn the real story about Sally Hemings’ and her connection to Jefferson from their descendant, Gayle Jessup White, Monitcello’s Community Engagement Officer. Jessup White and Monticello historian Niya Bates will lead a riveting discussion about Hemings’ legacy and the current Monticello exhibition about her family. A question and answer segment will follow the presentation. Thomas Jefferson owned 607 men, women and children over the course of his lifetime. His primary plantation, Monticello is now a historic site and museum in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Hemings family remains one of the best documented enslaved families in the United States with gripping narratives of struggle, survival and family bonds across generations. Their story echoes the history of race and slavery in America.


• Tue 8/14/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Screening- The American South As We Know It


ABOUT THIS EVENT August 28 is a day of historical significance in Black America – from the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the day that President Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept the Democratic nomination in 2008. Join the Gantt Center in commemorating this important date in history with the screening of The American South As We Know It, a documentary by Frederick Murphy. The film explores the lives and experiences of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era and depicts a time when racial tensions were at their peak. Educators, historians and brave “everyday” people share their stories and create a comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans in the south. Murphy will host a talkback with the audience following the film and discuss how this work can be used to address historical trauma.


• Tue 8/28/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM