How to celebrate MLK Day at The Harvey B. Gantt Center [Partner]

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This Monday, January 16, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. From film screenings to community discussions on race and identity to dance classes and art workshops, the Center is pulling out all the stops for their annual holiday celebration. They’ll even have extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

“[The] King holiday is always an incredible time for us to celebrate African-American heritage and culture in Charlotte and here at the Gantt Center,” says David Taylor, Gantt Center President and CEO. “By showcasing the breadth of our artistic genius on that day, we hope to break down stereotypes and redefine the way art by people of color is presented and perceived.”

Here are just a few of the planned events for the MLK weekend and Monday:

Enjoy a woodturning workshop with Gantt Center exhibiting artist and curator Charles Farrar. Ever wanted to try your hand at woodturning, the art of using a wood lathe to make a variety of shapes and forms? Here’s your chance. This Saturday, the interactive workshop will show you the history and practice of this art form. Your participation in the event is encouraged, so prepare for an afternoon of woodworking and wonderment.

Family First: Woodturning Workshop with Charles Farrar. Saturday, January 14, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30p.m. Free with Museum admission.  

Take a tour with artist Nellie Ashford. The self-taught folk artist will be showing her exhibition Through My Eyes, which will have its last day on Monday. Her exhibition features 30 mixed-media works that include vintage cloth images of people who represent a variety of ages, religions, occupations and gender identities.

Listen to a panel discussion. Learn about history and recent events in a discussion featuring Brenda Tindal (historian at the Levine Museum of the New South); photojournalist de’Angelo Dia, who took footage of the Charlotte riots late last year and Toussaint Romain, who discussed the protests after the Keith Lamont Scott shooting with CNN.

Enjoy a movie and community-centered dancing. Be one of the first to see the film premiere of Perspective by Charles and Mary Love. There will also be a theatrical performance by founder of On Q Performing Arts, Inc. Quentin Talley and a community dance class and performance with Westside Cultural Arts Company and master drummer Gary Mumford.

For more information about all of the events planned for the MLK Day celebration, sponsored by Food Lion®, and to learn more about the Gantt Center, visit www.ganttcenter.org.

Details: The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Extended hours on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017. 551, South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. 704-547-3700. Visit their website.

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