Vanessa Infanzon

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Over 200 events set for the Blumenthal’s new Charlotte International Arts Festival


The festival runs from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2, featuring international and local artists in performances and showcases at indoor and outdoor venues, including local parks. Photo: Elsie Management

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Cooking for Hope


On June 3, Sergiy Mysyk waited for Robert Adler inside Charlotte Douglas International Airport with a black Samsonite suitcase. It was adorned with one blue and one yellow strip of tape to show solidarity with Ukraine. Mysyk handed off the luggage to Adler for delivery to Poland. 

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TRAVEL: Island Hop Through the Florida Keys


Fly to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, rent a car, and head south to the Florida Keys. Make these stops along the way or set up a home base and take a series of day trips with your family.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Fury

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Planting possibility


Last November, the shape of President Andrew Jackson sitting astride a horse was dug into the dirt close to the corner of Griffith and Main streets in downtown Davidson. The hollowed silhouette was the first element of “Unshadowed Land,” a yearlong immersive art installation led by Tlingit and Unangaxˆ (indigenous people from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska) artist Nicholas Galanin. Photo: Will Wilson

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A new art show in Charlotte focuses on giving Black women a voice


When visual artist Teresa Hopson noticed a gap in Charlotte’s art scene, she drew up a proposal for an exhibit featuring Black women artists. Hopson received a $3,000 artist support grant from the Arts & Science Council to coordinate the show. Photo: Demetria Jennings

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New Charlotte art gallery exhibit inspired by Zadie Smith’s ‘White Teeth’ novel


Newman took inspiration for “A Midnight Thing,” an exhibit she curated at SOCO Gallery in Charlotte that began June 15 and runs through Aug. 3. Photo: Courtesy of Hồng-Ân Trương

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Serving soldiers


Since launching in February 2021, 29 veterans have participated in HopeWay’s Veterans Program. About half of referrals to this new program are made by Veterans Affairs. Many are U.S. Army and U.S. Marines veterans, though there’s been representation from every branch of the military. PHOTO: Courtesy of HopeWay

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PFLAG Opens Doors and Hearts


PFLAG Charlotte, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit focused on advocating, educating and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents, families and allies. The Charlotte chapter is part of PFLAG National, the first and largest organization of its kind. PHOTO: Crista Eve Photography

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National nonprofit supports the LGBQT+ community


Jeanne Manford founded PFLAG, a nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ+ issues, after marching with her son in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March in New York City. She made her own sign that said, “Parents of gays unite in support for our children.” PHOTO: Courtesy of Gizella Czene

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