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These uptown museums welcome your crying babies and fussy toddlers. For free.


Moms and dads hesitate before bringing little ones to a museum. Photo: TYRUS ORTEGA GAINES 2017, Gantt Center

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‘City within a city’


Learning about our city’s history doesn’t have to be boring. Visitors to Levine Museum of the New South can uncover Charlotte’s past and current issues through interactive discussions with authors, augmented reality apps, artifacts and photographs.

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This ASU professor combines technology and design to create 3D works of art


Richard Elaver’s interest in design started in his twenties while following the Grateful Dead in the mid-1990s. 

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‘The Saxman’ who plays on uptown street corners channels his setbacks into his music


Will “Saxman” Smith wears a three-piece black suit with a bright white button-down shirt, red leather Stacy Adams shoes and two earrings, each in the shape of a phoenix. 

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Dr. Ray Feaster helped to convert the Michael Jordan Clinic to a COVID testing site


Dr. Ray Feaster starts Monday mornings with a staff huddle at the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, a COVID-19 testing site in West Charlotte. Most days, patients are already waiting to be seen.

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Breaking barriers


For local entrepreneur Nesha Pai, writing down the details of her journey to adulthood healed her childhood wounds, giving her the tools to visualize a path to building confidence and identity. Her first book, Overcoming Ordinary Obstacles, a guide for personal growth and success, was released at the end of 2019. 

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The latest Mint Museum show pairs old and new to showcase ‘Classic Black’ sculptures


During his first year as curator of decorative arts at The Mint Museum, Brian Gallagher stumbled upon a couple of items while searching the museum’s storage area...

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At age 26, this Charlotte artist is trying to set herself up for long-term success


Katherine Boxall isn’t waiting for someone to tell her she’s an artist. Outside validation doesn’t fuel her practice, and she’s not interested in fitting into other people’s definition of art.

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This program uses art to inspire teens to stay in school, graduate – and chase dreams


Shelley Reed-Wallace found the Arts & Science Council’s Studio 345 when she realized her daughter, Savaan Wallace, needed a place to connect with other art-minded teens.

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A new Mint exhibit uses light and technology to explore links between man and nature


Art and tech collide in the latest exhibit at the Mint Museum Uptown and it may change your mind about experimental art.

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A banker turned his passion for Latin American art into an NC ‘cultural institution’


LaCa Projects owner Walter Dolhare still has the Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miró posters he purchased for $8 each in 1986.

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This Charlotte artist is about to head to the Arctic. ‘My life is going to be changed’


For almost a month now Charlotte artist Ruth Ava Lyons has been taking cold showers to prepare for her trip to the Arctic.

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KNOW: At reopening Mint, ‘I like to call myself a “type A” artist’

CTO

Is there a specific career moment that makes you proud? I recall creating my first site-based work, when I was about 20. I was very shy about sharing my work and almost didn’t go through with it but entered the piece in an all-student show.

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She’s used a special tool for decades to lift her students: It’s a farm.

CEO

The sound of the brass meditation singing bowl is the signal for 18 students and five staffers to gather for meditation at the morning’s writing circle at Airy Knoll Farm Art Class.

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What’s improv comedy doing in Charlotte? We test-drive five troupes: Take a look

Senior Architect

If you haven’t dug into Charlotte’s improv comedy scene yet, now’s a great time to do it.

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