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In 2024, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture proudly presents “The Gantt Golden Year,” a spectacular celebration of 50 years of cultural excellence, innovation, and inspiration.

Experience a year-long journey that encapsulates the heart and soul of African-American culture through art, cuisine, dance, literature, and music.

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A Special Performance by Boris “Bluz” Rogers

"For Black Boys Who Dream in Skylines"

This spoken word piece performed in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration and those who were instrumental in establishing the Gantt’s foundation.

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Immerse yourself in the power of creativity as we unveil mesmerizing art exhibitions, showcasing powerful works by exceptional Black artists from around the globe. These exhibitions come to life with complimentary experiences including artist visits and talks, informative tours, and related programming.

Embark on a delectable journey with afro-culinary foodways, curated by food writer and TV host Stephen Satterfield. Taste the flavors of Black cuisine through collaborations with regional Black farmers, local chefs, and celebrity culinary artists.

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l. to r. Yaa Gyasi, Dennis Reed, and Patrick Alston

Witness the rhythm and energy as Dance Theatre of Harlem takes center stage, celebrating the resiliency, inclusivity, and innovation of Black dance. We’ve arranged masterclasses, workshops, and exhilarating performances that are sure to ignite your passion for movement.

Participate and engage in thought-provoking discussions and community forums with lauded authors and scholars. We’re proud to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winner, creator of the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and other luminaries who’ll delve into impactful topics, shaping the narrative of our collective future.

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l. to r. Dance Theatre of Harlem, Stephen Satterfield, and Nikole Hannah-Jones

Let the soundtrack of Black culture move your being. From iconic entertainers to emerging talents, experience the magic of music, from gospel to R&B, jazz to hip-hop, afrobeat to house. Behold soul-stirring performances that promise to delight.

As we reflect on 50 years of African-American arts and culture that continues to inspire, educate, and uplift, be a part of this historic celebration: a mosaic of creativity, heritage, and unity. This is "The Gantt Golden Year!"

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Timeline

The Gantt: A Look Back Over 50 Years

Take a brief look at 50 years of history, highlights, and milestones of the Gantt, from the initial idea through a half-century of change and growth.

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About The Gantt

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture is a multidisciplinary arts institution located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1974, the Gantt's mission is to present, preserve, and celebrate excellence in the art, history, and culture of African Americans and those of African descent through visual and literary arts, dance, music, film, educational programs, theatre productions, and community outreach. The Gantt features fine art and history exhibitions from around the world. It's home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America, and is accessible online.

Named for Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Bernard Gantt, the Gantt is housed in an iconic, award-winning structure designed by architect Philip Freelon, co-designer of the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

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