Reclaiming Charlotte’s favorite son

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By Bernie PetitCommunications Manager “Charlotte has embraced Romare Bearden as a favorite son now,” said Arts & Science Council (ASC) President Robert Bush, “but for a long time, he was known better in the rest of the world that he was here.” Born in 1911 at his grandparents’ house in Charlotte’s Third Ward, Bearden is …

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Keeping African dance alive in Charlotte

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By Bernie PetitCommunications Manager Oneaka Mack crossed the ocean to learn to trust her instincts. Mack, the executive and artistic director of the Oneaka Dance Company, performs and choreographs traditional and ballet style West African dance common in Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Guinea. In March, she visited the Les Guirivoires Dance Company founded …

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New public art to enhance Charlotte neighborhoods

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By Bernie PetitCommunications Manager A city reservoir once sat where Independence Park is now located in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. The old water tower, visible from the Seventh Street and Pecan Avenue intersection, still provides water for the close-knit community. “That fascinates me, the idea of a place coming out from under the water,” said artist …

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