Artist Support Grantee Patrice Wilson’s Message: “Be Yourself Unashamedly”

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Patrice Wilson.
By Page Leggett Patrice N. Wilson is an educator, poet, language lover and spoken word artist. Her $2,000 ASC Artist Support Grant supports what she calls “Black, queer and everything-in-between art.” The grant, which Wilson calls “monumental,” is lighting a new path for the UNC Charlotte alumna. “This grant is … essentially my first big …

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The Art of Charlotte Pride

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2019 Charlotte Pride parade. Charlotte Pride photo.
Charlotte’s annual LGBTQ festival is more than a party. It’s a cultural showcase. By Page Leggett Matt Comer helps host one of Charlotte’s biggest parties. The annual Pride festival, put on by Charlotte Pride, drew 200,000 in 2019. But Pride is more than a party. “Many people come to let loose,” Comer, Charlotte Pride’s communications …

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Unique Patton Building Social Capital in Charlotte’s Cultural Community

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McColl Center resident Jackie Milad (left) with Charlotte's Unique Patton.
By Jillian Mueller Although design student Unique Patton will head back to N.C. State University in the fall, she isn’t done making her mark on Charlotte yet. Patton has been involved in the Queen City’s cultural scene since writing a poem in middle school that inspired the words that embellish the Tom Hunter light rail …

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Rooted in History – Chris Miller, ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship Recipient

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2021 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship recipient Chris Miller, blacksmith + historic plaster.
By Michael J. Solender As a young man of 19, Chris Miller had a chance encounter as a day laborer working construction on a large residential home in Denver, Colo., that would turn out to shape and influence the trajectory of his professional career. “I was on a summer job which got me into plasterwork,” …

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