Why This Matters: National Arts & Humanities Month is a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.
Compiled by Bernie Petit
Break out your party pants. This is the perfect month to celebrate arts and culture in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
October is National Arts & Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of arts and culture in America. The annual celebration encourages all Americans to participate in and support the arts and humanities and to recognize how the arts shape their lives and their communities.
So, in recognition of National Arts & Humanities Month, here are five ways you can celebrate arts and culture in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
- Enjoy a new take on classical music. Sphinx Virtuosi, comprised of top alumni of the national Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players, will give two free performances of the concert “Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos” this month. The first community concert takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Mint Museum Uptown (500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte) and the second is at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at First Baptist Church West (1801 Oaklawn Ave., Charlotte)
- Make art with your family. McColl Center for Art + Innovation Artists-in-Residence will open their studio doors to individuals and families to talk about their work and the creative process. Hands-on art experiences will also be featured at the free Family Art Making Day at Open Studio Saturday, which takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at McColl Center (721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).
- Experience the Uptown Gallery Crawl. Tour nine uptown art galleries and museums for free and travel freely between the stops by foot, trolley courtesy of the Knight Foundation or complimentary Charlotte B-Cycle. The crawl takes place in uptown Charlotte from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27.
- See a show. The Davidson Community Players production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” runs through Oct. 14 at Armour Street Theatre (307 Armour Street). The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production of “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved book, concludes Oct. 7-9 at McColl Family Center (300 E. 7th St., Charlotte). And Theatre Charlotte and Different Roads Home will collaborate to bring the off-color comedy “Sordid Lives” to the stage Oct. 13-15 at McGlohon Theatre (345 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).
- Celebrate the Day of the Dead. There are three ways:
- The free Day of the Dead/ Día de Muertos celebration from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 at LaCa Projects (1429 Bryant St., Charlotte) will feature a traditional Mexican community altar, a performance by Alma de La Luna and a “La Catrina” contest led by artist Emily Andress.
- The free Day of the Dead/ Día de Muertos family festival at Levine Museum of the New South, which takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30, celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday with altars, music and dance performances, traditional foods, sugar skull workshops and arts and crafts.
- And Día de Los Casi Muertos or Day of the Almost Dead pays homage to the Mexican tradition through a video and photography installation that explores observations with death and aging. The opening reception ($5 suggested donation) is 6-10:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and the closing celebration ($5 admission) is 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 22 at C3Lab (2525 Distribution St., Charlotte).