Six Things to Do During National Arts & Humanities Month

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Why This Matters: National Arts & Humanities Month is a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.

By Giovanna Torres
Marketing and Communications Assistant 

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM), the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation. Throughout the month-long celebration – and from coast-to-coast – people recognize the importance of culture in America, with the goal of encouraging participation in the arts and awareness of the role arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

Here are six events to check out during National Arts & Humanities Month in Charlotte-Mecklenburg:

This work by Karina Juárez will be on exhibit during “In Focus/Enfoque” SOCO Gallery.

In Focus/Enfoque

Through June 2018 at multiple visual arts institutions and galleries in Charlotte.

The ambitious multi-institution exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography features more than 50 artists from Mexico and the United States. An exploration of diverse topics and themes—including design, gender, activism, identity, globalism, and borders—”In Focus/Enfoque” showcases a wide variety of contemporary art in dialogue with the Queen City. More information.

A Harvey B. Gantt Center artwork on display during the first installment of “Inside|Out Charlotte.”

Inside|Out Charlotte

Through Dec. 3, 2017, with installations found in the Charlotte neighborhoods of Lockwood, Shoppes at University, Mason Wallace Park, Reedy Creek Park, Echo Hills and South End.

The community activated art project places replicas of artworks currently on display at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in neighborhoods throughout the city. The large-scale reproductions currently on display during the program’s second installation includes images by masters like Pablo Picasso and emerging artists like Zun Lee. More information.

UNC Charlotte International Festival .

42nd Annual UNC Charlotte International Festival

Oct. 14, 2017, UNC Charlotte Barnhardt Student Activity Center (9201 University City Blvd.).

The UNC Charlotte International Festival is a celebration of people, places and culture vibrantly displayed through exhibition booths staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte’s international community. Art, crafts, costumes, food, music, dance, and games combine to create the experience of traveling the globe in one day. Parking and entry is free. More information.

Charlotte Ballet photo by Peter Zay.

Charlotte Ballet’s Fall Works

Oct. 19-21, 2017, Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte).

Fall Works explores the exciting evolution of Charlotte Ballet, starting with a look to what the future holds, with Johan Inger’s “Walking Mad.” It also features George Balanchine’s “Apollo,” a tribute to Charlotte Ballet’s legacy staged by Kennedy Center Honoree Patricia McBride. Artistic director Hope Muir’s “Elsa Canasta,” an evocation of the world of Cole Porter featuring a collaboration with Jazz Arts Initiative, makes an exhilarating finale to the performance. More information.

ASC Culture Blocks photo by Jon Strayhorn.

ASC Culture Blocks Festival

Oct. 21, 2017, Waddell Language Academy football field (7030 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte).

The free, family-friendly event features arts and cultural experiences hosted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Discovery Place, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and others. There will also be performances, food, music and raffle prizes and more. 

ASC’s Culture Blocks program seeks to support cultural programming close to where people live.

The Levine Museum’s Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos Festival.

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos festival

Oct. 29, 2017, Levine Museum of the New South (200 E. Seventh St., Charlotte).

The Levine Museum’s annual free family festival, presented in partnership with the Latin American Coalition, celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday and features altars, music and dance performances, traditional foods, sugar skull workshops and arts and crafts. More information.

Join the Conversation! 

Remember to join the national celebration by using the hashtag #ShowYourArt and tagging us (@asccharlotte) when you share images on social media.

To stay up-to-date on all arts and culture events throughout the year in the Charlotte area, visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com or sign up for our weekly CulturePicks! email.

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