12:00PM - 12:30PM
If you work, live, or visit uptown, or know someone who does, there will soon be a great new way to experience Levine Center for the Arts: FREE lunch hour museum tours offered by docents of The Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
Beginning on March 17—Saint Patrick’s Day—these 30-minute tours, free and open to the public, will be guiding visitors through the galleries every third Thursday of each month at noon.
Whether it’s an introductory experience for a first-time visitor or a deeper cultural experience for those already familiar with Levine Center for the Arts institutions, the tours will provide a brief but focused encounter with art with people who have a limited amount of time—and will allow time to grab lunch as well.
Visitors can choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view. (Each theme lasts for three months—enough to experience all three institutions!)
March–May: “Trending Now” will examine how contemporary issues may become an aspect of an artist’s work, the use of new materials and processes in creating art, or simply what is new on view. At the Mint, works discussed will include Hoss Haley’s White Ripple, Susan Point’s Salmon Spawning Run, and Tom Joyce’s Thicket.
This collaborative effort, the first of its kind in Charlotte, originated with the Mint docents and is just one of several new initiatives underway to improve public tours. Support is provided by the THRIVE Fund, established to provide financial stability to Charlotte’s cultural sector and currently administered by Foundation For The Carolinas.