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LongLiveArts Community Festival (FREE)

May 21, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Levine Center for the Arts Community Festival

#LongLiveArts Community Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 am-6 pm


Levine Center for the Arts, 500 block of South Tryon Street, including Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown.

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the entire Charlotte arts community is invited to Levine Center for the Arts to enjoy the first-ever #LongLiveArts community festival, a free event held this Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

All three Levine Center for the Arts museums – Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – will open their galleries for free access during regular the event.


* Free Art Break tours and gallery access at Bechtler Museum of
Modern Art, Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
and Mint Museum Uptown
* Live entertainment
* Food trucks
*Interactive activities
* Followed by Charlotte Symphony plazacast of “Romeo &
Juliet” under the stars. Plazacast starts at 7:30PM.

10:00am-12:00pm Charlotte Symphony Guild’s Musical Petting Zoo
Guild members will engage children with a hands-on introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.

10:00am-3:00pm Bechtler Museum Art Activities

Create Your Own Eames Paper Elephant – This activity corresponds to the Bechtler’s 4th floor exhibition, ‘The House Modernism Built.’ Use paper stencils, colors, tape and scissors to create a 3-D paper elephant based off of designers Ray and Charles Eames’ ‘Eames Molded Plywood Elephant’ produced in the 1940’s.

Design a Stamp – Explore the process of printmaking by designing and creating your own stamp using foam, wood, and glue. Ink your unique stamp and create a print using your design!

10:15am-11:00am Portrait Painting Demo with Gordan James
As part of our pre-event activities meet local oil painter and portrait artist Gordon James. Watch and listen to his process as he works from a live model.

11:15am-12:00pm Drums4Life
A drum circle is a group of people arranged in a circle experiencing the spontaneous creation of music on a variety of drums and percussion instruments. Because a circle has no beginning and no end, the agreement to connect in a circle allows energy to circulate from one person to the next. Kojo Bey, founder of Drums 4 Life has been performing and teaching African drumming as a healing art for 20 years. He has facilitated drum circles at Fortune 500 companies and for students at all levels. He conducts on-going efforts around the world.

11:30am-12:15pm Portrait Paint-Off: Round #1
Bring YOUR favorite supplies – pencil, pastel, pen or brush and join us for two rounds of an all ages, all levels, all media – Portrait Paint-Off! Working from live volunteer models you have 45-minutes to create your masterpiece. A limited number of easels and stools, paper and pencils will be available so bring a lawn chair or a cushion and sketch or paint to the sounds of live entertainment on our Long Live Arts Festival mainstage.
Judges will choose one Adult and one Youth winner for each Round. Prizes will be creatively cool swag from the Bechtler, Gantt Center and Mint Museum Gift Shops Guest Pass.

11:30am-1:30pm Blue Moon Puppets: Puppeteers will mingle with the crowd for a hilarious time. Puppetry at its most basic, interactive and fun!

12:00pm-12:30pm Free Guided Tours: Bechtler, Gantt & Mint

12:15pm-12:30pm Portrait Paint-Off: Round #1 Judging & Prizes

12:30pm-1:00pm Africano Campbell: Shidaun Campbell, popularly known as “Africano” is a native of Charlotte (NC). He is a renowned dancer, spoken word poet, vocal percussionist and visionary, having opened for artists such as Big Boi, Cornell West, Nikki Giovanni, Rakim, and the Cold Crush Brothers. He also performed with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater Company, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago and performed at venues such as BAM Cafe, Bergen Theater, La MaMa Theater, the Universal Zulu Nation’s 41st Anniversary and the legendary Apollo Theater. He believes in constructively using the arts as a vehicle to bridge the gap between cultures, nations and generations.

1:00pm-1:30pm Free Guided Tours: Bechtler, Gantt & Mint

1:15pm-2:15pm Caroline Calouche & Co.
Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school is dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education. A resident company of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center they are bringing inspirational and entertaining gravity-defying dance to South Tryon.

1:45pm-2:30pm Portrait Paint-Off: Round #2

2:00pm-2:30pm Free Guided Tours: Bechtler, Gantt & Mint

2:00pm-5:00pm Mint Museum Art Activity
Sun Prints: Cameraless Photography – The activity corresponds to the “Here and Now: Eighty years of Photography” at the Mint Museum. By placing objects on special paper and exposing the paper to sunlight, early photographers created blue images, called cyanotypes or sun prints. We will arrange feathers, leaves, keys or anything with a well-defined shape directly onto a piece of sun-print paper to make our own.

2:30pm-2:45pm Portrait Paint-Off: Round #2 Judging & Prizes

2:30pm-3:00pm Conscious Co-Creation: Micaila Milburn Thomas
Her creations as a singer/songwriter and spoken word artist – are the voiced expression of her spirit’s vision of the world as a better and more beautiful place. Join her to co-create sounds that cross cultural boundaries and musical genres, are socially conscious, get to the heart of the matter and are just plain fun.

3:00pm-5:00pm Art Class with Cathay Dawkins
The Levine Center for the Arts is a great place to become inspired! In this class everyone will receive step-by-step instruction from Certified Art Instructor, Artist Cathay Dawkins. He is very patient and encouraging so beginners to experts of all ages are welcome to participate. Materials will be provided and space is limited to 30 participants.

3:15pm-4:00pm Dancehall Groove with Soumayah
Experience Dancehall, the premier urban dance style of Jamaica!! In this beginner level class for all ages you will learn some basic of dancehall movement and choreography. This is a class that is sure to have you dancing like a yardie in no time. Soumayah began her journey in Caribbean dance at the age of 5 performing in the Atlanta Caribbean Festival parade. Her other credits include teaching and performing at Cumbe, Dance 411, Gifted En Movement Dance Theater, Atlanta Wind down Wednesdays, and Miami Dade College.

4:15pm-4:45pm Tenya Colemon
A local and regional favorite, Tenya’s vocal stylings are born from a homogenous infusion of Mississippi blues and traditional jazz at its peak. The sultry of mauve and indigo meets the pink of Flamingos flying to places near and far. Close your eyes and experience Tenya!

5:00pm-6:00pm Salsa Dancing wiht Rossana Fore
Come learn the steps and start dancing with Rossano! A student of the arts, Rossano loves acting as well as singing and dancing. He is all about human beings expressing themselves through various art forms and is proficient in teaching Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata and Merengue.

7:30pm Charlotte Symphony Plazacast of “Romeo & Juliet”

Live Art Circle:
Portrait Painting with Gordon James
Portrait Paint-Off: Round #1
Portrait Paint-Off: Round #2
Art Class with Cathay Dawkins

Creativity Caravan:
Charlotte Symphony Guild’s Musical Petting Zoo
Bechtler Museum Art Activities
Caroline Calouche & Co.
Mint Museum Art Activity

Conscious Co-Creation – Micaila Milburn Thomas
Africano Campbell
Dancehall Groove with Soumayah
Tenya Colemon
Salsa Dancing with Rossana Fore