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Arts & Culture

Charlotte is a cultured city that loves art in all its forms. You'll find a lot to inspire you.
Exterior of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture part of the Levine Center for the Arts, one of Charlotte's key cultural destinations.
Exterior of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture part of the Levine Center for the Arts, one of Charlotte's key cultural destinations. Patrick Schneider Photography

Charlotte’s arts and culture scene gets a standing ovation. The city hosts a variety of breathtaking ballets and stage shows, and its museums and galleries are among the foremost in the nation.

Forever committed to culture, Charlotte’s increasingly varied social calendar runs the gamut – you can experience opera, ballet, theater, fine art, architecture, cultural festivals and more. From marquees touting the latest Broadway smash hit at NC Blumenthal Performing Arts to the sounds of jazz drifting out of the corner martini bar, variety is key to the city’s sophistication.

Outstanding museums and attractions tell powerful stories with their history and beauty, showcasing the city’s spirit as well as the world’s wonders. The Mint Museum Uptown, Mint Museum Randolph and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art guide you through ever-changing exhibits featuring some of the world’s finest collections. The Levine Museum of the New South exhibits fascinating collections of post-Civil War Southern history, including its award-winning centerpiece exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers.

Helping to promote arts, the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg supports 27 cultural organizations, neighborhood festivals, arts education programs and more, allowing Charlotte to host more than 65,000 performances and events annually.

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