Arts

The Discovery Of Selma

Jan 22, 2015

A powerful Civil Rights Era painting called Selma now has a permanent home at the Mint Museum. It was painted fifty years ago by an Alabama artist, but was just found in 2013. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has the story on the painting’s discovery and its journey to Charlotte. 


Sarah Delia

Throughout the Civil Rights Movement photographers played a key role in showing the violence and brutality experienced by those trying to desegregate the south.

Spider Martin of The Birmingham News was one of those photographers who documented the movement. A traveling exhibit of his work from the Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteSelma to Montgomery: The March for the Right to Vote” is on display at the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE’s Sarah Delia visited the exhibit and spoke to one Charlotte resident who has a personal connection to Martin’s work.

Michael Tomsic

Art, the Panama Canal and the Charlotte economy intersected at the Mint Museum Uptown on Wednesday night. The museum’s exhibit featuring paintings of the canal’s construction 100 years ago served as a backdrop for a discussion of Charlotte’s role in the global shipping industry – and how that role is growing.

Othalie Graham loves to the tell the story of how, as a teen growing up in Brampton, Ontario, an unlikely meeting with legendary soprano Leontyne Price all but cemented her own future path into the international musical arena and the operatic stage.

“Growing up in Canada, I didn’t have much exposure to opera, let alone black performers,” said Graham, in Charlotte performing the title role of Turandot in Opera Carolina’s current production. My father learned of Price performing with the Toronto Symphony and arranged for me and my mother to go.

Like most high school theater departments this fall, the students of Maiden High School in Catawba County had a big decision to make: what play they’d produce in the new school year. The play they picked was Almost, Maine—and that’s when the real drama started.


Knight Foundation

Numerous arts organization in Charlotte just got a bump in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 


The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Good news came in the form of grant money to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Wednesday. The museum has received the largest grant from a corporate donor in its five-year history. 

Ziad Rabie Talks About Jazz At The Bechtler And Music He Loves

Dec 30, 2014
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

If you search online for the phrase “don’t like jazz,” you’ll come away with more than 55 million search results. Quiet as it’s kept, despite its uniquely American roots, jazz continues to confound a large segment of the American music audience.

Ziad Rabie, who for nearly five years has been the featured musician at the popular Jazz at the Bechtler series, knows this well. He has seen it firsthand, even among some of his friends and close associates.

Sarah Delia

Last February a church in Davidson added a new member to its congregation—  a life size sculpture of a homeless man asleep on a bench. Look closer and that figure, face covered and wrapped in a blanket, is Jesus, noted by the holes in his feet.


George Hendricks

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte has been around for over 24 years. And it’s now in the middle of the best selling show in its history, “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.”

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