Arts & Culture

News and information about arts and culture from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Interconnected includes three large digital screens with constantly changing images derived from airport data.
David Boraks / WFAE

Passengers this week began flying in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport's $200 million expansion of Concourse A. As they stroll to nine new gates, travelers pass what's billed as the nation's largest data-driven digital public art installation.

Northwest School of the Arts grad Renee Rapp wins Jimmy Award this week.
The Broadway League Foundation

A recent Charlotte Northwest School of the Arts graduate won a Jimmy award, the top national award for high school musicals. Renee Rapp won Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Sandra in the school’s production of “Big Fish.”

Jaki Shelton Green
Courtesy of Office of Governor Roy Cooper

Writer and poet Jaki Shelton Green has been named North Carolina's ninth poet laureate. She's the first black woman to receive the honor. Green replaces Shelby Stephenson, who has been poet laureate since 2015.

Dr. Willie Griffin has been named the new staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South.
Levine Museum of the New South

The Levine Museum of the New South has named Dr. Willie Griffin its new staff historian amid an expansion of programs.

Griffin, who will join the museum in June, is a civil rights scholar and Charlotte native. He most recently served as the assistant professor of African-American History at The Citadel in South Carolina and holds a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Remembering NPR's Carl Kasell

Apr 17, 2018
Carl Kasell on Charlotte Talks in January 2005.
WFAE

Carl Kasell, long-time NPR newscaster and Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! official scorekeeper, has died at the age of 84, NPR reports

Jeff Cravotta

The Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Symphony join forces this weekend with strong support from kids. The ballet and symphony mined the young talent from community centers, and have given the classical composition The Rite of Spring a modern twist. They call it: “The Rite of Spring: Reinvented.” And in the process, hope to engage a younger generation to produce and love the arts. 

Joseph DeJarnette

For many years, Paul Brown was a familiar newscast voice during Morning Edition. He spent 30 years in radio journalism before retiring to his home in Winston-Salem in 2013. Thursday Brown is coming to Davidson College, not to talk journalism, but do something else he’s equally passionate about - playing and singing old-time mountain music. 

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is calling a new space home. The theater company announced Wednesday that they’ve signed a five year contract with Queens University. As the resident theater company of Queens, ATC will produce and perform from Hadley Theatre on campus.

Joshua Burford / Facebook

Maybe you remember Charlotte’s LGBT history exhibit from a few years ago. The project from UNC Charlotte was the brainchild of Joshua Burford, an LGBT historian and professor at the university. The exhibit detailed the lives and activism of LGBT people in Charlotte dating back to the 1940s.

At the end of this month, Burford will be leaving Charlotte to return to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he grew up. This week, he’s the guest on WFAE’s SouthBound podcast with host Tommy Tomlinson. In this excerpt, Burford tells one of his favorite stories unearthed from Charlotte’s past.

Sarah Delia

The Levine Museum of the New South is saying goodbye to its staff historian. Brenda Tindal has accepted a position as the director of education at the Detroit Historical Society. Her last day at the Levine Museum is December 8.

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