African- American Arts & Culture at IKEA

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will be here with a hands-on craft workshop in honor of Black History Month, which is February. Image credit: Tyrus Ortega Gaines Photography for Harvey B. Gantt Center.
Explore arts, science and history for free Jan. 26-27

Explore arts, science and history for free Jan. 26-27

Explore diverse arts, science and history experiences for free in University City and throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg on Jan. 26-27 – via Connect with Culture days. Dozens of performances, science programs, history events and museum visits will be offered for free courtesy of  the Arts and Science Council and sponsors, including University City Partners. ASC’s annual Connect with Culture Day provides the community with free access to arts, science, history experiences across Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Now in its fourth year, Connect with Culture Day has added an additional day of experiences and opportunities to engage with the cultural community in fun and creative ways.   Concerts, performances and more on Friday evening, Jan. 26 Free cultural experiences from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Jan. 26 will kick off the weekend. Venues include Clayworks, NoDa Brewing Company, Resident Culture Brewing and Lenny Boy Brewing. Cap off the evening at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts’ Latin Concert Series with Mariachis Gavilanes Gabriel at 9 p.m. and access to the galleries from 6 to 11 p.m. – free and open to the public.   50-plus activities plus free entrance to museums and historical sites Jan. 27 On Saturday, Jan. 27, more than 50 culture experiences will be offered throughout Mecklenburg County, including several in University City. Museums open to the public for free will include Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown and Randolph, Levine Museum of the New South and Carolinas Aviation Museum. Free tours of historic sites will be offered at the James K. Polk Historic Site, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Historic Rosedale and Matthews Heritage Museum.  ...
Many helpers in Morehead Academy tech lab makeover

Many helpers in Morehead Academy tech lab makeover

Creating a good place for our students to dream, innovate and learn takes many hands – including hands holding paint brushes, screw drivers, computer mice and checkbooks! Volunteers and local businesses recently used those tools and more to renovate a technology and innovation lab at Morehead STEM Academy. University City Partners helped coordinate the effort and, with IKEA, underwrite the cost of new furniture for the lab makeover. “The talent pipeline for IT is very important to University City, so we were able to align resources to support development of that talent pipeline,” said UCP’s executive director, Darlene Heater. The effort began last fall, with AI Design Group working with the school administrators and teachers to create a design that matched their aspirations, Heater said. UCP and IKEA provided funds for the classroom furniture. Volunteers from Chick-fil-A University Place and student mentoring group EmpowHERment spent a day assembling the furniture. DECA students came from nearby Vance High School to paint the classroom. Now, Morehead Academy students are in their new classroom and loving it. “I received a bunch of thank-you letters from the school mentioning how happy they are to have the new furniture in their classroom,” said Camilo Aviles, with IKEA. “I am so happy to see how exited they...