It Takes a Village: Charlotte’s Artist Collectives
Mint Museum Randolph
June 12 – September 26, 2021
In celebration of the vibrant, grassroots art happening throughout Charlotte, The Mint Museum is collaborating with three of Charlotte’s innovative art collectives: BLK MRKT CLT, Brand the Moth, and Goodyear Arts for the exhibition It Takes a Village. The exhibition of artwork by 27 collective members recognizes local artistic talent across a broad cross section of demographics—economic, racial, ethnic, age, and education.
Over the last decade, artist-organized spaces and festivals have sprung up throughout the city—the artist-led Talking Walls mural festival every autumn; Goodyear Arts and their Avant Goodyear series; BLK MRKT CLT and their annual Juneteenth Durag Festival; Boris “Bluz” Roger’s poetry slams that take over any available space; and Charlotte Art League and their Open Mic Drive-ins, to name a few.
It Takes a Village: Charlotte’s Artist Collectives recognizes this creative vitality and to help establish a two-way street between these artist-led spaces and the art institutions by showcasing the excellence of the work being produced within the collective groups.
BLK MRKT CLT was created to provide a safe creative environment for artists of color. The organization focuses on developing emerging artists and creating a more diverse and robust community.
Brand the Moth engages artists and the community through mural making while providing studio space and workshop opportunities for artists of all genres and experience levels.
Goodyear Arts is an artist-led residency program that supports select visual, performing, and literary artists annually by providing time, space, money and community in which to create. Alumni can join the collective and continue using free studio space if they volunteer their time to support the organization.