Romare Bearden Society
The Romare Bearden Society launched in 2011 and completed its fundraising work approximately four years later. It is no longer an active interest group of The Mint Museum. Its purpose was:
To support and grow The Mint Museum’s permanent collections of African-American contemporary art through educational, outreach and social programs, with a particular focus on the works of African-American, Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden;
To enhance the visitor’s experience through face-to-face enjoyment of and dialogue about the art and craft created by African-American contemporary artists and through dedicated art acquisitions via fundraising galas and educational/social events;
To further engage people of color and anyone interested in supporting African-American art through both existing and new programming and exhibitions, and other creative initiatives and projects highlighting contemporary African-American art and craft;
To honor Bearden’s commitment to engaged citizenship; to support local artists of varied art forms through education and art opportunities as he did through visual art, music, art criticism and poetry; to create dialogue and speak to social realities and community themes;
To collaborate with other Charlotte art and educational institutions to maximize diverse cultural opportunities for enrichment, education and outreach both in the Charlotte region and throughout North Carolina.