Culture & Cuisine

A DATE NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Planning a Friday date night in Uptown Charlotte?

There is no wrong way to enjoy the perfect experience filled with World-to-Table dining beautifully paired with lush cocktails and wines at Mariposa and world class art inside the walls of Mint Museum Uptown. We want to take you on a journey where Culture & Cuisine meet under one roof. Your reservation to Mariposa on Friday evenings will be paired with two tickets to visit the museum before or after enjoying a memorable cuisine cooked to order and served promptly.

The perfect date night awaits and we hope you enjoy!

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ABOUT MARIPOSA

Located at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly, is a multicultural culinaria, representing an evolution for both the restaurant space and creator Jill Marcus. 

Marcus and the Mariposa team have curated a thoughtful menu based on her travels. The centerpiece of the menu is mezze, a North African and Mediterranean concept of small dishes meant to be shared, and experienced by everyone at the table. With executive chef Jonathan Moore leading the kitchen, dishes include Pork Belly Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Tuna Crudo, Piri Piri Chicken, Gullah Paella, and more. Mariposa partners with Sam Fleming at 100 Gardens to supply all lettuces and greens from their aquaponics garden project at The Innovation Barn. 

Mariposa’s dishes are be beautifully paired with lush cocktails and wines curated by Level 3 sommelier and general manager, Brad Grubb, formerly of 5Church. Guests enjoy dining in a transformed modern, yet relaxing space in the Mint Museum Uptown with sweeping views, velvet couches, black and white decor, and artwork by Charlotte muralist Owl. 

The Mother Earth Group, which has a mission of nurturing one another, our community, and the Earth, also includes vegetarian restaurant Fern, Flavor from the Garden, Something Classic Catering, Something Classic retail line of products and a new French-fast-casual restaurant, Coquette coming soon to Uptown in Fall 2022 featuring duck-fat fried chicken.

Mariposa is personal to me. It is representative of my belief that no matter what challenges we face or transformations we go through, our shared food experiences will bring us closer. It helps us understand one another’s traditions and allows cultures around the world to tell their story. At Mariposa, we  bring many cultures together around the table and provide a global experience right here in Charlotte.”

– Jill Marcus, Owner

Light the Barricades

Light the Barricades

Mint Museum Randolph and Levine Avenue of the Arts | Through July 25, 2021

Light the Barricades is an interactive public art installation that coincides with W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine. The installation, located at Mint Museum Randolph, reimagines the wall as a site for contemplating our inner obstructions. Shining a light on the difficult emotions which thwart our progress, this project is inspired by the ancient I Ching, a philosophical system of diagrams first carved into the wall of a prison cell 3,000 years ago.

By reconfiguring the experience of contemplative Chinese landscape scrolls, luminaries, and private devotional images, Light the Barricades provides a modern ritual for distracting times and offers an engaging opportunity to contemplate walls both physically and emotionally.

Illuminated from within, similar to a photographer’s lightbox, the wall represents an emotional barrier – resentmentjudgment, and doubt – and offers an introspective site for visitors. It begins with a walk along its façade where a short fable on the subject leads the viewer along before they turn the corner to sit and reflect on their experience and emotional wellbeing.

The walls made their collective debut in September 2019 across Los Angeles, at Grand Park in Downtown LA, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park, and the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. Now, one of the walls is located in the park at Mint Museum Randolph and can be visited at any time. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

For over a decade, Candy Chang and James A. Reeves have collaborated on internationally recognized projects that connect storytelling with contemporary rituals for self-reflection. They both grew up without any kind of faith or ritual in their lives. After reckoning with the trials of life and the dark alleys of the mind—death, depression, addiction, anxiety—they began to channel these concerns into their work, pursuing philosophy, psychology, and contemplative practices, both in their daily lives as well as their art-making practice. Their projects are inspired by a range of classical and contemporary rituals which feel increasingly resonant in our distracted age, from the devotional images of Catholicism to the ancient I Ching.

Their work has been described as “a wake-up call in our fast-paced digital age” (Ad Age), a “remarkably poignant, accessible, and affecting brand of art” (Pelican Bomb) with writing that offers a “unique point of view that is quirky, beautiful, disturbing, humorous, and at times unexpectedly and achingly moving” (Photo Life). Their most recent collaborative work, A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful, functioned as a year-long catalogue of the ways in which we relate to the uncertainty of tomorrow and collected over 50,000 anxieties and hopes at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City in 2018.

This Charlotte presentation of Light the Barricades is made possible by Charlotte Center City Partners and is part of the exhibition WALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine on view at Mint Museum Uptown until July 25, 2021. The exhibition is made possible by Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California, and

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Laura and Mike Grace, Deidre and Clay Grubb, Leigh-ann and Martin Sprock, and Betsy Rosen and Liam Stokes.

Party in the Park 2022

Enjoy free admission to the museum, food trucks, live music, special programming, and a cash bar on the front terrace (weather permitting).

Party in the Park is generously presented by Principal Foundation.

 

Party in the Park
Mint Museum Randolph
Novemeber 27, 2022 | 1-5 PM

FREE 

 

Party in the Park 2022

Enjoy free admission to the museum, food trucks, live music, hands-on art activities to celebrate fall, and a cash bar on the front terrace (weather permitting).Party in the Park is generously presented by Principal Foundation.

Mint Museum Randolph
October 30, 2022 | 1-5 PM

FREE 

 

Party in the Park 2022

Enjoy free admission to the museum, food trucks, live music, special programming, and a cash bar on the front terrace (weather permitting).

Party in the Park is generously presented by Principal Foundation.

 

Party in the Park
Mint Museum Randolph
September 25, 2022 | 1-5 PM

FREE 

 

Annual Meeting Celebration

Todd Herman, President & CEO at The Mint Museum will remark on the amazing success of the past year and introduce the exciting events and programs you  will enjoy at The Mint Museum in 2022 – 2023.

Monday, August 29, 2022 | 4 – 6 PM

Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road

4PM | Presentation

5PM | Celebration Reception

Party in the Park 2022

Enjoy a festive time at Party in the Park with Battle Walls presented by Talking Walls, art projects, food trucks, live music, and a cash bar on the front terrace (weather permitting).

Also, we will be taking donations for Stuff the Bus to help classroom teachers and students have safe, sanitized settings, and needed new tools and materials for the upcoming school year. Thank you in advance for your kindness!

Event Schedule 

1-1:45 PM: Live music with the Mike Strauss Band.

1:45 PM: Opening remarks and Back-to-School Art Battle introduction.

2-2:45 PM: Live music with the Mike Strauss Band and  Art Battle Round 1.

2:45 PM: Remarks and Art Battle Round 2 introduction.

3-3:45 PM: Live music with the Mike Strauss Band and Art Battle Round 2.

3:45 PM: Remarks and Art Battle Round 3 introduction.

4-4:45 PM: Live music with the Mike Strauss Band and  Art Battle Round 3.

4:45 PM: Art Battle winner announced.

Ongoing Art Activities 

1-3 PM Summer Memories Art Mural.

1-5 PM Optical Illusion Activity, presented by Principal Foundation.

All events are free and take place on the terrace and front lawn.

Party in the Park is generously presented by Principal Foundation.

 

Party in the Park
Mint Museum Randolph
August 28, 2022 | 1-5 PM

FREE 

 

Party in the Park 2022

Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a cash bar on the front terrace (weather permitting), plus free admission to the museum. Celebrate art that tells a story by visiting the new exhibition Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes. From 2–4 PM, learn how to create a color-coded weaving.

Party in the Park is generously presented by Principal Foundation.

 

Party in the Park
Mint Museum Randolph
July 31, 2022 | 1-5 PM

FREE 

 

Wild Wednesday

Stop by the Mint Museum Randolph lawn to get up close with an animal visitor from Stevens Creek Nature Center, participate in nature-themed art projects, and go on a self-guided visit to the museum. Enjoy free museum admission from 5-9 PM.

 

Wild Wednesday
Wednesday, July 27 | 6-8 PM; 6:30-7:30 PM animal encounter
Mint Museum Randolph
Free

Artist Talk with Diedrick Brackens and Curator Lauren R. O’Connell

Join artist Diedrick Brackens and Lauren R. O’Connell, curator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, for a discussion about the evolution of the exhibition Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes, the agency of contemporary craft, and expansive possibilities of artist-curator collaborations.

 

Artist Talk: Artist Diedrick Brackens and Curator Lauren R. O’Connell
Saturday, July 16 | 2-3 PM
Mint Museum Randolph
Free