There’s a gallery and exhibit in Mint Museum and now a new garden all in his name. The artist Romare Bearden is world renowned and was a Charlotte native. This weekend there’s a chance to learn more about him with the official grand opening ceremony of the Romare Bearden Pak in Uptown. It will start Friday, Aug.30, through Sunday, Sept.1, 2013, at the corner of Third and Church streets. The celebration of the hometown artists’ life and legacy will mark the 102nd anniversary of his Sept. 2, birth. The event will feature live music from acts such as Jo Dee Messina, dancers, activities for children, an art show and street performers.
The 5.4-acre urban park, which sits adjacent to the historic Latta Arcade, will serve as a hub for arts and cultural events in Center City. Park visitors will be able to participate in fitness programs and art and music classes year-round. In addition, the park will host various festivals as well as an annual Bearden Birthday Bash in September.
Park construction began Sept. 2, 2011, and 2004 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation bonds covered the nearly $11 million cost.
This Saturday the Mint Museum Uptown will offer three free Bearden-themed tours during grand opening festivities, as the Mint encourages the public to visit both the park and the museum with the largest public holding of Bearden’s works.
Tour groups are invited to depart the new Romare Bearden Park from the corner of Martin Luther King and Church Streets at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., or 12:45 p.m. this Saturday, or meet at the Guest Services Desk of Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, at 11 a.m., noon, or 1 p.m. The museum is one block south of the park via South Church Street. Tour group participants will be granted free admission to the museum; all other museum visitors pay $10 for general adult admission (free for museum members). Children ages 5-17 pay $5 general admission and children 4 and under are free. Groups will experience the Bearden-inspired house inside the kid-friendly Lewis Family Gallery, as well as the permanent Romare Bearden Gallery which displays a rotating selection of works from throughout the artist’s career. Trained museum docents will lead the tours.
For more information visit www.mintmuseum.org