The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture exists to present, preserve and promote African-American art, culture and history for the education and enlightenment of all. It is our intention to stimulate interest in the creative contributions African-Americans have made to world culture and inspire life-long learning. Since its founding in 1974, the dream of the first visionaries has been elevated to unanticipated levels. Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at the Levine Center for the Arts, the Afro-American Cultural Center, is now known as the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. This new facility is named in honor of Harvey Bernard Gantt, a trailblazer known for being the first African-American student admitted to Clemson University who later served as Charlotte’s first African-American mayor.
551 South Tryon Street
Experience an introduction to Charlotte’s Black History with an in depth 45 to 60-minute guided tour of our facility and our current exhibitions. Students and educators can experience a deeper connection with the exhibits by completing a thematic exercise or a scavenger hunt during their tour.
Our guided tour experience is customized to your group’s grade level by our trained docents and museum educators.
Scavenger Hunt + Thematic Activity Available- Add an additional layer to your standard guided tour by completing a scavenger hunt based on the exhibitions. Groups may also check out one of our thematic activity pouches which help students to explore the deeper themes within each work of art.
Guided tours are available Tuesday-Saturday
Flexible start times between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Groups are responsible for their transportation to and from the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Guest Services can provide assistance with locations for parking large vehicles.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Guided Group Tours are available for groups of 10 or more students at a rate of three dollars ($3) per students. 1 chaperone per 10 students. Chaperones are admitted at no cost.
CG 1: The learner will develop critical and creative thinking skills and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art.
CG 5: The learner will understand the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
SL 2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.
Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts.
Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively.
Please contact Guest Services at least 24 hours in advance to cancel your tour.
Please note, if your group arrives more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled guided tour, they may have an abbreviated tour or experience the Center via a self-guided tour.
Pre-paid groups that cancel will be given an opportunity to reschedule their tour.