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Free art tours, yoga, and special exhibitions are just some of the events on tap for the spring 2017 arts season at the four Levine Center for the Arts (LCA) institutions in Charlotte, NC. In addition, several new collaborations are making their public debut.

The Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater make up Levine Center for the Arts, one of Charlotte’s major cultural destinations.

Highlights include:

“See All Three” tours, launched April 23: Curatorial and creative staff at the three museums guide tours covering common threads among the exhibitions. Tours are free for members who joined any of the three museums at the $250 level or higher. The first tour focused on the evolution of abstraction.

Yoga at Levine Center for the Arts, May 18 (International Art Museum Day): With Charlotte Five, the three museums will host a free community-wide outdoor yoga class on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza, followed by food trucks, cash bars, and free gallery access.

#LongLiveArts Festival, June 3: LCA institutions will host a free community festival celebrating their performing and visual arts. Look for performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.

ArtBreak Tours: Free docent-led, 30-minute public tours occur at noon on the third Thursday of every month at each museum.

At Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana (May 12-Sept. 10, 2017): Features Swiss artist Jean Tinguely’s iconic sculpture, Santana, along with presentations of his sculptures, drawings, prints, and personal correspondence between the artist and the Bechtler family.

At Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Four exhibitions remain on view through July 8: The Future is Abstract; Alison Saar: The Nature of Us; Zun Lee: Father Figure; and Jordan Casteel: Harlem Notes. This summer, the center will feature private collections of African-American collectors.

At Mint Museum Uptown

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now debuted April 22: This show features an unprecedented survey of 75 works of contemporary art from every region of the country.

Levine Center for the Arts promotes itself via #LongLiveArts through its joint marketing campaign.

You can read other stories by Mary Gilbert on her blog, The Roads Traveled, at

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