The Harvey B. Gantt Center will hold its 1st annual GanttFest! on Saturday, Sept. 11.

This full-day celebration of the arts is free and open to the public.

Enjoy guided tours of exhibitions Protégé: Sam Gilliam & Kevin Cole and Charlotte Collects African American Art – both opening to the public at GanttFest!

African storytelling, face painting, spoken word, dance, music and other live performances also are scheduled throughout the day.

This year’s festival theme is “mentoring,” and festival activities include a gallery talk by master abstract artist Sam Gilliam and protégé Kevin Cole; an art workshop for teens led by Cole; and another for all ages conducted by local artist de’Angelo Dia Bethune.

Distinguished poet Sonia Sanchez and visual & performance artist Fahamu Pecou, Gantt Center artist-in-residence, will also be featured.

GantFest! will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

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