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ArtBreak tours are free, thirty minute guided tours each third Thursday at the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

Docents will guide visitors through the galleries every third Thursday of each month. Whether it’s an introductory experience for a first-time visitor or a deeper cultural experience for those already familiar with Levine Center for the Arts institutions, the 30-minute tours will provide a brief but focused encounter with art with people who have a limited amount of time—and will allow time to grab lunch as well.

Visitors can choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view. (Each theme lasts for three months—enough to experience all three institutions!)

docent tour jaiOctober–December: “Labels: Do We Need Them?” will ask visitors to consider text and reference materials provided by curators, as well as issues of identity and labels in society today.

This collaborative effort, the first of its kind in Charlotte, originated with the Mint docents and is just one of several new initiatives underway to improve public tours. Support is provided by the THRIVE Fund, established to provide financial stability to Charlotte’s cultural sector and currently administered by Foundation For The Carolinas.

For more information, visit the Mint’s website here.