BLACK is an exhibition curated by Daniel Geanes and Tia Nichols. A Built Language Across Culture and Knowledge. A collection of works created by Black artists curated to not only showcase the rich diversity of artistic expressions within the Black community but also providing an opportunity to highlight Black culture and its impact. Artworks will expand on the language of Black culture shown through Detroit’s predominantly Black inner city that is rich with culture, Black love, politics, and the artists’ expressions of simply existing as Black individuals in this time.

Date: January 19 – February 29, 2024,
Opening Reception January 26th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Programming location @ The Carr Center Gallery,

As I See is the third and final part of the series, As I See Me, including the generational evolution and presentation of artists. These exhibitions have drawn light on the demarcation of age and time, and the ways artists self-identify and evaluate their disciplines in a contemporary lens.  As I See focuses on artists aged 30 – 60 years old. The exhibition was juried by Robert O’Banner, and will feature the selected works by: Dr. Chanel Beebe, Jozie Bullard, Marta Carvajal, Megan Dardis, Stephanie Fazekas, Diamante Lavendar, Jennifer Maples, William Matthews, Ashley Menth, Robert O’Banner, La Tina Renee, and DeMarcus Smith. 

Celebrating Black Arts

The Carr Center and Bedrock Detroit serve as collaborating partners and producers of the “Celebrate Black Arts” programming during the month of February 2024.

This celebration will highlight multiple arts disciplines, showcase over 100 Detroit based artists and performers, and provide a variety of opportunities to engage the community. The celebration will involve multiple generations of Detroiters from middle and high school students to seniors through a visual arts competition, performing arts presentations, “hands on activities” and spoken word.

Exhibitions: Celebrating Black Arts exhibition will feature a multifaceted display of works created by Detroit students in the junior division (6th – 8th grade), the senior division (9th – 12th grade), and an accompaniment of emerging and established adult artists. Accompanying artists will include: Jide Aje, Dr. Chanel Beebe, Ronald Clegg, Darian “Saint” Greer, Saffell Gardner, Tia Nichols, Robert O’Banner, Yvette Rock, Asha Walidah, and Cara Marie Young. The exhibition will run February 1 – 29, 2024. 

Programming location: Downtown Detroit at 1001 Woodward Avenue

Founded in 1991 as The Arts League of Michigan, Inc., The Carr Center has become one of the leading organizations to present African American arts, in all disciplines, in the country. The center is named for the late Virgil Carr, an arts advocate and community leader, who was the former President and CEO of The United Way of Detroit.

The Carr Center leverages the essence of the African American cultural experience to inspire, entertain, challenge, and educate. Currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary, The Carr Center boasts an exceptional history of providing world-class arts programming to the community and supporting artists in the creation and presentation of their work. Their mission is to preserve, present, promote, and develop the African and African-American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community.