While South End gets more culturally homogenous by the year, one organization in the neighborhood is fighting for equity, diversity and social consciousness in the arts community that’s historically found a home there. Founded by artists K. Liles and Jerry McQuay SouthEnd ARTS is a nonprofit whose mission is “creating equity art exhibition space, building cultural bridges, empowering artists and their communities in South End.”
Each month, in the Charlotte Trolley building on Camden Road, the organization holds a two-night juried art exhibition featuring underrepresented artists. A speaker is paired with these exhibits to create the Social Justice Speaker Series, which invites the community to engage in a conversation around the theme of the exhibit.
Behind the scenes, SouthEnd ARTs works with artists to help them professionalize their portfolios to prepare for a world that expects corporate-style presentations for funding consideration.
When you invest in SouthEnd ARTS, you are investing in the vibrancy of Charlotte’s cultural community and a commitment to making the arts accessible to all.
As SouthEnd ARTS grows its reach, we invite you to be a part of the narrative of a transforming community, where we strive to ensure that meaningful opportunities exist for local artists and create culturally enriched spaces for community members.
SouthEnd ARTS is a 501(c)(3) Arts and Education Nonprofit entity proudly supported in-part by funds from Arts and Science Council, Charlotte Center City Partners and people like you who value the ARTS.