Affinity Groups

Our Affinity Groups provide members a unique opportunity to help empower artists to advance our community.

Since its inception in 1998, McColl Center for Art + Innovation has crafted its programs through valued partnerships and collaborations with community organizations of all types. This has resulted in the creation of hundreds of in-depth art + innovation programs with schools and universities, hospitals, businesses, foundations and local governments.

Environment

The four pillars of the Environmental Artist-in-Residence Program are art, science, community and education. Each year, three environmental artists-in-residence commence remediation projects in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Queens University, Discovery Place and the Charlotte Nature Museum.

Environment Affinity Group

PHILLIP BLUMENTHAL
Co-Chair
The Blumenthal Foundation

ROBERT CORBIN
Discovery Place, Inc.
Vice President of Learning Experiences

DIANNE ENGLISH
Community Building Initiative

WAYNE FISHER
CMS
STEM Pre-K-5 Science Specialist

KIM GRAHAM
Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
Community Engagement

BECKY HANNUM
Art Everwhere + McColl Center
Grant Writing, thinker, etc

LEE JONES
Parks and Rec
Capital Planning Director

DICK McCRAKEN
Co-Chair
McCracken and Lopez P.A.
President and Mechanical Engineer

REED PERKINS
Queens University
Environmental Science Chair

TOM STANLEY
Winthrop University
Fine Arts Chair/Artist

SCOTT SUTTON
Duke Energy
Sustainability

BRYAN STARR
Little Architects
Structual Engineer

International

The International Sphere of Impact focuses on four geographic areas: Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Middle East, and Europe and Scandinavia. This allows the Center to consistently include artists from around the world in its residency program. By so doing, the Center deepens the community’s exposure to contemporary artists from these regions as well as their contemporary art practices and the issues they address in their work. The Center will enhance the quality of the residency experience for all of the artists-in-residence by including such rich cultural diversity. The Center will engage with diverse populations in Charlotte from these places of origin and continue to develop those relationships over time making them more nuanced and profound.

Social Justice

Artists-in-residence are invited whose work addresses issues of inclusivity, access, identity, gender, poverty, sexual orientation, privilege or religion. Partnerships may be forged with community centers, churches, social service organizations and many others. The work of these artists help the community address issues in a deeper, more honest way with the hope of advancing conversations and thinking among the community and the artists themselves. By having artists-in-residence continue to explore these issues, the community may be able to develop a deeper understanding of the nuances of these issues and how to better address them.

Social Justice Affinity Group

JANET WALL
Jerald Melberg Gallery

TOM WARSHAUER
City of Charlotte
Community Engagement Manager

KAREN SIMON
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office
Director of Inmate Programs

MARY HOLLINGSWORTH
Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
Director- Shared Services

REGINALD BLACKMON
Fitness for the Mind and Heart
Life Coach/Psychotherapist

CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY
Connelly Defense
Attorney at Law

RON STODGHILL
Innovo Laboratory
Directory

TOM HANCHETT
Historian

ANN WOOD
Community Member

LINDSAY JONES
Cann+Jones LLC
Principal

MARY EVERETTE CANN
Cann+Jones LLC
Principal

CHUCK BARGER
Common Market
Owner

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Beauty

This artist-in-residence will address whether the concept of beauty gets lost in the issues-based or medium-focused practice of contemporary art. Does beauty still have a place in creative expression? Is the contemporary definition of beauty different from classical beauty? Is beauty relevant? Who cares?

Business Innovation

The Innovation Institute at McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a personal and professional development program for senior-level executives that focuses on creativity and innovation. The program targets executives who are interested in stretching their own creative muscle to gain more flexibility, strength and confidence in their creative ability and understand how to better support their own teams to become more creative and innovative. This experiential program is led by visual artists and a facilitator with executive coaching and organizational background.

Craft

In homage to the strong tradition of craft in North Carolina, the Center would like to include a craft artist in each residency session. By doing so, we can feature craft artists who are challenging the traditional perceptions, definitions and mediums of craft, using craft as a means to explore social or political ideas, or perhaps taking craft to the larger format of installation. This recurring artist-in-residence program provides the Center with the opportunity to form ongoing partnerships with the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Penland, Clayworks and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, as well as other national and international organizations.

Design + Architecture

The Center helps advance notions of architecture, design, public spaces and urban design in Charlotte by having artists-in-residence address these issues and providing them with a public platform to share their ideas. Charlotte's design community has grown and the city itself has become more engaged in these issues. With UNC Charlotte's College of Arts + Architecture, Center City Building, Urban Design Institute and the Que-OS Project of Manoj Kesavan and Faron Frank, the Center has strong partners for this effort.

Education


The Center has strong ongoing partnerships with CMS and UNC Charlotte. In the past, one CMS art teacher was provided a three-month residency. During this time, the art teacher was given a sabbatical to pursue their studio work and develop a new curriculum for the classroom. The art teacher continued to receive their salary and benefits, and a substitute teacher was hired to teach their classes while they were in residence. The CMS Art Teacher-in-Residence was jointly selected by CMS and the Center and was generously sponsored by Gail Peacock, a former CMS art teacher.

The Center’s relationship with UNC Charlotte has evolved over twelve years. UNC Charlotte sponsors a jointly selected artist-in-residence who works with students and a lead faculty member allowing students to benefit from learning the artist’s creative process and resulting in the students, educators and artists creating a culminating collaborative project.

Health

Artists are invited to work in a variety of ways and mediums with the Carolinas HealthCare System, the largest healthcare provider in the Carolinas. Artists may work with patients, physicians, and/or staff on projects. Work may result from a project or collaboration and may be permanently or temporarily installed in a clinic or hospital. Artists are jointly selected by Carolinas HealthCare and McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

Technology

Artists are experimenting more and more with technology as a new or extended medium of expression. How is technology being used to explore ideas and creative expression? How could the Center further the work of these experimental artists in a way that engages the community and helps us think about issues, art-making, beauty and creative expression in new ways?