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An Update from our President + CEO

Dear friends and supporters of McColl Center, 

Like you, we were making big plans for the summer just a few months ago; plans that we now have to alter. Despite those changes, it is still an exciting time for creativity in Charlotte. With your help, McColl Center continues to find new ways to support artists and make contemporary art accessible and fun.

Our name is McColl Center for Art + Innovation for a reason. You would be proud of some of the ways we’ve been able to #BringArtHome and innovate to support professional and student artists in this challenging time. I’m so happy you are on our team.

  • Since March, McColl Center quickly pivoted to hold virtual art workshops, a series that continues to provide income to local artists by offering paid teaching opportunities and to connect with community.
  • This summer, we will #BringArtHome through virtual, week-long, half-day summer camps for children—with 50% of the students receiving scholarships to participate. 
  • We will still offer innovative summer internships for college students. 
  • Eager to help artists sell their work, we partnered with online art retailer Artsy to list more than 40 pieces of art by McColl Center alumni artists.

There are big, exciting changes happening at McColl Center. We wish we could continue inviting you into our building to meet our artists and learn about their work in person. However, we had already planned studio renovations and lab upgrades so that when we open again, our artists-in-residence will be able to use state-of-the art equipment such as improved woodshop equipment and new presses for the printmaking lab.

There’s no question that even now, McColl Center is making art happen in our community. We can’t do these amazing things without you. Please consider making a gift to #BringArtHome.

Alli Celebron-Brown
President + CEO
McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Other Ways to Give

Become a member

As a McColl Center Member, you make a difference by helping us empower artists to be catalysts for change—through their work, creative process, and community engagement. Each membership comes with a list of awesome benefits along with unique and exciting opportunities for our events, programs, workshops, and more. Become a member now.

Planned giving

A planned gift gives the opportunity for your philanthropic legacy to impact McColl Center and the community it serves for generations to come. Your planned gift may include retirement assets, life insurance policies, family business earnings, charitable trusts, IRA rollovers, or a bequest. McColl Center will help you fulfill your philanthropic vision while maintaining efficient operations.

Sponsor an artist-in-residence, exhibition, or program

McColl Center offers unique sponsorship opportunities to achieve your philanthropic vision while promoting the success of the organization and its mission. Sponsorship is an exciting way for individuals to become engaged with a particular artist, exhibition, or program. All investment opportunities will be tailored to meet your goals and interests and will be commensurate with giving levels.

Name a space

Your major investment in McColl Center may afford you the right to name one of our beautiful studios. Naming a space represents your commitment to McColl Center, its mission, and the artists and community we serve. McColl Center is honored to have half of its studios and galleries named by generous donors who made their commitment to McColl Center permanent.

Corporate sponsorship

McColl Center is proud to collaborate with many local, regional, and national businesses to present events, exhibitions, residencies, scholarship assistance, and other vital community programs. Sponsorship is an exciting way for corporations to showcase their support of the arts in Charlotte while promoting their brand to a growing and engaged audience. All investment opportunities will be tailored to meet the sponsor’s unique needs and will be commensurate with giving levels.

Institutional giving

McColl Center is grateful to partner with many exceptional private and corporate foundations, government funders, and our local arts council. McColl Center offers the opportunity to achieve your philanthropic goals while promoting the success of the organization and its mission. Our institutional funders have been integral to McColl Center’s achievement from capacity building and capital improvement to funding exhibitions, residencies, and outreach programs.

Contact us

For questions about any of these ways to give to McColl Center, or to start a conversation about your impact, contact Alli Celebron-Brown, President + CEO, at or 704-944-8225.

Your leadership, investment, and support for McColl Center in the next 20 years are essential to ensure Charlotte remains a leader in creativity and innovation locally and globally. Thank you.

Photo: Summer 2019 artist-in-residence Carmen Neely at work in her studio at McColl Center, July 2019.