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An Update from our President + CEO

Dear friends and supporters of McColl Center, 

As COVID-19 continues to spread, public guidance advises individuals to stay home and we have closed our facility out of an abundance of caution. The resulting cancelation of our fundraising gala, Open Studio Saturday, art workshops, and other public events will have very serious financial consequences for McColl Center’s artists-in-residence, contracted artists, and staff.  

For arts organizations like ours to continue in these financially uncertain times, local groups are considering new forms of economic relief for which we are very grateful. It will be likely that organizations like ours will need to enlist support from local governments, philanthropic organizations, and the community to stay afloat during this unprecedented time. 

Today, I ask that you make a gift of any size to McColl Center. Your support—big or small—will help us to maintain funding to artists, support artists-in-residence and emergency travel needs, uphold contracts, and pay hourly staff.  

Thank you for your continued support of individual artists and arts organizations across our community, state, and nation. Together we will carry creativity through this global crisis. 

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.