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Gantt Center to host annual GanttFest
Exhibitions commemorating 40th anniversary to be unveiled July 26
 
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:21 pm
by Staff Reports

The Harvey B. Gantt Center will host its annual GanttFest this Saturday. The festival will include a full day of activities scheduled from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for nonmembers. Veterans and their families will be admitted for free.

“GanttFest! is the perfect opportunity to reintroduce the [Gantt] Center to the community,” said President & CEO David R. Taylor. “With community outreach and involvement as a key focus this year, we’re looking forward to showing the community all that we have to offer.”

The event will serve as the official unveiling of the Center’s 40th Anniversary exhibitions – “The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art,” “40 and Counting: Celebrating Forty Years at the Gantt Through Art, Culture and Community” and “Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.: Returning to Where the Artistic Seed was Planted.”

A guided tour of “40 and Counting” lead by guest curator Kim Curry-Evans will begin at 1 p.m.

A celebration of art and culture of the African Diaspora, GanttFest is designed as an intergenerational program for the entire community, providing a fun and festive way to highlight the Gantt Center’s mission while supporting local and national artists.

Activities include hands on workshops, performances, films, food and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out their DJ skills on a special turntable station and enjoy musical performances by Mother Blues, Funk Rush, Story Squad, and A Sign of the Times.

Morrison Healthcare will be on site with its Mindful Choices Wellness Table and conduct a health-conscious southern cooking demo featuring Chef Cary Neff.

Neff, who leads the Morrison Healthcare Culinary Team as vice president of Corporate Culinary Service, will demonstrate new healthy twists on classic Southern dishes. Join him and two "sous chefs" from Big Brothers Big Sisters, and learn healthy cooking techniques and creative ways to add flavor and increase nutritional value.

In addition to giving away recipes and healthy snacks, the Morrison Healthcare Wellness team will also be on-hand to conduct free body fat testing.

Food will be available at participating food trucks including Gold Fingers, Belly Backers, Unique Endeavors and Sugar. Other food vendors include Homemade Gourmet Donuts and The Chrome Toaster.

Visit www.GanttCenter.org for more information.

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