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Charlotte's cultural spaces honor the most essential workers
Free admission to Bechtler, Gantt and Mint
Published Monday, November 9, 2020
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Part of the Inter | Sectional exhibit at the Gantt Center.

Local cultural institutions are thanking essential workers with free admission for the rest of 2020.  

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt for African-American Arts + Culture and the Mint Museum will offer complimentary admission to essential workers and their immediate family members through Dec. 31 to say “thank you” for the work they have done during the pandemic. It includes health care providers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, teachers, custodial workers, transit workers, supermarket and restaurant workers.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to our frontline workers for their selfless dedication during the pandemic,” Gantt President and CEO David Taylor said in a statement. “Being able to show our appreciation collectively as a museum community is the least that we can do in honor of their service."

Said Bechtler Executive Director Todd Smith: “The Bechtler enthusiastically joins the Mint and the Gantt in supporting our frontline essential workers in the Charlotte community. We hope this move allows more people to enjoy the restorative powers of the visual arts and museums in this time of crisis.”

Each cultural institution has protocols in place to keep visitors safe during the pandemic, including capacity limits and face covering requirements. Ticket reservations are available in advance on their respective websites and walk-in visits are subject to space availability.

"Throughout the pandemic, frontline workers have helped to sustain health and well-being for our community,” Mint President and CEO Todd Herman said.  “We want to recognize these efforts by offering an opportunity for these workers and their families to come and enjoy exploring art at our museums free of charge.”

The Mint Museum also installed “Messages for the City,” a digital display on the Wells Fargo screen along the Levine Avenue of the Arts and the Legacy Union Screen at 620 2. Tryon St. depicting artist-made animations and images celebrating frontline workers. The project was inspired by the Times Square Arts partnership with For Freedoms, Poster House and PRINT magazine, which was displayed in Times Square during the spring.  


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