From April 27 through May 31, 2021, McColl Center invites you to support Ignite Momentum as we raise the last $150,000 towards the Momentum One Million Dollar Challenge. Gifts of all sizes support McColl Center’s innovative growth; energized by an engaged community of contemporary artists, arts advocates, cultural and corporate partners, and an enthusiastic and curious public.
Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar. $50 turns into $100, $250 into $500, $1,000 into $2,000. Your donation will directly support the countless artists that look to McColl Center for partnership in developing and propelling their creative practices and careers.
May 20, 2021 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ignite Nite is a celebration of Charlotte’s creative community, inviting artists, community members, and art lovers to come together for a citywide evening to spark creativity. This hybrid in-person and virtual event fuses 20 local artists with groups of 10-12 art lovers to create works of art together as part of a Citywide Art Lab.
Each group will receive the same materials to create something truly unique from the artist’s vision. Depending on the selection of the materials, one group may build mini sculptures while another may create a collage or painting. There are three options to participate: in-person at McColl Center, hosted at a group Champion’s home, or at any location virtually. The program will be live-streamed and will include an opportunity to join McColl Center’s Igniters community by donating to the Ignite Momentum campaign. Don't have a group Champion? No worries! We have open groups available!
- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Happy Hour with DJ Fannie Mae
- Virtual Participants: tune in, listen to music, and gather with your group at any point during this time.
- Home Host Groups: Your host will invite you to join them for charcuterie, chocolatey treats, and, of course, wine!
- Studio Host Groups + In-Person: Join us at McColl Center for Happy Hour with hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and bubbles, and ice cream from The Social Cow. You'll also get an exclusive first look at our Summer Artists-in-Residence exhibition.
- 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. | Program + Art Lab
- Studio Host Groups: wine, charcuterie, and chocolatey treats will be available in your studio.
- 8:45 - 9:00 p.m. | Departure
Charcuterie provided by Babe + Butcher | Chocolate provided by Potts Chocolate
Art Kit Pick-Up
For Virtual Participants: Art Kits will be available for pick-up from McColl Center on the following days:
- Friday, May 14 + Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 12:00 to 4:00p.m.
- Monday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Part of a Home Host group? Your Art Kit will be delivered to your Host's home. You do not need to come to pick one up.
Studio Host groups will find their art kits in their studio at McColl Center.
Interested in corporate partnerships for Ignite Momentum? Contact Ben McCarthy, VP of Development, at [email protected]
About McColl Center
McColl Center for Art + Innovation champions contemporary artists and sparks creative experiences for positive community impact. McColl Center advances our mission through Artist Residencies, Exhibitions, Community Engagement, and Education. We envision a community where contemporary artists and an engaged public enhance their creative capacity through relevant, diverse, and accessible experiences.
McColl Center is a nationally recognized artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, NC. Since 1999 we have provided over 420 artists with the time, space, financial support, and opportunities to explore ideas, build community, and grow their practices. We also invite the public to connect with artists through studio visits, exhibitions, public programs, artist-led workshops, and special events.
In addition to the use of studios and equipment in our shared-use spaces and access to 5,000 square feet of exhibition space; McColl Center Artists-in-Residence receive a generous stipend, private housing, curatorial guidance, marketing support, and local transportation. The program is open to local, national, and international artists working in a myriad of creative practices. Each application review panel is comprised of curators, alumni artists, national artists, and arts leaders.
While the residency program is central to our mission, being a resource for local artists is equally important to our core values. In 2020 we launched SPARK, a multi-faceted strategic plan that focuses on meeting artists, and our community, where they are, and a commitment to being an accessible home to artists at all points in their careers. Through SPARK, we renovated two studios to create nine smaller studios that are available for subsidized rent by local artists. We have also developed a Co-op; a coworking model where artists can access the equipment in our labs while building community among and collaborating with their creative colleagues. All too often, space and equipment are a barrier to artistic success; we are committed to working on reducing those barriers for artists.