Coming Up @ The Carr Center

December 8: The OperaSOUL Experience
Opera will come together with soul music for an inspired flight, with singer Kisma Jordan and friends
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December 15: Fragments of Bone
An evening of movement, myth and memory-making with Robin Wilson, choreographer, teacher, performer and a founding member of the revered dance company, Urban Bush Women
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December 17: Trinity Short Films
10 award winning short films from independent filmmakers working out of Detroit, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Atlanta in partnership with Fearless Tribe of Fanatic Filmmakers and Trinity Film Entertainment Group.
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The Carr Center Sets New Standards!

Mark Stryker ruminates on why the  “New Standards part one, Shifting The Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice” project is important.
Jessics Care Moore

Jessica Care Moore

A special night of spoken word with jessica Care moore internationally renowned poet, playwright, publisher and one of Detroit’s own.

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Now in The Carr Center Gallery

Dedicated to visual art artists from around the world who over a thirty year span have called The Carr Center a studio, classroom, exhibition space … home.

Holiday Arts Exchange

Submissions are open to artists of all ages, and will include works of fine art and craft, designed for retail.

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We are committing to the idea that the arts should be available to all. Click through and learn more about our new ticketing policy.

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The Carr Center is one of the most vibrant, active art centers in the United States that is focused on developing the community. The incredible arts programming, the opportunities offered to young people to participate and the conscious commitment to cultural identity speaks volumes to the value of the performing arts in our lives.
Bravo for your vision and leadership!

Debbie Allen
Multiple Emmy and Tony Award winning actress, dancer, choreographer, director, producer

Carrie Mae Weems’ willingness to begin the work of building an artistic and intellectual community by putting our work in conversation with each other made the Carr Center’s Independent Scholars Fellowship an immediately challenging space.

Michelle May-Curry
Independent Scholar Fellow

Teri Lynne (Carrington), Danilo (Perez) and Sonia (Sanchez), Thank you! Thank you! I have enjoyed you all immensely. Maya Angelou said thank you is what we say to God. I really hope that tells you just how I appreciated you all tonight .

Andrea Brown, Attendee
Duos & Duets + 1
Livestream concert

I just checked the dictionary for a definition of “heartfelt.” It said, see Patrice Rushen and The Gathering Orchestra Nonet. I swear!
Ms. Rushen, thank you from the bottom of my jazz-fueled heart. What wonderful musicians, what wonderful music, and so young, sigh …!

Don Bates, attendee
Patrice Rushen & The Gathering Nonet
“Resonate Suite” Livestream

Meet the Artist: Carole Harris
Meet The Artist: Hugh Grannum
Meet the Artist: Oluwatoyin Akintoroye

Who We Are

the Carr Center leverages the essence of the African American cultural experience to inspire, entertain, challenge and educate. It is a place where artists, across all disciplines, and community come together. We accomplish our mission through three core programs:

the Carr Center Contemporary, The Carr Center Arts Academy and the Carr Center Presents….

Our Mission

the Carr Center is devoted to the preservation, presentation, promotion and development of the African and African American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community.


You cannot touch inspiration but you can feel it. Inspiration is what motivates and drives creativity. Our goal is to inspire creativity in artists, our patrons, and our community through the presentation and teaching of African American cultural arts traditions.


To be entertained is a gift from artists and performers to their audiences.

It is a gift of emotion, joy and inspiration. In every presentation, the Carr Center aims to be a platform for unmerited giving.


Challenging someone builds strength, character and confidence. All of these nouns are essential to nurturing personal growth. The Carr Center challenges and nurtures both artists and audiences, in order to help them grow.


Education is power. The Carr Center creates opportunities for unique educational experiences in order to preserve African and African American cultural arts traditions and empower future generations to make new traditions their own.