To leverage the essence and power of African and African American art to Inspire, entertain, challenge and educate.
Founded in 1991, the Arts League of Michigan (ALM dba The Carr Center) has a history of providing strong programming to the community and supporting artists in the creation and presentation of their work. Its mission is to preserve, present, promote, and develop the African and African-American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community. In 2009, building on a solid legacy of service, the Arts League founded the Carr Center, and it is through the programs that it realizes this mission. The Carr Center leverages the essence of the African American cultural experience to inspire, entertain, challenge, and educate.
To connect with the community even more, The Carr Center created an innovative model: the Carr Center Network of Community Hubs. With locations in Detroit’s downtown, midtown, east side, and a suburban site, the Network is a constellation of venues that affords unique access to arts and brings artists to broader audiences.
As the Carr Center’s first artistic director, Geri Allen’s vision before her untimely passing June 2017, was to continue, expand and nationalize the Carr Center through collaboration and partnerships from local, to regional and to national artists in all disciplines. WIthin the collaborations would be unique mash-ups showcasing phenomenal talents. An example of unique mash-ups are vocals and tap dance or theatre with music and beyond. This vision helps achieve the mission and continue to focus on bringing art, artists and communities together with an African American focus and a global view.
Terri Lyne Carrington and Dee Dee Bridgewater were named as Geri Allen’s successors and co-artistic directors at the Carr Center. They were more than honored to fulfill Geri’s vision.
- Dee Dee Bridgewater
2017 NEA Jazz Master, 3x Grammy Award winner, Tony winner, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award winner
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 performance, the Carr Center aims to be a platform for unmerited giving.
Challenging someone builds strength, character and confidence. All of these nouns are the ingredients to developing an artist or performer. The Carr Center both challenges and nurtures artists in order to allow them to blossom.
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.
Fueled by Passion