Coming Up @ The Carr Center

February 26  “A WAY OF ESCAPE: Reflections on Ritualism”artist talk back in the Carr Virtual Center with exhibition curator Laura D. Gibson
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March 13 “dUOS & dUETSpart 5″, featuring NEA Jazz Masters, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jack deJohnette in concert. 
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March 26 “With All Our Might : Creating in the Age of Covid“, curated by Carl Wilson and Erin Falker-Obichigha, our next juried exhibition opens inside the Carr Center Gallery.
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Good Trouble

Features students from the 2020 Carr Center Virtual Summer Dance Intensive presented in partnership with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

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The Carr Center is proud to announce our first Arts Competition which will be open to students of the Detroit Metropolitan area. 

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With All Our Might: Creating in the Era of Covid is a juried exhibition opportunity for visual artists at the Carr Center Contemporary. 

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” What a great night of music. Simply amazing! Thank you Carr Center”

Amina Claudine Myers,
attendee”dUOS & dUETS” Patrice Rushen & Billy Childs

Sweeeet!!!! Jean Baylor is the truth. Awesome!

Eric B. Vaughn,
attendee “dUOS & dUETS” Ben Williams, Marcus Gilmore plus Jean Baylor

“Excellent content! I want to revisit these when needed…just like brewing a calming cup of tea.”

Wendi Hill,
attendee, Film @ the Carr, “RESISTANCE & Resilience ”

“Perfect! What a Night!” 👍🏾🎉🎊🎵🎶

Joyce Jones,
attendee, New Year’s Eve 2020, “dUOS & dUETS”

Meet the Artist: Krisilyn "Tony" Frazier
Meet The Artist: Quinn Alexandria Hunter
Meet the Artist: "Blitz" the Ambassador

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.