Coming Up @ The Carr Center

October 16 – Jason Philips
Mid-career retrospective of his work to be featured in both our galleries
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October 19 – Adegoke Steve and Iqua Colson
Renowned bandleaders, composers, educators and artists join the conversation

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November 5: The Gathering Orchestra Nonet
Our Geri Allen Fellows, directed by Rodney Whitaker in a special student matinee concert
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Jason Philips : Multi-Faceted

Jason Phillips is a gifted Detroit painter, mixed media artist, muralist and tattoo artist.

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Jazz on Film Part 3 – Classic Black

Explores the films Alice Coltrane and Max and Abbey

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November 6th:  A Season Spectacular

Our first LIVE concert in over a year kicks off the 2021-2022 concert season with a bang!

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“Thornetta, I’ve been a fan since first hearing you at the Scarab Club on stage with the Women of Detroit Blues. That’s been 30 years now. I love you!”

Mabel T. Flowers,
“dUOS & dUETS: Encore Series”, featuring Thornetta Davis

The poetry of Sonia Sanchez – beautifully woven into the language of jazz – calling us to hear the soul – what a gift!

Dr Ramona Hyman,
“dUOS & dUETS : Encore Series:, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez plus Sonia Sanchez

“Listening in Harlem. Creativity in the Moment… love it, especially TLC!” 🔥❤”

Karen Kirsch Page,
“dUOS & dUETS : Encore Series:, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez plus Sonia Sanchez

“The Carr Center, always open to the world and offering culture to people so far away, like me in Argentina! Best regards 👏🎼😍”

Patricia Motta,
“dUOS & dUETS : Encore Series” featuring Lisa Fischer & Louis Cato

“This is great! So nice to hear you two together. And Jack DeJohnette en bass, yeah, gracias Terri Lyne.”

Armando Cruz,
“dUOS & dUETS : Encore Series” featuring Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne Carrinton plus Matt Garrison

Meet the Artist: Kris Nobles
Meet The Artist: Brandee Younger
Meet the Artist: Jazzmeia Horn

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.