Coming Up @ The Carr Center

February 3, 10 & 17 – Sip n Sketch
Fun Friday nights @ The Gallery with MUSÉ Austen Brantley’s stunning solo exhibition
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March 11 : The Gathering Orchestra
Following a week-long Detroit residency at The Carr Center, The Gathering Orchestra Nonet performs in concert under the artistic direction of Rodney Appleby.

April 30 : Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
DCWS, the standard bearer for Detroit’s Chamber Music lovers will feature some of the metro area’s top musicians in a special Sunday matinee performance.

Thornetta Davis

laughin’ cryin’ lovin’ …

Spend an intimate evening with Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, Live in the Carr Center Performance Studio.

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Film @ The Carr: Black Health IS

Trinity Film Entertainment Group screens an award-winning film that tackles difficult conversations on health in black communities.

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Open now in The Carr Center Gallery

Austen Brantley’s MUSÉ hosts a artist talkback and a closing reception on Feb 24th

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Of the eight individual organizations that collectively staged The Jazz Crawl, it was The Carr Center, the youngest, smallest and newest-to-the-neighborhood that brought them all together.That’s the definition of leadership.
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Mark Stryker, writer and jazz critic
Op-Ed about Jazz Crawl

The Carr Center has a unique history in Detroit, fulfilling a critical need for elevating Black artistic excellence in visual arts, dance, arts education, and jazz.

Victoria Johnson, writer
Model D Media

New Standards” exhibit at The Carr Center throws down the gauntlet on gender roles in jazz. Curated by Terri Lyne Carrington, the project makes equity and inclusion its lodestar, seeking to empower women in a jazz scene long dominated by men.

Brian McCollum, writer and critic
Detroit Free Press
Meet the Artist: Alba Roland Mejia
Meet The Artist: Monty Cole
Meet the Artist: Jahbrielle Hennig Rayford

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.