Coming Up @ The Carr Center

Through June 2: Carrie Mae Weems
Commissioned by The Carr Center, a new video project by one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, now showing in The Carr Center Performance Studio.
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It’s Opening Night as Plowshares Theatre Company moves its newest production into The Carr Center Performance Studio.
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July 29th – 2023 Summer Dance Intensive SHOWCASE
The Carr Center Dance Intensive in partnership withThe Debbie Allen Dance Academy showcase the best and brightest young dancers in the region
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As I See Me Continues

As I See Me is a series of exhibitions that features a generational study of self-portraiture, reflecting how artists at varying stages of their lives see themselves. The series continues in The Carr Center Gallery with SEASONED, featuring the work of lifelong, senior career artists. Submissions are now being accepted and will close on Sunday, May 28th.

Women Artists Featured In The Gallery

The Female and Non-Binary Gaze, curated by Teri Lyne Carrington and co-curated by Tia Nichols. Thirteen women and non-binary artists are invited to display their gaze through themes of gender justice, racial justice and more.

The Magnolia Ballet, Part 1

Presented by Plowshares Theatre Company and Directed by Gary Anderson. This is a poignant tale of a young black man who finds himself haunted by the ghosts of old decisions made that have plagued his family for decades.

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Support The Gathering Orchestra

Give a gift today in honor of Rodney Whitaker and his lifelong commitment to the legacy of jazz. Your donation will help support one of our new Gathering Orchestra Geri Allen Fellows.

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Dancers age 8 – 21 can still audition for our 2023 Summer Dance Intensive in partnership with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Video submissions accepted

I just saw this young man throw down on the bass at MSU. Amazing concert led by professor and jazz great Rodney Whitaker’

Emilie Reed

Yesss… He’s a BAD, BAD young man!

Tony Benson
talking about Brandon Rose & Soul Therapy Concert at the Performance Studio

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

To simply call Rodney (Whitaker)a teacher would be an understatement. He has made such an impact on my life — as he has for so many young musicians — as a teacher, mentor and example of what a man should be.

Ben Williams, Grammy Award Winning Bass Player
at Rodney Whitaker Tribute Concert 

The jessica Care moore Vibe Sessions are

Marcus McCray

Vibe Sessions. Let’s goooo!!!!!!!!

Brandee Everett
Commenting on VIBE SESSIONS
curated & hosted by jessica Care moore

Meet the Artist: Nadia Alexis
Meet The Artist: Carole Morisseau
Meet the Artist: Cara Marie Young

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.