Coming Up @ The Carr Center

October 14: New Standards Installation Opens
Includes new artwork exploring themes of jazz and gender from acclaimed
visual artists Monica Haslip, Joe Diggs, Ramsess and more.
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October 14: Jazz, Gender & Futurism
 A panel discussion with Angela Davis, Robin D.G.Kelly, Gina Dent and Terri Lyne Carrington.
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October 15: New Standards Jazz Crawl
Singer Carmen Lundy, at the Carr Center Performance Studio,
1 of 13 Jazz Crawl concerts, in partnership with Midtown Detroit Inc.
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Support performances, films, exhibitions, educational opportunities and more, as we create a BIPOC accessible new home for artists in Detroit’s midtown cultural center. 

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Jazzy Nights in Midtown

A unique music series featuring works from a wide range of women composers, from unique to popular, from historic to current, from blues to bebop, and beyond…

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Opening in The Carr Center Gallery

Dedicated to visual art artists from around the world who over a thirty year span have called The Carr Center a studio, classroom, exhibition space … home.


Attention Band Directors and Music Teachers. The Carr Center is providing a professional development opportunity you won’t want to miss!
And in addition, we are offering your students an immersive jazz experience!

The Carr Center & Comcast

Partnering to bring groundbreaking Black musical performances to more than 1 million Michigan Xfinity video customers directly via their cable television and Internet devices.

The Carr Center is one of the most vibrant, active art centers in the United States that is focused on developing the community. The incredible arts programming, the opportunities offered to young people to participate and the conscious commitment to cultural identity speaks volumes to the value of the performing arts in our lives.
Bravo for your vision and leadership!

Debbie Allen
Multiple Emmy and Tony Award winning actress, dancer, choreographer, director, producer

Carrie Mae Weems’ willingness to begin the work of building an artistic and intellectual community by putting our work in conversation with each other made the Carr Center’s Independent Scholars Fellowship an immediately challenging space.

Michelle May-Curry
Independent Scholar Fellow

Teri Lynne (Carrington), Danilo (Perez) and Sonia (Sanchez), Thank you! Thank you! I have enjoyed you all immensely. Maya Angelou said thank you is what we say to God. I really hope that tells you just how I appreciated you all tonight .

Andrea Brown, Attendee
Duos & Duets + 1
Livestream concert

I just checked the dictionary for a definition of “heartfelt.” It said, see Patrice Rushen and The Gathering Orchestra Nonet. I swear!
Ms. Rushen, thank you from the bottom of my jazz-fueled heart. What wonderful musicians, what wonderful music, and so young, sigh …!

Don Bates, attendee
Patrice Rushen & The Gathering Nonet
“Resonate Suite” Livestream

Meet the Artist: Christopher Batten
Meet The Artist: Michael Reed
Meet the Artist: Akindele John

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.