Congratulations Terri Lyne Carrington 2021 Jazz Master!

Carr Center Artistic Director Receives the Nationโ€™s Highest Jazz Honor.

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Announcing a New School Year of our Saturday Arts Academy!

We are happy to announce our return to performing arts education with two FREE live online classes for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students!

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Rock My Soul

Inaugural Exhibition of the Virtual Carr Center

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“It was outstanding! The music! The art! The family! ๐Ÿ™‚ “

Judy Williams, Rodney Whitaker
virtual concert attendee

“I just love Duke Ellington and Rodney Whitaker is simply amazing!!!!!”

Amy Otteson, Rodney Whitaker,
virtual concert attendee

“YES, it is WONDERFUL! Watched it at 1pm. Thank you to the Carr Center, Whitaker family and friends for a wonderful show!”

Jill Marie. Rodney Whitaker
virtual concert attendee

“Thank you for presenting a wonderful program! Every artist is a โ€œmasterโ€ in their own right! Totally enjoyable! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธโค

Karen G. Larkin, Rodney Whitaker
virtual concert attendee

Meet the Artist: Robin Wilson
Meet The Artist: Bruce Bradley
Meet the Artist: Carole Harris

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.ย 


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.