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Your Work in The Carr Center Gallery!

We are currently accepting proposals from artists and curators interested in showing work in the Gallery next year. Click for details and more info.

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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: Elonte Davis
Meet The Artist: Cyrus Tetteh
Meet the Artist: Kris Nobles

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.