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PlanCharlotte Workshops Share Neighborhood Stories

Every neighborhood has a story, but often the people who live there don't know what they are or where to find them. Does it have a special landmark that ought to be preserved? What about an interesting history? Maybe it has environmental treasures or distinctive architectural features.

At two free, public workshops, Charlotte residents can get help learning how to find out those answers. On Tuesday, March 3, and Saturday, March 7, experts will show residents how to become savvy neighborhood sleuths and discover more about the places where they live.

The March 3 workshop will be from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Midwood International and Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave. The March 7 event is scheduled for 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd.

Robinson Named Africana Artist-in-Residence

Local painter Tommie Robinson is the 2015 Africana Artist-in-Residence; this year’s theme for the residency is "Art, Environment and Race."

Robinson will be in residence in the Africana Studies Department from Monday, March 9, through Friday, March 20. During his visit, co-sponsored with the College of Arts + Architecture, and in conjunction with the Latibah Collard Green Museum, Robinson will present "The Art of Environment and Race" at 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 19, in the Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. On March 20, at 6:00 PM., there will be an opening reception for Robinson’s exhibit "Environment and Social Justice" at the Latibah Collard Green Museum (720 Tuckaseegee Rd.) In addition, Robinson will facilitate a number of student-focused presentations on the relationship between his art and the environment, race and issues of social justice.

Described as the "first black artist in the Guild of Charlotte Artists," Robinson works in oil, acrylic, water color, egg tempura and graphite. His art addresses a wide range of issues, from the experience of the Africa-descended population in the United States to urban life, the environment, racism and sexism.