Responsible Reopening: We at the IAC are taking measures to protect our community while opening our first layer of art enriching classes and events. Our Old Jail will be disinfected between class attendees and visitors and hand sanitizer will be available. We ask that you wear a mask until further notice, our instructors will be wearing them for your safety. Most importantly, if you have any symptoms of illness, please remain home and recuperate as we attempt to heal our neighborhood.
Thanks for you understanding and patience, we look forward to seeing you again!
Charlotte artist, Julio Gonzalez, has transformed the main gallery of our Old Jail venue into a celebration of both life and death. His art covers the walls as his creation of an altar with paper marigolds, petals and candles transports us to the traditional Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Gonzalez's exhibit, titled Dia de Los Casi Muertos (Day of the Almost Dead), celebrates the often taboo subjects of aging and death. The exhibit and artwork is not morose, as some may expect, but it is joyful and reflective. Gonzalez discloses the beauty and tradition of the subject that helped this self-taught artist become well known in North Carolina and across our country.
The exhibit is interactive and gives the viewer an opportunity to participate in honoring friends and family who have passed away. It also gives the viewer an opportunity to answer poignant questions about his/her own feelings on the subject.
Visit Julio Gonzalez's Website here
Julio Gonzalez, above, incorporates the traditional marigold in his altar decorations and invites participants to create a paper flower of their own when visiting the Old Jail. Julio also invites participants to bring an item of remembrance for loved ones that have passed to place on the altar as you visit, remember and celebrate.
The Old Jail will be open for viewing by appointment only, August 1st through 31st. Please call John at 704-880-2101 for
a scheduled time.
Visit our FaceBook page (here) to view a virtual exhibit walk-through provided by Mr. Gonzalez, releasing August 4th.
Visit our FaceBook page (here) to view a virtual lesson from Julio on creating your own flower. Releasing August 11th.
Kyshona began her career as a music therapist and keeps her passion for healing the hurting alive in her music career. Rolling Stone calls her style " ...a soulful, Southern groove." NPR says there's a "sense of purpose in the language she chooses." We find it thought provoking and uplifting and look forward to sharing this gem with you November 5, 2020.
2020 Concert Series
Misty River Band CD Release Night
April 30, 7:30pm
We are honored to be the location of the CD release party and concert for the new album of the Misty River Band, Blue Grass Red Skies!
We will be rescheduling this event, keep your eye on our website for further updates!