Brooklyn Grace, also known as Grace on Brevard, is the former home of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, at 219 S. Brevard Street.
The building was constructed in 1900 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, which was a vibrant predominantly black community that included shops, schools, businesses and places of worship. Brooklyn was razed in the 1960s and 1970s as part of Charlotte’s “urban renewal.” Thousands of residents were displaced, and 1,480 structures were destroyed. Learn about Brooklyn’s history.
Today, the building is owned by The Brooklyn Collective, a group that is working toward preserving Brooklyn’s history while creating opportunities for the community. The building now is home to music and arts events, presented by Blumenthal Arts, as well as community events and forums.
The Brooklyn Collective, SouthEnd ARTS, Studio 229 on Brevard, Blumenthal Performing Arts and Center City Partners are partnering to present the first GRACEFest, a multicultural, multi-disciplinary festival on June 4th and 5th, 2021.
The festival is being held in honor of the 120th anniversary of the historic building. It will feature local visual, musical, spoken word, and performing artists, while celebrating the people who build Charlotte. Food will be available for purchase on Saturday.
Opening Night of GRACEfest
June 4th, 2021, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and are limited. The events opening night will take place indoors.
This evening includes:
- Juried Exhibition Awards
- Dr. Willie Griffin, historian at Levine Museum of the New South
- A capella spirituals by Kenya Templeton
- Equity Art and Crafts Exhibition with 16 local artists
GRACEfest Arts Festival
June 5th, 2021, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be for a time slot of either 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This will be an indoor and outdoor festival, hosted by Francene Marie and Bluz Rogers, featuring artists, dancers, musicians, poets and more.
Things to know
There’s free street parking. Also, when you register you’ll be sent an exit code so that you can park at First Baptist Church.
Brooklyn Grace is about a 4 minute walk from the 3rd Street Station of the LYNX Blue Line.
Masks are required inside. So are tickets, which you can buy here.