An official grand opening ceremony was held Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at the corner of Third and Church streets. The celebration of the hometown artist's life and legacy marked the 102nd anniversary of his Sept. 2, birth. The event featured live music from acts such as Jo Dee Messina, dancers, activities for children, an art show and street performers.
About Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden was born on Sept. 2, 1911 in Charlotte, N.C. and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76. He is best known for his richly textured collages, two of which appeared on the cover of Fortune and Time magazines in 1968. A highlight of his prolific and distinguished career was the receipt of the National Medal of Arts presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Most of his work can be found in public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and our own Mint Museum.