McColl Center for Visual Arts
It was a church, once among the most active houses of worship in the city. But to appreciate its transformation, you have to look at what’s happened since its construction 88 years ago. Dissolution of church membership in the 1950s, abandonment in the 1980s, and then a fire that gutted it—it’s still standing, albeit with major renovations, providing studio space for local and visiting artists.
On the first floor of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation on a recent February evening, the sounds from the Ben Goldberg’s Invisible Guy jazz trio bounce off the canvas-covered walls. Goldberg, a clarinetist, is known for pushing the limits of Klezmer music. The New Frequencies series aims to do the same for Charlotte. New Frequencies introduces filmmakers and performers who are pushing their art forward, with cutting-edge films, progressive jazz, and dance premieres. Here, the future of art is on display. 7