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A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY BRINGS QUEENS’ ARTS OFFERINGS TOGETHER FOR ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES


By John Syme


Sometimes when you want to raise the bar, you have to raise the roof. Tat’s exactly what Queens did to its 1966 fine arts building as it was transformed into the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement. Joan Zimmerman, former Queens trustee and founder of


Southern Shows, Inc., says that the facility is everything that Sarah Belk Gambrell and her family envisioned. “When I walked through the building, I saw students painting on exterior terrace walls, a potter sharing his skills, musicians practicing in small spaces, a full orchestra in the auditorium, a photography darkroom, a remarkable and cozy space devoted to music therapy, collections from known and unknown artists,” said Zimmerman. “Imagine a state-of-the-art building that is warm, welcoming, diverse in both audience and offerings, sitting right on a university campus and open to all. Tere is nothing like it in this area.” A full renovation of the existing space included restoring the


lower level recital hall and completely renovating the auditorium, now the Sandra Levine Teatre, with the addition of two balcony levels. A two-story, 8,500-square-foot addition houses the Bob and Susan Salvin Atrium and the Bissell Lobby. A modern motif peppered with soaring sculptures on loan from Foundation For Te Carolinas by Penland School of Craft artists, murals by local artist Nick Napoletano designed to evoke discussion about Charlotte’s economic mobility struggles and an interactive digital


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