Google Arts & Culture Celebrates Charlotte for the First Time on Its Global Platform

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Today Google announced its partnership with 13 world-class Charlotte institutions to bring the city’s culture–past and present–online on its Google Arts & Culture platform and app at g.co/ExploreCharlotte. For the first time, anyone in the world can engage with these organizations across the city in one digital location. While many are unable to travel, they can visit the page and discover everything from decorative arts at the Mint Museum, performances from the Charlotte Symphony, contemporary art from Goodyear Arts, Civil Rights history from the Levine Museum of the New South, and race cars at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled to showcase Charlotte’s rich culture, history of innovation and thriving art scene for everyone to explore online at Google Arts & Culture,” said Simon Delacroix, U.S. Lead of Google Arts & Culture. “From its fascinating museums to its delightful culinary scene to its achievements as a business hub, Charlotte is captivating. Thanks to our 13 local partners, the world can go to one virtual  destination to experience this outstanding city.”

“We all know the value that arts and culture can add to a growing city like ours and we appreciate when others show interest in what we’ve established,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “I really appreciate Google’s willingness to showcase our thriving arts community and to celebrate what it means to be uniquely Charlotte.”

Charlotte is the first city in the American south and third in the U.S. to be featured in Google Arts & Culture’s global initiative to capture and share the unique culture of cities. Along with Kansas City and Milwaukee, Charlotte joins European cultural hubs on the platform including Milan and Naples, Italy, Lyon, France, and Hamburg, Germany.

“Charlotte’s diverse and inclusive culture has so much to offer. From Charlotte and Davidson’s James Beard Award nominated chefs to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, so much is captured on this site for our state and world to enjoy, “ said Congresswoman Alma Adams. “I am proud that Google Arts & Culture chose to celebrate the crown jewels of the Queen City.”

Google Arts & Culture partnered with 13 local organizations to bring over 3,000 artworks and artifacts from Charlotte institutions online, curated into over 50 stories to allow anyone to explore Charlotte’s culture and history. The project also includes a 360 tour of the Levine Museum of the New South.

The 13 partners have brought together their stories and expertise to share the city’s cultural DNA. On the platform, visitors can:

“The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is proud to be a partner in the Google Arts & Culture Charlotte project, which celebrates all aspects of arts and culture in the Queen City, including our community’s vibrant public art collection,” said Jeep Bryant, ASC president. “From innovative works at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, including one of the largest digital artwork in the world, to lifting up artists of color and their contributions to the collection, this project provides a compelling way for people to learn how public art connects to our region’s rich history.”

Google Arts & Culture Charlotte partners include: the Mint Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), Levine Museum of the New South, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Arts & Science Council, Atkins Library at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Goodyear Arts, Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte Symphony, and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

Now, anyone, anywhere can experience Charlotte by downloading Google Arts & Culture’s Android or iOS app or by visiting Google Arts & Culture.

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