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Grant will underwrite Mint Museum's Romare Bearden exhibit

By Mark Washburn
mwashburn@charlotteobserver.com

A $100,000 grant announced Monday will underwrite an exhibition of about 75 Romare Bearden artworks, which will be displayed at the new Mint Museum uptown next year and then go on tour.

Bearden, an internationally known artist who died in 1988, is a Charlotte native. After the pieces are shown at the new Mint for four months beginning in September 2011, they will go on the road to be shown at two other as-yet-unannounced venues, the museum said Monday.

It was one of five grants given nationally to museums by National Endowment for the Arts for the American Masterpieces touring program.

A $30,000 NEA grant was also announced, which will go to provide materials and components for the uptown Mint's Family Gallery, which will include a three-dimensional playhouse based on a Bearden collage and Imagination Station, a studio zone for drop-by art-making.

An Oct. 1 opening is planned for the uptown Mint, the last and biggest component of the Levine Center for the Arts on South Tryon Street.

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