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Patron of the Arts Deidre Grubb

By Michael J. Solender
Correspondent

Deidre Grubb learned from her grandfather and father that every member of a community has a part to play in making it a great place to live. For Grubb, 44, this has meant service in the humanities and the arts including a seat on the Board for Opera Carolina for nine years and extensive support of the Mint Museum. Grubb has recently been appointed to the Board of the McColl Center for Visual Art.

Sharing experiences: “Part of what is great about the McColl is the open studio concept. It is particularly attractive for children (to) meet the artists and see them directly engaged in their work. For our family, it has become a go-to destination that we really enjoy. It is part of a strategy to expose our kids to art that is accessible and that they can connect with.”

Supporting arts: “In order to truly thrive, arts organizations need more than patrons buying tickets to performances or museum subscriptions. Supplemental financial support and volunteering of time and talent is so critical to the success of these institutions that are available to all of us. We shouldn’t take them for granted.”

Motivation: “I’m inspired and motivated by the expansion and development of the arts community since coming to Charlotte. Of course we have the cultural campus uptown, the quality of what is offered has accelerated and will continue to do so.”

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