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24 hours of Mint Museum Uptown

The Mint Museum Uptown will kick off 24 hours of opening festivities at 5 p.m. Oct.1.

The museum's First Fridays group will have tours, demonstrations and other activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Take Over Friday, a dance party with a DJ, starts at 10 p.m. $10.

Oct. 2 is community day with free admission, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 500 S. Tryon St.

Details: 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum .org .

Special exhibitions

"New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection" features about 60 works from the bank's collections, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. Through April17.

"Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection" in the Craft + Design museum includes more than 100 works from the 1980s to 2009. Through March 13.

What else is inside

The Craft + Design collection, formerly housed in its own building on North Tryon, is on the third floor. The museum's Project Ten Ten Ten is commissioning 10 craft and design artists to create works specifically for the new quarters. The first to be installed include a glass work by Danny Lane, an American who works in England; fiber art by Hildur Bjarnadottir of Iceland; furniture by Scotland's Joseph Walsh; and jewelry by Ted Noten of Holland.

Permanent collections include photographs by Ansel Adams, collages by Charlotte-born Romare Bearden.

Café, family gallery, auditorium.

The American, European and contemporary art collections from the Mint's Randolph Road building are on the fourth floor.

About the Mint Uptown

The museum is one of four cultural facilities that make up the Levine Center for the Arts. The five-story building includes an atrium whose 60-by-60-foot glass wall offers a view across First Street to the Knight Theater.

The building cost $56 million. The cultural campus is being paid for largely through property tax revenue generated by the Duke Energy Center on South Tryon and by car-rental taxes.

Steven Brown

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