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Envision & Empower

  • Mint Museum Uptown 500 S Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28202 (map)


Individual stories of youth transformation through art & music

Meet the students, see their work, and hear how art has changed young lives

6:00 - 6:45
Mingle with the student artists
Enjoy free docent tours of the museum
View portraits of Behailu Academy seniors by photographer Margaret Strickland

6:45 - 7:00
Listen as Senator Jeff Jackson shares his thoughts on arts education

7:00 - 8:00
Enjoy Behailu Academy student poetry, performances & stories

8:00 - 9:00
Live jazz music by Buff Dillard & cash bar


Envision & Empower provides an evening opportunity for the Charlotte community to come together and celebrate the transformative power of arts education on children in our community. For Envision & Empower, the YAMs partnered with Behailu Academy, an arts-based youth development program that empowers youth to find and use their voices through the arts, academics, and community service. 

This coming spring, seven seniors will graduate from Behailu Academy; forever transformed by the incredible opportunity Behailu has given them to learn about themselves in a supportive environment, through the creation of art and music. 

In preparation for this event, photographer Margaret Strickland had the unique pleasure of meeting and photographing the seven exiting seniors Envision & Empower. Margaret quickly picked up on a symbiotic relationship between the students of Behailu Academy and the arts. Margaret captured the essence of this artistic engagement in photographs that will be on display at the event. In reflection of her meeting the seniors of Behailu, Margaret stated, “I was profoundly impacted by the stories of the students at Behailu. I met a musician, a marine, an illustrator, photographers, and designers. It is obvious that the drive, confidence and talent of these students are due in large part to the friendships and experiences made possible by Behailu Academy. These seniors have used their time at Behailu to support each other, define themselves, and dream big about their futures.”

Behailu Academy students that participated in this collaboration and keynote speaker, Senator Jeff Jackson, will join the YAMs for this evening event. Guests will enjoy jazz musician, Buff Dillard, and a cash bar will be available with wine, beer and liquor for purchase. 

Please join the YAMs at Envision & Empower to join us and help us raise awareness about the impact of art on youth in our community. Your sponsorship will directly influence the Mint Museum’s ability to provide education and programs to children. 

Earlier Event: February 27
Later Event: March 19
Artitudes @ The Gallery South End