Your home for the Arts in Detroit.


Founded in 1991 as the Arts League of Michigan, The Carr Center is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission focused on the preservation, presentation, promotion, and development of the African and African-American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community. 

Since moving to our home in Downtown Detroit's Paradise Valley in 2009, we have attracted more than 175,000 people—including more than 24,000 students— to more than 4,000 events, classes and activities. Join with us in supporting artists in the creation and presentation of work, assisting students in expressing their talent, and providing opportunities for the community to experience inspiring visual and performing arts.


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Carr Center president Oliver Ragsdale tells us why giving is important.

The Carr Center is a place for community and the Carr Center is here for us... if it were not here we would not have a home.
— Joan Belgrave

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 Together we're building a brighter future for music and art, made in Detroit.