The Carr Center

at 311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, 48226-2145 United States

From youth education to gallery exhibits and private events, The Carr Center aims to be your home for the arts in Detroit. Visit us anytime!

The Carr Center
311 E Grand River Ave
Detroit , MI 48226-2145
United States
Contact Phone
P: (313) 965-8430


When the 20 year old Arts League of Michigan (ALM) moved into its new home in July of 2009, it was a victory after a 4-year effort. The ALM no longer had to hold arts activities in scattered Metro Detroit venues-it had its own. The new home is a 19th century building formerly known as the Harmonie Club, in what is now, Paradise Valley. It was re-named the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. The public was welcomed to a fall gala. By that time, the ALM programs were up and running. At the heart of ALM are the arts classes for youngsters ages 7 to 18 in creative writing, dance, theater, photography and especially jazz and visual arts. They have been identifiers of the ALM community-focused arts mission since 1991. That recently expanded with the addition of arts classes for adults. To date, add a succession of art exhibitions, celebrity concerts and master classes, art fairs, artists who use free space in which to create, literary and musical entertainment in Beatrice Buck Park, the new gift shop, plus rentals by the public for private affairs ranging from baby showers to fashion shows to corporate parties, seminars/workshops, weddings and more, and you have the active, stimulating, community-friendly center of arts and culture that the Carr Center is today.

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Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-16 13:23:57 GMT

Great first night performance. Show runs again tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Hope you will be there!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-14 14:22:39 GMT

MacArthur Genius Regina Carter back home right here in our Knight Performing Arts Suite. A concert of Motown 'B' Sides with the Oakland Jazz Quartet. If you're not here you're missing sweet hot music!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-04-03 01:36:55 GMT

Regina Carter with Oakland Jazz Quartet: Motown:B-Sides...Performing live at the Carr Center this Saturday, Apr 2@8pm Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Last season, she and the Oakland Jazz Quartet dazzled a sold-out crowd when they presented the music of Jimi Hendrix. They return to the Carr Center to present an evening of Motown B Sides, including the music of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Junior Walker, The Marvelettes, and more! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with DJ Richie Wohlfeil spinning records. Tickets: General Admission $20; Students $10. Buy now>>

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-31 01:08:02 GMT

Regina Carter performs live at the Carr Center this Saturday, Apr 2 at 8p., with the Oakland University Jazz Quartet. Take a listen to a sampling of Regina Carter's brilliance as lauded by NPR. Catch her live, Saturday night at 8P in the intimate setting of the Carr Center Knight Suite.

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-30 20:49:36 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-30 20:42:33 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-29 11:53:14 GMT

Opening today!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-18 16:57:02 GMT

Tim Warfield with the MSU Be-Bop Spartans. The house is so hot, it's smoking!! And the pre-concert pop-up supper club with Chef Reva Constantine. A GREAT night to be at the Carr Center!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-07 02:03:50 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-03-02 23:44:04 GMT

Tim Warfield, recently named "Tenor Saxophonist of the Year" at the annual Clef Club Jazz Awards in Philadelphia, appears Sunday March 6th at the Carr Center. Here's a sampling of his "spiritual, swinging, smokin’ and especially soulful" sound (as described by the Washington Post).

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-26 14:16:43 GMT

Noted local chef Reva Constantine is partnering with Colors Restaurant and the Carr Center to create a pop-up supper club on Sunday March 6th, featuring a four-course dinner followed by a performance by famed Jazz saxophone virtuoso, Tim Warfield. The seasonal menu showcases the creativity and playfulness that have won Chef Reva a loyal following. The theme of the March 6th dinner is "Winter Breakfast for Dinner." “I created this fun “breakfast’ menu because my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I wanted to take breakfast to a new level and showcase it for dinner without it feeling like its six in the morning.” 1st Course: Green "Scotch" Egg and Ham (pesto scotch egg, roasted winter vegetables, crispy prosciutto ham and Whole Grain Mustard Dressing). 2nd Course: Shrimp, Chorizo and Waffles (Crispy buttermilk fried shrimp, chorizo, slow cooked pinto beans, crema, cotija cheese, corn chive waffle and green chili sauce). 3rd Course: Steak and Chips (Applewood smoked teres major steak with crispy balsamic potato chips crumbled bleu cheese and confit tomato basil relish). 4th Course: Late Night Cereal (Cookie crisp cereal milk Ice Cream with double chocolate chunk cookies, cayenne whipped cream, and salted peanut butter caramel sauce.) The dinner begins at 5pm, giving diners plenty of time to enjoy the meal before heading upstairs to the intimate setting of the Carr Center’s Knight Suite for the 7p performance by Tim Warfield with the MSU Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. Tickets for the performance and 4-course dinner beforehand: $65

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-24 14:53:21 GMT

“...Spiritual, swinging, smokin’ and especially soulful” is how the Washington Post describes saxaphonist Tim Warfield. He comes to the Carr Center on Sunday March 6th at 7p, joined by the MSU Jazz Orchestra 1, under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. Make a night of it: the Carr Center is partnering with Chef Reva Constantine--the executive chef of the Great Lakes Culinary Academy and the creative force behind the highly popular “Salt & Acid” pop-up dinners—to create a pop-up dinner before the show at Colors restaurant, downstairs from the Carr Center. Tickets for the performance: $25 Tickets for the performance and 4-course dinner beforehand: $65. Details:

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-24 14:45:20 GMT

Catch Opera Modo's daring new production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Carr Center, two performances this weekend: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 PM. $25 General Admission, $15 Student tickets, available for purchase at the door and online $50 "Crepes and Carmen" ticket includes 2 crepes by Le Petit zinc and 2 drink tickets, begins at 6:30p (tickets not available at door) Purchase tickets:

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-19 15:19:51 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-19 14:35:46 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-19 14:23:46 GMT

Great Valentine's night with the legendary Kenny Barron and the MSU Octets! Awesome performance!!!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-02-15 16:19:07 GMT

City Square: A New Musical begins another development workshop production run tonight at the Carr Center. Performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Come enjoy this artistic creation developed in the Carr Center Artist Hub Program by gifted composer Marvin Thompson, Jr. Tickets available at

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-14 00:29:50 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-12 21:19:50 GMT

Check out Oliver Ragsdale with Karen Dumas right now on "The Pulse" 910AM Superstation!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-12 21:07:15 GMT

This article from the Free Press provides an important update - online last night - front page above the fold in today's print addition. We welcome your thoughts, comments, and ongoing support as we move to next steps,

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-12 15:26:58 GMT

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-04 23:27:03 GMT

More about Marion Hayden, 2016 Detroit Jazz Hero. Catch her performing Friday at the Carr Center: Free Admission. Reserve your ticket now!

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-04 22:43:24 GMT

Marion Hayden, recently named the "2016 Detroit Jazz Hero" by the Jazz Journalists Association, performs this Friday, 6pm at the Carr Center! Join us for a celebratory perfromance. The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ellen Rowe, culminates their spring tour with a performance this Friday. Detroit 2016 Jazz Hero, Marion Hayden, will be the featured performer and the evening's honoree. Together they will perform pieces by Thad Jones, John Clayton, Oliver Nelson, George Stone, Ellen Rowe, Dennis Wilson, student Davy Lazar, Bill Holman and others. FREE Admission: Reserve your ticket now. Discounted parking: $9

Published The Carr Center on 2016-05-04 22:36:17 GMT

Smokey and Stevie last night. Brahms, Gershwin, ragtime, stride and more today. Same place... Your Home for the Arts!!

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