The MAPS is a young professional group that introduces the curious to cultural happenings, plans social events and aims to diversify professional and personal networks through an appreciation of and interest in the arts. The MAPS membership includes “true” Millennials and Millennials at heart. The MAPS board welcomes everyone who wants to up their Art IQ. Thoughtful entry points to art itself is a key goal of the MAPS: intimate salon-style artist talks, studio visits and hands-on experiences fill the program calendar. All events, held monthly, are casual, accessible and welcoming.



MAP attendees received a hands-on exploration of the rich medium of pastels with master painter Larry Horowitz as he explained the history of pastels, the process of making your own and an inside look into the artist’s process. Interested in events like these? Sign up for our newsletter using the form below and never miss another event! If you’d like to see more by Larry Horowitz, join Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art at our current exhibition, Landscapes Without Borders and explore beautiful landscapes brought to life by lush brushstrokes, vivid colors and strong layering.


Medium Exploration with Katherine Kirchner
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

Join Charlotte-based photographer Katherine Kirchner on an exploration of the medium of photography.


Katherine began studying photography as a teenager and was shooting professionally before she entered college. Since then she’s completed years of intense technical training and fine art research, winning awards every step of the way. Katherine is now a full-time freelance commercial photographer based in Charlotte, NC, catering to businesses across the USA. She also shoots portraits and high end events across the region. Katherine will break down the basics of photography and discuss the lines between commercial and fine art photography, and address the challenges of professional photographers in a world saturated with easily accessible cameras on phones and other devices. Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering. Socialize and network from 6 – 6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p.

MAP Meet Up!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

Join the MAP steering committee and other like-minded Millennials for a Sip and Paint night out in Dilworth.


Location: Wine & Design in Dilworth, 1419 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 6p – 7:30p

Breaking Down Boxes is a survey of Charlotte’s limitless arts community and an engaging discussion with Charlotte Magazine’s Andy Smith about the outmoded practice of categorizing creatives.


Smith covers arts and culture for Charlotte magazine, while also serving as the magazine’s digital editor.  Smith is also a writer for international art magazine Hi-Fructose Magazine (and is a co-writer on their New Contemporary Fashion book, released through Abrams Books) and has written for several other magazines and newspapers.  He gets up close with performances, galleries, museums, pop up shows, and artists of every stripe and persuasion.  In his presentation, Smith will challenge conventional notions and the boxes we create for artists to neatly fit in, using The Fine Art of ArtPop as a backdrop. Free beer by Wooden Robot and snacks by QC Catering.  Socialize and network from 6 – 6:30, program begins promptly at 6:30p.

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