Black History Month Celebration

Please join us for our annual celebration of Black History Month in February, co-hosted by the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition (SCC). 

Black History Month
  • From February 2-26, stop by Town Hall to view a collection of amazing, thought-provoking works by Charlotte artist Bryan Wilson, on loan from Foster's Frame & Art Gallery, Huntersville. The exhibit will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • On Saturday, February 20, there will be a Virtual Tour of the Smithville community via our Facebook page. Led by SCC members, viewers will be able to discover many of the hidden treasures of this historically black neighborhood in Cornelius, including a former Rosenwald School, the Union Bethel AME Zion Church, and more.

Special Art Exhibit: Bryan Wilson

Bryan Wilson grew up between New Jersey and Georgia. It was in Georgia, at the age of 16, that he began his artistic career. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art with a Minor in Graphic Design from Morris Brown College.

After graduating college, he became an in-house Graphic Designer for Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. After a couple years, and getting married, he and his wife relocated to Charlotte, where he began teaching art at a public school and obtained his teaching credentials at University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

It was in 2012 that Bryan decided to take his painting, and picture making, ability to another level by pursuing his MFA in Drawing/Painting at the Academy of Art University where he graduated in 2015. He is now exhibiting throughout the US and abroad alongside other distinguished artists. 

"Why I Do What I Do" by Bryan Wilson

"Why I do what I do" by Bryan Wilson

The Smithville Community & The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition

Founded in 1910, Smithville is one of the oldest communities in Cornelius, with roots dating back to the 1880s. The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition was formed in 2011 and is made up of residents, area citizens, non-profits and faith-based communities. Their vision is to revitalize and transform their community into a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live and work that builds pride in its residents and attracts new developments of affordable homes and businesses, focusing on empowering all individuals and strengthening families.

Visit our Facebook page on Saturday, February 20, for a virtual tour of this historic neighborhood!