Arts+ has a new home campus at The Plaza

Arts+ signed a 50-year lease to use the former Plaza Presbyterian Church as its campus.

Arts+ has its long-term home.

The Charlotte arts education initiative last week signed a 50-year lease on a new campus at the former Plaza Presbyterian Church at 2304 The Plaza. The property — three buildings owned by the Presbytery of Charlotte – totals 35,000 square feet on 2.19 acres at the intersection of The Plaza, Parkwood and Mecklenburg avenues. The church, which had been the site of Plaza Presbyterian since the 1920s, closed in 2022.

“We are beyond excited for this realization of our long-term goal: moving Arts+ into a permanent home to create a centralized hub for our programming that takes place across the city,” Arts+ President and Executive Director Devlin McNeil said in a statement.

Arts+ leaders anticipate renovation to the space will take three years and will be supported by a $15-18 million capital campaign.

Since moving out of Spirit Square in 2021, Arts+ has been looking for a long-term space. Its administrative offices and additional programming were based Uptown at Ascend Nonprofit Solutions the former Children & Family Services Center.

Arts+ and the Presbytery of Charlotte signed a memorandum of understanding in June that was concluded last month. The property will house Arts+ administrative offices and programs in addition to hosting organizations aligned with the Charlotte Arts and Culture Plan.

“The planned renovations under the guidance of Arts+ will bring incredible organizations to Plaza Midwood, adjacent areas, and the entire city,” said Bernie Petit, president of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association. “We believe this project will help preserve the character of the neighborhood, which is what PMNA encourages as our community continues to grow and evolve.”

Said the Rev. Alice Ridgill, Associate General Presbyter: “We are grateful that the Plaza Presbyterian Church campus will continue to be a beacon of light in the Plaza Midwood community.”

The first Arts+ event planned for the new site is a free spring festival onsite April 13 that will include musical performances and interactive activities like printmaking, watercolor postcards, screen printing stop motion animation, musical petting zoo, and a drum circle.


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