We are one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit arts organizations. We are dedicated to enriching and improving the lives of each member of our community.
- We present the largest Broadway season in the Carolinas, along with a large array of special attractions and festivals, from concerts to comedy to dance and much more.
- We manage four theaters where the curtain goes up on more than 1,000 events annually, including performances by our 16 resident companies. More than 8.3 million people attended events in our theaters during our first 30 seasons.
- We present the Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF), a Blumenthal Arts Original. CIAF uniquely brings together Charlotte’s local and international communities with global artists in a cultural celebration, with most events free and outdoors.
- We innovate with cutting edge immersive projects, coming off the most successful presentation of Immersive van Gogh in North America with over 300,000 tickets sold.
- We inspire kids to Dream Big Dreams. More than 150,000 students participate annually in programs ranging from internships to specially priced show tickets to The Blumey Awards, which celebrates excellence in high school musical theater.
- We believe the arts unite and transform individual lives. We ensure access through our Arts For All Access Grants, which serve thousands of individuals each year with free and subsidized ticket and programs.
- We shape the future of the arts through the new and original works we help produce and by nurturing artists. We support Charlotte artists, like our award-winning Slam Charlotte poets and the Blumenthal Fellows. We also help shape each Broadway season in New York through our investments in new musical and plays. We have won 13 Tony Awards.
- We infuse more than $80 million annually into our local economy.
- We gratefully are supported by individuals, corporations and government whose charitable gifts enable us to do accomplish so many good things for our community.
Blumenthal’s story is one of big dreams and big dreamers. An uptown performing arts center was integral to the effort of Charlotte’s most visionary leaders to remake center city Charlotte into an international financial hub.
Twenty-five years later, their dreams have been realized in our vibrant center city — recognized nationally as a top 10 market for touring Broadway shows — and in a thriving performing arts center that is a national leader.
As we begin our next 25 years of service, big dreams continue to guide us as we seek to transform and build community through the power of the arts.
Memorable Moments in Blumenthal History
- 1975 Idea for a performing arts center first appears in a consultant’s report.
- 1986 Land for potential arts center donated by Belk Brothers, North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America), and Charter Properties.
- 1987 North Carolina Performing Arts Center at Charlotte Foundation, a nonprofit organization, incorporates.
- 1987-1992 The campaign to build the center receives a $11.5 million allocation from the State of North Carolina, $15 million more from a bond referendum approved by Charlotte’s citizens, and $32 million in additional money contributed by individuals, corporations and foundations. The Center’s name honors the generosity of the Blumenthal Foundation, the largest private donor to the capital campaign. Blumenthal’s flagship Belk Theater is named after the Belk Brothers Company, which donated a valuable piece of land in uptown Charlotte as the site for the center.
- 1992 Blumenthal Performing Arts Center opens.
- 1996 Blumenthal brings THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA to Charlotte, marking the first Broadway blockbuster to perform at Belk Theater. The six-week engagement entirely sold out and established Charlotte as a must-play market for Broadway’s biggest hits.
- 1997 Blumenthal assumes management of Spirit Square, effectively doubling the size and scope of its impact and responsibilities.
- 2002 Blumenthal celebrates its 10th anniversary.
- 2003 Blumenthal brings Disney’s THE LION KING to Charlotte for the first time.
- 2007 Groundbreaking takes place for new arts campus on South Tryon Street -- Levine Center for the Arts. The campus includes a new 1,200-seat theater to be managed by Blumenthal.
- 2008 Blumenthal brings Broadway blockbuster WICKED to Charlotte for the first time.
- 2009 Knight Theater opens at Levine Center for the Arts.
- 2013 Blumenthal launches The Blumey Awards, celebrating excellence in high school musical theater. Best Actress and Best Actor winners from The Blumey Awards move on annually to the national competition, The Jimmy Awards in New York. To date, four Blumey winners have won Best Actress or Best Actor at The Jimmy Awards and/or moved on to starring roles on Broadway, London and national tours.
- 2016 Blumenthal launches the Charlotte Jazz Festival at Levine Center for the Arts.
- 2017-18 Blumenthal Celebrates its 25th anniversary season, culminating in a four-week engagement of Hamilton.
We operate four theaters on two campuses in uptown Charlotte. We also use Ovens Auditorium on Independence Blvd. for certain productions: