Due to unforeseen circumstances and expected inclement weather, the Watchhouse concert originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28. Tickets for the original date can be used for the rescheduled date; just present your ticket at the new event. For additional assistance, or to request a refund, contact help@ncartmuseum.org during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more on the event page.

Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

Inside the Container: A Conversation about Creativity, Healing, Grief, and Joy with Nnenna Freelon and Jaki Shelton Green

NCMA poet in residence Jaki Shelton Green talks with Grammy Award—nominated jazz vocalist/composer/actress Nnenna Freelon about her husband, award-winning North Carolina architect Phil Freelon (1953—2019), who is featured in the Museum’s exhibition Container/Contained: Phil Freelon Design Strategies for Telling African American Stories.

The women will discuss Mr. Freelon as a husband and father, his remarkable 40-year career, and the various ways he constructed and expanded space for himself as an African American in the field of architecture. The two will also explore creativity, healing, grief, and joy through poetry and personal reflections.

The event will be livestreamed.

About Nnenna Freelon
Multiple Grammy—Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is known worldwide as a captivating live performer. Recently, she starred in the critically acclaimed show Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles. Freelon is no stranger to the music of the master singer–she toured with Charles as well as many other great jazz artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Earl Klugh, and Take 6.

Images courtesy Nnenna Freelon and Jaki Shelton Green


May 01, 2022


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Free; registration required


East Building, SECU Auditorium

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Ticket Information:
Tickets go on sale April 27 at 10 am.
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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