Northwest’s new space

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools dedicated a new theater and art gallery at Northwest School of the Arts (NWSA) Sept. 27. Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent joined members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, public officials, community members and corporate arts leaders for the ribbon cutting. It was followed by a special performance by the Charlotte Symphony.

"This is a new theater in the historic communities of Washington and Lincoln heights. It is a symbol of the way the Board values arts in education," said Thelma Byers-Bailey, who represents District 2 on the Board of Education. "It's an exciting and welcoming place for families, tourist and all area residents."

NWSA is a magnet program serving Mecklenburg County students in grades six-12.
The school blends creativity, art and technical skills with strong academics. Students can focus on band, chorus, costume design, dance, musical theatre, orchestra, piano, theater, technical theater and musical arts.

The bond approved in 2013 funded the state-of-the-art, 600-seat theater. In addition to the performance space, Northwest received new science classrooms.  

"This is the power of the bond and the people of Charlotte that creates an excellent future for our children," said Principal Melody Sears.