October 23 from 8am – 1pm
Grand opening celebration of Night Swim Coffee!
8:00am Free yoga class with NoDa Yoga on the Night Swim patio
11a-11:15am MoRA’s Dedication of “Wonder” on the Chippendale Dr. patio
Music, DJ, and Ve-Go food truck
Night Swim Coffee will celebrate the grand opening of its cafe on Saturday, October 23 from 8am until 1pm at 1620 Oakhurst Commons Drive.
The day will start off with NoDa Yoga’s free class at 8am on the patio.
Then from 11a-11:15am, MoRA will dedicate “Wonder,” our Patchwork sidewalk mural at Monroe Rd. and Chippendale Dr. with a brief ceremony and special guests (see details below.)
Dedication of “Wonder”
MoRA will dedicate “Wonder”, the Patchwork street mural located on corners of the Monroe Rd & Chippendale Dr intersection, with a brief ceremony from 11am to 11:15am. Principal Angela Blue of Oakhurst STEAM Academy and Patchworks lead artist, MyLoan Dinh, will offer special remarks. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this beautiful community creation.
“Wonder” is inspired by the playful creativity and curiosity of children. The mural’s proximity to Oakhurst STEAM Academy and the theme was no coincidence. Dinh says, “We hoped to capture through the imagery, color palette and quilt patterns the radiant energy, lightness and pure joy of this next generation of innovators, creators and problem solvers.”
Patchworks is a series of community murals at three locations/intersections along Monroe Road. MoRA and ArtWalksCLT began the project in 2020 with a commitment to further connecting the MoRA community and to continue redefining the area through permanent art installations along Monroe Road.
MoRA brought on trailblazing artists, MyLoan Dinh and Bunny Gregory, to lead the community engagement workshops. Then, they designed the murals to reflect the experiences and cultural backgrounds of the people who live and work here, and they led the actual installations of each mural. Volunteers from the community were also invited to join the artists at street level and assist in painting the murals.
See more of the process and story here.
Read more about Night Swim Coffee’s journey in this article by Axios Charlotte.