Arts and Internationals in the Heart of Plaza Midwood | The Midwood International and Cultural Center

Immigration law; photography; micro-lending; lessons on Charlotte history; literary discussions; foreign language courses; citizenship classes; music lessons; food trucks. All of this can be found at one place in the heart of Plaza Midwood – the Midwood International and Cultural Center (MICC).

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While the building is open to the public most days, tenants will hosts an Open House on Friday, September 23 from 6-8pm. This Open House will coincide with the weekly Food Truck Fridays in the building’s parking lot, so visitors can grab a bite to eat, roam the halls and visit with staff to learn about all the fun and important work being done at the MICC.

“The MICC is home to a number of organizations that are doing important work for our City, but we also want the building to be viewed as a real community resource by our neighbors here in Plaza Midwood. That’s what this Open House is about – letting the folks who live near the building, who walk by it everyday but may not know what goes on inside, a chance to learn more and engage with the organizations working in their neighborhood.”

Nate Evans, the Executive Director of International House


The front of the MICC, as seen from Central Avenue.


The MICC is a fitting addition to Plaza Midwood’s unique character, strengthening the neighborhood’s commitment to diversity and arts. Housed at the old Midwood High building at 1817 Central Avenue, it is host to 12 service-oriented organizations and attracts internationals, art lovers, church-goers and foreign-language aficionados to Plaza Midwood’s business district every day.


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An event in the MICC’s auditorium, which is available to rent.


While the building has been around since the 1930s, the MICC took its new form as a center for non-profits and cultural organizations four years ago, in 2012. Anchored by the non-profit International House, the MICC hosts free and low-cost events for the public every week – from small group foreign language conversation hours to dance recitals and musical concerts to photography exhibits.


To learn more, visit the MICC Open House on Friday, September 23 from 6-8 pm. This event is free and no registration is required. This article was written by Nathan Evans as a guest post to the Plaza Midwood Merchants Association and community.