About CataLysT

History does not just live in the past – it informs our future. Now is the time to address critical issues that we still face today. You can help us spark that change.

Step into a captivating night of philanthropy and celebration! Experience our exhibitions, programs and new digital experiences firsthand, and enjoy powerful conversations, enticing cocktails, and exquisite food.

With your support, we can continue to work together to have critical conversations and identify solutions. We invite you to join us at CataLysT to help us build a stronger and more equitable Charlotte.

Guest Speaker

Jorge Zamanillo is the founding director behind the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino, which Congress established in December 2020 to illuminate the invaluable contributions of Latinos to the United States. Tasked with providing leadership and strategic vision, Zamanillo spearheads comprehensive plans to safeguard, document, interpret and promote awareness of US Latino heritage. He leads new initiatives such as collaborations with other cultural partners and stakeholders, digital resources, exhibitions, and fundraising endeavors. In a significant stride, the museum inaugurated the Molina Family Latino Gallery, its first exhibition space, in June 2022 at the National Museum of American History.

Previously, Zamanillo was the executive director and CEO of HistoryMiami Museum. He joined the museum in 2000 as a curator and subsequently served in several leadership positions before becoming its director. Before joining HistoryMiami Museum, Zamanillo was an archaeologist at the non-profit cultural resource management firm Archaeological and Historical Conservancy Inc. in Miami. He currently serves as the board chair of the American Alliance of Museums.

Born in New York City, Zamanillo grew up in Miami. He earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Florida State University in Tallahassee and his master’s in museum studies at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England.

Guest Performer

Carolina Social Music Club is a project of Greg Jarrell. The band presents music in the jazz tradition aimed at creating justice and goodness in the world. Greg is an author and musician based in Charlotte. In addition to co-leading Carolina Social Music Club, he studies and writes about race, place, and faith, with a particular focus on Urban Renewal. Greg works as a cultural organizer in Charlotte with QC Family Tree. He is author of Our Trespasses: White Churches and the Taking of American Neighborhoods, published by Fortress Press. For updates on Greg’s speaking and jazz performance schedule, see

Visionary Circle Champions

  • Special recognition on Levine Museum’s website and our digital donor wall at 401 S. Tryon
  • Invitations to special events (behind the scenes look at upcoming exhibitions, exclusive receptions, and more!)
  • Recognition via various mediums (publications, social media, and website)
  • LMNS/Visionary Circle Champion Lapel Recognition pin

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