Mint Museum Uptown receives grant for interactive stairs

The stairs at Mint Museum Uptown are about to get a lot cooler thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.

The huge concrete stairs lead to the front entrance, and some visitors have said they are intimidating, according to The Mint Museum website. The new stairs will be equipped with LEDs that are interactive to the touch, just like the Seventh Street Station, which is where the inspiration came from.

“In the years since our opening, we have heard that some visitors consider our façade intimidating, and we wanted to find new ways to make our building more welcoming,” said Hillary Cooper, the Mint’s director of advancement and communications.

The city of Charlotte, a curator-led committee and other Charlotte arts groups will begin working on the details of the staircase. The staircase also will include components that count the number of visitors who interact with it.

The Knight Foundation awarded 12 different ideas that revolved around using technology to immerse visitors in art that totaled $1.87 million.