“It’s not often that you have the chance to visually see how the past helped shaped the present, and eventually, the future.” – Participant, CBI bus tour
Launched in 2011, the CBI Bus Tours are intended as an innovative, interactive approach to bringing the history of Charlotte to life, while exploring how our shared history and “what’s in the ground” in our community impacts our present and our future. The tours were developed and tested with the support of a grant from the Arts & Science Council.
Charlotte in Black & White...and More
Based on the success of the pilot tour series, Charlotte in Black & White. . .and More, CBI launched its bus tours as an ongoing program in June 2012, offering community tours on the second Friday of every other month thanks to support provided by Wells Fargo Community Development, Foundation For The Carolinas and Bank of America. Tours have been developed in collaboration with Tom Hanchett (Levine Museum of the New South) and John Howard (City of Charlotte, Historic Districts Commission).
Beyond the Bridge
CBI's newest community bus tour offering is Beyond the Bridge developed with support of The Knight Foundation Fund at The Foundation For The Carolinas. The Beyond the Bridge tour explores the past, present, and future of the Beatties Ford Road corridor and how this vital part of our community is connected to the health, well-being, and sustainability of the broader community.
Contracted Bus Tours
Contracted tours are available for any corporate or community group that wants to engage its members in an interactive opportunity to explore Charlotte's past, present, and future. Contracted tours are customized by interested organizations with the support of CBI staff. Contact us to learn more about scheduling your contracted tour as well as pricing.
Bus Tour Partners
AIA | Arts & Science Council | Aspen Institute | Carolinas Healthcare | Center City Partners | Central Piedmont Community College | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools | City of Charlotte | Crescent Communities | Department of Social Services | Duke Endowment | First Presbyterian Church | Foundation for the Carolinas | Generation Nation | Housing Opportunity Foundation | Knight Foundation | McGladrey | Mecklenburg County | Moore & Van Allen PLLC | Myers Park United Methodist Church / South Tryon Community Church | Piedmont Natural Gas | Teach 4 America