ASC’s Connect with Culture Day brings cultural experiences to neighborhoods
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2017) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors can attend museums and enjoy a range of art, science, history and heritage experiences for free on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, with the return of ASC’s Connect with Culture Day. The free cultural experiences will take place at various times and locations throughout Mecklenburg County.
A full schedule of Connect with Culture Day activities and participating cultural organizations is available at www.ArtsAndScience.org.
Connect with Culture Day will feature:
- Museums at Levine Center for the Arts – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Mint Museum Uptown – open free of charge.
- Free admission to Charlotte Museum of History, Levine Museum of the New South and McColl Center for Art + Innovation.
- “Cultural stations” placed at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches and other community facilities to make cultural programming available at the neighborhood level.
- More than 20 free cultural experiences, including:
- A musical storytelling of “The Tortoise & The Hare” at Community House Middle School in Ballantyne by Opera Carolina’s Opera Xpress;
- Crazy Catapults at Free Range Brewing in NoDa by Discovery Place;
- A Musical Petting Zoo at the Matthews Community Center by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte; and
- Environmental education opportunities at Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville and Wing Haven in Myers Park.
“Connect with Culture Day is about providing residents across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County with access to high quality arts, science and history programming close to home and multiple opportunities to sample what the cultural community has to offer,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Everyone deserves to experience arts and culture regardless of where they live or what they can afford. ASC’s 3rd annual Connect with Culture Day is one way of making our cultural community more accessible.”
Notes About Connect with Culture Day
The first Connect with Culture Day took place Jan. 10, 2015. The second Connect with Culture Day took place Sept. 19, 2015, as part of ASC’s Cultural Free For All, three days of cultural experiences that included the first Symphony on Tap performance by Charlotte Symphony and ASC’s first Culture Feast. More than 8,500 people participated in the first two Connect with Culture Days combined.
ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte- Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.
ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.