ASC’s fifth annual Connect with Culture Days brings nearly 80 cultural experiences to neighborhoods
throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg over two days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 2, 2019) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors can attend museums and enjoy diverse arts, science, history and heritage experiences for free with the return of ASC’s annual Connect with Culture Days. The free cultural experiences, part of ASC’s 60th and Charlotte’s 250th anniversaries, will take place at various times and locations throughout Mecklenburg County on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.
A full schedule of arts and cultural experiences and participating cultural organizations is available at ArtsAndScience.org.
“This year’s Connect with Culture Days will provide nearly 80 free, diverse, high-quality cultural experiences across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Offering these arts, science and history experiences close to home is one of the ways ASC is helping make the cultural community more accessible.”
Connect with Culture Days will kick off on Friday, Jan. 25, at multiple locations throughout the community with free cultural experiences, including:
- Dance lesson with Purple Charlotte Steppers at Camp North End;
- Hands-on science with Discovery Place at Resident Culture Brewing; and
- Beer Choir by Carolina Voices at 7th Street Public Market.
On Saturday, community facilities will become “arts and cultural hubs” to present cultural programming at the neighborhood level across Charlotte-Mecklenburg, including:
- University City/Mallard Creek at Camino Community Center (201 Stetson Drive, Charlotte 28262)
- East Charlotte at Charlotte Museum of History (3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215)
- Northwest Charlotte at Northwest School of the Arts (1415 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte 28216)
- South Charlotte at Sam Lerner Center at Foundation of Shalom Park (5007 Providence Road, Charlotte 28270)
- Mint Hill at Dunamis Church (9229 Lawyers Road, Charlotte 28227)
- Pineville at Pineville Elementary School (204 Lowry Street, Pineville 28134)
- Southwest Charlotte at Nations Ford Road Elementary School (7050 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte 28217)
- North End at Sugar Creek Church of Christ (3932 Sofley Road, Charlotte 28206)
- West Charlotte at Barringer Academic Center (1546 Walton Road, Charlotte 28208)
- Steele Creek at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (9401 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte 28273)
- Cornelius at Cornelius Town Hall (21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, 28031)
- Ballantyne at Morrison YMCA (9504 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte 28277)
- Center City at various cultural organizations
Saturday’s programming will feature a variety of arts, science and history experiences, such as:
- Free admission to Center City museums, including Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts;
- STEM/STEAM-focused performances and activities by Discovery Place, Number Drummer, Digi-Bridge, Red Herring Puppets, Carolinas Aviation Museum and Dottie Rose Foundation;
- Dance workshops from Afro-Caribbean to Latin for all ages, including a Senior Movement Class by Charlotte Ballet;
- Story time readings with a ballerina by Charlotte Ballet;
- Hands-on visual art experiences by Cain Center for the Arts, Clayworks, Arts+ and McColl Center for Art + Innovation;
- Environmental education activities by Carolina Raptor Center and Wing Haven.
“Everyone deserves to experience arts and culture regardless of where they live or what they can afford,” Bush said. “Connect with Culture Days brings a sampling of our vibrant cultural community beyond Charlotte’s Center City and directly into neighborhoods.”
ASC’s Connect with Culture Days is sponsored by Culture Blocks, Duke Energy, Novant Health, University City Partners and Atrium Health.
About Connect with Culture Days
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, a three-day cultural event that included Charlotte Symphony’s first Symphony on Tap performance and ASC’s first Culture Feast. Last year’s Connect with Culture Days, on Jan. 26-27, 2018, saw more than 11,000 people participate.
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. Stay up to date on ASC news and happenings at ArtsAndScience.org and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Images of past Connect with Culture Day experiences, a headshot of ASC President Robert Bush and ASC logos are available here and upon request.