ASC’s sixth annual Connect with Culture Days brings cultural experiences to neighborhoods
throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg over two days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 22, 2020) – 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, presented to the community by Wells Fargo. The free cultural experiences will take place at various times and locations throughout Mecklenburg County on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
A full schedule of arts and cultural experiences and participating cultural organizations is available at ArtsAndScience.org.
“Ensuring Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents have access to arts and cultural experiences close to where they live is a vital part of the work we do,” said ASC President Jeep Bryant. “ASC’s Connect with Culture Days is just one way for residents and visitors to sample the variety of diverse cultural experiences provided by organizations and artists right here in their community.”
Connect with Culture Days kicks off the evening of Friday, Feb. 7 with free cultural experiences taking place along the light rail line, including:
- An interactive activity led by local artist Janelle Dunlap at Brewers at 4001 Yancey
- Performances by El Alma De La Luna, Brand New Sheriff Productions, Girls Rock Charlotte and Purple Charlotte Steppers at Shoppes at University Place
Those who make a $25 donation can extend the opening night activities at The Collector’s Room (1520 S. Tryon St., Charlotte 28203) for the Kick-off to Connect with Culture Days Celebration, which includes a festive multicultural food experience, open bar, performances by Nicci Canada and Nouveau Sud and an interactive art experience by local artist Jonathan Grauel.
On Saturday, community facilities will become “arts and cultural hubs” to present cultural programming at the neighborhood level across Charlotte-Mecklenburg, including:
- East Charlotte at Charlotte Museum of History (3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215)
- Northwest Charlotte at First Baptist Church – West (1801 Oaklawn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28216)
- Mint Hill at Lebanon Road Elementary School (7300 Lebanon Road, Charlotte, NC 28227)
- Pineville at Pineville Elementary School (204 Lowry Street, Pineville 28134)
- North Mecklenburg at Huntersville Elementary School (200 Gilead Road Huntersville, NC 28078)
- Steele Creek at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (9401 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte 28273)
- Ballantyne at Morrison YMCA (9504 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte 28277)
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, as well as Levine Museum of the New South and McColl Center for Art + Innovation
- A performance of “The Ugly Duckling” presented by Opera Carolina’s Opera Xpress in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood
- Free admission and art experiences at Wing Haven
- Story time readings with ballet dancers by Charlotte Ballet
- African drumming with Drums4Life in West Charlotte
ASC’s Connect with Culture Days is presented to the community by Wells Fargo. Additional support comes from Culture Blocks, a grant program that provides cultural experiences close to where people live, Duke Energy, Lowe’s, LaBella, WeWork and AT&T.
Leading on Opportunity—the organization that was created to organize the community around initial strategies outlined in the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report—is a Connect with Culture Day Ambassador. Leading on Opportunity takes a systems approach to help ensure that every child in Charlotte-Mecklenburg has an equal chance for social and economic success by addressing the key determinants of early care and education, college and career readiness, and child and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on the cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital. The cultural sector was identified in the report as a key partner in the effort to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg a community where every child has the ability to succeed.
More than 7,000 people participated in ASC’s Connect with Culture Days last year.
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.
Krista Terrell, APR