ASC’s fourth Connect with Culture Day brings nearly 60 cultural experiences to neighborhoods
throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg over two days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors can attend museums and enjoy a range of diverse arts, science, history and heritage experiences for free with the return of ASC’s annual Connect with Culture Day. The free cultural experiences will take place at various times and locations throughout Mecklenburg County on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
A full schedule of Connect with Culture Day activities and participating cultural organizations is available at ArtsAndScience.org.
Connect with Culture Day will kick off with cultural experiences at breweries in NoDa, Plaza-Midwood and South End, including:
- Salsa lessons with Rumbao Latin Dance & DJ Chain at NoDa Brewing Company;
- An African Drum Circle with Drums4Life at Resident Culture Brewing; and
- Nicci Canada & The Dapper Street Jazz Band at Lenny Boy Brewing Company.
Each brewery experience will include collaborative art projects led by artists from Ciel Gallery in South End. The Friday experiences will conclude with a Latin Music Concert Series at 9 p.m. at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts featuring Mariachis Gavilanes Gabriel and free access to the Mint’s Uptown galleries until 11 p.m.
Saturday will see “cultural stations” placed at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches and other community facilities to make cultural programming available at the neighborhood level. The day will feature dozens of free cultural experiences, including:
- Uptown museums open free of charge, including Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Levine Museum of the New South, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Mint Museum Uptown and Wells Fargo History Museum;
- A performance of “Hansel and Gretel” by Red Herring Puppets at Community House Middle School in Ballantyne;
- A performance of “Snow White” by Davidson Community Players in Davidson;
- A host of programs at Charlotte Museum of History in East Charlotte, including a “Taste of the World” experience, performances by Nouveau Sud and Little Lotus Chinese Company, the Red Calaca Mobile Art Truck and more;
- Environmental education opportunities at Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville and Wing Haven in Myers Park;
- Story time Readings by Charlotte Ballet at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, Hickory Grove Library, South County Regional Library and University City Regional Library in Charlotte and North County Regional Library in Huntersville;
- Gallery tours at Davidson College and Johnson C. Smith University; and
- In West Charlotte, an African Dance Class by Charlotte Ballet at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center and a performance of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Three Bone Theatre at West Boulevard Library.
“This year’s Connect with Culture Day will provide free, high quality cultural experiences in just about every part of 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 Day is made possible through the support of sponsors and ASC’s generous donors. A special thank you to the Connect with Culture Day 2018 sponsors: Duke Energy, Charlotte Will, Culture Blocks, University City Partners and Bank of America.
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. Last year’s Connect with Culture Day, on Jan. 28, 2017, saw more than 10,000 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.