By Amy Mitchell
Access to arts, science, history and heritage experiences that educate, entertain and enrich our quality of life is something we all deserve.
But it’s not something we all have.
ASC’s Cultural Free For All, presented to the community by Wells Fargo, provides access and engagement opportunities where residents can connect to their cultural passions, enjoy unique experiences and discover something new.
It’s about more than making cultural experiences free of charge, although it does exactly that. It’s about taking the arts closer to where people live and offering cultural programming that is relevant to their lives.
So, from uptown Charlotte to Lake Norman and from South End to South Mecklenburg, Cultural Free For All will feature a multitude of arts and culture experiences in communities and neighborhoods throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
It includes Symphony On Tap, a free Charlotte Symphony performance; Culture Feast, an evening of dinner, drinks, cultural experiences, and a free dance party with music by A Sign of the Times; and the return of ASC’s Connect with Culture Day, featuring free access to museums and cultural activities throughout the county.
Symphony On Tap
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 ∙ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte
Enjoy a free hour-long season preview concert by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. A brass ensemble will perform during a kickoff “fanfare” in front of Belk Theater at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the evening.
How to participate in Symphony On Tap: Click here to reserve free tickets online, and be entered to win free Charlotte Symphony tickets.
Friday, September 18, 2015 ∙ 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
On S. Tryon Street, between Martin Luther King Blvd. & Levine Avenue of the Arts
Purchase dinner tickets at CarolinaTix.org.
Share a community table and enjoy the ultimate cultural street party on South Tryon. During the ticketed dinner you’ll be surrounded by unique cultural happenings, then dance the night away at a free-for-all performance by A Sign of the Times on the street at Levine Center for the Arts. Cultural happenings during the feast will be provided by Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Inspire the Fire, Opera Carolina and Carolinas Latin Dance Company.
The dinner menu includes a Southern-style dinner of baby arugula salad, mesquite grilled chicken breast, cheddar grits, cider braised collard greens, mustard greens, and Swiss chard, baskets of house-made buttermilk biscuits and cornbread with honey butter, fresh banana pudding plus select beer and wine. Vegetarian option available.
How to participate in Culture Feast: Click here to purchase dinner tickets, must be 21 or older. Then stay for the dance party at 9:00 p.m. No ticket or registration necessary for the dance party.
ASC Connect with Culture Day
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Various times and locations
For a complete list of experiences and details visit ArtsAndScience.org.
Explore diverse arts and culture experiences across Mecklenburg County for free on Sept. 19. The day will feature museums open free of charge during select hours and cultural activities taking place throughout the county to bring everything from opera and theatre to dance and jazz closer to where people live.
How to participate in Connect with Culture Day: No ticket necessary for Connect with Culture Day experiences. Be sure to visit ArtsAndScience.org for complete details on each experience before you go. Clayworks Muddy Fun and Handbuilding classes require pre-registration, and space is limited. Plan to arrive early, as space may be limited at various locations and ASC cannot guarantee availability.
The Cultural Free For All generates awareness about what Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community has to offer. It also kicks off ASC’s annual giving campaign.