Why This Matters: Connect with Culture Days provides Charlotte and Mecklenburg residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy diverse cultural experiences for free.
By Bernie Petit
ASC’s Connect with Culture Days returns this month and the fifth annual event is offering residents and visitors even more ways to connect with Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s arts and cultural community.
“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.”
Kick off Connect with Culture Days on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
Free arts, science and history experiences will take place at multiple locations throughout the community. Town Brewing Company will host performances by Three Bone Theatre and Jazz Arts Initiative, while Resident Culture Brewing will host Coding on Canvas by Discovery Place.
A Musical Petting Zoo and performance by Girls Rock Charlotte will take place at 10 Park Lanes. An interactive art project with Andrea Vail, a Beer Choir with Carolina Voices and a performance by Baran Dance highlight activities that will take place at 7th Street Public Market.
Continue Connect with Culture Days on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors can enjoy free access to art, science, history and heritage experiences. The free cultural experiences will take place at various times and locations throughout Mecklenburg County.
New this year will be the addition of more than a dozen “arts and culture hubs” where residents and visitors can experience a range of cultural activities at one location. Hubs include:
- University City/Mallard Creek at Camino Community Center, which will feature an Afro-Brazilian dance class, a performance hosted by Tosco Music and story time with a Charlotte Ballet ballerina, among other experiences
- East Charlotte at Charlotte Museum of History, which will host a Taste of the World experience, a STEM experience by Digi-Bridge and opportunities to learn about “Food From Home” and “Charlotte 101” from History South’s Dr. Tom Hanchett
- Ballantyne at Morrison YMCA, which will offer wheel throwing, a slam poetry workshop, Storytime with a Ballerina, several performances and Lego WeDo 2.0 by Digi-Bridge
Saturday’s programming will also feature:
- Center City museums open for free, including, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts
- Free admission to history-focused venues James K. Polk Historic Site, Historic Rosedale and Levine Museum of the New South
- STEM/STEAM-focused activities at Carolina Raptor Center and Carolinas Aviation Museum
“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.”
Plan to arrive early for events, as space may be limited and ASC cannot guarantee availability/seating. Some experiences require pre-registration.
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 Days 2019 sponsors: Duke Energy, Novant Health, University City Partners, Atrium Health and Culture Blocks.