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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
Communications Manager

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

Last year's Connect with Culture Days took salsa dancing to NoDa Brewing. This year will feature Hands On Science at Resident Culture and two performances at Town Brewing.
Last year’s Connect with Culture Days took salsa dancing to NoDa Brewing. This year will feature Hands On Science at Resident Culture and two performances at Town Brewing.

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.

For those looking to move, the Purple Charlotte Steppers will present a dance workshop from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Camp North End.

Continue Connect with Culture Days on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019

On Satuerday, Jan. 26, community facilities will become 'arts and cultural hubs' to present cultural programming at the neighborhood level.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, community facilities will become ‘arts and cultural hubs’ to present cultural programming at the neighborhood level.

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.

View the complete schedule of Connect with Culture Day activities.

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:

“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.


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