Cultural Field Trips

In 2009, budget cuts forced CMS to suspend grade-level field trips. As part of the Blueprint for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Cultural Education Partnership, ASC was tasked with providing opportunities for CMS K-12 students to participate in Cultural Partner education programs, both in-and out-of-school. Together, CMS, ASC, and ASC Cultural Partners are working to build a series of cohesive, curriculum-appropriate field trips relevant to Grades K-12 that engage students in real-word experiences and provide the opportunity to investigate and apply basic knowledge gained in the classroom.

CMS Curriculum & Instructional Specialists are offering teachers leadership opportunities to help develop learning tools for these field trips. CMS is also managing all school logistics and allocating student time for participation. ASC is funding the program costs as well as transportation. Cultural Partners are working side-by-side with CMS teacher teams to ensure appropriate curriculum connections.

In 2015-2016, ASC funded the following grade-level field trips within CMS:

  • 3rd graders will visit one of six local historic sites to experience local American history. The sites are: Historic Rosedale, President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Latta Plantation, Mint Hill Historic Society, The Charlotte Museum of History (Hezekiah Alexander House), and Rural Hill Plantation.
  • 5th graders will attend Endless Possibilities – a performance by the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Ballet, and Opera Carolina in the Belk Theatre at the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  This program is supported by a generous donation from Howard Levine.
  • 7th graders will visit two of the three museums of the Levine Center for the Arts: the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and The Mint Museum Uptown.  This field trip is supported by a generous donation from The Leon Levine Foundation.

For more information about cultural field trips, contact Erin Elliott at or call 704-335-3058.