Why this matters: Because providing access to arts, science and history experiences matter.
By Amy Mitchell
ASC returns with its fourth annual Connect with Culture Day this month and is offering the community even more ways to connect with Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community.
“We’re excited to host the largest Connect with Culture Day yet, including a Friday evening kickoff at select breweries and more than 60 free experiences throughout Mecklenburg County on Saturday,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Everyone deserves to experience arts and culture regardless of where they live or what they can afford and that’s what Connect with Culture Day offers to our residents and visitors – dozens of opportunities to sample what the cultural community has to offer.”
New this year: Kick off Connect with Culture Day on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
Free cultural experiences will take place at Clayworks, NoDa Brewing Company, Resident Culture Brewing and Lenny Boy Brewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday to kick off the weekend. Limited edition pint glasses featuring original art by local artist Emily Andress are available for $15 and include one drink ticket at the brewery of your choice (restrictions apply). Cap off the evening at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts’ Latin Concert Series with Mariachis Gavilanes Gabriel at 9 p.m. and access to the galleries from 6 to 11 p.m. – free and open to the public.
- Learn how to dance the salsa with Rumbao Latin Dance Company and DJ Chan at NoDa Brewing Co. in NoDa. Food will be available for purchase from the Tin Kitchen food truck.
- Join an African Drum Circle with Drums4Life at Resident Culture Brewery in Plaza Midwood. Food will be available for purchase from the Dumpling Lady food truck.
- Enjoy the sounds of Nicci Canada & The Dapper Street Jazz Band at Lenny Boy Brewing in South End. Food will be available for purchase from The Hunter’s Wife food truck.
- Artists from Ciel Gallery will be at each brewery guiding participants in a collaborative art project. The finished project will be on display at the Mint Uptown from 9 to 11 p.m.
- Participate in a Muddy Fun class at Clayworks in Oakhurst and learn the fun of working with clay. Muddy Fun is limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. Common Market will coordinate food and beverage orders onsite at Clayworks.
Connect with Culture Day: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
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.
Connect with Culture Day will feature:
- Museums open for free, including, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown and Randolph, Levine Museum of the New South and Carolinas Aviation Museum.
- Free Historic tours at the James K. Polk Historic Site, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, Historic Rosedale and Matthews Heritage Museum.
- “Cultural stations” placed at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches, public schools and other community facilities to make cultural programming available at the neighborhood level.
- More than 50 free cultural experiences, including:
- A musical math lesson at Reid Park Academy in West Charlotte by The Number Drummer;
- An African dance class at Camino Community Center in University City with SHEA Movement African Arts;
- Starry Starry Night at First Baptist Church – West in Northwest Charlotte by Discovery Place Science;
- Afro Funk by A Sign of the Times at Camp North End; and
- Environmental education opportunities at Carolina Raptor Center and EnergyExplorium at McGuire Woods Nuclear Station in Huntersville and Wing Haven in Myers Park.
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 Day 2018 sponsors: Duke Energy, Charlotte Will, Culture Blocks, University City Partners and Bank of America.