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Bringing culture to the blocks

29 Oct

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

There are geographical pockets in Charlotte-Mecklenburg where, according to data, residents aren’t engaging in or with the broader cultural community.

Culture Blocks, a new ASC initiative, seeks to change that.

The program seeks to support cultural programming close to where people live by utilizing local libraries and recreation centers.

Here’s how it works:

Over the next several weeks, ASC staff will have informal conversations with residents of five geographic swaths in the county to learn about how they experience arts and culture, the cultural activities they would be interested in participating and the cultural expressions relevant to their communities.

There will also be pop-up cultural activities (think mini-performances by Jazz Arts Initiative or short acts by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte) at libraries and recreation centers located within those areas, scheduled residencies with cultural organizations at venues within the communities, and a community dinner in each of the five blocks for facilitated discussions around arts and culture.

“This is a way for us to connect communities, support diverse cultural expression and to do it without making assumptions about why historically we don’t have data showing that these communities participate in high numbers,” said Tiera Parker, ASC’s new program director for Culture Blocks. “I think it’s a beautiful way to start, so we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what the conversations unearth.”

Tiera Parker, Culture Blocks program director.

Tiera Parker, Culture Blocks program director.

The feedback is crucial to the program in part because there is no predetermined plan for what emerges from the community conversations.

After seeing what themes arise in each of the five blocks, ASC will then work with the communities, cultural organizations and artists to provide those areas with the cultural programming residents say they want.

“So if the people in the community say that the most important thing to them about their cultural life is seeing their heritage on display in the streets, then that gives us the opportunity between January and June to connect with cultural organizations that can meet that need,” Parker said. “Why? Because the community said we want to see our culture on display right where we live.”

It’s a different approach to building and supporting the cultural life of a community.

But that is only the beginning, Parker said. Culture Blocks will help ASC to develop deeper relationships with the impacted zones so they are more connected to the broader cultural community.

“ASC’s vision is a vibrant cultural life for all,” she said, “so if there are cultural expressions that are taking place and we just don’t have an opportunity to connect with that, then we’re missing an opportunity to provide grant support, artist development support, all of the things that we’re providing to organizations that have already connected with us.”

The five geographical pockets of Charlotte-Mecklenburg where Culture Blocks programming will take place are:

  • North of uptown Charlotte along North Graham and North Tryon streets, Statesville Avenue and Sugar Creek Road;
  • East Charlotte along the Central Avenue corridor;
  • Northwest Charlotte bordered by Rozzelles Ferry and Beatties Ford roads and Freedom Drive and State Street;
  • West of uptown between South End and the airport; and
  • Southwest Charlotte.

Culture Blocks is supported through funding from Mecklenburg County.

Enjoy culture and candy this Halloween

28 Oct

Compiled by Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

This year Halloween falls on a weekend.

Mix some culture in with trick-or-treatin’.

There are several cultural haunts leading up to Halloween to check out before heading out for candy or parties.

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From Spinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers to a theatrical production of Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, there are scary and not-too-scary cultural events happening in Charlotte-Mecklenburg this weekend appropriate for kids, families and adults.

Here’s a look, courtesy

Forever Young: An ‘80s Prom and Halloween Party at The Duke Mansion
7 p.m. Oct. 30.
Where: The Duke Mansion (400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte).
What’s Happening: Bring your sweetie or come with friends to a throwback prom and Halloween party. Enjoy great eats and tunes, bid on trips, jewelry and other treasures at the silent auction. Come in costume or wear your prom finest as you support this annual fundraiser for the preservation of The Duke Mansion.
Cost: Tickets are $75 per person ($25 is tax deductible).

All Hallows Eve Family Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation (5225 Sample Road, Huntersville).
What’s Happening: Enjoy a celebration of all things Halloween. There will be trick-or-treating, games, pumpkin painting, face painting, storytelling, crafts and costume contests! Dress like your favorite historical character for a chance to win a special prize. Learn about the history of Halloween and meet some of the famous characters associated with the holiday.
Cost: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, ages 5 and under free.

creepy crawlersSpinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Charlotte Nature Museum (1658 Sterling Drive, Charlotte).
What’s Happening: Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about all of our little friends that scurry underfoot, including spiders, bees, bats, scorpions and more. There will be plenty of other not-so-scary activities to enjoy, including puppet shows, story time, crafts and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.
Cost: Activities include with museum admission – $8, free for children younger than 2 years old.

Hoot N Howl
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Carolina Raptor Center (6000 Sample Road, Huntersville).
What’s Happening: Held on the traditional Dia de Los Muertos, the event will remember extinct species with Calaveras (poems/epitaphs), paper flowers, traditional face painting and an exploration of the sugar skull tradition. There will also be some traditional Halloween games and crafts including a costume contest, pumpkin painting, trick or treating and making paper plate skeletons.
Cost: Free with trail admission – $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students and free children 4 and under.

Spirits of Rosedale
7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).
What’s Happening: The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on a night tour through the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens. Rosedale’s theatrical production team presents this family-friendly Halloween production appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up.
Cost: $15.

Rosedale Spirit Walk
6:15-7:15 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte).
What’s Happening: This is a special Halloween program for younger visitors. Best for children under 10, parents are welcome to join in. There will be a stroll through the gardens with spooky stories to engage the imagination. The goal is to entertain, not scare and have a hauntingly fun time. Costumes are encouraged for this event.
Cost: $10.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center (300 E. Seventh St., Charlotte).
What’s Happening: Bored by her colorless surroundings, Coraline goes exploring through a magic door and gets trapped in a strange, unsettling parallel world. Get scared out of your wits for Halloween with this creepy musical version of the popular fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. Presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Cost: $12-$26.

Matters of Grave Importance
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
President James K. Polk State Historic Site (12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville).
What’s Happening:
Local historian and preservation expert Jason Harpe will give visitors an intimate look at historic cemetery preservation, and will demonstrate live preservation techniques in the Polk Family Cemetery. This is an outdoor event, so participants should wear appropriate clothing.
Cost: $5 adults, $2 students/seniors; does not include applicable sales tax.

Happy Halloween at Discovery Place KIDS
11 a.m.-noon Oct. 31.
Where: Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville (105 Gilead Road).
What’s Happening: Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for safe trick-or-treating, face painting and games. There will be stations set up around the museum for some fun goodies.
Cost: Activities are included with museum admission – $10, free for children under 1.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31.
Where: Carolinas Aviation Museum (4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte).
What’s Happening: There will be Halloween crafts to make and take, candy treats, a crazy costume contest, and exciting science experiments.
Cost: $12.87 adults, $10.73 seniors, $8.58 students, college students and active duty military, $9.65 retired military and free children 14 and under.

Oct. 30-Nov. 15.
Where: Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road).
What’s Happening: This adaptation brings the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire.
Cost: $12 – $27.

NC Humanities Council to honor Harvey B. Gantt

12 Oct

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Harvey B. Gantt.

Harvey B. Gantt.

The NC Humanities Council will honor former Charlotte mayor and Gantt Center namesake Harvey Gantt this week with the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award recognizes those exceptional individuals who throughout their lives and careers have strengthened the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians.

A public lecture and program honoring Gantt will take place Thursday, Oct. 15. The lecture by Bill Ferris, professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of its Center for the Study of the American South, takes place at 6 p.m. at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts.
A reception follows the lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Harvey B. Gantt Center at the Levine Center for the Arts (551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte).

The event is free but registration is required; RSVP by Monday, Oct. 12, to 704-687-1522 or . A short walk is necessary between venues. Please indicate if you need transportation assistance when you RSVP.

The Caldwell Award is named for the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, former chancellor of North Carolina State University and founding member of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

The North Carolina Humanities Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. It facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage through grants and programs. To learn more about the North Carolina Humanities Council, visit

Integrating the symphony

5 Oct

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Samuel Davis (left) and Larry Sellers became the first black Charlotte Symphony musicians when they joined the orchestra in 1963.

Samuel Davis (left) and Larry Sellers became the first black Charlotte Symphony musicians when they joined the orchestra in 1963.

When Samuel Davis and Larry Sellers become the first black musicians to join the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra back in the fall of 1963, it wasn’t about making history or breaking barriers.

“I never thought of it in terms of being black,” Davis said. “I thought of it in terms of being qualified for the position. If you’re qualified, black, blue – it shouldn’t make any difference.”

Said Sellers: “My thing was, I had been training all my life to play in a symphony, to play this type of music, and I’m good enough, so why couldn’t I play? I didn’t want to be held back because I was black.”

So Sellers went to the symphony office to express his interest in the orchestra.

“They were overjoyed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Davis separately contacted the symphony.

“He called me and said we’re supposed to be at (auditions),” Sellers said. “He had no idea I had already gone down there.”

The friends, who met more than five years earlier through their shared love of symphonic music, auditioned individually before a roomful of symphony principal musicians and board members.

“Boy I tell you that was tension on us,” said Davis, a cellist. “They gave me some music and said, ‘Play this for us please.’ I looked at it and I just played it like it, zoop, zoop, zoop, and they just looked at each other – they didn’t say anything to me – and they said, ‘Okay, you can go out to the other room.’”

Seller’s audition experience was similar. But they both passed and went to their first rehearsal afterward, where symphony musicians “came up to us like it was our birthday,” said Sellers, a violinist.

“Musicians are different,” he said. “Music connects people. I think they respect the art and they need each other. They’re just a different breed of people.”

Audiences, from what they could tell, accepted them too.

“It was a white couple there,” Davis remembered. “They were very nice to me. They kind of sat in the front row and when I played, I looked their way and they always had a nice smile on their face. Whatever it was that I was doing met their approval.”

There were definitely challenges. Sellers recalled being invited to a white symphony member’s house after practice and a neighbor calling his band-mate to ask why blacks were in the neighborhood.

The two musicians also faced enormous pressure.

“If there’s a tough passage in the violin section and you’re the only black person, that conductor’s eyes are on you,” Sellers said. “Nobody else.”

Sellers played 10 years with the symphony for 10 years; Davis played 13 years. The friends, both retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools music teachers, have since continued to play with local and regional orchestras and ensembles.

“I really, really enjoyed that part of my life when I played with the symphony,” Davis said. “You have to work so hard for it but I enjoyed it.”

But it’s because they worked so hard to prepare that symphony members accepted them and helped them along the way. Their peers knew they were up to the challenge, Sellers said.

“We never got the feeling,” he said, “that they were letting us in.”

30 ways to celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

2 Oct

Compiled by Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Not a day goes by when we don’t celebrate the arts in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

There’s good reason: Arts and culture mean more than $200 million dollars in economic impact each year in our community. They provide more than 14,000 jobs in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

And more than 3 million people attended performances, exhibitions, classes, lectures and films supported by ASC funding in the past year.

But, while the arts are central to our everyday lives, we take the whole month of October to commemorate the arts in a big way during National Arts & Humanities Month – the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.

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National Arts & Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the city and the county have proclaimed October Arts and Humanities Month and commend its observance to all citizens.

So, in honor of the 30th Anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month, we’ve got 30 ways you can celebrate arts and culture locally.

1. Read a book. The 2015 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Community Read encourages us to learn about what we’re reading, but also about the people with whom we’re reading.
2. Discover the Wall Poems of Charlotte. Here’s a great guide.
3. Stop and listen to a street musician.
4. Put your child’s artwork up on the refrigerator.
5. Take an art lesson.

6. Take in a theatrical production. There are too many options to list.
7. Go hear the symphony. The Charlotte Symphony’s “KnightSounds: Bachtoberfest III” pairs local beer with classical music.
8. Snap your picture with a new piece of public art. There’s Dana Gingras’ Ascension in East Charlotte, Jaume Plensa’s Ainsa III at UNC Charlotte Center City, Tom Joyce’s Thicket at Mint Museum Uptown and Hoss Haley’s Old Growth, being installed this month at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Fixed Base Operator Facility.
9. Take a public art walking tour. It’s a great way to get a new perspective of uptown.
10. Plant something. Wing Haven’s Fall Plant Sale happens Oct. 8-10.
11. Explore a local art gallery.
12. Sing in the shower…
13. …Or sing in the car. “
Don’t Stop Believin’” is a classic. So is “Nothing Compares 2 U,” though you probably won’t admit singing it.
14. Ask ASC President Robert Bush a question. Our 10 @ 2 Facebook question-and-answer series, which allows our Facebook friends and followers to ask Robert Bush their questions about the cultural sector, returns later this month. Like us on Facebook to watch for details.
15. Advocate for the arts. Advocating for the arts is essential in keeping our communities culturally enriched. Have your voice heard and stay current on legislation that directly impacts you by registering for the free advocacy tool VoterVoice.
16. Stay up-to-date on the latest cultural happenings. Sign up for weekly Culture Picks! powered by
17. Dress up for Halloween. Show off your costume creativity, conduct spooky science experiments and more at Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum.
18. Buy art from a local artist.
19. Attend a concert.

20. Go dancing. The Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night is a good choice.
21. Involve the family in the arts. One way is by going to Family Day at the Bechtler.
22. Check out a festival. There’s the Gandhi Unity Fall Festival, the 25th Annual Latin American Festival, the UNC Charlotte 40th Anniversary International Festival and Biketoberfest.
23. Make science.
Check out the Charlotte Mini-Maker Faire Oct. 10 at Discovery Place.
24. Hoot N Howl. The Carolina Raptor Center combines Dia de Los Muertos traditions with traditional Halloween games and crafts. And raptors.
25. Participate in the National Arts & Humanities Month #ShowYourArt Instagram campaign. Share your cultural life on Instagram with the tags #ShowYourArt, @ASCCharlotte and @Americans4Arts.
26. Learn what Pecha Kucha Night Charlotte is all about. Vol. 14 is Oct. 14 at The Chop Shop NoDa.
27. Stay on pointe. Join Charlotte Ballet for its season premiere, “Fall Works,” Oct. 15-17.
28. Board the ark. Or get swept up in the one-act performance “Noah’s Flood.” Three principals from Opera Carolina will be joined by 100 choristers from The Choir School at St. Peter’s and an orchestra of Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) instrumentalists and CPCC Early Music Ensemble members.
29. Support the cultural sector. Support culture for all by giving to ASC, give to specific cultural projects through and to the cultural organizations you care about.
30. Do The Worm or The Robot. Then head to the Breakin’ Convention at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on Oct. 9 and 10.

The seven insights learned through “¡NUEVOlution!”

2 Oct

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Levine Museum of the New South New South Latino Coordinator Oliver Merino.

Levine Museum of the New South New South Latino Coordinator Oliver Merino.

Latinos have helped transform the South.

Over the past 25 years, the South has emerged as the nation’s most vibrant area of Latino growth. North Carolina’s Latino population ranks eighth nationally. Charlotte is the second-highest Latino hyper-growth city in the country.

But those numbers don’t tell the whole story, as you learn in the Levine Museum of the New South’s new exhibition, “¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.” So, to ensure the exhibit tells the deeper story of how Latinos are shaping the South, the museum posed a question to Latinos and non-Latinos alike:

How are you experiencing this change?

Levine Museum staff went beyond inviting folks to the museum to share their answers, said museum New South Latino Coordinator Oliver Merino.

“We went outside the museum walls and met people where they were,” Merino said. “We went to nonprofits, we went to churches and really just asked people, ‘What is the story you want us to tell? What is this new South?’”


The stories residents shared – from how a nearby church transformed itself and its congregation to welcome Latino worshippers to how Day of the Dead traditions are being celebrated in new environments – help build community by increasing dialogue, understanding and tolerance. It’s what the cultural sector was tasked with doing through the community’s Cultural Vision Plan.

The extensive community conversations Levine Museum conducted in order to create “¡NUEVOlution!” (Spanglish for “new growth or development”) resulted in seven insights about the South’s demographic transformation that directly informed the exhibit, Merino said. Those insights are below.

The conversations revealed several more local stories that color the exhibit, including: dance instructors Wendy and Rodrigo Jimenez bringing people together through music and dance; artist Rosalia Torres Weiner using art to help children whose parents are in deportation proceedings; and Latino leaders like Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, entrepreneur Felix Sabates and chef Juliana Luna finding success outside the Latino community.


“One of the things we say here at the museum is our mission is how do we use history to build community,” Merino said. “I believe this exhibit is going to do just that.

“It’s important history and it’s also getting people to understand that whether you’re Latino or non-Latino, you’re part of Nuevolution. You’re a part of this change.”

Want to Go?

“¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South” will be on display through Oct. 30, 2016, at Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St., Charlotte. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, students, educators and active military, $5 children ages 6-18 and free ages 5 and younger. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

The Seven Insights*

Levine Museum worked with Atlanta History Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in the multi-year Latino New South Project to study, document and understand the dramatic and rapid demographic shift occurring across the South, and to develop strong partnerships with Latino communities. Through its work, which began in 2012 and included a series of listening sessions with Latinos and non-Latinos in each city, seven insights emerged.

  1. Latinos are here to stay. Latinos have gone from 1- or 2-percent of the population to nearly 10-percent or more in many localities. Roughly half of Latinos counted by the U.S. Census are already citizens.
  2. Latinos are from many cultures. The terms “Latino” and “Hispanic” are U.S. creations. Latinos often self-identify as Cuban-American, Colombian or their original Mexican state.
  3. Bi-culturalism is growing. Young people raised in the U.S. are English proficient and bi-cultural (embracing U.S. food, entertainment, etc., without abandoning Latino heritage). Adults are not able to change as quickly or as completely.
  4. Extended families are important. Latinos usually experience cultural offerings as an extended family unit (to use a sociological term) – mother, father, several kids, grandparents, cousins, maybe even a friend or relative. When choosing activities, they look for those that will bring both pleasure and renewal or self-improvement and engage all family members
  5. Bridging is essential. Participants of the listening sessions spoke of the need for multiple introductions: Latinos to other Latino groups; Latinos to receiving communities; Latinos to Southern history (especially African-American history); and receiving communities to Latinos.
  6. Language is a powerful symbol. Spanish – words on the wall, personal greetings from a Visitor Services person – powerfully signals that Latinos are welcome. For young people who are usually comfortable in English, the welcome is symbolic. For older people, it is functional – Spanish is needed in order to guide their group, teach their children, etc.
  7. Becoming “documented” is difficult, often impossible. At best, quotas and regulations often make legal immigration an extremely lengthy process requiring expert assistance. Legal problems can split families. Children born here can suddenly find their parents sent back to their country of origin. Children born elsewhere yet raised here can suddenly be deported “back” to a place they don’t remember. In listening sessions, Latinos and non-Latinos both asked that museums help receiving communities understand their realities.

*These insights have been edited; click here for the unedited version.

Culture For All? Yes, Please!

2 Sep

By Amy Mitchell 
Communications Manager 

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

orchestracwglgEnjoy 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.

Culture Feast
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

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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

ConnectCulture-2018Explore 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 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.


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