A Couples Guide to ASC’s Connect with Culture Day

 By Lindsay Kosma

January 18, 2018

In the depths of the cold, dark winter months things can start to feel a bit drab as the days spent inside begin to take their toll on your energy. Not only is the weather keeping you indoors, but there usually aren’t many events motivating you to get outside. This lull in activity can translate to many areas of your life, including your relationships. No need to wait until warmer weather to spice things up- we’ve got just the thing!

The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte will host its fourth annual Connect with Culture Day to invite residents and friends of Mecklenburg County to get out and experience all of the diverse and wonderful culture the area has to offer. For two days, January 26-27, a multitude of arts, science, and history events will be offered in locations across the city for FREE.

Experience Latin Music featuring Mariachi Gavilanes Gabriel at Mint Museum on Friday, January 26

This is an incredible opportunity, not only for couples, but for friends, family, kids to engage with their city, to get creative, and be inspired. We have sifted through all of the awesome options and put together a guide for couples looking for a fabulous date idea or just a great day out!

Friday, January 26

Nicci Canada & The Dapper Street Jazz Band | Collaborative Art Project led by Ciel Gallery artists – Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

A one, a-two, a-one-two-three-four… Make your way over to Lenny Boy Brewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for some foot tappin’ and finger snappin’ live jazz brought to you by Nicci Canada’s velvety vocals and and the Dapper Street Jazz Band.

Salsa Lesson with Rumbao Latin Dance & DJ Chan | Hands On Art Mural Project – NoDa Brewing Company 

Looking to spice things up? Grab a partner and head to NoDa Brewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and learn basic steps and choreography for a salsa dance. There are many styles to the traditional dance so, once you’ve learned the basics, you and your partner can make it your own.

Both events on Friday come with a special offer which includes a limited edition pint glass, an original work of art featuring Queen Charlotte by Ciel Gallery artist Emily Andress, and a drink ticket for $15.

Rumbao Latin Dance

Saturday, January 27

Muddy Fun | Clayworks – Clayworks (4506 Monroe Road)

There’s something very elemental about getting a little mud on your hands. As a couple sometimes it is nice to remove all the fancy and get back to basics… all the better when it’s by participating in a super fun activity. So put on some old clothes and head to Clayworks to learn the art of pottery by wheel throwing. All materials included; pieces will not be fired. Registration is $15 so claim your spot!

Taste of the World – Charlotte Museum of History

For the travel hungry couple, you won’t have to go far! The Charlotte Museum of History is hosting a journey through international food. Sample options from African, Vietnamese, Israeli, Chinese, Italian, Caribbean cuisines as well as some that are closer to home like Southern U.S. and BBQ. The tasting will run from 12 to 4 p.m. and vegetarian options are available.

Free admission at Carolina Raptor Center Huntersville

For the nature-loving pair, this place is to go! Take a walk along the ¾ mile raptor trail and experience over 30 species of birds including owls, hawks, eagles, vultures, and more. Paint with vultures, participate in building a public art piece, and make your own bird inspired art in our open studio. Visit from 10 am to 5 p.m. to learn what makes the Raptor Center so unique and important.


Photogram Classes at The Light Factory – Plaza Midwood

Turn off the lights and get creative with a hands-on activity at the Light Factory! Learn a unique, cameraless photographic process, called a Photogram, and create your own using found objects! Registration is required so visit the ASC page (#19) to claim your spot!

Animals of the Subconscious – Mask Making with Dulce Tavares presented by Harvey B. Gantt Center of African-American Arts + Culture – Nations Ford Road Elementary

Masks have been used historically across cultures for a variety of effects. Based on the current exhibit by Sloane Siobhan, local artist Dulce Tavares will lead an animal-themed mask making class. Tap into your own animal instincts and get creative! Registration is required, so claim your spot!

Visit a museum, or two, or three! 

Museums all around the city will open their doors for free to help you connect with culture! Each museum will offer unique exhibits and activities you may want to check out ahead of time or be surprised. Grab your hunny, get out, and get inspired together!

Free Admission to Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Wells Fargo History Museum / Levine Museum of the New South / McColl Center for Art + Innovation / Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts Uptown /  Mint Museum -Randolph / Max Jackson Gallery at Queens University and  Open Galleries at The Light Factory Plaza Midwood and Self-Guided Gallery Tour at Davidson College Davidson

Photo by Jonathan Cooper

Studio 345 – Printmaking, Light Writing and Stop Animation Short Film presented by ASC – Spirit Square (345 N. College Street, Charlotte 28202)

It is always fun to get those creative juices flowing, especially when you can share the

experience with someone close to you. Studio 345 is offering several super-cool options: Learn the basics of screen printing and make a piece to take home, use your imagination to create long-exposure light writing images, or experiment with stop animation. Registration is required so visit the ASC page (#23) to claim your spot!

African Dance Class by Charlotte Ballet – Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

If you’re feeling extra expressive, try a traditional West African dance class! The workshop, taught by Javonne Spearman, will highlight the various forms of dance and will be accompanied by live music. Stop by the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to take part in the sharing.

Check out the full schedule of events for ASC’s Connect with Culture Day.

*CLTure is proud media partner of ASC’s Connect with Culture Day*

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