Major Charlotte museums will be free on Saturday!

By CLTure News 

January 22, 2020

ASC’s sixth annual Connect with Culture Days brings cultural experiences to neighborhoods throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg over two days. Charlotte residents and visitors can attend museums and enjoy diverse arts, science, history and heritage experiences for free at various times and locations throughout Mecklenburg County on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

“Ensuring Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents have access to arts and cultural experiences close to where they live is a vital part of the work we do,” said ASC President Jeep Bryant. “ASC’s Connect with Culture Days is just one way for residents and visitors to sample the variety of diverse cultural experiences provided by organizations and artists right here in their community.”

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Connect with Culture Days kicks off the evening of Friday, Feb. 7 with free cultural experiences taking place along the light rail line, including:

Those who make a $25 donation can extend the opening night activities at The Collector’s Room (1520 S. Tryon St., Charlotte 28203) for the kick-off to Connect with Culture Days Celebration, which includes a festive multicultural food experience, open bar, performances by Nicci Canada and Nouveau Sud and an interactive art experience by local artist Jonathan Grauel.

On Saturday, community facilities will become “arts and cultural hubs” to present cultural programming at the neighborhood level across Charlotte-Mecklenburg, including:

  • East Charlotte at Charlotte Museum of History (3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215)
  • Northwest Charlotte at First Baptist Church – West (1801 Oaklawn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28216)
  • Mint Hill at Lebanon Road Elementary School (7300 Lebanon Road, Charlotte, NC 28227)
  • Pineville at Pineville Elementary School (204 Lowry Street, Pineville 28134)
  • North Mecklenburg at Huntersville Elementary School (200 Gilead Road Huntersville, NC 28078)
  • Steele Creek at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (9401 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte 28273)
  • Ballantyne at Morrison YMCA (9504 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte 28277)
  • Saturday’s programming will feature a variety of arts, science and history experiences, such as:

Free admission to museums, including Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Mint Museum Uptown, Levine Museum of the New South and McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

  • A performance of “The Ugly Duckling” presented by Opera Carolina in the Elizabeth neighborhood
  • Free admission and art experiences at Wing Haven
  • Story time readings with ballet dancers by Charlotte Ballet
  • African drumming with Drums4Life in West Charlotte

A full schedule of arts and cultural experiences and participating cultural organizations is available at

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