ASC announces full lineup of free events for Connect with Culture Days 2019

By CLTure News

January 2, 2019

The Arts and Science Council (ASC) announced their lineup of free events for Connect with Culture Days on January 25 and 26. All over the region you can access a diverse sampling of arts and education experiences free of charge. From Davidson to Ballantyne you’ll have your pick of art, food, music, theatre, historical homesteads and more.

Connect with Culture Days allows Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors to attend museums and enjoy a range of diverse arts, science, history and heritage experiences for free!

“This year’s Connect with Culture Days will provide nearly 80 free, diverse, high-quality cultural experiences across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “Offering these arts, science and history experiences close to home is one of the ways ASC is helping make the cultural community more accessible.”

The first Connect with Culture Day took place Jan. 10, 2015 and last year’s Connect with Culture Days saw more than 11,000 people participate.

Courtesy of ASC

Here are some highlights from this year’s free events:

Friday, January 25, 2019

Coding on Canvas with Discovery Place 
Location: Resident Culture Brewing
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Live Music / Musical Petting Zoo with Girls Rock 
Location: 10 Park Lanes
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Carolina Voices | Dance Performances by Baran Dance | “Friendge” Interactive Art Project 
Location: 7th Street Public Market
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 

Taste of the World
Location: Charlotte Museum of History
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Go on a culinary journey around the world. A delicious, international food adventure as you sample cuisine from Vietnamese, Chinese, classic Southern, Italian, African, Israeli, Caribbean and BBQ restaurants. Vegetarian options available.

Food from Home with Dr. Tom Hanchett
Location: Charlotte Museum of History
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive talk exploring food traditions in Charlotte – both longtime Southern favorites and new dishes arriving from across the U.S. and around the world.

Photo: Jonathan Cooper

Tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
Location: Charlotte Museum of History
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visit the Revolutionary War-era home of Hezekiah Alexander, the oldest surviving structure in Mecklenburg County, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Muddy Fun with Clayworks
Ages: 18 years and older
Location: Clayworks (4506 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205)
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. + 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

*Registration is required and will be open January 9.

Discover the fun of clay and wheel throwing at Clayworks!

Experience: Solar System Spectacular
Location: Discovery Place Science
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Step inside the Starlab and experience the wonders of the universe.  Explore the solar system to learn about the sun, planets, asteroids and moons that make up the Earth’s neighborhood.

STEAM Experiences at Carolinas Aviation Museum
Ages: 5-8 years
Location: Carolinas Aviation Museum
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

*Registration required and begins on January 9.

Engage in hands-on STEAM experiences with Little Aviators (Pre-K-K students) that focuses on different types of airplanes and activities that improve fine motor skills. Full STEAM Ahead (1st-3rd) gives students the opportunity to build a car out of LEGOs and with the power o air and Bernoulli’s Principle, compete against others to create the most aerodynamic LEGO vehicle.

Photo: Jonathan Cooper

Slam Poetry Workshop with Bluz
Ages: 13-19 years
Location: Sam Lerner Center (5007 Providence Road)
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Learn techniques on how to put your thoughts on paper and deliver with passion. Participants will share their work.

Mint Museum Randolph
Location: Mint Museum-Randolph (2730 Randolph Road)
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, and European and African art, among other collections. Don’t miss their current exhibition, African-Print Fashion Now!.

Studio 345 – Printmaking, Light Writing and Stop Animation Short Film
Location: Spirit Square (345 N. College Street, Charlotte 28202)
Ages: Teens and adults
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

*Registration required and begins on January 9.

Printmaking: From posters to shirts, screen printing is a widely popular technique for artists who want to get their images out into the world. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the screen printing process, all while creating a print of their own.

Light Writing: Get ready to capture the world and take hold of your vision. In this session participants will use a Canon DSLR T3i camera and a light source to create light painted images in photography.

Stop Animation Short Film: Experience short filmmaking through Studio 345. Our professional teaching artists will show participants how to experiment with stop animation using Canon T3i DSLR cameras.

Levine Museum of the New South
Location: Levine Museum of the New South
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tour the permanent exhibit “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers,” a walking timeline of Charlotte history post-Civil War. Upstairs you’ll find several exhibits including “K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace,” “Through The Lens” and “Colorism.”

Carolina Raptor Center
Location: Carolina Raptor Center (6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

View a variety of raptors and participate in hands-on experiences using different mediums such as clay, drawing song and dance that focuses on how “Birds Inspire Culture.” A local artist will also create and install artwork that incorporates nature/STEM.

Historic Rosedale Plantation Tour
Location: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206)
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Grounds) | 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. (House Tours)

*Registration is available for house tours and will open Jan. 9.

Tour the 200 year-old home and see trained blacksmiths performing demonstrations of metal craftsmanship from the reconstruction historic blacksmith shop all day. The gardens are accessible to walk at your leisure throughout the day as well.

Check out the full schedule for Connect with Culture Days.

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