ASC’s Connect with Culture Day Set for Saturday (With Schedule)

Several of Charlotte’s museums, a dance class, a poetry workshop,  and other cultural events have one thing in common on Saturday: They’re all free. The Arts & Science Council kicks off its Annual Fund Drive with a holiday of sorts, titled “Connect with Culture Day.”  The group will also sprinkle its signature “Random Acts of Culture” throughout the area, with pop-up performances at several spots. The event also reaches neighboring towns, including Pineville, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill.

The broader theme of this year’s drive is “ASC is You & Me.” Aside from a solid rhyme scheme, the label promises a personal approach to fundraising this year. The campaign starts Saturday and ends April 30, with a goal of $6.1 million. The group says it will invest a total $13 million in their current year, ending June 30, using “public and private dollars.”

Check out all of the free events below. Some locations have multiple events during the day.

Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Admission to the exhibitions “Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. eagle Collection” and “Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100” requires additional special exhibition fees for adults: $12 adults; $9 seniors or students over 18; free to Mint members.)


Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Special Event: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Final LGBTQ Community Forum with Josh Burford and Malu Fairley from 1pm-3pm in Harris Hall.  The forum is in partnership with the Charlotte Business Guild.


McColl Center for Art + Innovation
721 N. Tryon St.
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Special Event: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: You can experience Charlotte-­Mecklenburg area middle schools participating in the regional Rube Goldberg Machine Exposition. Each participating school will form a team with the objective of making a Rube Goldberg inspired machine that has the ability to “Erase a Chalkboard” in an effective yet profoundly complicated way.


Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts
420 S. Tryon St.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Latibah Collard Green Museum
720 Tuckaseegee Rd.
12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Special Event: 1 p.m.:  African drum circle led by Drums for Life and African dance movement by Oneaka Dance Dompany.

Discovery Place visits Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary for Animal Explorations
Willow Oak Room, Education Building
248 Ridgewood Ave.
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Storytime reading with Charlotte Ballet Principal Ballerina Alessandra Ball James
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Poetry workshop with Quentin Talley
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Jazz movement class with Charlotte Ballet
Siskey YMCA, Room 2
3127 Weddington Rd.
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Random Act of Culture
Jimmie's Restaurant
7024 Brighton Park Dr.
Time: ? (No time set for Random Acts of Culture)

Folk and bluegrass music with The Kollard Kings
Huntersville Arts Center
109 S. Old Statesville Rd.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Rd.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Walk on the Raptor Trail
11 a.m.: Meet the raptors in the Festival Area.
12:30 p.m.: Walk with the resident bird care volunteer to feed the vultures. Learn about the raptor medical center at the "Day in the Life of A Raptor Center" exhibit.
2 p.m.: oin the volunteer docents in Kay’s Courtyard for a trivia tour of the Raptor Trail. The eagles, hawks, falcons and owls are waiting!


Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Rd.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clayworks pottery workshop & African-American history through music/dance with A Sign of the Times
Midwood International & Cultural Center (Auditorium)
322 Hawthorne St.
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Clayworks Pottery has designed a session for all ages, including the true beginner.
2:30pm-4:00pm – A Sign of the Times: “Digging History through Music and Dance”


Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr.
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

A chamber performance from members of the Charlotte Symphony
Belle Johnston Center (The Hut)
413 Johnston Dr.
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.


President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Musical storytelling with Opera Carolina's Opera Xpress
13620 Steele Creek Rd.
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Random Act of Culture
CMS School Options Fair,  Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Time: ?

Categories: Arts + Culture, Revue