ASC's Annual Cultural Free for All

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors can spend the month of September sampling Charlotte’s art, science, history and heritage offerings for FREE through the Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) annual “Cultural Free for All.” The celebration kicks off September 1.

Beginning Monday, August 16 a schedule of “Cultural Free for All” events will be available on

“Cultural Free for All” will culminate on October 2 with the grand opening of the new Mint Museum located at the Levine Center for the Arts. The museum will be free and open to the public from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 2 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 3.

This year’s “Cultural Free for All” will feature the Levine Museum of the New South’s popular Gospel Shout, the Matthews Alive! Festival presented by The Town of Matthews, and much more.

In addition to the community events, ASC has launched a free public art walking tour podcast. The 45-minute podcast, available on, takes participants around to 14 public art sites throughout Uptown. The podcast provides history and meaning behind some of the city’s most recognizable public artworks.

"I am thrilled we are able to provide this free resource for Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors to explore and learn about creative and innovative public artworks," Brad Thomas, chair of the Public Art Commission and director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College.  "This podcasts brings to life how public art truly transforms public spaces and creates a sense of place."

ASC President Scott Provancher said “Cultural Free for All” is a great opportunity for members of the community to see what cultural activities are available to them year-round.

“Part of ASC’s mission is to build appreciation and participation for arts, science and history,” Provancher said. “We relish any opportunity we have to showcase the variety of world-class cultural venues and diverse organizations that provide excellent arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg.”



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